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Gjosha: Albania needs inclusive election process

Klajda Gjosha; Photo © European Union 2016

TIRANA – Albanian Minister of European Integration Klajda Gjosha on Wednesday stated that the country needs an inclusive and not exclusive election process in the next 18 June parliamentary elections.

Addressing the presentation ceremony of the project Support to the Ministry of European Integration of Albania IV (SMEI IV) to support strengthening operational capacities of the Albanian administration, Gjosha underscored that an inclusive electoral process would help the country’s EU integration process.

“The country’s integration into the EU requires an inclusive and not exclusive election process,” Gjosha said.

She stated that EU integration is an irreversible process.

“I would like to emphasize this because the assistance we receive from our European partners is extremely important, but on the other hand it is up to Albanian institutions to show more responsibility, commitment and professionalism in order to press ahead with this process,” Gjosha said.

The EU-funded project SMEI IV, which starts at a key moment for the country’s EU accession, amounts to 2 million euros.

SMEI 4 will support Albania in building capacities and prepare relevant structures to carry out an efficient and professional screening process. The project will also focus on strengthening the operational capacity of the Ministry of European Integration to manage the approximation of the country’s legislation to the acquis communautaire.

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