EU Integration

EU Integration

Our efforts towards EU accession have been significantly intensified and have resulted not only in the EU candidate status, but also in the recommendation for the opening of accession negotiations. The 2017-2021 Government’s Program regarding EU Integration aims at the start of the negotiation process as soon as possible, and the conclusion of the main chapters of this irreversible process in context of the fulfillment of the European aspirations of our country. The Foreign Service will be at the forefront of this process by aiming at a more structured collaboration with EU member states. This new approach will also bring about a rationalization of human resources by integrating and centralizing structures and departments that were overlapping. The quality of the EU integration process is directly linked to regional cooperation projects. Within these projects we will aim at a better alignment between the political priorities and the available financial instruments. On the other hand, the pace of the EU integration process is also related to the dynamism of our diplomatic representation in key countries and at key moments. That is why our Government’s goal will be to strengthen the Foreign Service in key countries for the progress of the EU accession 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, in Paris, on 4 July 2016 and in Trieste, on 12 July 2017. The next meeting of the “Berlin Process” will be hosted by the United Kingdom in 2018.

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

Trieste Western Balkan Summit. Declaration by the Italian Chair