Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Greek - Albanian Relations
Risopoulos: "Greece supports the liberalization of visas but considers that there is much to be done to complete this process".
The Greek community living in Albania, has abandoned obtaining identity cards, after the Albanian authorities have seen all citizens as Albanian nationality
Declaration of the Greek consul in Gjirokaster to Albanian journalists.
The statement was consul during the celebrations held to mark the anniversary of the independence of Greece in the city of Gjirokastra.
The consul John Rizopoulos in Albanian media said that Albania would be able to exploit the abolition of visas to European Union countries, where they met the required international conditions. He recalled that the same team had identified and the European Union visited Albania last week.
Due to the large volume of Albanian immigrants in Greece, the l iberalization of visas between the two countries is one of the main challenges of Albania.
But the biggest problem lies in the fact that the Greek community living in Albania, has abandoned obtaining identity cards, after the Albanian authorities have seen all citizens as albanian nationality, without previously stated that every citizen living in Albania.
This poses greater risk for failure process of identity cards and biometric passport, a technical condition that claims it has fulfilled Tirana.