18 October 2007
The Albanian public perception on Albania’s European integration was the focus of the periodic survey “Albania and the EU, perceptions and realities”, organized this year by the Albanian Institute of International Studies, with the support of the Network of Open Society for Albania (NOSA), Embassy of Spain and “F. Ebert” Foundation.
Outcomes of the survey, realized in June 2007 in Tirana, Shkodra, Elbasan, Vlora, Fier, Korça, Durrsi, Kruja, Kavaja and Lezha with over 1000 persons of all categories, show that the support for entry of Albania in the EU is amongst the highest in the region, with about 93,8%. The respondents rank EU as the first strategic partner of Albania, listing the U.S. in the second place.
As per the survey, 82.8 percent of the interviewees thins that Albania is not ready for integration and 14.4 percent say it has reached an insignificant progress in the fight against corruption, organized crime and law enforcement.
Attending the discussion organized about this issue were intellectuals, representatives from the administration, civil society and journalists. The Minister of Integration, Ms Majlinda Bregu, the head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Tirana, Helmuth Lohan, the head of the Parliamentary Committee on Integration, Mr. Ilir Meta and others were also present in the meeting.