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Albania on right path towards EU integration 

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TIRANA, Feb 12 /ATA/ – The European Union-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) held its 12th meeting in Tirana on Monday.

The meeting was chaired by Monica Macovei, the Head of the European Parliament’s Delegation and Taulant Balla, the chairman of the Albanian delegation, and was attended by the ruling majority and opposition MPs.

The Head of the EP’s Delegation, Monika Macovei, noted in her remarks that Albania’s path towards the EU membership passes through the crucial justice reform.

According to her, Albania is on the right path towards EU integration and called on political parties to pursue interest of the Albanian people.

“Albania is on the right track towards integration. People don’t want to see political parties fighting all the time. To us it is clear that path to EU goes through the justice system reform,” Macovei said.

“It is time for political parties to unite in the country’s best interest. We have heard from the European Commission about Albania’s progress with reforms. Political parties should work together in these reform efforts and engage in a constructive dialogue,” she added.

The chairman of the Albanian parliamentary delegation, Socialist MP Taulant Balla, called on the opposition to fully support the country’s efforts to open the accession negotiations with the EU.

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, said the government welcomes the European Commission’s readiness to launch the accession talks with Albania.

Bushati noted that the SACP meeting takes place at a key moment of a crucial year for the relations between Albania and the EU.

“We welcome the Commission’s readiness to begin the accession talks with Albania, considering it as an expression of recognition of the country’s progress and a confirmation of the need to move forward in this direction. We are confident that the Commission’s recommendation will receive unanimous support by the EU member states,” Bushati said.

Foreign Minister noted that the judiciary reform illustrates the impact of European integration. Bushati added that the Albanian government is involved in an intensive dialogue process with Greece.

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Albania, Ambassador Romana Vlahutin, said that Albania has real chance of moving forward and opening the accession talks

In her speech at the SACP meeting, Vlahutin noted that important decisions are to be made in the few next months.

“The EC Progress Report will be unveiled in May and the joint EU-Western Balkans summit is also set to be held in May, whereas the European Council’s meeting will be held in June,” Vlahutin noted.

“Albania’s progress on European integration path is a success of many governments and political parties, but above all it is the success of women and men of Albania who have spared no energy, no sacrifices to change the country’s reality,” she stated.

“Citizens support the deep reforms in the country. They have no doubts about this support. Albania has a real chance today as regards the accession negotiations. The EU integration requires unity’, EU ambassador Romana Vlahutin said.

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