TIRANA, Albania – The European Union has urged Albania to complete a package of judicial reforms if it wants to launch full membership talks with the bloc.
Referencing Albania's upcoming appearance in soccer's European Championship in France, the EU's top official for enlargement Johannes Hahn, said "the coming days will be decisive whether Albania will advance in the Euro Championship or stays in the group stage." It's Albania's first appearance in a major international tournament.
The EU and the U.S. have helped Tirana draft the reform package, which is considered key to fighting corruption at all levels, especially the judiciary. Albania's Parliament is being pressured to pass the judicial reform bill by the end of the month in order to convince Brussels to authorize membership negotiations. However, there are divisions within Parliament.