“Albania must do its homework”. This was the appeal launched by the rapporteur for Albania at the European Parliament, Knut Fleckenstein during a meeting held yesterday in Tirana, a few days after the decision taken by the European Union to delay the opening of negotiations by a year. During a meeting to discuss the steps that Albania has taken regarding the process of integration, he urged authorities in Tirana to deliver the criteria requested by the European Union. “Europe is praising the efforts made for these reforms.
What matters the most is to collaborate and include everyone in this journey”, the MEP said. Meanwhile, Fleckenstein has also launched a special message for the Albanian opposition, from which it has demanded not to boycott the process, but offer its collaboration for the delivery of reforms. Meanwhile, as far as France’s skepticism is concerned, Fleckenstein said that “the countries which were not in favor of Albania do not have a problem with the country more than they have a problem with the EU”. “They demand the reformation of the EU before the enlargement takes place”, he explained. Fleckenstein also added that the EU has added no extra criteria for Albania. Meanwhile, present in activity was also the ambassador of the European Union in Albania, Romana Vlahutin. The EU ambassador said that Albanian politics is now facing a huge challenge. “This process requires the sides to stick together. There needs to be a great national objective and everyone should work toward this objective”, she appealed. The EU ambassador too has demanded cooperation between majority and opposition in order to help the country’s integration in the European Union.