The European Union's foreign policy chief has told Albania's parliament that tackling corruption and lack of professionalism in the judiciary is fundamental to launch full membership talks with the bloc.

Federica Mogherini on Thursday called on opposing politicians to work more on the country's interests rather than those of their political parties.

Albania, a NATO member since 2009, was granted EU candidate status two years ago and it is expecting to launch full membership talks sometime this year.

Mogherini said that judicial reform "will open the way for a European Commission recommendation to launch negotiations."