Albania’s Environment Minister has said the country has a “zero” environmental protection level and that it should focus on “the economic benefit of the economy” instead of protecting its people.
Albania’s Environment Ministry has also warned against allowing the construction of the country’s second largest dam.
Algeria has been the focus of EU criticism over its lack of efforts to protect its environment, but the EU has warned the country that it needs to focus on the economic benefits of the economic sector, including tourism and mining.
The EU’s chief climate negotiator, Maros Sefcovic, said Albania’s environmental protection has been a “challenge” but the country must be “proactive” and ensure its citizens’ welfare.
“It has been an ongoing challenge.
It has been difficult for a long time.
It’s difficult to see a solution and I think it is clear that we must have a strong and effective environmental protection system, Sefci said.
Algiers has a 0.4% share of the EU’s green economy, according to the European Commission.
The country’s economy accounts for about 12% of total EU gross domestic product.
Alagas environment minister, Ali Zekri, said the government would continue to fight the “anti-environmental crusade” in the face of growing corruption.
Al Jazeera’s Nadia Diop, reporting from the capital Tirana, said many of Albania’s citizens have no idea what the country is doing to protect the environment.”
This is a country that has been working very hard to improve its environmental protection and we hope it continues to do that,” she said.