Balkans Media Days: The Anger of Journalists, the Silence of the EU

The Balkans Media Days have just ended this November 10 in Tirana. Far from the expected political correctness, the debates gave rise to intense discussions and drew a very dark portrait of press freedom in the region. But did the EU receive the message?

Balkans Media Days: The Anger of Journalists, the Silence of the EU

In a crowded hall attended by nearly 250 media professionals, the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, a regional meeting organized by the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) Johannes Hahn, is off to a flying start in Tirana on Thursday  November 9. Recognizing the importance of press freedom, the Albanian Prime Minister […]

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Yesterday, closing the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn once again expressed the “non-negotiable” conditions of the European Union regarding press freedom: We want to see sustainable accomplishments in the judicial reform and freedom of media. I believe these to be non-negotiable for the member states of the European Union. Commissioner Hahn, however, […]

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

During a press conference today with Prime Minister Edi Rama, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn spoke in the slipstream of the opening of the Media Days about the progress Albania has made on the road to accession negotiations, and about the need to communicate those results. It is worth having a closer look at […]

Edi Rama Is the End of Albania’s EU Aspirations

Edi Rama Is the End of Albania’s EU Aspirations

A few days ago, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn issued an important declaration regarding Albania at the informal meeting of the Balkan prime ministers, which didn’t attract the public’s attention, as it was eclipsed by the propaganda and presence of the Prime Minister Edi Rama, who assumed the role of the leader of the entire Balkans. Once […]

The Regional Economic Area: An EU Mirage?

The Regional Economic Area: An EU Mirage?

On Saturday August 26, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn attended an informal meeting hosted by Prime Minister Edi Rama for the prime ministers of the “Western Balkans Six”: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia. The meeting focused in part on the implementation of the Regional Economic Area (REA), agreed during the […]

Balkan Leaders To Meet Informally in Durrës

Balkan Leaders To Meet Informally in Durrës

Western Balkan leaders are expected to meet in Durrës on August 26 at an informal event organized by Prime Minister Edi Rama to exchange opinions and ideas about regional cooperation and the EU integration process. It is still unknown which Balkan leaders will attend, while EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Vice President of the […]

Hahn: Focus on Reforms, Opening of Negotiation Depends on Progress

Hahn: Focus on Reforms, Opening of Negotiation Depends on Progress

In an interview with Gazeta Tema, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn spoke about the June 25 elections and the prospects of opening EU accession negotiations under the next Rama government. Commissioner Hahn asked Albanian politicians to collaborate on the continuation of the reforms, stating that “collaboration between parties will be fundamental for further steps of […]