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Procedure : 2016/2313(INI)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0026/2017

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 14/02/2017 - 17
CRE 14/02/2017 - 16

Votes :

PV 15/02/2017 - 7.10

Texts adopted :


Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

16. 2016 Report on Albania (debate)
Video of the speeches

  Tamás Meszerics, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group . – Mr President, let me first of all thank Mr Fleckenstein, the rapporteur, for the very balanced approach that he took as usual to this report and his very professional handling of the negotiations with the shadows. I think the quality of the text is largely due to his professionalism.

We are in desperate need of good news in the Western Balkans and it seems that Albania, just a few years ago one of the least likely providers of such good news, is able to provide us, and above all itself, with good news. I also would like to welcome the constitutional reform Albania has been successfully going through, which is a very difficult task – we all understand that – but we also know that when it comes to judicial reform it is the implementation which is the most difficult and the most important task. If Albania engages in this reform process according to its envisaged reform strategy, we will be very satisfied with that.

We Greens would be betraying our principles if we did not draw attention to some of the environmental concerns over hydroelectric plants threatening one of the most beautiful regions in the West Balkans, the Vjosa river. We urge the Albanian Government to reconsider those plans. We also believe that Albania should finally get rid of the practice of blood feuds because it is a threat to its most vulnerable children. Finally, while Albania’s reforms are not needed because of the EU but because of Albanian citizens, we should then keep our end of the bargain and engage very soon with the accession negotiations.

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