Albania: It is clear what Albania needs to do before the first Intergovernmental Conference

Albania: It is clear what Albania needs to do before the first Intergovernmental Conference

The European Union Delegation to Tirana, in response to ATSH’s interest in Albania’s path to start accession talks, said the March Council’s conclusions clearly showed what Albania needed to do before the first intergovernmental conference.

According to EU spokeswoman Ana Pisonero, the March Council conclusions clearly showed what Albania needs to do before the first Intergovernmental Conference. This is related to the adoption of electoral reform in accordance with the OSCE/ODIHR recommendations, ensuring transparent funding of political parties and election campaigns, ensuring the continued implementation of the reform of the Judiciary, including ensuring the functioning of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, taking into account the views of the Venice Commission, as well as the finalization of the creation of anti-corruption and organized crime structures.

According to the EU Delegation to Tirana, Albania must also step up its fight against corruption and organized crime in co-operation with EU Member States and an action plan to address the situation.

Albania must also further strengthen the fight against corruption and organized crime, including through co-operation with EU Member States and an action plan to address the FATF (Special Financial Action Task Force) recommendations, according to EU Delegation in Tirana.

The Council’s conclusions also make it clear that tackling the phenomenon of unfounded asylum applications and securing repatriation and amending the law on the media, according to the recommendations of the Venice Commission, remain important priorities.

Concluding, the EU Delegation noted that the Council’s conclusions also stipulate that the framework of the negotiations will reflect certain issues that Albania will have to face in the near future as part of the negotiation process as work is already underway in these areas. Finally, according to the EU Delegation to Tirana, the European Commission will continue to monitor progress in all areas and support Albania’s ongoing efforts./ibna