European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson congratulated Albania on the progress made, especially in the last year on issues related to justice and home affairs, security and migration.
"It is a pleasure for me to be in Tirana with the invitation that was made to me and a real pleasure that we had an open and honest discussion with Prime Minister Rama. We talked about many things of course, but one of the main messages I have given here is to congratulate all of Albania on its achievements, especially during the last year and not only in the area of this mandate I cover for justice and home affairs, on security and migration.
"Albania's progress during the last year was very good and therefore it was decided to open negotiations and in December we saw that all the conditions for the first intergovernmental conference were met", said Johansson.
She stressed the need for better police co-operation and crime detection at our borders.
"Albania and the EU have a cooperation with all agencies in the field of justice and home affairs. It is a model that we want to repeat in all the countries of the Western Balkans with the justice reform, the asylum law that Albania has been able to adopt. Of course there are many areas for improvement. For example the problem with unfounded asylum applications in some of the EU member states. It is important to continue the reforms in this direction, for the rule of law and to have this good cooperation ", said the commissioner.
She also touched on the April 25 elections, stressing that parties must take responsibility for candidates with integrity. "Albania is approaching the elections and all parties must take responsibility to have the integrity of the candidates on the lists. This has been a really good meeting and I am here to congratulate you on this progress, but of course more needs to be done," she said.