'Albania, Progress in Opening of Accession Negotiations'
Albanian Daily News
Published November 15, 2017
The Stabilization and Association Committee recognizes Albania's progress towards meeting the political criteria for membership and the continued overall sustained progress in the five key priorities for opening of accession' negotiations. This fact was underlined during the 9th meeting of the Stabilization and Association Committee (SAC) between Albania and the European Union (EU) that took place on November 15 in Brussels.
The 2016 Report of the Commission on Albania, which recognized the country's progress towards meeting the political criteria for membership and continued overall sustained progress in the five key priorities for opening of accession' negotiations was examined by SAC during this meeting.
The Council also noted that the 2016 Communication by the Commission on the EU Enlargement Strategy on the basis of progress in meeting key priorities and depending on the implementation of judicial reform and the re-assessment of judges and prosecutors in particular, recommended the opening of accession negotiations with Albania. From this moment on, Albania has made further significant progress.
SAC noted Albania's continued commitment to the reform agenda and underlined that justice reform, along with other key priorities, remains essential to Albania's European integration process and may have a transformative effect on other reforms as well.
In this context SAC congratulated the establishment of responsible institutions for vetting process while stressing that this important success constitutes a forward step in the implementation of the justice reform.
SAC also welcomed the deployment of the International Monitoring Operation (IMO), which has started the work under the leadership of the European Commission (EC). The positive results achieved in the fight against cannabis cultivation were also praised by SCA.