Albania to become candidate for EU membership

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Albania to become candidate for EU membership

BRUSSELS -- EU foreign ministers have decided to propose that Albania be given candidate status for membership, according to EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule.

Fule posted on his Twitter account to congratulate Albania before the decision was officially announced.

Albania's path towards the EU was blocked for several years due to internal political deadlock and the slow pace of implementation of reforms.

According to a Beta news agency report, the EU believes that many of the problems have been remedied after Edi Rama was elected as prime minister.

"Albania congratulations on candidate status just agreed by Ministers: acknowledgement of reform efforts, encouragement for more," Fule posted on Twitter.

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