Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said in Brussels on June 23 that it was good for Ukraine to receive the status of a candidate for EU membership but that Ukrainians needed to know that the process was very long.
"North Macedonia, if I am not mistaken, has been a candidate for 17 years and Albania for eight years, so Ukraine is welcome," Rama said upon arriving in Brussels where he met with EU leaders. "It is good to give Ukraine the status of a candidate. However, I hope that the Ukrainian people will not cultivate any illusion" about joining, Rama said.
The European Commission has recommended giving Ukraine the status of a candidate as a first step on the long road to membership in the EU. The Commission also recommended that Moldavia be given the status of a candidate.