Tirana, December 15, 2015
The Albanian version of Voice of America has made public a the progress report compiled by the European Union for Albania that is due to be approved on Monday by the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs. In the document, the EU states that Albania has made a steady progress in relation to five priorities set by the EU for the opening of membership discussions. According to the document, “the constructive dialogue between the government and the opposition in relation to the reforms that are set as priority for the EU membership will be crucial for the progress of Albania towards the European Union.
The EU document evaluates the reforms made in the public administration and the preparation of a full reform in the judicial system, stressing that Albania must guarantee the steady and comprehensive application of 5 priorities set by the Council of Europe.
These five priorities include the advance and the approval of the reform in the judicial system, the creation of a solid basis of proofs for proactive investigations, prosecution and penalties for corrupted judges, the continuance of the war against corruption and organized crime, ect.
In terms of economic development, the progress report highlights that Albania should continue the economic reforms initiated since two years ago, reforms that aim to increase the competitiveness and reduce the informality as well as to improve the business and foreign investments’ climate.
Conclusions of the progress report issued by the Council of Europe for Albania include the need Albania has for an efficient legislation framework and the advices to increase efforts in protecting the human rights.