Europe Day, minister Xhaçka: Closer than ever to the strategic objective of joining EU

Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Olta Xhaçka

The Albanian Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Olta Xhaçka posted a video message stating that Albania “is closer than ever” to EU membership.

“Albania and our government through efforts of titanic proportions have been able to fulfill all the priorities and specific requests, the major one being the reform of the justice system and the consolidation of the rule of law. These have been achieved also thanks to the national consensus of all Albanians”, the minister said, adding that she is certain to all sides have the political will to work on this objective.

The Ninth of May marks Europe Day. On this day back in 1950, French foreign minister Robert Schuman made his famous speech, also known as the Schuman Declaration, where he proposed the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community.

Schuman called on France and Germany, as well as other European states, to place their production of coal and steel under a single authority, laying the foundation to a future European federation.

This moment marked the first step towards the creation of what we know today as the European Union.