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Parliamentary questions
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5 May 2020
E-002752/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mathilde Androuët (ID)
 Subject: Opening of accession negotiations between the EU and Albania

On 2 March 2020, the Commission renewed its recommendation that negotiations on Albania’s accession to the EU be opened, 11 years after Albania filed its official application for membership, which the European Council then ratified in 2014. The Commission states that Albania has made progress on reforming its justice system and on combating organised crime, corruption, trafficking, money laundering, financing of terrorism, etc. However, Albania – which has the lowest minimum wage in Europe, from which huge numbers of asylum seekers flock to the EU and which sustains a considerable share of the sexual trafficking in Europe – still meets the International Monetary Fund’s definition of a narco-state, namely a country in which all legitimate institutions have been penetrated by the power and wealth of the illegal drug trade. In 2018, a report by the US State Department described Albania as a centre of endemic corruption and a country characterised by weak judicial and government institutions and a lack of border controls. What specific facts enabled the Commission to conclude that the Albania’s situation had improved and that it could open accession negotiations with this country?

Original language of question: FR
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