PM Rama criticizes Brussels over virtual meeting of DP leader with EU Commissioner

Latest update: 23/03/2021 - 14:30
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The leader of the Democratic Party Lulzim Basha held an online meeting with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel virtually, triggering a harsh reaction by Prime Minister Edi Rama.

According to Rama, their communication is “an intervention in the domestic electoral campaign”.

The Albanian premier said that Brussels must guide its commissioner to “avoid spending their working hours” on electoral videos with the head of the DP.

“Someone in Brussels tells the commissioners spending their time while at work doing video chats with Lulëzim Basha while being on payroll by European taxpayers, that this is called intervention in the domestic elections of an EU candidate country. In my knowledge, it’s not a common habit of the Commission to put its nose in the electoral campaigns and I am expecting to learn this officially and publicly from Brussels, for perhaps I am wrong and commissioners are indeed right to side with parties when the people of Europe chose their government”, wrote Rama on Twitter.

During the video call with the EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Basha said that DP’s platform will include 5 foreign languages for free and professional courses in 20 various disciplines.