Albania: Commissioner congratulates the winner of the elections
Brussel (26th June) – Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said the following on the result of the parliamentary elections in Albania: I wish to congratulate the winning coalition in Sunday's parliamentary elections. I welcome the inclusion of European integration at the top of the coalition parties' programmes. I trust that the incoming government will vigorously pursue the country's reform agenda in an inclusive manner in order to give the European integration process renewed momentum.
The past eight years have been a period of important reforms and economic growth. Albania achieved steady progress on the path of European integration. Visa liberalisation as well as the European Commission recommendation for candidate status bear testimony to this.
Now more than ever cross-party cooperation is needed to ensure a smooth transition to the incoming government. Prime Minister Berisha's announcement is an important step towards this goal. There are many challenges ahead which will demand immediate attention. This is therefore a time for Albanians to look confidently, together, into their European future.