European Commission recommends granting Albania EU candidate status

European Commission recommends granting Albania EU candidate status
# 05 June 2014 01:12 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The European Commission (EC) recommends granting the EU candidate country status to Albania in its progress report published on Wednesday in Tirana, capital of Albania, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The report assessed the progress made in three crucial aspects of Albania including anti-corruption policies, fight against organized crime and reform of the judicial system, as both Albanian government and opposition showed constructive commitment to EU-related reform whereas confrontational climate in politics' remains.

"Based on our findings, we confirm without any doubt, with no conditionality or any reservations the recommendation that the member states grant Albania candidate status," Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said in Tirana during a press conference.

According to the report, Albania acts decisively in the prevention and fight against corruption and structural reforms, important legislative reforms have been seen in the fight against organized crime and investigations have yielded positive results in the fight against drug trafficking and other areas of serious and organized crime.

Although the Commission previously issued a positive recommendation on Albania's EU candidate status last autumn, the EU Council of Ministers in December 2013 postponed a decision, seeking a longer track record in the fight against organized crime and corruption.

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