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Germany supports Albania on the road to EU integration

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“Albania can continue to support Germany’s support and support,” German State Minister for European Affairs at the German Foreign Ministry Michael Roth said in Tirana today. At a press conference after meeting with Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, Roth stressed that “Albania’s path towards the European Union is difficult, but it is a road that is ultimately worthwhile and in the past years Albania has marked a number of achievements important. In the foreground are the achievements that have to do with the strengthening of the rule of law democracy system and its independence, “he underlined.

“The federal government is verifying all these achievements and in co-operation with the Bundestag we will be positioned in the future for the opening of these negotiations. The arguments for opening negotiations are certainly not lacking, the prospect of EU membership for all Western Balkan countries, and especially for Albania, is in the interest not only of Albania and Albanians, but in our own interest and we must explain this our citizens, “said Roth.Speaking of vetting, Roth stressed that “the vetting process is unique in character and serves as a model for Western Balkan countries.

The opening of negotiations closes the ‘abyss’ between Albania and the EU

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The spirits of the “spiritual abyss” between Albania and Europe have always narrowed, but will be completely closed if Albania opens negotiations with the EU. Present at the Albanian Cultural Heritage – a Value on the European Way, at the Academy of Sciences, Prime Minister Edi Rama said that ” the expression Albanians used whenever they left the house was, is getting the road to Europe”. “This expression sums up the dream, hope and ambition of every man, every father, every boy who left home to take the road to Europe, to bring from there what the house could not have. So Albanians have lived for many centuries, to this day, on May 9, 2018, which we are talking about. With this dream, with this hope and ambition.

While the deep spiritual depth between them and Europe has come narrowing. But again today, being prime minister, it is a duty to see the bottom of the abyss, through the principles that built the United Europe. There is the shadow of the abyss when you speak to EU members. It’s fortunately a shadow of that abyss. Because the abyss is far more psychological than factual, since Albania has received historic support from the EU to open negotiations to eventually close the abyss.

Albanian Foreign Minister, “Together Towards European Union”

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The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the EU Delegation to Albania held the Conference “Together Towards European Union: Recognizing Past Experience and Creating Partnerships for the Future”. The conference was conceived in two panels: “Recognizing past experience” and “Creating partnerships for the future”. In his speech, Minister Bushati underlined that for Albania, the European project is essentially a union project within itself. According to him, the European project is the project that the overwhelming majority of Albanians see as a project of peace, security and prosperity, but above all, they see it as a project of democratic governance for them. For the head of Albanian diplomacy, the European project coincides not only with the modernization and transformation of our society but also with the consolidation of our European identity as a nation

France slams Trump for remarks on guns and Paris attacks

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France has condemn Donald Trump’s comment that armed civilians could have stopped the 2015 armed attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people. In a statement, the French governement declared that Paris is calling for “respect for the memory of the victims” after Donald Trump used the 2015 attacks in Paris to defend the right to carry a weapon. François Hollande,  president at the time of the attacks, strongly denounced Donald Trump’s “shameful” remarks. Furthermore, the National Federation of the victims of attacks and collective accidents (FENVAC) called the French diplomacy to “react”.

Albanian Prime Minister, “Public accountability comes as a necessity”

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Public accountability comes as a necessity, as we do not rule in front of an opposition that brings alternatives, ideas and a program to protect the interests of citizens. So stated in Parliament on Thursday, Prime Minister Edi Rama, arguing the necessity of developing a public accountability campaign. In a country where democracy works, he said, we should have a majority ruling and an opposition that demands accountability to the Assembly. “We are not required to account but simply throwing stones, clay balls and all sorts of llozhrash collected in the entire space of the despair of this opposition,” said Rama. He assured that “the campaign of accountability will be a lasting constancy of each year of this mandate, because we have undertaken to govern with people and for people”.

“We have asked for a mandate to work in the country’s leadership without being accompanied by anyone and to govern in a coalition with people. The accountability campaign is also important for the fact that we should be as direct and eye-to-eye communicating with people without allowing this communication to be owned by agents of misery, all those with political mandate or media channels in available make the deformation, distortion and manipulation of our truths “, – said Rama.

Zaev Thomas Gurber signed a memorandum on the reform program

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The President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev and Thomas Gurber, the Director of the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of the Reform Program of the Intelligence Services Sector of the Republic of Macedonia for the period 2017- 2020. “The Geneva Center for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) is an intergovernmental foundation in which the Founding Board, the Republic of Macedonia, has been a member since 2000. This foundation provides support to countries and international research and project factors in order to improve the governance and reforms of the intelligence and security sector, “said Prime Minister Zaev.

Stressing the exceptional importance of the Memorandum and the strategic partnership that DCAF has made after the changes to the Republic of Macedonia for the implementation of security sector reform and intelligence services and the institutions that have a mandate to oversee and control these services, Prime Minister Zaev noted: “This cooperation is crucial for us, above all, to restore the confidence of citizens in those security sector institutions, which in the past were marked as a symbol of the” captured state “we inherited as the main association for violating human freedoms and rights”, Prime Minister Zaev assessed.

Le Pen seeks to rally far-right allies for European elections in Nice

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In view of the European Parliaments elections scheduled for the 23 to 26 May 2019, far-right leaders gathered in the southern French city of Nice in order to lauch their continent anti-immigration campaign. National Front president, Marine Le Pen, was joined by Geert Wilders of the Dutch Party for Freedom, Harald Vilimsky of Austria’s Freedom Party and Czech nationalist Tomio Okamura. On that occasion, it was claimed that a far-right majority in the European elections was possible and it could change Europe, insisting on the possibility to create a Union of European Nations. Ms Le Pen argued also that Nice which has a diverse population, suffered strongly from migration which changed its face.

Albanian Prime Minister, “The Vetting process will not be sufficient only with the removal of corrupt judges”

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“The Vetting process will not be sufficient only with the removal of corrupt judges and prosecutors, as they will answer the law.” He said in a meeting of the SP National Assembly, Prime Minister Edi Rama, adding that there will then be a clean justice system that will act on politicians. “People see that all that true war on and and below and, to advance reform in justice, all that extreme confrontation with the tent in the middle of the boulevard to break Vetting’s path has not merely been worth it but has were just as we have shown,” Rama said.

The Palace of Justice is collapsing, the Prime Minister said, adding that “the corrupt people within the palace have no prosperity, and throughout this escalation of the process, those who have held up the Palace of Justice are leaving.” We have to explain, Rama said, that, these will not escape with that. “The cleansing of a justice system will not leave any of those who are leaving today, without recourse to tell where you found the money,” said the prime minister. To the general question of why Vetting did not start from the government and politicians, Prime Minister Rama replied that “this will make a purely justice system”.

Albanian foreign minister, “We are aware of the ‘tiredness of Europeanisation'”

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Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati informed on Tuesday (April 26th) a small group of Brussels journalists about his country’s ambitions towards the EU, following the Commission’s proposal to start membership talks with Tirana and following Prime Minister Edi Rama’s visit to Berlin last Wednesday. The European Commission proposed on April 17 to open membership negotiations with Albania and Macedonia, in line with its new focus on Western Balkans integration.

The renewed interest in the region, which has made progress over the last year in resolving disagreements with its neighbors and undertaking a reform agenda, matched concerns about the growing interest of non-EU countries to gained a foothold there, in particular Russia and China. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament that he did not want further EU enlargement before the bloc would make the reforms, allowing it to function more successfully. In Berlin, Rama warned that Russia also aimed to radicalize the Muslims of Albania and urged the EU not to “leave room for filling in from other countries”.

Visit of the Minister of Foreign affairs Nikola Dimitrov to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

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On April 20, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, paid a working visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, within which he had a meeting with his host, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Jean Asselborn. The ministers expressed satisfaction with the mutual efforts to intensify the political dialogue in the past months, resulting in two working visits to the foreign ministers of the Republic of Macedonia and Luxembourg in both directions. Opinions were exchanged about the potential and mutual interest in the function of the further development of the overall bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the GV Luxembourg.

Minister Dimitrov briefed his host on the latest development of the internal political situation, the reform agenda, the regional cooperation, as well as the efforts to find a compromise solution to the bilateral dispute with the Republic of Greece. During the visit, Minister Dimitrov also met with the Speaker of the Luxembourg Parliament, Mars Di Bartolomeo and members of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign and European Affairs, Defense, Cooperation and Migration, and presented the opportunities to interested companies in the Economic Chamber of Luxembourg. for investing in the Republic of Macedonia.

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