European Commission Press Release: 2016 Enlargement Package: credible enlargement process key to driving transformation and anchoring stability in Southeast Europe

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The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package. It assesses where the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey stand in implementing key political and economic reforms, and what needs to be done to address the remaining challenges. Among other things, the Commission recommends that Member States consider opening accession negotiations with Albania. This is, however, strictly subject to credible and tangible progress in the implementation of the judicial reform, in particular the re-evaluation of judges and prosecutors (“vetting”)

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IMF Approves $180 Million Aid for Moldova, Citing Progress with Reforms

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The International Monetary Fund has approved nearly $180 million in loans for Moldova ahead of a presidential runoff election that could see the former Soviet republic move closer to Europe or tilt toward Russia.
The IMF’s Executive Board in Washington approved the three-year loans on November 7 to support the country as it continues down the path of economic reform. The board said $36 million would be made available immediately

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Global trade alert system launched to boost market access for developing countries

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A new online alert system designed to help government agencies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) keep track of the latest information on regulatory requirements for international trade was launched today by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC)

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