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Albanian EU accession bid
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Status
Negotiating
Applied28 April 2009
Approved24 March 2020
Progress
Negotiating
Chapter Progress
Ratification Progress
Statistics
EU averageAlbania
PPP GDP ($M)552,78029,092[1]
PPP per capita ($)40,60011,840[2]
Area (km2)165,04828,748
Population18,583,5983,195,000[3]

Border controls

On 1 January 2008 the visa facilitation and readmission agreements between Albania and the EU entered into force.[61] Albania received a road map from the EU for further visa liberalisation with Schengen countries in June 2008.[61]

Albania started issuing biometric passports on 24 May 2009, which were designed to comply with EU guidelines.[62][63] On 8 November 2010 the Council of the European Union approved visa-free travel to the EU for citizens of Albania.[21] The decision entered into force on 15 December 2010.[64]

In 2011, the EU paid €6 million to construct or refurbish border crossing points and border police stations to help Albania fight organised crime and illegal trafficking.[65]

Negotiation progress

The screening process is underway and no chapters have been opened thus far.

Screening and Chapter Dates
Progression 35 / 35 0 / 35 0 / 35 0 / 35
Acquis chapter Screening Started Screening Completed Chapter Opened Chapter Closed
1. Free Movement of Goods 2019-01-17
2. Freedom of Movement For Workers 2019-03-13
3. Right of Establishment & Freedom To Provide Services 2018-12-11
4. Free Movement of Capital 2019-01-10
5. Public Procurement 2018-12-06
6. Company Law 2019-10-21
7. Intellectual Property Law 2019-02-07
8. Competition Policy 2019-11-04
9. Financial Services 2019-04-09
10. Information Society & Media 2019-11-20
11. Agriculture & Rural Development 2019-12-06
12. Food Safety, Veterinary & Phytosanitary Policy 2019-02-18
13. Fisheries 2019-06-12
14. Transport Policy 2019-06-24
15. Energy 2019-03-26
16. Taxation 2019-06-03
17. Economic & Monetary Policy 2019-01-10
18. Statistics 2019-02-12
19. Social Policy & Employment 2019-04-03
20. Enterprise & Industrial Policy 2019-01-29
21. Trans-European Networks 2019-03-27
22. Regional Policy & Coordination of Structural Instruments 2019-02-05
23. Judiciary & Fundamental Rights 2018-09-27
24. Justice, Freedom & Security 2018-11-12
25. Science & Research 2019-03-11
26. Education & Culture 2019-03-12
27. Environment & Climate Change 2019-05-13
28. Consumer & Health Protection 2019-03-28
29. Customs Union 2019-09-23
30. External Relations 2019-09-25
31. Foreign, Security & Defence Policy 2019-09-26
32. Financial Control 2018-12-05
33. Financial & Budgetary Provisions 2019-09-27
34. Institutions
35. Other Issues
Oct 2020 European Commission Report
Acquis chapter Status as of Oct 2020[66] Chapter Status
Overview 3 chapters at early stage
8 chapters with some level of preparation
21 chapters with moderate preparation
1 chapter with good level of preparation
2 chapters with nothing to adopt
0 chapters opened
1. Free Movement of Goods Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
2. Freedom of Movement For Workers Some level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
3. Right of Establishment & Freedom To Provide Services Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
4. Free Movement of Capital Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
5. Public Procurement Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
6. Company Law Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
7. Intellectual Property Law Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
8. Competition Policy Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
9. Financial Services Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
10. Information Society & Media Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
11. Agriculture & Rural Development Some level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
12. Food Safety, Veterinary & Phytosanitary Policy Some level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
13. Fisheries Early stage Chapter not yet opened
14. Transport Policy Some level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
15. Energy Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
16. Taxation Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
17. Economic & Monetary Policy Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
18. Statistics Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
19. Social Policy & Employment Some level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
20. Enterprise & Industrial Policy Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
21. Trans-European Networks Some level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
22. Regional Policy & Coordination of Structural Instruments Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
23. Judiciary & Fundamental Rights Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
24. Justice, Freedom & Security Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
25. Science & Research Early stage Chapter not yet opened
26. Education & Culture Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
27. Environment & Climate Change Some level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
28. Consumer & Health Protection Early stage Chapter not yet opened
29. Customs Union Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
30. External Relations Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
31. Foreign, Security & Defence Policy Good level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
32. Financial Control Moderately prepared Chapter not yet opened
33. Financial & Budgetary Provisions Some level of preparation Chapter not yet opened
34. Institutions Nothing to adopt Chapter not yet opened
35. Other Issues Nothing to adopt Chapter not yet opened
Negotiation History
Acquis chapter EC Assessment in 2015[67] EC Assessment in 2016[68] EC Assessment in 2018 EC Assessment in 2019 [69] EC Assessment in 2020[70]
1. Free Movement of Goods Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Some level of preparation Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
2. Freedom of Movement For Workers Early stage Early stage Early stage Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
3. Right of Establishment & Freedom To Provide Services Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
4. Free Movement of Capital Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
5. Public Procurement Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Moderately prepared
6. Company Law Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
7. Intellectual Property Law Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
8. Competition Policy Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Some level of preparation Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
9. Financial Services Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
10. Information Society & Media Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
11. Agriculture & Rural Development Early stage Early stage Early stage Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
12. Food Safety, Veterinary & Phytosanitary Policy Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
13. Fisheries Early stage Early stage Early stage Early stage Early stage
14. Transport Policy Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
15. Energy Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
16. Taxation Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
17. Economic & Monetary Policy Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
18. Statistics Some level of preparation Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
19. Social Policy & Employment Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
20. Enterprise & Industrial Policy Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
21. Trans-European Networks Some level of preparation Some leve

On 1 January 2008 the visa facilitation and readmission agreements between Albania and the EU entered into force.[61] Albania received a road map from the EU for further visa liberalisation with Schengen countries in June 2008.[61]

Albania started issuing biometric passports on 24 May 2009, which were designed to comply with EU guidelines.[62][63] On 8 November 2010 the Council of the European Union approved visa-free travel to the EU for citizens of Albania.[21] The decision entered into force on 15 December 2010.[64]

In 2011, the EU paid €6 million to construct or refurbish border crossing points and border police stations to help Albania fight organised crime and illegal trafficking.[65]

Negotiation progress

The screening process is underway and no chapters have been opened thus far.

Albania started issuing biometric passports on 24 May 2009, which were designed to comply with EU guidelines.[62][63] On 8 November 2010 the Council of the European Union approved visa-free travel to the EU for citizens of Albania.[21] The decision entered into force on 15 December 2010.[64]

In 2011, the EU paid €6 million to construct or refurbish border crossing points and border police stations to help Albania fight organised crime and illegal trafficking.[65]

The screening process is underway and no chapters have been opened thus far.

Screening and Chapter Dates
Progression 35 / 35 0 / 35 0 / 35 0 / 35
Acquis chapter Screening Started Screening Completed Chapter Opened Chapter Closed
1. Free Movement of Goods 2019-01-17
2. Freedom of Movement For Workers 2019-03-13
3. Right of Establishment & Freedom To Provide Services 2018-12-11
4. Free Movement of Capital 2019-01-10
5. Public Procurement 2018-12-06
6. Company Law 2019-10-21
7. Intellectual Property Law 2019-02-07
8. Competition Policy 2019-11-04
9. Financial Services 2019-04-09
10. Information Society & Media 2019-11-20
11. Agriculture & Rural Development 2019-12-06
12. Food Safety, Veterinary & Phytosanitary Policy 2019-02-18
13. Fisheries 2019-06-12
Screening and Chapter Dates
Progression 35 / 35