Albanias EU candidate status depends on implementation of key reforms Fuele.

By bne IntelliNews August 16, 2012
Albania needs to fulfill the twelve key priorities set by the European Commission in order to achieve an EU candidate status, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele told web portal EurActive in an interview. In addition to the key priorities announced last year, the EC and the Albanian government defined a list of specific measures this spring that are also important to be taken. Once the Commission delivers a candidate status to Albania, it will define the remaining tasks and thus the road towards opening of accession talks would considerably shorten, Fuele said. As EC concluded last March, Albanias government and the opposition need to maintain a constructive cooperation and dialogue in order to complete the electoral reform and the revision of the parliament's rules of procedure. The Albanian authorities need to also create a credible track record in the areas of rule of law and fight against corruption. The EC has refused to grant EU candidate status to Albania due to the persistent political stalemate in the country.
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