The declarations of the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, for the removal of physical barriers and modernization of the border between Albania and Kosovo, have been welcomed in Kosovo.
The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama has said that the modernization of the border between Albania and Kosovo will start in 2018.
“On 1 January, we want the border between Albania and Kosovo not to be a torture for people who cross it, especially during the peak of the season, but we want it to be a border like the one between Germany and France. I think that we will be able to do this”, Rama declared.
Meanwhile, law professor, Muhamer Pajaziti told IBNA that the idea to facilitate free movement between people of both countries is a very good idea, but that it should be put into practice.
“The long queues on the border have caused lots of stress for people of both countries. By removing physical barriers between the two countries, there will be benefits for students, workers and businesses”, Pajaziti said.
Analyst of economy, Naim Gashi says that the construction of a joint border crossing point and the lifting of customs would encourage economic development, it would strengthen cooperation in trade and encourage joint investments. However, he is skeptic that the border between Kosovo and Albania will be modernized in 2018.
“Kosovo has started to build joint border crossing points with Serbia, but it has not yet started to do this with Albania. This means that all these declarations that have been made so far were actually made for political gains and nothing concrete has been done so far”, Gashi explains. /balkaneu.com/