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Brussels condemns 'corruption and cannabis yield'

October 11, 2018 2:59 PM
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THE European Union member states are thwarting Albania's accession talks as they attack the Balkan country's corruption and cannabis yield.

In June, the European Commission recommended the opening of negotiations for Albania to joint the bloc.

But EU member states, especially France, are trying to thwart their membership bid.

Paris justifies its objection to Albania joining the EU because of the Balkan country’s problems with corruption and organised crime.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said: "The European Union is absolutely unpredictable.

No other European country cultivates more cannabis than Albania, the FT reported in 2017.

The smuggling from Albanian mountain villages into the EU is the main source of income for the Albanian mafia, according to The Times.

Even Albanian authorities themselves often take part in organised crime along with judges, prosecutors and the police allowing the networks, The Times added.

But the Albanian interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj claims he wants to combat this, saying: "We want to eradicate Albania from the map of the cannabis countries.


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