The Cost of Delay - Why Albania should submit an Application for EU Membership this Year

Discussion Paper, June 2008

This paper has been produced with the technical support of ESI and financially by OSI. This paper argues that it is high time for Albania and its political leaders to wake up to the danger of Albania being left behind. The Albanian political class needs to stop saying to itself that it wants to join the EU and do the most basic, very first, logical step: to announce its intention to other Europeans and EU institutions. For this, Albanian leaders need to set an ambitious goal, build a domestic consensus based on actions and not abstract goals and find a way to work together for Albania to submit an application and obtain candidate status in the EU.

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