TIRANA, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Albania and the European Union (EU) held a high-level dialogue here Tuesday, about one month before Brussels decides whether to grant Albania EU candidate status.
The dialogue was co-chaired by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele.
"The main objective of the high-level dialogue is to provide support for the European integration focusing on the priority reforms," said officials from the EU Information Center in Tirana.
At a joint news conference with Edi Rama after the dialogue, Fuele said the dialogue was aimed to structure cooperation and help Albania maintain the focus and consensus on EU integration.
He said important decisions were made in the first session of the dialogue.
Fuele also appreciated the intention of Tirana to form a platform for National Dialogue on EU integration. Such a platform, he said, would further consolidate national consensus on the EU agenda.
Rama said his government's priorities fully coincide with those set by the European Commission in order to advance the country's EU membership bid.
Speaking of Albania's chances to obtain EU candidate status, Rama stressed that his country needs to give clear proof that it is meeting all the required criteria.
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Albanian Minister of European Integration Klajda Gjosha made the remarks while meeting with the European Union's Working Party on the Western Balkans Region (COWEB). Full story