The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.
Your graduation is important today more than ever. You represent the future hope of the justice system and expectations of all Albanian citizens. We talk a lot about independence and accountability, and these are crucially important, but what truly matters, and what will be put at test time and time again, is your personal integrity.
The 11th Subcommittee meeting on Economic and Financial Issues and Statistics, under the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Albania took place on 3 October 2019 in Brussels. Representatives from the European Commission (EC) discussed with relevant Albanian authorities the most recent developments in these areas.