The Council added four persons to the list of those subject to the restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). These restrictive measures consist of a travel ban and an asset freeze. The four individuals have been involved in deceptive financial practices which are suspected of contributing to the DPRK's nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes.
For more than a decade, senior experts from European Union member states have worked closely with their counterparts in Albania, through the so-called EURALIUS project, focusing on consolidating the justice system in Albania. Bolstering the rule of law in Albania is critical to the EU enlargement perspective of the country, which received an important boost on 17 April when the European Commission recognised progress sufficient to recommend opening accession negotiations.
“A step forward today for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania is a step forward for the entire Western Balkans region. The work on reforms and modernisation however needs to continue, in the interest of the partners and the European Union," said the High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini who together with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn presented the annual Enlargement Package in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.
The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package, including seven individual reports, assessing the implementation of the European Union's enlargement policy which is based on established criteria and fair and rigorous conditionality.