EU Integration

EU Integration

EU INTEGRATION

The process of joining the European Union is a national objective, in view of the democratization and transformation of the Albanian society, in accordance with the values and principles of the United Europe; In order to end, therefore, an infinite transition that does not establish democratic institutions, sustainable development models or quality of life.

Obtaining the candidate status and starting negotiations for EU membership will constitute the priority of political action of the new majority. The correct implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA), the fulfillment of the remaining part of the Action Plan’s 12 priorities, are key elements for the quality and pace of Albania's accession process to the EU.

We will draw up the new Strategy for Development and Integration 2014 - 2020 and other sectoral strategies, ensuring the compliance of these documents with IPA II, as well as update the National Plan for the Implementation of the SAA.

We will radically improve the current model of coordination of EU aid, as well as the bilateral and international assistance, by channeling it towards the country's development agenda. We will put an end to the institutional ping-pong and establish a mechanism at the inter-institutional level, in order to identify the needs and capacities for programming and implementing EU-funded projects.

We will implement the recommendations of EU auditors regarding the accreditation of structures for the management of EU funds. At the same time, we will also clarify institutional responsibilities for the proper management of foreign aid, including the role of the National IPA Coordinator (NIPAC). We will coordinate responsibilities between state authorities in relation to infrastructure projects funded by the EU and will take precautions to enable the management of IPARD agricultural funds.

We will establish a new relationship with the parliamentary opposition by encouraging a culture of political compromise and producing tangible and sustainable state-building reforms. We will establish an open relationship of trust and cooperation with international partners in this process and especially with all decision-making institutions of the EU.

Popular support and consensus on this process will be translated into concrete actions and sustainable reforms, aimed at consolidating democracy and the rule of law, establishing and strengthening a functional market economy able to withstand the forces of competition, and implementing European standards in our everyday life.

Internal coordination, accompanied by the establishment of Foreign Service at the forefront, are two indispensable elements to ensure quality and a faster pace in this process. At the same time, they will guarantee a radical reform course which will incorporate the European integration process into the country's development policies.

We will translate political willingness into a tangible process by establishing the European public service and the comprehensive structural reform of the diplomatic service and its financing, in accordance with this national priority.

We will offer incentives to promote professionalism, meritocracy and sustainability in public service for the new European administrators, by separating ourselves once and for all from party-state diseases, nepotism and conflict of interest.

We consider the success of the European integration process closely related to the versatile communication which must involve all stakeholders, in particular social partners, civil society, academic society and interest groups. Only in this way, the citizens’ expectations will be realistic and reforms can be accompanied by the appropriate support by the Albanian society, as well as a sense of belonging to the European integration process.

‘Berlin Process’

The ‘Berlin Process’ started with the Conference on the Western Balkans that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel organized in Berlin, on 28 August 2014, with the Prime Ministers, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Economics Ministers  of the Western Balkan countries. It was agreed that the conference should provide a framework for a period of four years, during which the participants will further their endeavors to make additional real progress in the reform process, in resolving outstanding bilateral and internal issues, and in achieving reconciliation within and between the societies in the region. The conference expressed the commitment and issued guidelines to achieve the aim of enhancing regional economic cooperation, particularly in relation to transport and energy connectivity between the Western Balkan countries and with the EU. These matters were followed up and further advanced in the Western Balkan Summit in Vienna, on 27 August 2015 and in the Western Balkan Summit in Paris, on 4 July 2016. The next meeting of the “Berlin Process” will be hosted by Italy in 2016.

Final Declaration by the Chair of the Paris Western Balkans Summit (4 July 2016)

Albanian Working Paper for Berlin Conference 28_08_2014

Chair Conclusions Vienna Western Balkans Summit 2015

Final Declaration by the Chair of the Conference on the Western Balkans, Berlin, 28 August 2014 

Policy brief - Bilateral Disputes study

Samiti i Vjenës 2015 Deklaratë e MPJ mbi çështjet dypalëshe

Vienna Western Balkans Summit 2015 Addendum