IBNA Op-Ed/Post status, the focus of the months to come

IBNA Op-Ed/Post status, the focus of the months to come

“What’s important or the focus of the months to come will be the two main reforms, the administrative territorial reform and the reform in the justice system, the 5 key priorities that Albania is yet to fulfill. We hope that we will finalize them in a record time”

By Klajda Gjosha/Minister of Integration of the Republic of Albania

The entire government cabinet has received wishes and positive feedback. The best wishes come from our European friends. The Council of Foreign Ministers discussed and talked highly about the achievement and the progress of the Albanian government in the recent months and years.

Therefore, we’re grateful to all member countries and the European Commission for this commitment and this big chance being offered to Albania to continue its journey in the process of integration.

Nevertheless, today is a new and important day. We will continue our daily work for the process of integration and development of the country.

What’s important or the focus of the months to come will be the two main reforms, the administrative territorial reform and the reform in the justice system, the 5 key priorities that Albania is yet to fulfill. We hope that we will finalize them in a record time.

We will carry on with one of the requests that continue to come from the European Commission and member countries, such as the reduction in time of migrating pressures in the EU and the reduction of asylum seekers. Thus, there’s an intensive cooperation between Albanian government and Albanian police with all the borders of the member countries to reduce the number of asylum seekers from Albania.

Albania will continue to be committed in the regional cooperation and good neighborly relations and also in harmonizing security policies with those of the EU. And above all, during this process, it’s necessary to have dialogue between the majority and opposition, as this is not a unilateral process, but it belongs to all Albanians. Therefore, once again we invite the opposition to be part of all the reforms that relate to the process of European integration.

On the other hand, Albanians must rest assured that the Albanian government will work every day for the process of integration. We hope to continue with the necessary pace in order to open the negotiations and take Albania to a full membership in the EU.

Economic benefits and the powerful political message

Can we expect economic benefits from the EU following this decision? Can we have expectations and a figure about the funds benefited from the EU?

The EU candidate status is a powerful political message. It indicates that Albania is moving in the right path toward European integration. It doesn’t have a direct economic relation, because Albania has constantly received pre accession funds issued by the EU and will continue to benefit them.

Figures are changing.

EU is in crisis at the moment and we cannot expect an increase of funds, but what the candidate status means for us is a good message being sent to member countries about the credibility that Albania and its government is building up in order to bring as many foreign investments as possible, which we hope, not only they will develop the country, but they will also open new jobs for Albanian citizens.

Opening of negotiations, a difficult process

We can never set dates in the EU accession process. It’s the most difficult and complex process which can ever exist. The phases that are ahead of us are even harder than those that we passed with the status. But, what’s important is for Albania to continue and undertake all the necessary reforms that the development of the country needs.

* The opinion of the author doesn’t necessarily represent IBNA’s editorial line