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


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”.

Focus on Blue Corridor Project


The second Adriatic Trilateral Meeting was held in Durres on Friday and it was attended by Albanian Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, Croatian Deputy/PM and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Marija Pejcinovic Buric and the Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs, Srgjan Darmanovic. Foreign Ministers agreed that the countries should focus on impetus and opportunities in order to accelerate implementation phases and work together to provide financial support to the Adriatic-Ionian Corridor’s project. Recalling the Joint Declaration adopted at their first meeting in Split, Croatia, on 10 February 2017, Ministers reaffirmed the importance of this strategic platform of cooperation between the three countries, as a valuable mechanism contribùting to the security, stability and prosperity of the South East Europe. Ministers reiterated, once again, that the Adriatic Trilateral is an excellent example of how likeminded countries  can join their efforts to offer better synergies to the common regional agenda, as well as to effectively address internal and external challenges in South East Europe. They agreed that the third Adriatic Trilateral Ministerial will take place in Montenegro in 2018.

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