Opposition Requests CDU-CSU Support for Negotiations
Albanian Daily News
Published April 17, 2018
The Democratic Party Chairman Lulzim Basha, in a visit to Berlin, has requested CDU-CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag to support the opening of accession negotiations with Albania, a decision which will be taken after the European Commission's recommendation. "We have requested support as an act that will help Albania and Albanians having a common dream of the EU membership, but also as an added effort to meet the unfulfilled criteria in the fight against crime, corruption, judicial reform, public administration reform, respect for human rights that are violated, such as the Kukes case," said Basha via a Facebook video. He added that on behalf of the DP, he has guaranteed partners to see this as a process that enables the continuation of the battle to destroy organized crime and state capture, to fight corruption, to treat all citizens equal before the law, to bring corrupt politicians before justice, to free the economy from monopoly and oligarchy, as well as to restore competitiveness as a prerequisite for economic development. "Through the opening of negotiations, he has sought to strengthen our battle as opposition for an Albania free from injustice, free from the concentration of power in the hands of few and free from organized crime and corruption," Basha stressed.
Meanwhile, the SP Parliamentary Group Chairman Taulant Balla, in a statement regarding Basha's visit to Berlin, raised concern over the policy that the Democratic leader Basha, hoping that he will not lobby against the opening of negotiations. According to Balla, "the intolerable behavior of the DP in the recent plenary sessions is related to this political force against Judicial Reform and the Vetting". However, Balla has confirmed that the country has met the priorities for the EC's recommendation to open accession talks. "Albania has fully met the key priorities set for the EC's recommendation to open negotiations and we are hopeful that the recommendation will be handed over to the Albanian authorities by the Ambassador of the EU Delegation and by the highest EU representative authorities, led by the High Commissioner for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, as they deserve gratitude on behalf of the Albanian people for the continued support they have been giving Albania on the path of its historic EU membership," Balla said.
For him, the judicial reform and its results with the removal of corrupt judges from the justice system are a clear signal given to EU institutions for the functioning of the rule of law in Albania.