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I was pleased to discuss today with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, the political developments in the country and the reforms Albania is undertaking, particularly after it was granted the status of the candidate country for the European Union last year.

Albania has a clear European perspective and we discussed today the way forward in this process.



I hosted a new meeting of the high level dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Isa Mustafa in Brussels today.

At the meeting the two sides took stock of the progress in the implementation of the agreements reached in the dialogue, in particular the implementation of the Justice Agreement and the beginning of implementation of the Civil Protection arrangements.

You are invited to a background press briefing on the report by Professor Jean-Paul Jacqué on the review of the implementation of the mandate of EULEX Kosovo with a focus on the handling of the recent allegations, at the EEAS building, Rond-Point Schuman 9, today Tuesday 14 April at 16h00, with senior representatives of the EEAS.

I have received the report by Professor Jean-Paul Jacqué on the review of the implementation of the mandate of EULEX Kosovo with a particular focus on the handling of the recent allegations and I would very much like to thank him for his work.

In line with my promise to ensure maximum transparency, today I have sent the report to the European Parliament and the EU Member States. We are also making the report public.



"After searches of the Crimean Tatar ATR TV premises and attacks on its journalists in the past weeks, ATR TV has been taken off air. Other Crimean Tatar media outlets have also reportedly been forced to shut down. This constitutes a blatant violation of the right to freedom of expression and is part of a wider pattern of persecution and intimidation of the Crimean Tatar community.



"The European Union has followed closely the presidential elections of 29 March 2015 in the Republic of Uzbekistan, including the pre-electoral phase, the campaign and the level of engagement of political parties and citizens.  



Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement negotiations, issued the following statement today: