Mogherini: Albania is Europe, we want it in EU

The High EU Representative Federica Mogherini said that Albania is Europe and we want Albania to be part of our European Union.

Speaking to the Tirana University students together with Albanian FM Ditmir Bushati, Mogherini said, she believes “our Union will not be complete until all the Western Balkans join our community… Our Union will not be complete until all the Western Balkans join the European Union. The door of the European Union is open for this country, for the region, and we want you to enter the European Union; Albania and the entire region. This is the clear message that I am bringing.”

“The future of the European Union is not going to be at 27. It is going to be at more than 27, at more than 28, because I am serious when I am saying that the door is open, we are looking forward to welcoming you inside the Union. There is some work to be done, on our side, on your side, hopefully together, but I am one hundred per cent convinced that this is going to happen,” she said.

As the key issues, before the EU start the negotiations with Albania, Mogherni mentioned the free and fair elections in June and the implementation of the judiciary reform.

“We need the Albanian leadership to take the consequent decisions in terms of implementation of the reform that was taken last year. I believe, I hope, that decisive steps including the vetting can be implemented and that it can be a continuous progress in all five key priorities,” she said.

During her visit in Albania, Mogherini met separately with Albanian President, Bujar Nishani, Parliamentary Speaker, Ilir Meta, Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition Leader, Lulzim Basha. /

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