The minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, met today, January 31, 2019, with Gent Cakaj, the minister-in-office for Europe and foreign affairs of the Republic of Albania, coming to Bucharest on his first visit abroad since he took office to attend the joint EU candidate countries session of the Gymnich meeting taking place on January 31 – February 1, 2019, in Bucharest.
The discussions were a good opportunity to review bilateral relations, which grew in intensity in the past year, including through the prime minister level meeting from Sofia in July 2018, the visit to Bucharest of the Albanian minister of defence in October 2018 and the 9th Session of the Joint Intergovernmental Romania – The Republic of Albania Committee on technical, scientific and economic cooperation. The two officials recalled that history brought the two nations close together, which makes an additional reason to strengthen cooperation. The two dignitaries also agreed on the steps to take to strengthen bilateral cooperation at sectorial level, notably in the fields of the economy and defence.
The Romanian high official reconfirmed our country’s firm support for Albania’s path to Europe and encouraged the Albanian authorities to continue the reform process and thus obtain concrete results during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in accordance with the conclusions of the EU Council of June 2018. In this context, Minister Delegate George Ciamba imparted Romania’s complete availability to offer Tirana technical assistance in preparation of the country’s accession to the EU, in specific fields of interest, based on Romania’s own experience.
The Albanian minister-in-office reconfirmed his country’s commitment towards its accession to the EU and expressed his confidence that the implementation of the complex reform process, especially in the judiciary, as well as the progress made in the fight against organised crime would make solid arguments for a decision to launch accession negotiations with Albania by the end of June 2019.
The two officials appreciated their efficient cooperation within NATO and discussed about the situation in the region, showing satisfaction towards the ratification of the Prespa Agreement and the encouraging prospects these developments open.