Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee : Inter-parliamentary meetings

13th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, 15 October 2018, Brussels 

The EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) held its 13th meeting on 15 October 2018 in Brussels, co-chaired by Ms Monica Macovei for the European Parliament delegation and Mr Taulant Balla for the Assembly of Albania delegation.

It exchanged views with:
  • Mr Gent CAKAJ, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Albania;
  • Mr Davis CULLEN, Acting Director for Western Balkans at the European Commission's Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, on behalf of the European Commission;
  • Mr Clive RUMBOLD, Acting Head of Division 'Western Balkans' in the European External Action Service, on behalf of the European External Action Service;
  • Mr Knut FLECKENSTEIN, Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament Rapporteur on Albania.

SAPC members addressed the following topics:

  • Political dialogue and electoral reform - OSCE recommendations;
  • Implementation of the judiciary reform and the rule of law; continuation of the vetting process; human rights; minorities; fight against corruption and organised crime; cultivation and trafficking of cannabis;
  • State of play of the EU-Albania relations: exchange of views with representatives of the Albanian Government and of the EEAS/European Commission.
The SAPC formulated recommendations for the Stabilisation and Association Council and to the institutions of Albania and of the European Union.

12th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, 12-13 February 2018, Tirana 

12th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, Tirana, Albania  
12th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, Tirana, Albania © EFE/EPA 
The EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) held its 12th meeting on 12-13 February 2018 in Tirana, co-chaired by Ms Monica Macovei for the European Parliament delegation and Mr Taulant Balla for the Assembly of Albania delegation.

It exchanged views with:
  • Mr Ditmir Bushati, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania,
  • Ms Romana Vlahutin, EU Ambassador to Albania, on behalf of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and of the European Commission.

SAPC members addressed the following topics:

  • State of play of the EU-Albania relations,
  • Progress in the implementation of the rule of law, judicial reform, and the vetting process,
  • Political dialogue in Albania in support of the EU integration process,
  • 2017 General Elections and electoral reform; findings and recommendations by the OSCE,
  • Fight against corruption, organised crime and money laundering; measures against cultivation of cannabis and drug trafficking.

The SAPC formulated recommendations for the Stabilisation and Association Council and to the institutions of Albania and of the European Union.


11th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, 7-8 November 2016, Brussels 

The EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) held its 11th meeting on 7-8 November 2016 in Brussels, co-chaired by Ms Monica Macovei for the European Parliament delegation and Mr Taulant Balla for the Assembly of Albania delegation.

It exchanged views with:
  • Ms Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, Director for Western Balkans, DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, for the European Commission,
  • Mr Thomas Mayr Harting, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, for the European External Action Service,
  • Ms Klajda Gjosha, Minister of the European Integration, for the Government of the Republic of Albania.

SAPC members addressed the following topics:

  • State of play of EU-Albania relations,
  • Implementation of the judiciary reform, and implementation of the law on integrity of persons to be elected or nominated in public offices,
  • Fight against corruption and organized crime,
  • Electoral reform and preparedness for the upcoming elections.

The SAPC formulated recommendations for the Stabilisation and Association Council and to the institutions of Albania and of the European Union.

10th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, 19-20 May 2016, Tirana 

The EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) held its 10th meeting on 19-20 May 2016 in Tirana, co-chaired by
  • Ms Elly Schlein for the European Parliament delegation,
  • Mr Taulant Balla for the Assembly of Albania delegation.

It exchanged views with:

  • Mr Jan Rudolph, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Albania, for the European Commission and of the European External Action Service,
  • Ms Klajda Gjosha, Minister of the European Integration, for the Government of the Republic of Albania.

SAPC members addressed the following topics:

  • State of play of the EU-Albania relations,
  • Political dialogue, progress in judiciary reform, state of implementation of the law on integrity of persons to be elected or nominated in public offices,
  • Electoral reform: state of play,
  • Migration and regional cooperation.

The SAPC formulated recommendations for the Stabilisation and Association Council and to the institutions of Albania and of the European Union.

9th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, 9-10 November 2015, Brussels 

The EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) held its 9th meeting on 9-10 November 2015 in Brussels, co-chaired by
  • Ms Elly Schlein for the European Parliament delegation,
  • Mr Taulant Balla for the Assembly of Albania delegation.

SAPC members addressed the following topics:

  • State of play of EU-Albanian relations,
  • Rule of Law, Good Governance and Justice Reform,
  • Fight against organized crime and corruption,
  • Consideration of Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the EP-Albania SAPC.

The draft recommendations for the Stabilisation and Association Council and to the institutions of Albania and of the European Union were not adopted.

8th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, 16-17 March 2015, Tirana 

The EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) held its 8th meeting on 16-17 March 2015 in Tirana, co-chaired by
  • Ms Monica Macovei for the European Parliament delegation,
  • Mr Taulant Balla for the Assembly of Albania delegation.

Among the topics addressed by members of the SAPC were:

  • Public administration reform,
  • Judiciary reform,
  • Fight against corruption and organised crime,
  • Human rights.

The SAPC did not address recommendations to the Stabilisation and Association Council and to the institutions of Albania and of the European Union. A joint statement was issued by the two Co-Chairs.

7th EU-Albania SAPC meeting, 12-13 March 2014, Strasbourg 

The EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) held its 7th meeting on 12-13 March 2015 in Strasbourg, co-chaired by
  • Mr Eduard Kukan for the European Parliament delegation,
  • Mr Taulant Balla for the Assembly of Albania delegation.

In addition to the SAPC members present, the following contributors participated in discussions:

  • Mr Jean - Eric Paquet, Director for Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo (DG Enlargement),
  • Mr Gentian Elezi, Vice-Minister for European Integration, on behalf of the Albanian Government.

Participants addressed the following topics:

  • State of play of EU-Albania relations,
  • Follow-up of recommendations of the 6th EU-Albania SAPC,
  • Progress in implementing of the new Civil Service Law 2013,
  • Fight against organised crime, human trafficking and corruption,
  • Economic situation,
  • Bilateral relations and regional cooperation.

The draft recommendations for the Stabilisation and Association Council and to the institutions of Albania and of the European Union were not adopted.