Albanian Prime Minister Denies 15 Conditions Set by EU before Talks Start

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has denied the existence of 15 conditions set by the EU, which Albania must meet before the start of EU accession talks.

The latest denial comes one day after the European Parliament voted on a resolution on the opening of negotiations with Albania, in which it included the specific following sentence:

“[The European Parliament] emphasizes the 15 conditions set by the Council of the European Union that Albania must have met before convening the first Intergovernmental Conference with the Member States.”

Despite this, Rama still denies the existence of such conditions.

Furthermore, he suggested that the European People’s Party that asked to amend the resolution, had done so due to its affiliation with the Albanian opposition. 

“Well, in case there are 15 conditions to formally start accession talks, then why was this resolution of the [Albania’s] Democratic Party allies in the European Parliament, which was passed without consensus, necessary? Well, that’s because there are no 15 conditions to sit in the table with the EU[…]” Rama tweeted.

In March, Tuesday, Ministers of Foreign and European Affairs of the EU unanimously agreed to start accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

However, unlike North Macedonia, Albania is required to meet certain conditions before the first intergovernmental conference takes place, which the country’s Prime Minister denies.