Borrell: Golden passport procedure will not be pursued

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After the meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council in Tirana, Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell announced that Prime Minister Edi Rama informed him that “the golden passport program will no longer be pursued.”

Borrell stated, “We applaud the Prime Minister’s announcement that the golden passport program will no longer be pursued.”

In the European Commission’s October 2014 progress report on our nation, it was said that “Albania risks having visas reinstated if the granting of citizenship through investment schemes is seen to constitute a growing threat to the internal security and public policy of the European Union.”

In addition, Borrell emphasized that today’s conference in Tirana is a message for “Albania’s European integration.”

“Typically, these critical yearly meetings are conducted in Brussels or Luxembourg, but we are convening them in Tirana today to send a clear message of our commitment to Albania’s path towards EU membership. Our steadfast commitment to Albania’s European integration is the central message. From negotiations to tangible efforts, such as your participation in our shared security and defense strategy, we are collaborating toward this end. This nation has demonstrated a strong commitment to critical reforms, particularly in the judiciary. The Justice Reform has been important and has made substantial progress “said Borrell.