Bulgaria holds the Eu hostage, the results of the Brdo summit, Albanian fashion and handicrafts and TIrana cheap but certainly not bad.

The Letter From The Consulate

No. 168.
Gentofte/Copenhagen, Thursday 7. October 2021
Dear reader,

As we all know, politicians and politics are absolutely not everything. So let´s start this October newsletter with fashion and jewelry.

Bela Maci: Bela has managed to filter and get the best, to transform tradition into modern by making them stay together very well. Let alone her feminine dresses inspired by Albanian men's costumes, without losing their femininity, elegance and comfort.

But how does Bela introduce herself?
"I was born and raised in a family of artists," she writes on her Instagram page @bela_maci. embodied in the paintings of the realistic period.The details and shape of the folk costumes have been the part that attracted me the most.The elements of the jubilee in color and shape, of tirqas, jamadani, shirt folds, socks, vests, have always conveyed my taste well and the desire to preserve and create clothing that can very beautifully be used to this day. I think to do "art", you must first know the tradition ".


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New York 25.09.2021 Prime Minister Edi Rama delivered a speech at the UN General
where, among other things, he called for the full recognition of Kosovo’s independence, urged EU countries to open membership negotiations with Tirana and listed his country’s challenges and achievements regarding the pandemic, development and modernization.
“Again, this great assembly is not and will not be complete without Kosovo. You have heard me more than once talk about the recognition of Kosovo’s independence, this is not an obsession, nor something to just say, it is an invitation to acknowledge the new realities in the heart of Europe “.

Regarding the negotiations for Albania’s accession to the EU, Rama stated: “European integration is a primary national objective, a regional aspiration and a source of inspiration in a radically transformed regional context, in all 6 countries of the Western Balkans.” Read on

Brdo 6.10.2021
At a joint press conference, the leaders of the EU, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the President of Slovenia, who holds the rotating EU presidency, Janez Jansa, gave their conclusions. of the Summit. 
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, started the press conference by emphasizing that the fundamental values, the rule of law, the fight against corruption are in the European DNA, which according to him should be the choice for the government of the Western Balkans.
 "There is an ongoing discussion among the 27 about our capacity to accept the future of Europe, we need to work further," Michel said, adding, "Today's statement is dense and substantial.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had a clear message. She said that Northern Macedonia and Bulgaria should solve their problem and open negotiations with Skopje and Tirana.
Von der Leyen said the European Union has a $ 30 billion plan for the development of the region and emphasized a common regional market. 
"The economic plan is very important and is at the center of our engagement in the region. We have a big plan, with 30 billion euros for the region. We need a common regional market," she said.  
Prime Minister Edi Rama, during his speech at the summit said that he does not believe that Bulgaria will overcome the stalemate, while adding that the EU should be interested in the Western Balkans because it is losing face in the eyes of the peoples of 6 countries in the region. Rama said that he hopes that this blockade will not turn into an endless story. More from the summit........

Tirana .28.09.2021: Visit by von der Leyen: With Justice Reform, Albania has taken steps forward, now is the time for the EU to act...

After arriving in Tirana, the President of the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen in a post on social media says that the EC stands firmly committed to the future of Albania in the EU. Von der Leyen further writes that with the progress of Justice Reform, our country has made clear achievements and that the EU must do its part now

'Glad I started my visit to the Western Balkans in Albania. My message is clear: Albania's future is in the EU. The European Commission strongly supports this commitment. With good progress in Justice Reform, Albania has made clear achievements. Now the EU must do its part as well. '- writes Von der Leyen.

Tirana cheapest Capital - but certainly not bad!
Every year, Post Office Travel Money compares the costs of short breaks in cities across Europe for UK holidaymakers – overall and for specific items like accommodation, meals and cultural attractions. The annual City Costs Barometer helps you see upfront which destinations are the best value or most expensive before planning your trip, including how prices have changed in the past year. Tirana in 2021 is on top of the list. Read on.

That´s all for now,

Hans-Georg Nielsen
Albanian Honorary Consul

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