Published on: 31 January 2018

Minister Bushati in Denmark receives support for Albania’s European integration

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati is paying an official visit in Denmark, where he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark, Anders Samuelsen.

Ministers Bushati and Samuelsen discussed the process of Albania’s European integration, the dynamics of bilateral relations, regional cooperation and European security issues.

Minister Bushati expressed gratitude to his colleague Samuelsen for Denmark's support for the democratic transformation processes in our country and the European integration process.

Focusing on the European integration, both Ministers shared their view on the transformational impact of the enlargement policy in the Balkan countries. Minister Bushati informed his colleague about the progress of the reform process in Albania, dwelling on the justice reform and the progress made in meeting the five required priorities.

Minister Samuelsen, confirming Denmark's support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans and assessing the work done, said that the European Commission is the best institution to evaluate the progress made and that Denmark will support the European Commission's recommendation in its report for Albania in April. Minister Samuelson voiced appreciation for the full alignment of Albania to EU decisions on foreign and security policy.

Ministers laso discussed the situation in the region. Minister Samuelsen praised the constructive role of Albania in the Western Balkans region as a constant factor of stability and regional cooperation. In this context, both Ministers underlined the importance of strengthening the European perspective of the Balkan region through a clear and inclusive vision of the Enlargement Strategy, which is expected to be adopted soon.

Furthermore, Ministers exchanged views on the global security issues that Europe and the world are currently facing. Ministers Bushati and Samuelsen praised the cooperation and the role of their countries, as NATO member countries, in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, IS, and discussed also the role of third-party actors in regional crises.

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Bushati met also with the Permanent Under-Secretary of the Prime Minister, Michael Starbæk Christensen, during which issues of bilateral cooperation and European integration were discussed.

In addition, Minister Bushati also held a meeting with representatives of the Committee on European Affairs and Foreign Policy in the Danish Parliament, with whom there was an exchange of views about Albania’s European perspective.

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