EU-Albania: EU integration must be inclusive, responsibility on government and opposition
Tirana (29 September) - Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle visited Tirana on Monday for the fourth round of the High Level Dialogue on Key Priorities which he co-chaired with Prime Minister Edi Rama. Before that the Commissioner met with Speaker of the Parliament Ilir Meta and with the leader of the opposition Democratic Party Lulzim Basha.
EU-Albania: Commissioner Füle for 4th round of High Level Dialogue in Tirana on Monday
Brussels (26 September) - Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle will visit Tirana on Monday for the fourth round of the High Level Dialogue on Key Priorities which he will co-chair with Prime Minister Edi Rama. The High Level Dialogue was launched in November last year with the aim to intensify Albania's work on the necessary reforms in key areas with the support of the European Commission. The forthcoming round of the Dialogue is the first one after Albania was granted candidate status and takes place shortly before the finalisation of the annual Progress report on Albania which is scheduled to be adopted and published in the first half of October.
IPA II: Over €11 billion to support reform efforts in enlargement countries
The European Commission has unveiled details of how the EU will support reform efforts in the Western Balkans and Turkey for the next 7 years. The funding, agreed by the EU last year, totals €11 billion and will be available through the new Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II). Today's announcement provides an indicative split of the funding among the countries and defines the policy priorities to be funded. Authorities of the countries concerned were involved in identifying the key areas that will most benefit from the assistance. The European Parliament and EU Member States, as well as civil society organisations, international organisations and financial institutions were consulted.
EU-Turkey: Meeting new Minister V. Bozkır in Brussels
Brussels (18 September) - Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met the new Turkish Minister of European Affairs and the Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır in Brussels today. It was their first meeting since the appointment of Mr Bozkir to his current position and it offered an opportunity to exchange views on EU-Turkey relations in general and on the accession process of Turkey, including the upcoming Progress report.