Tirana, April 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
Ahead of the June meeting, which is once again expected to decide whether to grant or not Albania the EU candidate status, the majority has launched intensive efforts to convince countries that refused the status in December.
Prime minister Edi Rama and speaker of parliament, Ilir Meta started on Monday an agenda of meetings. The first one in Germany and the second one in Denmark.
Rama is seeking to convince Merkel
One of the 5 countries that refused Albania’s candidate status was Germany, one of the most powerful countries of the EU. Prime minister Edi Rama will meet today with chancellor Angela Merkel to convince her in order for Berlin not to refuse the status in June. The meeting between Rama and Merkel will show Germany’s approach on June’s decision.
Meta negotiates in Denmark
Speaker of parliament, Ilir Meta has started a visit in Denmark. Part of the agenda of meetings is also the candidate status, as the Danish government was one of the 5 countries that refused Albania’s status to Albania.
Mr. Meta has held a meeting today (photo) with the speaker of the Danish parliament, Mogens Lykketoft.
During his two day visit, Mr. Meta will also be received by the queen of Denmark, while he will also participate in a conference organized by the Dutch Association for Foreign Policies.
The five countries that refused Albania’s candidate status were Germany, France, Great Britain, Holland and Denmark. /ibna/