Tag: Albania

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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#BorderManagement: European Border and Coast Guard Agency strengthens operational co-operation with #Albania

#BorderManagement: European Border and Coast Guard Agency strengthens operational co-operation with #Albania

| February 13, 2018

On 12 February, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Albanian Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj initialled the draft status agreement for operational co-operation between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and Albania. Once in force, the agreement will allow the Agency to provide assistance in the field of external border management and will […]

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Are #Albania’s opposition Democrats trying to block EU accession?

Are #Albania’s opposition Democrats trying to block EU accession?

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Albania’s opposition Democratic Party, or possibly a faction within it, seems to be doing everything possible to obstruct the Balkan nation’s longed-for accession to the European Union – writes Doug Henderson (UK Labour MP from 1987 to 2010, Minister for Europe in Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government). The right-wing party’s puzzling opposition early this year […]

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#Albania PM in Brussels to push for accession negotiations

#Albania PM in Brussels to push for accession negotiations

| December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama (pictured) was due in Brussels on Monday (4 December) in a fresh bid to press for the formal initiation of accession negotiations with the EU, writes Martin Banks. But, even before Rama left Tirana, there were claims that the Albanian opposition leader’s negative campaigning against the government could complicate Rama’s […]

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PM says success in tackling drug related crime puts #Albania on road to meeting EU accession criteria

PM says success in tackling drug related crime puts #Albania on road to meeting EU accession criteria

| November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The prime minister of Albania (pictured) says his country is “no longer the cannabis capital” of Europe, writes Martin Banks. But, in a letter to EU leaders and heads of state, Edi Rama admits that “much is left to do” in the battle against drugs related crime in Albania. His message comes on the eve […]

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#Albania PM leaps to defence of former interior minister at centre of drug-trafficking allegations

#Albania PM leaps to defence of former interior minister at centre of drug-trafficking allegations

| October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parliamentarians in Albania will on Wednesday (25 October) vote on removing the immunity of the country’s former interior minister Saimir Tahiri (pictured) to allow prosecutors to investigate him on corruption and drug-trafficking charges. Tahiri has found himself embroiled in a highly public drugs scandal following the recent arrest by Italian police of several drug traffickers […]

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