The EU Enlargement Commissioner stresses the importance of free elections in Albania

The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, on Monday called on Albania’s parties to ensure that the general elections meet a high standard in order to advance the country’s EU goals.

“The existing broad consensus in Albania on European Union integration needs to be confirmed by action,” Fule said in a speech at a conference in Tirana.

“It is the responsibility of all political parties, whether in government or in opposition, but also of the entire Albanian society, to help guarantee that the forthcoming elections reach a high level of democratic standards, which doesn’t leave them open to being contested,” he added.

Fule’s call comes as parties are gearing up for June 23 parliamentary elections, which are expected to make the political climate in Tirana especially tense.

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