Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama hailed on Tuesday the positive recommendation made earlier in the day by the European Commission (EC) for the opening of negotiations for his country’s European Union (EU) membership.
Albania just opened a new chapter in its history, Rama said, noting that Albania, which became an official EU candidate country in 2014, still has a lot of challenges ahead.
“Albania has now a new status in the international arena and finally came out from another crossroad between the past and the future,” Rama said, adding that the recommendation was a recognition of Albania’s merits.
“Albania has shown devotion and patience. Albanians deserve to have all their efforts, sacrifices and confidence in the common values and vision of the Union recognized,” said Romana Vlahutin, ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Albania.
But in the other hand, Kosovo’s president has called on the European Union to offer clearer prospects and treat it equally on its path to membership in the bloc.
Hashim Thaci says that Kosovo remains committed and with “the proper will to intensify its steps toward integration into the EU.”
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Kosovo to continue reforms and talks with Serbia, “including on the achievement of a legally binding agreement.”
Thaci urged Brussels to lift the visa regime for Kosovars after it approved last month a long-pending border demarcation deal with Montenegro set as a precondition from Brussels for Kosovo’s citizens to travel without visas in Europe’s Schengen travel zone, the last among former Eastern European countries.