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Minister Gjosha on official visit to Brussels

Klajda Gjosha

BRUSSELS – Minister of European Integration, Ms. Klajda Gjosha, is on an official visit to Brussels. During the visit, the Minister held a meeting with the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Johannes Hahn and  Mr. Christian Danielsson, Director General for Enlargement at the European Commission.

The next High Level Dialogue meeting, the judicial reform and performance of the five key priorities left by the European Commission were the focus of the meeting. The interlocutors discussed the format of the High Level Dialogue (HLD), where they expressed agreement to maintain the same format of the previous meeting. This meeting is considered of particular importance to convey the right messages about the progress that Albania has made, as well as to create a clear picture for all steps to be taken further in order for Albania to receive a recommendation for the opening of accession negotiations.

Minister Gjosha declared that the government has advanced work on 5 key priorities. “The board for the opening of negotiations, led by the Prime Minister, is rigorously monitoring the plan of measures drafted for the five priorities. We are highly committed to all tasks assigned to the Albanian institutions to be delivered within deadlines”, said Minister Gjosha.

The interlocutors discussed the importance of judicial reform for the opening of negotiations. Commissioner Hahn said that this reform is crucial, while Minister Gjosha emphasised that the Venice Commission’s recommendations are being analysed by political parties and expected that in the coming days these recommendations to be discussed and reflected. Gjosha said that the Albanian government is committed to a deep and consensual reform of the justice system, since this reform serves above all Albanian citizens.

During her visit to Brussels, Minster Gjosha, held a meeting with Mr. Christian Danielsson. The progress of reforms in the country, work on 5 key priorities and maximum commitment of Albania to move to the next step which is the opening of negotiations with the European Union were the focus of the meeting.

Mr. Dannielson praised the progress that has been made by Albania and assured support to advance with the integration process. The interlocutors stressed the importance of approving the reform in the judiciary system as soon as possible, as a necessity for citizens, but also as one of the essential conditions to advance the integration process.

Minister Gjosha said that the opening of negotiations with the European Union, after the judicial reform, would be the best stimulus to move forward with the process, and also to ensure a more effective monitoring of Albania by the European Commission. Mr. Dannielson underlined that cooperation between political parties is very important for advancing the European agenda.

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