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Minister Logar at a working meeting in Albania on Slovenia’s support for EU enlargement

Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar, together with his Austrian and Czech counterparts Alexander Schallenberg and Jakub Kulhánek, visited Tirana and met with Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Olta Xhaçka, Prime Minister Edi Rama, President Ilir Meta and President of the largest opposition Democratic Party Lulzim Basha. The three ministers travelled to the Albanian capital in the context of a two-day working visit to Skopje and Tirana.

Minister Logar declared Slovenia’s full support for Albania on its path towards EU membership. He expressed hope for a quick approval of negotiating frameworks and the convening of the first EU-Albania intergovernmental conference as all conditions have already been met. Minister Xhaçka briefed the guests on the progress Albania has made in its approximation to the EU, especially in the reform implementation.  

The Slovenian, Austrian and Czech foreign ministers welcomed the recent European Commission report on Albania, assessing it as very positive and stressing the country’s readiness to open the EU enlargement talks. The ministers agreed that the greatest progress had been made in implementing judicial reform and in the fight against organised crime and corruption. They advocated continuing and speeding up the enlargement process, which is the driving force of change and progress in the region.

The ministers also positively evaluated the recent parliamentary elections in Albania and called for an in-depth investigation of all complaints about alleged irregularities before and during the election. In addition, they appealed to all Albanian politicians to acknowledge the legitimacy of the newly elected parliament, to strive for the country’s EU future and to continue implementing reforms.

The high officials also exchanged views on the current developments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.