Albania will not “stay at Europe’s door and cry” for it to open, Prime Minister Edi Rama told AFP, adding that regardless of the decisions taken in Brussels, the country cannot “continue to live in anxiety and wait for something that is out of our hands” to happen.
Since 2016, the country has carried out intensive justice reforms with hundreds of judges and prosecutors having since been vetted for any links to crime or other unethical conduct.
While Brussels has applauded this process, a progress report in 2019 still noted that “corruption is prevalent in many areas”. But according to the PM, “Albania did more than any other country for the opening of negotiations”. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)