Ministry for Europe of Albania holds a seminar on Croatia’s accession experience

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TIRANA – In the framework of the preparations for the accession negotiations with the European Union, on October 10, 2018, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the European Commission organized a seminar “On the Impact of accession negotiations on the work of relevant ministries and authorities in a negotiating country – lessons learned from the Republic of Croatia”, with the participation of Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, and the European Commission Director-General, Christian Danielsson.

The objective of the seminar is to draw a set of lessons learned on internal inter-ministerial organisation from the experience of Croatia, as the last country to successfully negotiate accession to the EU. Deputy Ministers of line ministries who coordinate institutional preparation for each chapter of the acquis were also present at the seminar.

In his remarks, Minister Bushati stressed that our commitment to deepen reforms and how seriously we take each and every stage of the process will condition the pace of our path towards the European Union. “In this context”, added the minister, “the strengthening of human capacities of the public administration is a priority. It is an integral and essential part of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs work, to strengthen the professional capacities of the administration for the accession process. The ministers said that “We are working and trying to have a positive national narrative, as it is of paramount importance that the political climate in the country, alongside with the work of public administration, will enable us to achieve the national objective”.

The Director-General of EU Commission, Christian Danielsson, said that it is time for Albania to undertake strategic decisions which will effect on its readiness for the forthcoming negotiations. It is very important as well that Albania, in its preparatory phase, along with the EU Commissions’ conclusions and discussions, it should also consider the experience of other countries that have already gone through this process, in order to be better prepared for the next phase.