PM Rama meets with EC President Tusk
Albanian Daily News
Published December 5, 2017
Prime Minister Edi Rama is paying and official visit to Brussels ahead of the Western Balkans Summit on May 17, 2018. PM Rama was received in a meeting by the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk on Monday afternoon.
The PM said in a post on Facebook that Tusk praised the progress of courageous reforms in Albania as a positive example for the entire region. "In Brussels with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who praised the progress of courageous reforms in Albania as a positive example for the entire region," Rama captioned a photo of the two.
"It was a pleasure to meet with the President of the European Council and I thanked him for giving us the possibility regardless of his busy agenda. I would like to express gratitude to him for being one of the biggest supporters of the rapprochement of the Balkans and Albania to the European Union," said PM Rama after the meeting.
European Council President Donald Tusk thanked him for the visit and for the understanding. "I thank you very much for your visit and first of all thank you for your understanding. I am very pleased to see you here, because as you know we are on the same side. For me, it is very important to be as open, sincere and positive as possible with you and with all my Albanian friends," Tusk said.
"This also means that our cooperation, our talks today were on future cooperation and European future. As you know, you have only friends here in Brussels, maybe not in every capital, but you can be sure that here in the European Council you can count on our support in your efforts. I want to reconfirm that we really appreciate your deep and very courageous process of reforms. You are one of the best examples of European ambition and European dream," declared President Tusk.
In a post on Twitter, Tusk said: "Good meeting with Albanian PM Edi Rama ahead of Western Balkans Summit on 17 May in Sophia. Need to keep momentum in Rule of Law reforms to advance on EU path."
Meantime, on his second day in Brussels, the agenda of Prime Minister Rama includes some important moments. At 09.00 hours, the PM is expected to participate at the Western Balkans at a Crossroads Summit organized by Friends of Europe. The PM has been invited to deliver a speech at the session entitled "Peace, Democracy and Reconciliation".
Moreover, at 11.15 the head of government is expected to hold a meeting with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.