In Albania, political sides have been involved in the recent days in a heated debate in relation to the conditions that the European Union has imposed upon Albania to launch accession talks for this country.
The EU resolution, as it was confirmed by the political declarations of EU senior officials, stresses that the reform in the judicial system along with several other important issues, are a condition for the launch of talks.
But the EU resolution and declarations are interpreted differently by political sides in Albania. The socialist leader, Edi Rama insists that there is only one condition from the EU and that is the implementation of the reform in justice.
In contrast to Rama, the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha says that the government is trying to conceal the reality of the conditions that the EU has imposed upon Albania for the launch of talks.
“For months, the head of the government is trying to conceal the fact that the fight against corruption, crime and drugs and free elections are key conditions that the EU has imposed on Albania for the launch of talks”, Mr. Basha says mentioning several conditions which according to him, the EU has imposed on the country.
He warns that “with this government, the EU doors will remain closed for Albania”.
While Rama and Basha make a different interpretation of the EU, the EU ambassador to Albania, Romana Vlahutin has intervened in the recent hours.
Vlahutin’s declaration rejoiced Mr. Rama, who commented Vlahutin’s stance. He said that her claims confirm his stance that “vetting is the only condition imposed by the EU”.
For Mr. Rama, “the effort to block the reform in the judicial system to deceive Albanians with the stance of the EU toward Albania and their insatiable tendency to tarnish the image of the country is impressive”.
However, Mrs. Vlahutin, in contrast to how Mr. Rama “sold” her declaration, was very careful in the determining the number of EU conditions.
“It is very clear what the EU is expecting from Albania… There is a condition which is the vetting law and other issues which relate to the five key priorities. In order for the negotiations to open, it is very important to implement the vetting process”, said Vlahutin last night in a televised interview, thus not counting a single condition for the launch of talks.
The public opinion is not clear as to whether there are five or seven conditions for the negotiations, as it was said by several political exponents of the EU member country. Mrs. Vlahutin says that vetting, as part of the implementation of the reform in justice, is the first step and she adds: “The five priorities will continue to be effective until the end and what’s important is progress. This is a guarantee that further advancement will be made and that there will be no turning back or gridlock”.
Mrs. Vlahutin said that the elections are a clear condition, because they are directly connected to democracy. “It is not a condition in itself, but we take it for granted, because free and fair elections are connected to the democratic values of a country”, Mrs. Vlahutin said. /balkaneu.com/