From: Exit Staff
Rama Changes Position on Albania and North Macedonia’s EU Accession Path

Prime Minister Edi Rama has said it’s “inexplicable” that Albania’s EU accession dreams are being thwarted by Bulgaria’s veto against North Macedonia.

In June, Rama said that the two countries should “walk together” towards the EU.

However, in a recent interview for Italian outlet ANSA, Rama said that the EU has failed to keep its promises and Bulgaria is blocking North Macedonia.

“Thus, quite inexplicably, Albania also has to wait for Bulgaria to lift its veto against Skopje,” he said.

The EU decided not to approve the negotiating framework with Albania, despite all countries voting in favor. They decided to continue grouping the two countries together. When Bulgaria blocked North Macedonia’s progress over a dispute of language and origins, Albania suffered the consequences.

But just a few months ago, Rama had remained firm that the two countries should stick together. He reiterated this during a visit to Bulgaria and said there should be a dialogue between the Bulgarian and Macedonian governments.

Bulgaria demands that North Macedonia recognize that the Macedonian language is a dialect of Bulgarian.