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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the site of the European Parliament's Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC).

As the elected Chair of this delegation, I preside over our delegation's regular meetings and act as a Co-Chair of the SAPC with the Albanian parliament. Our joint meetings usually take place twice per year, alternating between the European Parliament's working places (Brussels or Strasbourg) and Albania.

Albania is an EU candidate country and it has made considerable progress in recent years in meeting the political criteria and the objectives related to the five key priorities for the opening of accession negotiations. However, Albanian government needs to further tackle remaining challenges in a sustainable, comprehensive and tangible manner, particularly when it comes to fight against corruption at all levels, fight against organized crime, promotion of the rule of law as well as judiciary reform, protection of minorities and establishment of good neighbourly relations.

Opening accession negotiations, and especially Chapters 23 and 24, should follow and stimulate further progress. The European Parliament follows developments relating to the reform process in Albania very closely, and the related issues are regularly discussed with Members of the Albanian Parliament in the EU-Albania SAPC.

I am convinced that the reform process should be accompanied by a genuine political dialogue and sustainable cross-party cooperation, primarily in the Parliament. Ensuring inclusive political dialogue and a stronger role for civil society organisations remain essential elements of a well-functioning democracy.

We are ready to contribute to Albania's efforts to fulfil all the conditions necessary for opening accession negotiations and we are looking forward to a constructive and fruitful dialogue in our future exchanges.

Manolis KEFALOGIANNIS, MEP
Chair


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