The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, arrived in Albania this afternoon, where he was hosted at an official ceremony by Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Rama said he discussed with the CoE head about the consequences of the tragic 26 November earthquake and the reconstruction process, adding that on 17 February, when the Donors’ Conference will be held in Brussels, Albanians and especially those who lost their homes in the tragic earthquake, will get the message that Europe is close to them and will never leave them alone.
Also, the head of the government stated that part of the discussion was also the reforms made in Albania, and what needs to be done, in the process of traveling to the European Union.
Rama thanked the CoE head for his personal commitment to helping make the donors’ conference on 17 February in Brussels be a success and the Albanian people, especially the 15,000 people who have lost their homes, get the message that Europe is near and will not leave us alone in the great effort of rebuilding.
“We also talked with the President of the CoE about the reform process and the progress of the integration process. We have shared views on what has been achieved so far, what needs to be achieved and at the same time on the internal discussion in the EU of what is now known as the new enlargement methodology and, overall, I am pleased that the President of CoE has expressed the will to be committed to the region, not only in the function of the integration process, but also in the function of strengthening, regional cooperation and a new approach of Brussels in relation to the economic and social development of the region, “Rama said.