EUROPEAN UNION INTEGRATION

EUROPEAN UNION INTEGRATION

The European Union integration process is a national goal in function of the democratization and transformation of the Albanian society, in line with the values and principles of the United Europe that will bring an end to this ongoing transition, which has failed to create democratic institutions, models of sustainable development and quality of life.

Obtaining the candidate status and the starting membership negotiations with the European Union shall constitute the priority that will guide the political action of the new ruling majority. The correct implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA), the fulfilment of the remaining part of the Action Plan of the 12 priorities are key components that will condition the quality and speed of Albania’s EU membership process.

We are going to elaborate the new Strategy for Development and Integration 2014 – 2020 and the other sectoral strategies, ensuring the coherence of such documents with IPA II. Accordingly, we are going to update the National SAA Implementation Plan.

We shall radically improve the current EU aid and bilateral and international assistance coordination model by channelling it towards the country’s development agenda. Instead of the existing institutional back-and-forth way of acting, we shall establish an inter-institutional mechanism that will identify the needs and capacities that are in place for planning and implementing the EU-funded projects.

We shall implement the recommendations issued by the EU auditors in relation to the accreditation of the structures designated to deal with the management of the EU funds. At the same time, we shall make sure that institutional responsibilities are clearly assigned for the correct management of foreign aid, including the role of the National IPA Coordinator (NIPAC). We shall coordinate the responsibilities of state authorities with regard to the EU-funded projects in infrastructure and take preliminary measures that will enable the management of the IPARD funds for agriculture.

 We shall establish a new relationship with the parliamentary opposition, in an effort to boost the culture of political compromise, by generating tangible and viable state-building reforms. The process will see a newly-forged relationship based on trust and collaboration with the international partners and, particularly, with all the EU decision-making institutions.

The support and consensus the people gave to this approach will be translated into concrete action and sustainable reforms that are aimed at consolidating the democracy and the rule of law, establishing and strengthening a functional market economy that is able to face the competition and at implementing the European standards in the everyday life.

An internal coordination and an avant-garde foreign service are two imperative components that will, eventually, guarantee a faster pace and higher quality in accomplishing this goal. At the same time, they will ensure a course of radical reforms that will streamline the European integration process into the country’s development policies.

We will show a visible political will thanks to the establishment of a European-like public service and a comprehensive and structural reformation of the diplomatic service and funding thereof in line with this national priority.

We will offer incentives to promote professionalism, meritocracy and viability of the new European administrators in the public service, by detaching, thus, ourselves from the diseases of the State-party, nepotism and the conflict of interest once and for all.

To us, a successful process of European integration is inextricably linked to dynamic communication that should involve all the key stakeholders and, in particular the civil society, the academia and the groups of interest. Only by doing so shall we make citizens’ expectations a reality and ensure the adequate support to our reforms, together with a sense of belonging that the Albanian society will have in relation to the integration process.