In an interview with Euronews, the EU Ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca, reiterated the progress made in the reforms undertaken for the integration process. Soreca said that Albania should focus on the reform agenda to be ready by October 15, the day the decision will be made. He described justice reform as the “gem of Albania”, while dwelling on importance of adopting the electoral reform.
The October decision is important for the country, but also for the EU, as the credibility of the enlargement process is also at stake. Stakeholders like Albania or Northern Macedonia have fulfilled their obligations, but let’s say enough progress to open negotiations, not to become a member of the EU. Winston Churchill said that ‘this is the end of the beginning’, not the ‘beginning of the end’. I believe that the European Union should not disappoint the hopes of the Albanians. Albania should focus on the reform agenda, to be ready for October 15th, when EU ministers will make the decision. The European Commission’s May report showed that meaningful progress has been made in certain areas, sufficient to open negotiations. But the reform process never stops, it must continue. And there are areas where Albanian institutions as a whole, need to continue working. One example is the fight against corruption, that is a daily challenge, the fight against organized crime, drug trafficking is changing in Albania and there is a need to put pressure on criminal gangs and not to differentiate between light and strong drugs. Then there is the electoral reform. It is clear that the last June elections showed how important it is for the Albanian electorate to be given a fundamentally different law on electoral matters so that they can fully express their will. Justice reform is perhaps the ‘gem of Albania’, outside the region, or in the world. It is a critical moment, so all Albanian institutions should not lose focus, given that the latest Euro-barometer released just a few days ago by the European Union, continues to place Albania at a very distant spot, with 91% of the population wanting to join the European family. Tiranapost.al