EU Conditions Albanian Membership On Reform


By Besar Likmeta

“Albania has made limited progress in meeting the political criteria for membership and the 12 key priorities for the opening of accession negotiations,” the Council of Ministers said in Brussels.

“Further efforts are particularly required in key areas including the judiciary, the fight against organised crime and corruption and the protection of minorities as well as property rights,” it added.

Albania first applied for EU candidacy status in April 2009, but its bid was turned down for the second time in October.

The European Commission said not enough progress had been made in political dialogue, the fight against organized crime or against corruption.

Last year, the Commission issued 12 recommendations on policy areas that needed to be addressed with reforms in order for Tirana to obtain EU candidate status and open the door for a possible date for negotiations.

The Council of foreign ministers in Brussels, which is discussing the enlargement process in the Western Balkans among other issues, welcomed the recent start to dialogue in Tirana between the centre-right government and the centre-left opposition.

It underlined the need to overcome the stalemate that has dominated the Albanian domestic political scene.

“The Council encourages the government and the opposition to build on these recent positive developments, fully restoring and sustaining a constructive political dialogue, to support the proper functioning and the independence of key democratic institutions, notably the parliament and the judiciary,” the EU said.

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One thought on “EU Conditions Albanian Membership On Reform

  • December 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    protection of minorities ? eu you make me laugh what about us albanians in slav macedioan what about the rigths of albanians in greece what about the rigths in monternrego what about south serbia albanians eu you are a joke we dont need to respect minorites until you give us our lands back eu is going down why in the hell must we join greece treats minorties bad and there in eu you can fool every one but not me sir my grandfather said it rigth dont trust eu countrys till this day he is laughing in his grave


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