European Commission, Conditional Accession Talks with Albania
Albanian Daily News
Published April 16, 2018
The European Commission will recommend that the European Union opens accession negotiations with Albania but with one condition: to continue with the judicial reform and vetting law implementation.
The document, part of the annual EU enlargement package that is set to be published on April 17 and it will be present to the Albanian Government by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Frederica Mogherini.
"As regards the political criteria, strong polarisation persisted in the political establishment. Parliamentary activities were affected by a prolong boycott of the opposition in early 2017, which also delayed the appointment of the judicial vetting institutions. In May, an agreement between the main ruling party and the opposition allowed resuming parliamentary activities, triggering some changes to electoral legislative framework. This was conducive of the smooth organization of the general elections in June, although a number of OSCE/ODIHR recommendations still remained outstanding. Some progress was made toward improving the functioning of the National Council for Civil Society. Additional efforts are needed to better involve civil society organizations as part of an inclusive policy dialogue," says the report.
EU requires more work to fight corruption, organized crime and more efforts to tackle money laundering, criminal assets and unjustified wealth.