The head of European foreign policy, Federica Mogherini, arrived in Tirana on the 18 Aprile 2018 to present a report on the country's progress with a view to applying for the EU.
The senior official thus officially opened the accession negotiations for Albania, as according to the report "taking into account the progress made, the European Commission recommends initiating negotiations with Albania to maintain and deepen the pace of reforms in the field of rule of law, in particular with regard to the five key priorities and concrete results when judges and judges are monitored prosecutors, which is crucial for further progress. "
Therefore, also for the Commission, Tirana deserves the status of candidate country for the EU; even if this is the final word, it will be up to the 28 summit of EU member states in June.
However, the event represents a further step forward for Albania towards the maximum European organ: a path started a long time ago, in the 1992, and that we are going to retrace together in the highlights:
Trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and Albania. Albania benefits from funding under the EU's "PARE" program.
The EU Council of Ministers establishes the political and economic conditions for the development of bilateral relations.
Albania benefits from autonomous trade preferences with the EU.
The EU is proposing a new stabilization and association process (SAP) for five countries in south-eastern Europe including Albania.
The Feira European Council states that all SAP countries are 'potential candidates' for EU membership.
The Zagreb Summit launches the Stabilization and Association Agreement (ASA) for five countries in south-eastern Europe, including Albania.
Expansion of duty-free access to the EU market for 'made in Albania' products
The Commission recommends that SAA negotiations be held with Albania. The Gothenborg European Council invites the Commission to present draft directives for negotiating the SAA.
First year of the program "Community Assistance for development, reconstruction and stabilization" (CARDS) specifically designed for the stabilization and association processes.
SAA negotiation guidelines adopted.
The president of the commission Romano Prodi officially opens the negotiations for the ASA between the EU and Albania.
The Stabilization and Association Process (SAP) is confirmed at the European Council of Thessaloniki as an EU policy for the Western Balkans.
The council decided on the first European partnership for Albania.
The council examines the European partnership with Albania.
The entry into force of the EC-Albania readmission agreement.
The signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (ASA) at the General Affairs and External Relations Council in Luxembourg.
Entry into force of the provisional agreement.
Entry into force of the pre-accession instrument (IPA).
Adoption of the multi-year indicative planning document
Signing of visa facilitation agreement between Albania and the EU
Albania signs the agreement for the IPA framework
The visa facilitation agreement enters into force
Albania and the EC sign the financial agreement for the pre-accession instrument (IPA program)
Launch of the visa liberalization dialogue
The European Commission presents the roadmap that identifies the specific requirements for visa liberalization with Albania.
April 1 2009
The Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) enters into force
April 28 2009
Albania presents its application for EU membership.
April 15 2010
Albania sends replies to the commission's questionnaire.
May 27, 2010
The European Commission has adopted a proposal that allows citizens of Albania and Bosnia to travel to Schengen countries without the need for a short-term visa.
June 24 2014
The EU Council of Ministers has taken the decision to grant Albania the status of a candidate country.
April 17 2017
Federica Mogherini announces the opening of accession negotiations in Tirana, pending the June summit with 28 EU countries.