Mogherini sees momentous 2018 for Albania’s EU bid

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 17, 2017 09:48

Mogherini sees momentous 2018 for Albania’s EU bid

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  • “We have confirmed our clear and strong commitment to Albania's EU integration process and agreed on the importance of the reform agenda that Albania is with determination putting in place,” EU High Representative Mogherini said.

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TIRANA, Nov. 16 – EU’s top foreign affairs representative, Federica Mogherini, said this week 2018 will be a unique chance for Albania and the Western Balkans as a whole to make headway in the process of European integration.

Mogherini made the comments at a joint press conference with Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati following the Ninth Meeting of the Albania-EU Stabilization and Association Council held in Brussels Wednesday.

“We have confirmed our clear and strong commitment to Albania’s EU integration process and agreed on the importance of the reform agenda that Albania is with determination putting in place,” EU High Representative Mogherini said.

Mogherini assessed judicial reform as one of the most important reforms ongoing in any of the enlargement countries.

“We believe this would contribute to positive aspects in other fields, in particular in creating a more predictable and transparent environment for business and investors,” she noted, recognizing that there was room for bringing the economic relations between the EU and Albania to their full potential.

The council also acknowledged Albania’s role in the region as a pro-active and constructive partner.

“It is something we appreciate and value enormously, as well as we value the full convergence of foreign and security policy between Albania and the EU. This is 100 percent alignment and quite unique, and it reflects our common vision of the world and our region, and our common determination to work together,” Mogherini said.

Last fall, the European Commission member states recommended the opening of accession talks with Albania, conditional on implementation of the Justice Reform specifically the process of re-evaluation of judges and prosecutors.

Albanian authorities expect that by next spring, when the Commission will present a new Strategy Paper for Enlargement and reports for each country, Albania will be given the green light for launching talks.

“We believe that the opening of negotiations would provide a sense of orientation in the transformation we have undertaken,” Bushati said at the joint press conference. “Our achievements have set a good solid base for further advancement because they lay the foundation and framework of negotiations on chapters 23-24.”

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 17, 2017 09:48