EU-Albania Association and Stabilisation Council: Extracts from the press conference by Lucinda CREIGHTON, Minister of State for European Affairs of Ireland; Štefan FÜLE and Majlinda BREGU, Minister for European Integration of Albania

Type: News   Reference: i-077660   Duration: 00:03:44  Lieu: Council , Luxembourg
End production: 23/04/2013   First transmission: 23/04/2013
The EU-Albania Association and Stabilisation Council took note of a draft annotated agenda of the European Council meeting on 22 May. The Irish presidency informed ministers on the state of play in the discussions with the European Parliament on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) and received guidance from ministers for the negotiations with the European Parliament. The Council heard a presentation by the Commission of joint reports by the Commission and High Representative on Serbia and Kosovo, as well as a Commission report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Council took note of an initiative for a new and more effective mechanism to safeguard fundamental values in member states.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:10
00:00:15 SOUNDBITE by Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs (In English) saying that: We have underlined that remains absolutely committed to continue supporting Albania in its EU integration process and we recall the responsibility of Albanian political leaders of all sides to work constructively together. This is all the more necessary of course in the run up to the parliamentary elections which are due to take place on the 23rd of June this year. 00:00:25
00:00:40 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:02
00:00:42 SOUNDBITE by Lucinda Creighton In English) saying that: We have also urged Albania to continue the traditionally constructive regional role and promote cooperation and good neighbourly relations. We have heard reinsurance that it will; we have also underlined the need to avoid the use of nationalistic rhetoric which runs counter to this objective. In short, we have exchanged clear messages and we have received confirmation of the commitment on the Albanian side to ensure concrete achievements 00:00:36
00:01:18 SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (In English) saying that: We have repeatedly stressed that conducting the parliamentary elections in June in line with European and international standards is essential for further progress towards the European Union. There is an urgent need for political parties to restore mutual trust and demonstrate their commitment to the rigorous and non-partisan functioning of Albania's democratic institutions. 00:00:29
00:01:47 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
00:01:50 SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle (In English) saying that: We will be monitoring the elections closely and in this context we welcome the recommendation of the OSCE/ODIHR to deploy an observation mission; we will be paying particular attention to its findings. We are confident all Albanian political parties will cooperate with the observation mission. 00:00:22
00:02:12 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
00:02:15 SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle (In English) saying that: Albania can meet the various challenges discussed today and in particular the challenge of addressing the 12 key priorities of the Commission’s Opinion. We have full confidence in Albania's potential and capacity to fulfil the criteria for membership. 00:00:20
00:02:35 SOUNDBITE by Majlinda Bregu, Albanian Minister for European Integration (In English) saying that: We have discussed a lot of issues related to the progress achieved last year from Albania while meeting the 12 key priorities and once again I was the witness of the requirement that the 3 laws that have not yet been voted, and they are requirements for the candidate status, should be voted in a constructive way very soon. 00:00:30
00:03:05 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:04
00:03:09 SOUNDBITE by Majlinda Bregu (In English) saying that: On behalf of the government I have given insurances that the election of the 23rd of June are going to be free, fair and that they will meet all the international standards. I think that it's of our outmost interest, of outmost interest of Albania not only for us, Albanians and political forces but is of outmost importance in the process of European integration as well. 00:00:28
00:03:37 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:07
00:03:44 End 00:00:00
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