At a time when Bulgaria has vetoed North Macedonia in terms of EU integration, holding Albania hostage, Prime Minister Edi Rama has used the Strategic Forum in Slovenia to send a message. "Please open the way, become more Balkan and not European," Rama told the Bulgarian Prime Minister, who was by his side, sitting next to him in a chair.
"Please, Bulgarians, pave the way. What are you trying to save? Open the way, become more Balkan," Rama said.
The forum focused on the future of the European Union and the head of the Albanian government did not respect the time allotted to him, despite the insistence of the moderator, saying that it is a rare case that this opportunity was given to the countries of the Western Balkans to discuss this topic, as they themselves are the future of this Union.
"I am sincerely grateful to the Prime Minister and the President, because we were finally invited to a discussion on the future of the EU. If it is the future of Europe "We are Europe. There is no future for Europe without the Western Balkans," Rama said.
Quite strong was also the statement of the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhely, who said that there is no time to lose and that the EU can not fail as with Afghanistan.
"We cannot fail with the Western Balkans. Integrate them politically, economically and securely. We can not allow ourselves to fail. There must be conviction in the Balkans as well. "We need to be motivated and the offer is real. We need to talk about this and how to accelerate it. Afghanistan teaches us that we have no time to lose," he said.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo was also present at this forum, emphasizing that the EU should reform its decision-making system regarding the process of integration of the Western Balkans into the EU.
Prime Minister Edi Rama was present at this forum accompanied by Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka and Minister of State for Reconstruction Arben Ahmetaj. On arrival, Rama was received by the Slovenian Prime Minister, Janez Jansa, and had brief warm meetings with the EU envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, and the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Before the start of the forum, Prime Minister Rama had a meeting with the Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi. This forum focuses on the future of Europe and the effective response to current challenges, such as the Covid pandemic that has brought the world to its knees.