Tirana, 22 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
The speaker of the Albanian Parliament, Ilir Meta, received today the rapporteur on Albania at the European Parliament, Knut Fleckenstein, where they talked about Albania’s integration process, which requires the start of accession talks with the EU, a year and a half after the country was granted the EU candidate status.
Meta said that the process of decriminalization must be finalized as soon as possible, to give way to the reform in the justice system, a process which requires comprehensiveness and stability.
“In both of these processes, Mr. Meta said, we praise the contribution and opinion of the Venice Commission”.
Rapporteur Fleckenstein said that European Parliament praises Albania’s progress and is awaiting the Progress Report of the European Commission. He said that this report is expected to give a positive assessment, but also further recommendations for Albania’s advancement in the process of European integration, where the reform in the justice system will be crucial. According to him, without this reform, there can be no progress in the country.
Meanwhile, Meta underlined that Albanian Parliament will continue to closely collaborate with the European Parliament in supporting constructive political dialogue in the country and encourage key reforms needed to strengthen the rule of law and good economic governance.
Today’s meeting comes a few days after Mr. Fleckenstein had warned that Albania shouldn’t expect many surprises this end of Autumn, as far as its aspiration to make progress in the EU integration is concerned. Fleckenstein implied that the accession talks will not start this year, which means that this issue remains pending until next year. /ibna/