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The Netherlands in favor to start EU talks with Albania

The EU membership talks with Albania has been supported by the Dutch parliament, with the first intergovernmental meeting as part of the agreement too.

This decision will be voted in a formal way via the Dutch parliament on Thursday.

Albania’s progress with completing the conditions and the EU succession reform that were set back in March 2020, has proved to be successful.

The Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama was happy about the news, and he also stated how the Netherlands have refused Albania based on political grounds, because of the elections that happened in March 2021.

Similarly, President of Albania Ilir Meta also greeted the news.

The beginning of talks needs the unanimous decisions of each EU member state. The Dutch have so far blocked Albania’s phase of progress, however, the government has agreed on EU expanding issues.

The Netherlands’ parliament have come to an agreement with the EU Commission and its government that Albania has fulfilled the required conditions for talks.

According to the earlier report this month, the Dutch government thought that 6 conditions were met: implementation of justice reform, electoral reform, establishment of structures against corruption and organized crime, decrease of numbers in asylum seekers, improving the fight against corruption and organized crime, as well as the amendment of the media law.

On the other hand, the upcoming expected results from Albania include: completion of trials against people who were accused of vote rigging, opening criminal cases against prosecutors and judges who failed to pass vetting, adoption of legislation protecting minorities and census law etc.

Back in 2020, the Council of EU leaders came to an agreement to open talks with North Macedonia and Albania. However, despite the fact that the EU Commission included a positive report in October 2020, some member states of the EU, along with the Netherlands came to the conclusion that Albania has yet to meet the conditions.

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