Hahn sees ‘restructuring’ of Greece-Albania maritime borders


European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn sparked controversy in local media Wednesday after suggesting that negotiations between Albania and Greece to delineate maritime borders in the Ionian sea could lead to a “restructuring of borders.”

“This is something which is always crucial and critical for citizens, so here we need statesmanship,” Hahn told a Balkans conference.

“But we also need statesmanship to understand that there must be some changes in societies, there must be some changes in mentalities in order to make real progress on the way towards Europe,” he added.

The context of the comment was not clear from the video extract posted by Greek media.