Balkan political elite and Donald Tusk at the Brdo-Brijuni Summit in Skopje

Skopje, 27 April, 2018 - 15:27 (META) 

President of the European Council Donald Tusk, seven presidents and one prime minister will be guests of President Gjorge Ivanov, who is hosting the Summit of Heads of State in the Brdo-Brijuni Process, to be held this afternoon and tonight at the Alexander Palace Hotel in Skopje.

The official attendance at the summit was confirmed by the presidents of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who arrived in Skopje yesterday, the President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, and his colleagues from Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo – Aleksandar Vučić , Filip Vujanović , Ilir Meta , Hashim Thaci, and the chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency, Bakir Izetbegović .

A special guest at the meeting, besides Tusk, is Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
The President of the European Council, Tusk, will meet with the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in Government this afternoon.

Due to foreign statesmen, the security situation in Skopje is at its highest, there are helicopter flights, special traffic regime of several boulevards and strong police controls.

The main goal of the Brdo-Brijuni Process is the European integration of the countries of the region and the stabilization of the situation in the Western Balkans through strengthening regional cooperation and solving open issues.

The focus of this year’s meeting of the leaders of the participating countries is the need to improve the inter-relatedness in political, economic, infrastructural and security terms, and in the context of the new EU strategy for the Western Balkans.

Rama and Meta have greeted the passing of the Law on the use of languages

Tirana, 11 January, 2018 - 18:32 (META) 

Albania’s state leadership via social netweorks has greeted the passing of the Law on the use of languages in the Macedonian Parliament Државниот врв на Албанија денеска преку социјалните мрежи го поздрави усвојувањето на Законот за употреба на јазиците во македонското Собрание.

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, wrote on Twitter that the passing of the Law on the use of language represents “a historical achievement for the Albanians that is democratizing and strengthening Macedonia.”

The President of Albania, Ilir Meta, who is on an official visit to Slovenia starting from today, on Facebook has stated that it is a significant act, not only for the Albanians but for Macedonia’s European future.

“Dear friends, I have just arrived at the airport in Ljubljana and I received the wonderful news that the Macedonian Parliament has passed the Law on the use of the Albanian language. It is a significant act not only for the Albanians but for Macedonia’s European future as well” wrote Meta.

Meta: The choice of having an Albanian as the President of the Parliament will strengthen the coexistence

Skopje, 20 November, 2017 - 17:05 (META) 

The President of Albania, Ilir Meta, during the meeting with the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, Talat Xhaferri, stressed that he is happy because for the first time a representative of the Albanian community in the Republic of Macedonia is a president of the Parliament and that this high and important function will be an inspiration for strengthening of the inter-ethnic relations and coexistence in Macedonia, announced the Parliament’s press service.

The Albanian president, also, stressed that it is necessary for both sides to closely collaborate together in the area of Euro integrations and that there is a great need for deblocking of the process of Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

The parliamentary speaker Xhaferri stressed that as the President of the Parliament he shall contribute to strengthening and intensifying the relations between both friendly countries in all domains, especially the parliamentary cooperation. Xhaferri, also, expressed his gratitude for Albania’s continuous support regarding the desired accession of Macedonia into NATO.

Let’s not judge each other regarding the issues of the past, said Meta after his meeting with Ivanov

Skopje, 20 November, 2017 - 15:08 (META) 

Today, President Gjorge Ivanov and his Albanian counterpart, Ilir Meta, discussed bilateral relations between the two countries in Skopje, and the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, as well.

“We started together, but now Albania is a NATO member. We now expect Albania to take Macedonia into the Alliance”, Ivanov said at the joint press conference, adding that Macedonia is ready to share its previous experience with Albania regarding the European integration process.

Ivanov stressed that at the meeting it was discussed about the situation in the region, but also for bilateral co-operation, which, he said, it was still not on a satisfactory level.

Albanian President Meta, quoted Mother Theresa, and he called for greater co-operation, rather than living in the past.

“Sometimes neighborly relations are simple, but we know to complicate them. They are like relationships between people. As I earlier quoted Mother Theresa, ‘If we judge people indefinitely, there will be no time to love them’. This also applies to common relationships. Therefore, it is better to spend our time on mutual support and we all benefit from it, than to judge each other on issues that are related to the past. I believe that Macedonia and Albania could be an example for the entire region”, said Meta.

The Albanian president did not want to comment on the “Divo Naselje” and “Monster” cases, but he expects the human rights to be respected and European standards to be applied.

Ilir Meta: There is no crisis between Albanians and Macedonians, but between VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM

Tirana, 7 April, 2017 - 14:08 (META) 

Macedonia is a country in the Balkans where many foreign interests clash, stated last night Albanian Parliament Speaker, Ilir Meta in an interview for “Ora News” television.

“It is a country which, in addition to Albania, has specific problems with some of the neighbouring countries, demographic or ethnic composition makes the country very fragile in terms of functioning as a stable state”, said Meta, answering a questions on the region, developments in Macedonia, as well as the accusations made by VMRO-DPMNE concerning Tirana’s interference in the internal affairs of the country.

Meta believes the real battle in Macedonia in recent years is not a crisis between Albanians and Macedonians, but a crisis between VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, a crisis between the government and the opposition.

Regarding the results of the early parliamentary elections, Meta says they are being used to create a false situation which is being presented as a problem between Macedonians and Albanians.

He concluded that it is in Albania’s interest for Macedonia to be stable and that the rights of the Albanians can not be solved by destabilizing the country. He believes that the current problems in Macedonia are actually a fight between VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM for power.

Bushati and Meta welcome platform by Albanian parties in Macedonia

Tirana, 9 January, 2017 - 13:47 (META) 

Albanian officials welcomed the joint platform of the Albanian parties in Macedonia, reports a “Meta” correspondent from Tirana.

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati said that it is an agreement for a stronger and more democratic Macedonia, while Albanian Parliament Speaker, Ilir Meta, said that the agreement will positively affect inter-ethnic relations in the country.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Saturday, after the public release of the platform, said it was a historic step.

“This is a historic step for the expression of will of the Albanians in Macedonia. The rights of Albanians, and not negotiations for government armchairs”, Rama wrote on his “Facebook” page.

The leaders of Albanian political parties in Macedonia, after the early parliamentary elections held on December 11 last year, met with Rama in Tirana twice and then with the President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi. After meeting with Rama and Thaçi, the joint platform emerged from the Albanian parties in Macedonia, which will be the basis for negotiations on forming a new government.

Speaker of Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta visited Pustec

Пустец, 22 February, 2015 - 14:08 (META) 

Speaker of the Albanian National Assembly Ilir Meta visited the Municipality of Pustec, where he met with Mayor Edmond Temelko, as well as with General Secretary of the party Macedonian Alliance for European Integration Vasil Sterjovski and vice-president of the party Takjo Grozdani.

Representatives of the Macedonian community in Albania familiarized Meta with the situation in the Municipality of Pustec, especially in the field of infrastructure.

The need for adopting a law on minorities that would recognize Macedonian and other communities throughout Albania and regulate education in Macedonian was emphasized, reports online newspaper Makedonium, which is published in Macedonian and Albanian.

Speaker Ilir Meta expressed his appreciation for the values the Macedonian community brings in Albania, adding that the Albanian Parliament supports the development and preservation of the traditions of the Macedonian community and will be engaged to make a reconstruction of the high school in Pustec and printing the required textbooks in Macedonian language as soon as possible.

Speaker of the Albanian Parliament recently visited Macedonia and met with state officials and leaders of Albanian political parties.