Saturday, February 18, 2006

EU, Albania sign stabilization pact

After three years of association talks, the European Union and the Albanian government on Saturday signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement, bringing Albania closer to the club of EU.

EU Commissioner on Enlargement Olli Rehn and Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj inked the agreement on behalf of the EU and the Albanian government, respectively.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the head of European Commission Manuel Barroso attended the ceremony.

In his address after the ceremony, Berisha said the agreement is a roadmap leading Albania to Europe.

"We regard this moment as an obligation as well as an opportunity. We are committed to implementing the agreement to make it a real the nation's dream of integrating into EU, "said Berisha.

In his speech after the ceremony, Barroso congratulated Albania on the success they achieved.

"This is indeed an historical moment on the road of Albania's integration into EU," said Barroso.

Barroso urged the Albanian side to work hard for the implementation of the agreement.

"Another important step, after the signing (of the agreement) in the spring, is the implementation of the agreement," said Barroso.

The EU decided to introduce a Stability Pact, a plan to stabilize the region, for the five Balkan countries, namely Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Bosnia- Montenegro.

Macedonia was the first country to conclude the Stabilization and Association Agreement on April 9, 2001, and it was granted candidate status last December.

Croatia was the second to sign the agreement on Oct. 29, 2001.

Talks on the agreement between Albania and the EU started in January 2003. Final approval of the agreement is to follow at EU summit in Vienna before the end of June.

8 comments:

Mir said...

Congratulations

Anonymous said...

Ehh, no biggie!

Anonymous said...

Next on the map is Independent Kosova.
Thank you Mir, that means a lot. Hope Serbia pulls its weight and maybe joins the EU soon.

~Anonymous

My name from now on will be the above.

Dardania 2006 said...

Thx Mir,

This is great news for Albania!

Cvijus011 said...

Congratulations to our albanian neighbors with the wishes that both of our nations will together in the EU push waway the current problems and work together for our common profit.

The stabilization pact is the first step, but the hardest part is still to come. Therefore, I hope that Albania will prove itself worthy of the challenges and alltogether coexist within the framework of the EU.

illyrianboy said...

thanks guy,

hopefully the whole region will become part of EU so we wont have to deal with the shitty border police officers.

and that also means we will argue less after that.

cheers

Kristian said...

You guys brought tears to my eyes! Just kidding but I'm actually happy that no one faught on this posting. There is a future for all of us to live together in peace.

God bless you all :)

Anonymous said...

Greetings,
Maybe there is a prosperous future after all, nevertheless we should not be decieved by this agreement. This is only a minor step in the road to come. Hence, it is crucial to have a civilizied society, that is willing to mobilize intellectually to see progress. At the end of the day....the wars in the Balkans seem to have been useless since we are all going to be living together again.