(Brussels, DTT-NET.COM) – The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between Albania and EU will not be signed this month as foreseen initially but in May, because of technical delays on translation and jurisdiction verification of the text of the deal.
EU officials told DTT-NET.COM that SAA agreement is expected to be signed at next month meeting of foreign affaires of 25 member nations who are to meet on 15-16 May in Brussels and not on 10-11 April meeting.
Officials from EU presidency (Austrian government” said that the “aim is to have the ratification in May”, because as they said, the European Commission (EC) needs some more time to translate the text into 20 EU officials languages and also because of the jurisdictional approval of the text by 25 EU capitals.
Talks between Tirana and European Commission were concluded in February, but the text must be approved by all governments of EU states.
Albania has launched the talks in early 2003. The deal will enter into the force once it’s ratified by 25 national parliaments of the European bloc.
The agreement’s main goals are improving the legislation of the countries according to European standards and also to promote economic and trade relations, establishing free trade between the Western Balkan region and the EU.
Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the last countries to enter the talks with EU on SAA, as they launched the talks with EC on November last year.
Croatia which has last October entered membership talks with EU and Macedonia which was granted last December the status of candidate country for EU entry have already ended the SAA talks with Brussels.
Because of its non-resolved status, Kosovo is the only one from the Western Balkans region which doesn’t have any contractual relations with EU.