Croatian Secretary of State for European Affairs Andreja Metelko-Zgombic in an interview with ABC shows that once the framework of membership negotiations with Albania is approved, there is another stage before the official opening of membership negotiations.
The European Commission should draw up a report on the fulfillment of the remaining conditions and present it to the Council of Ministers of the European Union. Andreja Metelko Zgombic says that in the political decision of March 25, there is a list of conditions that Albania must meet before holding the first intergovernmental conference.
It refers to electoral reform, the functioning of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, efforts to fight corruption, asylum issues and the issue of press freedom. "Once the negotiating framework is approved, then it is up to the European Commission to present a report on the facts and achievements made so far by Albania. I am sure that Albania has worked hard on the priorities and the opening of membership negotiations will take place within a short period of time," said Zgombic.