Prime Minister Edi Rama in an interview for the German newspaper Bild states that the EU has "broken promises" and is leading a rift in the peoples of the Balkans with political cynicism.
Rama said:" We are not ready to join the European Union today, nor North Macedonia or the rest of the Western Balkans.
There are many requirements we have to meet in order to become a member. However, our two nations, Albania and North Macedonia have met all the necessary conditions to really start the negotiation process with Brussels. Such a start of negotiations had already been decided by the EU Council itself in 2018.
But the efforts of our peoples have not been rewarded. The least we deserve now is the answer to our question "Why?"
When the European Commission asked Albania and North Macedonia to implement some reforms before the negotiations started, we did. Some of them, such as justice reform in Albania, are unprecedented for a country that has not yet entered the negotiation process. But we made progress, and the European Commission recognized our full commitment and our extraordinary achievements on several occasions.
Let us be clear: we are not seeking to become members of the European Union tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Our only concern now is to receive the necessary EU assistance programs in order to grow into the role of a future member in the accession negotiation process,".