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Albania’s stalled EU bid will not halt judicial reform

Monday, July 12, 2021


Rama’s remarks followed the arrest of Lushnja Mayor Fatos Tushe, accused of abuse of office regarding public procurement. A more proactive policy against corruption and organised crime, reflecting judicial reform, has prompted the Dutch parliament to remove its veto on Albania’s EU accession talks.


  • Consolidation of the rule of law, while sluggish, has gained its own momentum and will result in more prominent politicians facing justice.
  • A vigorous corruption crackdown could disrupt public services if corrupt but experienced officials are replaced and others become fearful.
  • A more stable and predictable legal environment could encourage increased foreign direct investment in the medium term.

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