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EU, Albania sign 94 mln euro agreement in support of key reforms

EU, Albania sign 94 mln euro agreement in support of key reforms EU ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca/All Rights Reserved

TIRANA (Albania), September 13 (SeeNews) – The European Union and Albania signed a 94 million euro ($103.7 million) financing agreement to support key reforms in the areas of justice, environment, rule of law and human rights, and improve infrastructure, the EU delegation to the country said on Friday.

“This support has one goal and one reason: to help Albania become a full member of the European Union family,” the EU ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca, said, as quoted ina  press release by the EU delegation to the country.

The EU assistance is provided within the framework of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) 2018.

The largest part of the grant – 42 million euro – will be used to support the justice reform, 24.1 million euro will go for environment protection and wastewater treatment, 19 million euro will be allocated to fighting organised crime and drugs, 6 million euro will go towards tourism-led local economic development with a focus on cultural heritage, and 3 million euro will be used to facilitate and enable the participation of Albanian institutions in the EU programmes and agencies.

In June, the Council of the European Union said it will discuss the issue of opening accession talks with Albania no later than October.

Albania has been an EU candidate country since 2014.

($ = 0.90644 euro)