On 31 January 2018, the Republic of Chameria President Festim Lato and the Prime Minister Ali Aliu joined other political leaders in Europe at a high-level conference in the European Parliament. The meeting focussed on the topic of a fair and balanced European Union in which young people have the opportunities to find jobs and build a career.
There are many institutional mechanisms that provide the wrong incentives to corporations and politicians and which disadvantage ordinary citizens and especially young professionals. This has resulted in a large brain drain from countries along the Mediterranean towards the north and west of Europe. This emigration is not out of free will but out of a necessity to survive. The divergion in Europe has impacted Chameria to a great extent as well.
The participants at the conference evaluated various options on making the European Union more inclusive and providing the countries and regions in the south more opportunities to become competitive and social. The Republic of Chameria President Festim Lato contributed to the event with an analysis of the situation of Chameria and the lack of opportunities for Cham people, as well as offering possible remedies.
On the sides of the event the Republic of Chameria President Festim Lato also had several meetings and discussions with political leaders and presented them the historical Cham issue. One of these political leaders is Mr. Dimitrios Papadimilous, who is the EP vice-president and a Greek European Parliamentarian from Syriza. Eventually, the Cham issue will be resolved through a political dialogue involving the Republic of Chameria, Greece, Albania and the European Union.
The conference comes at a time when the Albanian government signed an agreement with Greece giving away territory that legitimately belongs to Chameria. This and other likeminded agreements endanger the future for young Cham even further. The Republic of Chameria therefore joins all the democratic forces in the region to undo these poor political decisions and make Chameria a prosperous and peaceful place for the Cham.