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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Netherlands votes in favor of Albania’s candidate status
The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, greeted the decision of
Netherlands in real time during today’s Parliament session, as soon as
he got the new that the Dutch Parliament decided to vote in favor of
Albania’s candidate status.
The country that this
December was more against a positive decision, confirmed this new
position through their Foreign Minister, Frans Timmermans. He declared
during the reporting of the Commission for European Matters that based
on objective merits, Albania deserves the candidate status.
is still having problems with the organized crime and corruption, as
underlined by Transparency International. But since December the
government has taken steps that deserve a positive evaluation with our
vote in favor of the status”, Timmermans declared in front of the
“Prime Minister Rama attended a visit in
Hague, and he has the highest compliments for the work done so far. He
has undertaken important and very difficult steps to keep his promises”,
Rute declared. The Head of the Dutch government answered to the
questions about Albania, one of which was:
“Is there progress in Albania since December”?
“Yes, and there are numbers to prove it”.
What is the situation like in the European Union?
Commission and all member countries are in favor of the status. Not
that I was fearing being alone, but I am also convinced that Albania
deserves the status. I believe that the vote in favor of the status will
Which is the trajectory towards the negotiations?
is a very long path and everyone is clear about this. The European
Union is an organization capable of learning, and it has learned a lot
from its enlargement history”.
What will the candidate status of Albania cost to the European Union?
The IPA funds remain in the same level. The status is just a political
signal, without material consequences, based only on an objective
evaluation. Albania deserves the status.”
The session about
Albania concluded with a question if the candidate status will help
Albania. The Dutch Foreign Minister quoted the Albanian Prime Minister
during his visit in Netherlands, who promised that his government is
determined to fight crime and corruption, to increase the revenues for
the Albanian citizens and to give them an alternative.
Alternative is the European Union”, Rama had told to the Dutch Prime
Minister, Mark Rute. He concluded the declaration by saying that Albania
has a deep political antagonism, but everyone agrees for the European
Union candidate status.