Brussels, September 17, 2013
Prime Minister Edi Rama has met today in Brussels with the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. During a press conference, Rama said that the Albanian government will do its best to fulfill the reforms and be granted the EU candidate status.
Rama said that the government will have the support of the opposition in the process of European integration.
“Process of integration has not started now, but a while ago. We must do our job and our objectives are achievable. We believe that we must work hard to meet our objective. We will negotiate and are convinced that our country will achieve a new level. We will do our best with the support of the European Commission, but also the support of the opposition and Albania in order to hear good news”, said Rama.
Rama also talked about the June 23 election, by saying that Albanians voted for a change. “Albanian people voted and decided to be part of EU. Albanians didn’t vote to change prime minister, but to change Albania”, said Rama.
Meanwhile, the president of the European Commission, Barroso said that Albania has the chance to be granted the EU candidate status in December. On the other hand, he praised the election process, but has decided for the reforms to continue along with the dialogue with opposition. “The elections went really well. Albanians need to commit now and dialogue is very important for the success of Albania. It’s also necessary to have joint collaboration in several issues between opposition and majority. But there’s also another issue which you need to focus on, there’s no time to waste, reforms must continue and their results must be felt by the citizens”, said Barroso. /ibna/