The integration of Albania into the European Union remains not only a priority, but also a challenge of the Albanian politics, the government, the parliament and other state institutions that during this year, have completed step by step the recommendations of EU for the preparations of the country for opening the accession negotiations.
The ministry for Europe and ForeignA�Affairs ,even MP,s and ministers have lobbiedA�with the members states of EU and otherA� European institutionsA�for creating all the necessaryA�conditions for opening the negotiations.
PM, Edi Rama, held an official visit in Brussels, where he was receivedA�by the highest representatives of EU, president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker,A� president of the European Parliament , Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Council ,Donald Tusk and the High Representative of EU for Foreign Policy and Security, Federica Mogherini.
All the high representatives praised the results of Albania during the last year,A� firstly the justice reform, holding parliamentary elections with high standards, the fight against crime, trafficking and corruption. President Junker was impressed by these results and during a joint press conference with PM Rama declared that he will propose the Council of Ministers of EU the opening of the accession negotiations with Albania, next spring.
Meanwhile, the Albanian government continues the work for fulfilling the standards in order to become a deserving member of the European family, as declared by Pm Rama, who was again in Brussels last week , for an informal meeting with Mrs. Mogherini and Pm of Western Balkan countries.
a�?a�� We are closer than ever for opening the negotiationsa��a��- stressed Rama , who made an appeal to all the Albanian political class, but even the diplomatic representatives accredited in our country ,- to contribute for the opening of the negotiations with the European Union.
We are aware that the path towards the EuropeanA�family is not a touristic journey, but a endeavor that requires the efforts of all AlbanianA�actors , because we are convinced that this is the best way for the fast development of the country and the consolidation of the democratic institutions a�� underlined Pm Rama.
The integration into the European Family is an old dream of Albanians. The AlbanianA�studentsA�in their protestsA�in 1990 had as slogan a�sa�? making AlbaniaA�like all Europea�?.