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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Berisha: Integration, a priority. We're making reforms
The Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, gave an interview for the French TV station “TV5 Monde”, where he expressed Albania’s interest to extend the relations with France.
“My main goal is to work with the French government. We are ready to intensify our economic relations with France”, Berisha declared.
After expressing the ambition for returning Albania into an energetic superpower, the Head of the Albanian Government declared that his main priority is the country’s integration in the European structures. Berisha has not mentioned dates, but he mentioned his determination and the support of the European partners, including France.
“This will be exactly one topic of discussion. France has always supported Albania’s ambition for the EU integration and NATO membership. We have had problems, but they have been resolved. Now we need support to progress even more towards the European Union”, Berisha declared.
The Prime Minister then accused the opposition of trying to hamper the process, but according to him, they failed by losing the last local elections.
“In these two years, the opposition has made everything for blocking Albania’s integration progress, by thinking that this was the best way to damage the government and for coming to power. But SP lost even the local elections”, Berisha underlined.
As regards his political figures, he insinuated that he has no intention to retire from the political scene.
“I will continue until the Albanians will stop voting me. Until then, I will respect their will. I walk towards the EU integration”, Berisha declared.
The Prime Minister then spoke about the current political situation, which, according to him, has turned to normality with the opposition in Parliament.
“The opposition returned in Parliament. I proposed them to plan the electoral law, and they accepted. The situation is normal and has returned to a constant dialogue”, he declared.
Another priority for the Albanian Prime Minister, is the tourism sector, which, according to him, has marked an unseen increase in the recent years.
“We offer a better climate for the tourists, hospitality and very good food. I invite you in Albania”, Berisha declared.
Berisha is staying in France for a summit of the European People’s Parties, where he blamed the opposition for failing to receive the candidate status.