The five member countries who blocked the status on December have given
positive signals for this June, but news from the Czech Republic suggest
that the candidate status might be blocked from Prague, due to a
conflict that the Albanian government has with the Czech company, CEZ.
The news has been announced
by the Czech news agency CTK, which says that sources from Brussels
confirm that the Czech Republic is preparing to say “no” to the
candidate status of Albania in the EU summit that will be held by the
end of June.
The cause for this decision is a conflict that has
started in the beginning of the past year between the former Albanian
government and the CEZ company, In June 2013, the Regulatory Entity of
Energy revoked the license of the Czech company, and the Albanian
government appointed an administrator to lead the company. As result,
CEZ lost control over the energy distribution company.
months ago, the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, and the Minister of
Energy, Damian Gjiknuri, announced new talks with the Czech company to
find a solution and avoid the Court of Arbitrage, where CEZ has filed a
lawsuit against the Albanian government.
According to the CTK,
Prague has launched critics saying that the talks between Albania and
CEZ didn’t come to any solution. “CEZ demands compensation from Albania
to defend its investments”, the Czech media says.
Commission recommended the candidate for Albania in the past week, and
the Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Fule, announced the conclusion
of this report during his visit in Tirana. Fule declared in a joint
press conference with Rama that he wants “to make it very clear that the
Report of the Commission recommends the candidate status for Albania
without any doubt”.