EU helps Albania parties agree on judicial package reform

Responding to international pressure, Albania's main opposition Democratic Party has agreed to accept the final draft of a judicial reform package, considered fundamental to convincing the European Union to launch membership negotiations with the Balkan country.

Following a letter from the EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, Prime Minister Edi Rama of the ruling Socialist Party and Democrats' leader Lulzim Basha on Wednesday confirmed the final issues were resolved and the draft would be voted unanimously the next day.

The opposition has continually changed objections to the draft, finally opposing the role of international experts in selecting the vetting panel that will check personal and professional background of judges and prosecutors.

The ruling Socialists need support from some opposition members in the 140-seat Parliament to approve the reforms.