The Speaker of the Assembly, Gramoz Ruçi, held a video conference today with the Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, at the end of the Portuguese Presidency of the EU. The Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, Luis Capoulas Santos was also present at the Conference.
President Ruçi praised the contribution of the Portuguese Presidency in promoting the integration of the Western Balkans. "The Portuguese presidency has kept the issue of enlargement at the top of its agenda. The decision of the European Council, in March 2020, to open membership negotiations with Albania has paved the way for the next step in Albania's path towards the EU, that of the first intergovernmental conference. In June 2020, the Albanian government approved and launched the implementation of the Action Plan for meeting the requirements of the Council conclusions of March 2020. Based on the implementation of the Action Plan, considerable progress has been made and the requirements for the Intergovernmental Conference have been met. Albania is grateful for the strong and visible support to Albania and North Macedonia. We are also grateful for its tireless effort to mediate between Bulgaria and North Macedonia to resolve their dispute," said Parliament Speaker Gramoz Ruci.
The Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, thanked Ruçi for the achievements of Albania in its European journey and underlined that “Portugal has been and will be a supporter of Albania's accession to the European family. Albania is a partner of Portugal in NATO and has shown maturity in the successful management of the OSCE Presidency as well as in being elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the years 2022-2023. European integration is a transformation process and Albania has achieved visible results in this transformation process. Europe will never be complete without Albania and the Western Balkans."
The Chairman of the European Affairs Committee, Luís Capoulas Santos, underlined that “I have closely followed Albania's progress in achieving the integration objectives and Portugal is clear and determined to support Albania in holding the First Intergovernmental Roundtable as soon as possible. There is a broad consensus of Parliament, Government and political forces on this in Portugal. Albania is a country worthy of joining the EU as soon as possible,"Santos said.