Cakaj: Bundestag backs up accession negotiations opening with Albania

Acting Foreign Minister, Gent Cakaj, paid an official visit to Berlin. He had a meeting with the Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs in the Bundestag, Günther Krichbaum. Other members of the European integration process, such as Katja Leikert, Christian Petry, Carl Julius Cronenberg, Joachim Valenski and Manuel Sarrazin, also attended the meeting. Acting Minister Cakaj, expressed gratitude to parliamentarians for the comprehensive contribution that Germany has provided to Albania in the process of European Integration, as well as the deep reforms Albania has undertaken in justice system, the fight against corruption and organized crime. Minister in Office Cakaj, made a briefing on the progress of the vetting process and the work being done by new justice institutions during the last three months. The Chairman of the Commission Krichbaum underscored that the German Bundestag follows with much interest and attention the progress of the agreed priorities for the opening of negotiations with Albania, focusing on the establishment of new justice reform institutions and the fulfillment of vacancies at the Constitutional Court. Krichbaum praised the activity of the independent qualification committee with positive marks, in line with the expectancy of the German side. The Green Representative, Manuel Sarraz said: “We have promised Albania the opening of the negotiations with the condition of meeting the five priorities. I think that Albania has made tangible progress and just as they have fulfilled their promise, it is now our duty to keep up the promise. The CDU representative, Valenski, also praised the recent justice reform achievements, and invited the Albanian government to boost engagement with other concrete results in the fight against organized crime and corruption. During the conversation, acting Minister Cakaj and parliamentarians exchanged views on the latest developments in the Western Balkans. Special interest was dedicated to Albania’s relations with neighboring countries and regional cooperation in the optics of the Berlin process.

/Klara Ruci/