Albanian PM has warned Kyiv against hopes of quick EU membership, noting that his country has already waited eight years
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has warned authorities in Kyiv not to hope for quick EU membership, noting that his country and North Macedonia have already been candidates for a very long time.
Speaking on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Brussels on Thursday, the Albanian leader said it was a “good thing to [achieve] candidate status » but he hoped “The Ukrainian people don’t have many illusions about this.
“North Macedonia [has been a] candidate for 17 years, if I haven’t lost count. Albania, for eight. So welcome to Ukraine,” said Rama.
The Albanian leader’s comments come after the European Parliament decided on Thursday to grant Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia EU candidate status. However, as the European Parliament’s resolution is not binding, it is now up to the European Council to decide whether or not to accept the candidacies of the three EU candidates.
While the majority of MEPs underlined the importance of allowing the three countries to embark on the road to membership, a number of them underlined that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia must continue their reforms, with some noting that their road to full EU membership could be quite a long one.
Meanwhile, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili insisted his country deserved candidate status much more than Ukraine or Moldova.
While delivering his annual report to the Georgian parliament on Thursday, Garibashvili noted that Georgia was “the undisputed leader in all parameters”, and was ahead not only of Ukraine and Moldova, but also of many EU and NATO member states.
He insisted that the European Parliament’s candidacy recommendations were not merit-based but motivated by the current geopolitical situation around the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Garibashvili said that the European Commission “emotional” the approach of his country’s candidacy was disappointing, but that he continued to await his final decision on Georgia’s candidacy.
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