The Bulgarian veto on North Macedonia is also blocking Albania in the process of opening negotiations with the European Union.
That is the statement issued by Prime Minister Edi Rama in an interview with the Italian news agency, ANSA.
The head of the Albanian government says that Albania should wait for Bulgaria to lift its veto on North Macedonia. Albania and North Macedonia have pursued painful reforms in recent years to move forward on the road to the EU. They both met all the criteria set by Brussels, but their path to admission is still frozen. But despite these obstacles, the Prime Minister says that Albania will continue its efforts to join "at all costs" the European Union.
The head of the Albanian government also praised the support that Italy has given to Albania along the journy to the European Union.
"Italy has been our loyal supporter all along. First Renzi, then Gentiloni, Conte and especially Di Maio could not engage more in reaffirming that Albania deserves the opening of negotiations. But the EU is far from a strategic move, and very often elections in one country or another are much more important than the goals for the future of the next generation of Europe," Rama stressed.
However, there is no alternative to EU integration, Rama noted, assuring that the so-called "Open Balkans" initiative, pushed forward by Belgrade, Tirana and Skopje in July, does not replace the EU path. "There is not and can not be a substitute alternative to EU integration," Rama told ANSA.