TIRANA, April 17
Today is a good day for Albania and as the country along with Macedonia got the recommendation from the European Commission to start accession talks to join the European Union.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn held a press conference during the readout of the enlargement package for Albania and the Western Balkans, and Turkey.
On his part, Commissioner Hahn said this is a good day for the Western Balkans and Albania and Macedonia marked progress, but there’s no time for self-satisfaction. He highlighted that there are no shortcuts to the EU and the process is based on merit.
MEP Knut Fleckenstein congratulated Albania officially on Twitter.
“Congratulations! Am very happy. Big step forward for Albania! Unconditional recommendation from the EU-commission to open the negotiations. Albania deserves it! And now we count on the Council to agree as well,” Fleckenstein tweeted.
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