Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  Thank you for the Explanatory Memorandum dated 23 March 2006 which Sub-Committee C considered at its meeting on 30 March. The Sub-Committee agreed to clear the document from scrutiny.

  We would like to emphasise the importance of Stabilisation and Association Agreements as part of the process of bringing the countries of the Western Balkans closer towards eventual membership of the EU and recognise their immediate impact on increasing stability within the region. We accordingly welcome the conclusion of this Agreement with Albania.

  We do, however, note the ongoing challenge of tackling organised crime in Albania and stress that the EU should continue to regard this as one of its priorities in the monitoring and implementation of this Agreement.

30 March 2006

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