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Slovenian Ambassador: Albania has done everything it should have done, blocked by Northern Macedonia and Bulgaria

Slovenian Ambassador: Albania has done everything it should have done, blocked

The Ambassador of Slovenia, Peter Japelj, from Korça gave more details about the importance of holding the Summit for the Western Balkans.

Japelj said there will be investments in the economy for infrastructure and to increase welfare.

"The summit was a success even though it was a bit complex this year. The statements were coordinated between 27 members to the difficulty of course. In the end, what matters is that everyone came out with a joint statement. There was a strong message for the countries of the Western Balkans, we are in support and we see that the future of these countries is with us, and sooner or later they will be part of the EU. But there were other important messages for continued cooperation in the short and long term. "There were joint calls for investments in the economy, there will be billions of lek for the infrastructure of the Western Balkans that will make the lives of people here better," said Japelj.

Regarding the opening of negotiations in Albania, the ambassador said:

"I do not know. We have to see. We feel the smell of the opportunity to start negotiations at the first intergovernmental meeting. There are several scenarios of how they can be developed, and it is best to start negotiations with the countries of the Western Balkans. Or at least set a date for project implementation. Albania has done everything it should have done. There were two strong ladies from the EU, who came to Albania recently, Merkel and Vonderlighen, who said that Albania has done everything to be part of the EU. Now the ball is in the EU's court to decide. "Recently, issues in the EU are complex, we all know that there is a problem between Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia, and Albania has nothing to do with this issue", the ambassador concluded his speech.