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With the Albanian national team jersey, the MEP delivers a speech with the EP: Albania should immediately open membership negotiations

With the Albanian national team jersey, the MEP delivers a speech with the EP:

Irish MEP Ciaran Cuffe delivered a speech in the European Parliament wearing the Albanian national football jersey.

Regarding the country's membership in the EU, Cuffe stressed that Albania has made great efforts, so the time has come to open negotiations immediately.

Cuffe : The war in Ukraine showed us that peace is fragile. In the 1990s, the countries of the Western Balkans reminded us of this. We must never forget that only through dialogue can we overcome hatred, violence and clashes between nations.

The European Union is a forum for member states to find compromises through words, not weapons. By invading Ukraine, Russia challenged these core values.

The countries of the Western Balkans share these values ​​with us, but the spectrum of war weighs on the region. I have been to Albania recently, as you can see and I saw for the first time the growing frustration with the European integration process.

Albania has made great efforts and we must immediately open membership negotiations. If we do not we not only will not be at the height of our responsibilities, but we risk increasing the interference of those who defile our values.

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