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Xhaçka at Tirana Connectivity Forum: ‘Open Balkans’, the only way to develop the region

  • 10/8/2021 7:22 PM
Xhaçka at Tirana Connectivity Forum: ‘Open Balkans’, the only way to develop the region

"Open Balkans" is the only way to bring development to the countries of the region," said Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka during her speech at the 7th edition of the Connectivity Forum with the countries of the Western Balkans and Europe.

Xhaçka also spoke about the European integration process, where she said that Albania has the support of countries that were once skeptical about our country's achievements. The Minister said that the European dream remains one of the main focuses of the Balkans, but according to Xhacka, the countries of the region have realized that they can no longer remain hostage to the EU.

"Albania and the Western Balkans as a whole want to become part of the European Union. In Albania, in fact, support for European integration is at levels that today are unimaginable for any member state. And of course we are working hard, to do everything to narrow the gap of development, modernization, rule of law that separates us from the EU. A lot of work and a lot of progress has been made, which are recognized today even by those who were once the most skeptical towards the achievements of Albania and the Western Balkans. So what has changed is not our desire and commitment to the European dream. "What has changed is that we have realized that we can no longer expect only from the EU and that the paradigm that has defined our relationship with the EU must change," said Xhaçka.

The 7th edition of the Connectivity Forum with the countries of the Western Balkans and Europe was held yesterday, where the Prime Minister Edi Rama delivered a speech, who said that the enlargement and membership of the Western Balkans in the union is less and less rhetoric of the European Union. According to him, the enlargement process can take a long time. He also focused on the 'Open Balkans' initiative, stressing that it is the implementation unit of the Berlin Process.

/Klara Ruci/