Tag: Albania

Albania, Hungary, Malta and Turkey among key opinions adopted by #VeniceCommission

Albania, Hungary, Malta and Turkey among key opinions adopted by #VeniceCommission

| December 17, 2018

The final plenary session of the year for the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission included several high profile opinions, including for Albania, Hungary, Malta and Turkey.  The Venice Commission legal experts find that the power of the prime minister in Malta widely overshadows that of other government bodies, including the president, parliament, cabinet of ministers, […]

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Countries launch UN work to shut down global trade in #TortureTools

Countries launch UN work to shut down global trade in #TortureTools

| September 27, 2018

On 24 September, the Alliance for Torture-Free Trade agreed to step up the pace of its efforts and work towards a United Nations instrument – such as a binding convention – to stop the trade in instruments for torture and the death penalty. The Alliance for Torture-Free Trade is an initiative of the European Union, […]

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The European Union must say ‘Yes’ to #Albania

The European Union must say ‘Yes’ to #Albania

| June 27, 2018

I’m in Brussels, and its early morning. I’m standing on the sidewalk at the Rue de la Loi, between two large buildings. On my left is the European Commission, in the building that erects stately on my right is located the European Council. Two of the most important bodies leading the Union of over 507 […]

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EU signals opening of  accession talks with #Albania likely to start by the summer

EU signals opening of accession talks with #Albania likely to start by the summer

| March 20, 2018

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini has signalled that accession talks with Albania could start as soon as this summer, writes Martin Banks. Speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (20 March), the Italian official said she expects European commission to give an “unconditional recommendation” for accession negotiations to start in the next […]

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#Albania urges EU to begin accession negotiations ‘as soon as possible’

#Albania urges EU to begin accession negotiations ‘as soon as possible’

| February 27, 2018

The EU has been urged to start accession negotiations with Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as soon as possible, writes Martin Banks. Speaking at a conference on Monday (26 February), Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama (pictured) made an impassioned plea for Brussels to commence talks, saying this was warranted given the “huge […]

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Balkan peace must be a prerequisite to #EU accession

Balkan peace must be a prerequisite to #EU accession

| February 26, 2018

    The European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has finally drawn a line in the sand for the West Balkans: the prospect of EU membership is still on the table for the beleaguered states, but not before they resolve their ongoing border disputes. His comments come amid an unremitting dispute between Croatia and Slovenia that […]

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#Albania corruption case reopened – correction.

#Albania corruption case reopened – correction.

| February 14, 2018

On 14th February EU Reporter published a story containing allegations against Mr Shkëlzen Berisha, the son of the former Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha. These allegations were made by a supposedly reliable source. We now accept that we were misled and that these allegations were totally without foundation. We offer Mr Shkëlzen Berisha our unreserved apology. Mr Berisha wishes to […]

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