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Bushati: Albania’s judicial reform and vetting on EU’s table in 2018

Ditmir Bushati; Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania

TIRANA – Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania Ditmir Bushati said that 2018 is fundamental to Albania’s EU accession, in an interview for Voice of America on Sunday.

The minister said that 2018 is expected to be a defining year regarding to the Albania’s EU perspective.

“Naturally, the justice reform, vetting law, and how the vetting law will be implemented, is the top priority. However, we are also focused on implementing key priorities that actually are not related to the country’s progress towards the European Union, but to the process of democratisation,” FM Bushati added.

Albanian Foreign Minister told VOA his country has been moving ahead on reform of its justice system and other measures to facilitate those talks.

“I want to emphasize the fight against organized crime and corruption, the progress in consolidating the reforms in the public administration and the respect for human rights,” he said.

“So I expect, and it is totally possible, that 2018 will be the year that Albania will start membership negotiations with EU and we will sit in the negotiating table with concrete results from the justice reform and the fight against organized crime and corruption.”

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