Bulgarian PM Borissov urges skeptic EU countries to open negotiations with Albania

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 4, 2018 17:20

Bulgarian PM Borissov urges skeptic EU countries to open negotiations with Albania

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  • Concerning the fight against extremism, Borissov suggested building a coordination centre in Tirana for past ISIS members that return to their countries.

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TIRANA, June 4 – Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met counterpart Edi Rama on Monday in Tirana to discuss ways to deepen cooperation between their countries and Albania’s EU integration, for which he said the EU should set a date to open negotiations.

He also attended a regional conference on countering violent extremism in Tirana, where King of Jordan Abdullah II was also present.

Concerning the fight against extremism, Borissov suggested building a coordination centre in Tirana for past ISIS members that return to their countries.

Rama said Borissov has been Tirana’s “lawyer” in its EU path all along, and that the countries share excellent relations during a shared press conference after their meeting.  

Meanwhile, Borissov highlighted the importance of giving Albania’s start of negotiations with the EU a clear time-frame.

It is true that they are calling for a lot of efforts, because we still have two states that are skeptical of Albania, but most European countries think that although on conditions, Albania should be given a date and a path to start negotiations in general for the EU and we must make great efforts to convince the countries that have remained in this regard by the end of June,” Borissov said.

During the conference, Borissov again mentioned Albania’s EU integration, saying some EU countries need to overcome their selfishness towards Western Balkan countries.

“The selfishness of certain EU countries towards Western Balkan countries should be overcome, although these countries should surely reform,” Borissov said.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 4, 2018 17:20