EU sets Albania on road to membership
Published on Jun 24, 2014 6:18 PM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union set Albania on the road to membership on Tuesday, agreeing to give the small Balkan state the status of candidate to join in recognition of the government’s recent reform efforts.
Years of political polarisation have slowed democratic reforms in Albania and kept it behind some of its former Yugoslav peers.
But a change of government last September opened the way for an EU-backed reform push.
“Congratulations on candidate status just agreed,” EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said on Twitter. “(It is an) acknowledgement of reform efforts, encouragement for more.”
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