It’s true that the European Union postponed Albania’s accession talks until next June, but this decision must be seen as a positive one, because the Albanian authorities were given 12 months and no new criteria to be met. This was the official stance of the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama with regards to this issue, while calling an urgent meeting with cabinet ministers and Socialist Party MPs. Rama has considered the postponement of the accession talks until next year as something normal and according to him, this was also the case with Serbia and Montenegro. “Neither Albania, nor Macedonia lose a single day through this solution. This gives us 12 months to advance with the reforms”, he said. Rama also said that “no new conditions have been imposed, while there’s a date for the start of negotiations and this should be seen by both Albania and Macedonia as a deadline to fulfill the reforms launched so far”. “By June next year, Albania needs to complete all the necessary preparations for the start of negotiations.
This process will start in July with the arrival of a team from the European Commission”, he said. Meanwhile, the head of the government said that the elections within the EU have had an impact on this delay. “The decision to delay the start of the accession talks by 12 months and the fact that we were given the green light to start preparations for the negotiations with the European Commission is an optimal solution, which cements Albania’s integration perspective through an agenda approved by the European Union”, he concluded.