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The European Commission has adopted a €100 million package to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of Albania following the November 2019 earthquake.
Today, the European Commission presented to the Council draft negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia, laying out the guidelines and principles for their accession talks. The Commission was invited to submit these proposals in March 2020 by the General Affairs Council when it took the decision to open negotiations with both countries.
We congratulate all parties on today’s important electoral reform political agreement. We welcome the inclusive process and commend the political willingness to reach consensus. This is an important achievement that will benefit the citizens of Albania.
The European Commission welcomes the Council's decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, subject to final endorsement by the European Council members.
Today, the Commission presented updates on the progress made by Albania and North Macedonia in further addressing rule of law related reforms, in particular in the areas set by the Council in June 2018.
About 100 delegations from the European Union, its Member States and partners, including international organisations and civil society gathered in Brussels today at the International Donors' Conference to mobilise support for Albania after the devastating earthquake of 26 November 2019.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen hosting the event said: "Today the international community stood in solidarity with Albania. A third of the overall pledge comes from the European Union and its Member States, including the European Investment Bank. The whole European Union mobilised for a country that is at the heart of our continent - and that I hope and I am convinced one day will also be part of our Union. The people of Albania know that they belong in our European family – now more than ever.”
Thank you very much.
I am very happy to be here with Prime Minister Edi Rama. And I am very happy to announce that the international community strongly supports the reconstruction efforts in Albania. And I want to thank each and every one of the donors for their generous contributions.
I would like to pay tribute to the resilience that Albania and its people have shown after this devastating earthquake. I want to remind you that 51 men, women and children lost their lives, more than 900 people were injured. Thousands of people lost their homes. Over 300 schools and 30 health centres have been damaged. More than 200,000 people have been affected in the country. Moreover, up to 17,000 people were displaced due to the loss of their homes.
The European Union will organise the International Donors' Conference on Monday, 17 February 2020 in Brussels to support the reconstruction efforts in Albania after the earthquake that struck the country on 26 November 2019. Hosted by the Commission, the Conference will gather the EU and its Member States, the Western Balkan partners, representatives from other countries, as well as from international organisations and civil society.
The European Union will organise an international donors’ conference on 17 February 2020 in Brussels to support the reconstruction efforts in Albania after the earthquake that struck the country at the end of November.