Polish and Albanian FMs discuss European integration in Warsaw

2019-09-09 13:28 update: 2019-09-10, 16:40
Photo: PAP/Piotr Nowak
Photo: PAP/Piotr Nowak
Polish and Albanian Foreign Ministers, Jacek Czaputowicz and Gent Cakaj, met in Warsaw on Monday to discuss European integration.

Poland is in favour of the rapid start of EU accession negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia, Czaputowicz said at a joint press conference following the meeting with his Albanian counterpart.  

"We hope that such decisions will be taken during the October meeting of the General Affairs Council of the EU," he added.

The Polish foreign minister said that his country appreciates "the intensive reform efforts of the Albanian authorities," and is pleased that this was also recognised by the European Commission, which in its last May report recommended the European Council to open accession negotiations with Albania.

Cakaj said that Albania highly values Poland's involvement in the Western Balkans, particularly its commitment, made at the July Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, western Poland, to pay EUR 0.5 million to the Western Balkans investment fund. 

The funds transferred by Poland will be allocated primarily to infrastructure and economic projects in the region. (PAP)