Politics

Negotiations, Soreca: Albania should finish the last segment, justice reform of great importance

“I hope Albania will finish the last segment in order for the commission to make a decision on the intergovernmental conference probably at the end of this year” – the statement comes from the EU Ambassador, Luigi Soreca in Kukës. Commenting on the political developments in Albania, Soreca expressed regret for the lack of consensus on electoral reform. “We have ...

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Albania’s chief negotiator for EU Mazi holds meetings in Ljubljana; Slovenia supports holding the first ICC within 2020

Albania’s chief negotiator for EU membership negotiations, Zef Mazi, paid an official visit to Slovenia. During his stay in Ljubljana, Chief Negotiator Mazi held several working meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Secretary of State,  Gašper Dovžan, and the former Slovenian Chief Negotiator,  Andrej Engelman. Chief Negotiator Mazi also held a hearing with a joint delegation of the ...

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Rama: SPAK and BKH to judge the judges who didn’t pass vetting

Prime Minister Edi Rama has given strong messages towards the justice system in Albania, while still talking about corrupt judges and prosecutors. During a high-level anti-corruption conference, the head of the Albanian government openly acknowledged that no one should create illusions because unless high-level corruption within the justice system is fought, it can not be thought that senior officials will ...

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Electoral Code Debate / British Ambassador: June 5 Agreement not violated

The British Ambassador to Albania Duncan Norman took part in the inauguration of the child friendly environment for interviewing children at Korça police station. Mr. Norman made some important political statements. Norman said the British Embassy in Albania has been closely involved in electoral reform and implementation of the June 5 agreement. He adds that the June 5 agreement was ...

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Rama-Merkel had a 60 minute conversation on the European Union’s Greater Investment Plan for the Western Balkans and further encouragement towards the Schengen Region

Prime Minister Edi Rama had a 60 minute conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the European Union’s Greater Investment Plan for the Western Balkans and further encouragement towards the Schengen Region. Rama and Merkel talked about Albania’s progress after the decision to open negotiations and the ongoing efforts towards the First Intergovernmental Conference with the EU, as well as ...

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Details from the meetings in Berlin / Albania, very close to meeting the requirements for the Intergovernmental Conference  

Albania’s Chief Negotiator for EU accession negotiations Zef Mazi had an official visit in Germany. During his stay, Chief Negotiator Mazi held several meetings at the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Chief Negotiator Mazi and the accompanying delegation, consisting of the Deputy Minister of Justice, Mrs. Adea Pirdeni, Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr. Besfort Lamallari and ...

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Varhelyi from the rostrum of the parliament: The future of the whole region is in the EU and our strategic interest is to bring you closer

The European Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi addressed the Albanians with a message from the rostrum of the parliament immediately after arriving in Tirana for an official visit after the presentation of the Progress Report. Varhelyi promised that the European Commission will stay close to the countries of the Western Balkans and will work hard for the countries of the ...

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Varhelyi: Changes in the Electoral Code need to be reconsidered whether they hamper coalitions after the elections

EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Good Neighborhood, Oliver Varhelyi, a few hours before his visit to Albania, commented on the issue of changes in the Electoral Code, stating that he would not like this issue to become a reason for the separation of Albania from Macedonia for the first intergovernmental conference. “As for the coalitions, I have been told that ...

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Soreca: Establishment of the Constitutional Court and Electoral Reform a condition for integration

The Ambassador of the European Union to Albania, Luigi Soreca reminded that the establishment of the Constitutional Court and the implementation of the Electoral Reform are a condition for fulfilling the conditions set by the Council of Europe in the integration process. “Some more work still ahead, in particular on Constitutional Court’s functionality and electoral reform implementation, but #Albania is now ...

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Varhelyi in the European Commission: Albania has met the conditions for the First Intergovernmental Conference

Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi stated today that Albania has progressed towards the objectives of opening membership talks with the European Union and is ready for the first intergovernmental conference. Commissioner Várhelyi made these comments as he presented today the 2020 Enlargement Package and the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. The European Commission is expected ...

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