Brussels: 10th EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Committee took place

On 14 November 2019 in Brussels took place the 10th meeting of the Stabilization and Association (SA) Committee between Albania and the European Union. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms.Michela Matuella, Head of Unit for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Directorate General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission and Mr. Sokol Dedja, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
 
The SA Committee took stock of the most important developments of the past year in the areas of rule of law, public administration reform, agriculture and fisheries, trade, economic development, industry and internal market, innovation and culture, social policy, transport, energy and climate change. The Commission welcomed the continuous progress that Albania achieved in all areas and stressed the importance of further pursuing the implementation of the reform efforts, with particular focus on the rule of law and the fight against corruption at all levels, organized crime, including drug cultivation and trafficking. As well, it was welcomed the good cooperation in addressing common migratory and security challenges through the implementation of the Agreement with European Border and Coast Guard Status, and the signing of the bilateral arrangement on counter terrorism cooperation.
 
The EU experts highlighted the efforts related to justice reform, including the pursuit of vetting, and recommended that implementation of all measures continue, particularly through making operational the investigative and judicial chain specialized on the fight against organized crime and corruption. The Albanian institutions emphasized the positive effects of the measures taken to improve the quality of public services and strengthen the administration’s capacity to carry out merit-based recruitments. Also, the Commission reiterated the need for an inclusive political dialogue in the country and underlined the importance of adopting an electoral reform to address the recommendations of OSCE/ODHIR. During the meeting it was welcomed and further encouraged the Albania’s engagement in regional cooperation, which creates an essential part of our country's progress on the path towards European integration.

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