Albania to Be Supplied with COVID-19 Vaccine by Greece, Skopje’s PM Reveals

Albania will receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it will be available from Greece. This was announced by Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev in an interview for Mia.mk. on Friday during which he revealed the readiness of Greece to supply North Macedonia and Albania with the COVID-19 vaccine in order to speed up the process. He said that the promise was made by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“Mitsotakis expressed readiness for Greece, as an EU member, to request that the supply of vaccines to North Macedonia and Albania go through it, because usually, the member countries go first, and only then the candidates. If it can be arranged for us 15 to 20 days in advance, then that is welcome,” said Zaev.

Albania’s PM Edi Rama was in Athens during the same time with Zaev and he had a meeting with Greek counterpart, who apparently has not made such a promise to him.

In the meantime Zaev gave details on other topics discussed with Mitsotakis on Thursday and as he said they had agreed to hold a second intergovernmental session for the winter, preferably by the end of the year, and then sign an agreement to avoid double taxation.

“We held the first session in Skopje, with (former Greek Prime Minister Alexis) Tsipras. Now we will organize the second one in Athens, where we need to sign an agreement on avoiding double taxation, which will open a huge field for Greek investments, for multinational companies of Greek origin,” said North Macedonia’s PM.

The future cooperation and implementation of the provisions of the Prespa Agreement action plan, among which the priority is the continuation of the work of the joint committees of experts on historical, educational and archaeological issues, as well as the work of the business dialogue committee for a solution on business brands and naming, in order to further encourage policies that facilitate business relations were discussed during the meeting.

In this regard, according to the statement, the meeting focused on creating conditions for greater economic cooperation and intensifying the gas interconnection between the two countries, for which a final agreement will be signed soon. /argumentum.al