".....With respect to Albania, an EU diplomat, using his words with particular care, said: "the avis will probably not be negative – which does not mean that is fully positive."
The main problem with Albania concerns the shortcomings of its democratically-elected institutions. The opposition socialist party has boycotted the new parliament for several months and is still not fully taking part in parliamentary work.
A lack of real political dialogue in the country makes it hard for the European Commission to come out with a clear-cut positive opinion, and the commission could suggest making Albania a candidate only after it has fulfilled a number of conditions.
"It will be evident from the avis that there is a difference between Montenegro and Albania in their compliance with EU criteria, and that Montenegro is better prepared," said an EU source.