EU says political stalemate in Albania threatens EU integration.

By bne IntelliNews July 20, 2011
The political stalemate in Albania following the May 8 local elections is threatening the countrys EU accession, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule and the European Unions foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement following the third EU-Albania meeting on Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA). The 2011 municipal elections demonstrated that the countrys electoral framework needs to be reformed. Work on addressing the recommendations of the European Commission's Opinion, in particular the 12 key priorities, and other key challenges, needs to be pursued in an effective and inclusive way. In order to achieve progress on the EU integration path, electoral and constitutional reforms, reforms of the parliamentary rules and procedures as well as other key reforms are essential and urgent, the statement read.

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