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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.

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“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.

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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.

We, the G7 Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the use of chemical weapons in the April 7 attack in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

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Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the Foreign Affairs Council

EU foreign ministers discussed the latest developments in Syria, including following the targeted US, French and UK airstrikes on chemical weapons facilities. They discussed the need to relaunch a political solution to the conflict in the framework of the UN-led Geneva process, ahead of Brussels II conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region. The Council adopted conclusions on Syria.

On 16 April 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on South Sudan. The conclusions note that 2018 is a critical year for securing peace in South Sudan, as the term of the transitional government of National Unity as set out in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) comes to an end. While ARCSS remains the basis for the process, the discussions must reflect the reality on the ground

On 16 April 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on malicious cyber activities which underline the importance of a global, open, free, stable and secure cyberspace where human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law fully apply.

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