Albania: EU Commission OKs status of membership candidate

Tirana must continue fighting organized crime, corruption

16 October, 13:35

    Il premier albanese, Edi Rama, e il presidente della commissione europea, Jose Manuel Barroso Il premier albanese, Edi Rama, e il presidente della commissione europea, Jose Manuel Barroso

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS - The European Commission on Wednesday granted Albania the status of membership candidate while stressing it must continue to fight organized crime and corruption.
    The annual enlargement report published Wednesday warned Tirana that, in order to open membership talks, constructive and sustainable political dialogue remains essential along with progress in administration, the legally constituted state and fundamental rights.
    The latest political elections in the country had a positive impact on the EU executive's report which stressed that, according to international observers, elections were held in a regular, orderly manner. Good progress made on reforms outlined by Brussels also had an along with the first steps taken in improving the fight against corruption and organized crime, the report said.
    The EU Commission recommended, among other things, that Tirana take concrete steps to improve the independence and efficiency of the judiciary, reform its public administration and implement laws and policies concerning human rights, especially of its Roma population.
    Now the leaders of the 28 EU countries will need to give their green light to Albania at a EU council in December, based on the report released Wednesday by the Commission. Countries who are officially candidates to become EU members are Turkey, Iceland, Serbia, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. (ANSAmed).

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