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Procedure : 2015/2896(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B8-0440/2016

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 13/04/2016 - 18
CRE 13/04/2016 - 18

Votes :

PV 14/04/2016 - 7.10
CRE 14/04/2016 - 7.10

Texts adopted :


Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

18. 2015 Report on Albania (debate)
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  Tamás Meszerics, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group . Madam President, first allow me to express my great thanks to the rapporteur who, as usual, has been very constructive in the shadow meetings.

I think that we have a good progress report on Albania. I am glad to see on this occasion that the only issues that need raising in this very short time are the classic green issues. Possibly this is the only accession country nowadays – maybe with the exception of Serbia – that poses us no bigger problems than asking the Albanian Government to make concerted efforts to align its environmental policies with EU standards, do everything in its power to meet the Chapter 27 requirements and also reconsider its hydroelectric policies. Some of the hydro plants need to be reconsidered.

I am glad to be able to say that, because there are other countries for which there are much bigger issues at stake in the accession negotiations. Although it is true that Albania is also facing the classic problems of south—eastern Europe, with endemic corruption and a number of other shortcomings in good governance, it does – I am glad to say – seem to be on the right track. I hope very much that it will successfully conclude all the negotiations and become part of the European Union very soon.

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