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Enlargement package introduced, Varhelyi: Albania, tangible results in reforms and fight against crime

  • 10/19/2021 9:16 PM
Enlargement package introduced, Varhelyi: Albania, tangible results in reforms and fight against crime

The EC progress report on Albania's integration into the EU was published today.

The European Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, author of the enlargement package, presented today the results of this progress report. From the beginning of his speech, Varhelyi said that the postponement of the opening of negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia has created a negative impact.

Among other things, he stressed that Albania has tangible results in reforms and the fight against crime stressing that the bilateral problem between North Macedonia and Bulgaria needs to be resolved. Both countries have met the conditions. It is important that EU countries understand this as well. Albania has achieved tangible results in reforms, in the fight against corruption.

In its report on Albania’s progress, the European Commission also notes that the country has continued to meet the criteria for the start of the accession talks. It stresses that Albania has achieved “tangible” and “sustainable” results by continuing its commitment to EU-oriented reforms.

However, the start date for Albania’s accession remains deadlocked due to the Bulgarian blockade of North Macedonia, as most EU countries prefer to see Tirana and Skopje progress towards the EU as a package.

Albania is commended in the report for making progress in the judiciary and the fight against corruption. It remarks that Albania achieved an important turning point when in late 2020 it managed to elect three new judges to the Constitutional Court.

But the report notes that the country needs to do more to improve political dialogue between the ruling parties and the opposition. It also notes shortcomings in freedom of speech, saying that problems with defamation campaigns and the intimidation of journalists has not improved.

/Klara Ruci/