Albanian parliament approves key reforms on EU integration.

By bne IntelliNews May 31, 2013

The Albanian parliament approved in an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday, May 30, three laws that the European Commission said in October 2012 Albania must pass to be awarded an EU candidate status, the parliament’s press office reported.

The bills on the Supreme Court, the Civil Service as well as on a revision of the parliamentary rules of procedures were adopted with a qualified majority.

As Balkaninsight reported earlier, following a prolonged row between the ruling Democratic Party and the opposition Socialist Party, the SP offered last week to back the legislation on a condition that a new law on the Supreme Court and the subsequent nomination of new judges were enacted by the new government after the June 23 general elections.

In December 2012, the EU Council refused to grant candidate status to Albania underlining the need for intensification of required reforms as identified by the European Commission in its latest report from October 2012. The decision was not surprising since the EC conditioned granting the status with the implementation of the specific reforms in the judiciary, public administration and the functioning of parliament.

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