The first meeting of the SAPC in Brussels ended in a stalemate. The joint parliamentary body between the EU and Albania could not come out with a final declaration at the end of the work. An unprecedented case for the European Parliament as stated by the members of the SAPC.
The 3 and 4 last May was held in Brussels the first meeting of the EU Stabilization and Association Committee - Albania (SAPC) composed of community and Albanian parliamentarians. The hottest topics of the meeting were undoubtedly the crisis that swept Albanian politics after last June's election and visa liberalization process. The agenda of the meeting, in addition to the exchange of views between representatives of the European Commission and the Albanian government on the state of relations between the EU and Albania, also included discussions of other issues such as economic reforms, the functioning of the system judiciary, the fight against organized crime, the protection of human rights and media freedom.
The 15 Albanian parliamentarians members of SAPC, majority 8 and 7 of the opposition, went to Brussels with a rather embarrassing internal political context. An opposition boycotting the parliament from 8 months, a hunger strike underway to get the ballot boxes reopened, a government that recognizes the right to protest but does not compromise, a stalled parliament that approves major reforms without the presence of 'opposition. One year after the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU came into force, and from NATO membership, the Albanian deputies find themselves having to discuss in Brussels the ABC of a democratic country in an important joint body such as the SAPC. SAPC member MEPs did not hide their disappointment over the meeting. For the Vice-President of the European Parliament and President of SAPC, Eduard Kukan, the situation created at the first meeting of the SAPC is an unprecedented case: "The political node was also evident here in the European Parliament, because after two days of discussions, we are not managed to adopt a joint declaration with the necessary recommendations. I am disappointed, I do not hide it because for the first time a meeting of this magnitude ends in such a situation ”.
Also for the Romanian MEP Victor Bostinatu, Vice President of SAPC, this is an unprecedented event in the European Parliament. However, Bostinatu stated that "a compromise was reached at the beginning of both sides, but Beja, head of the delegation of the Albanian Democratic Party, may have been called by Tirana at the end of the negotiations because we could not approve the final declaration ". "The papers are in the hands of Berisha, because if I were the prime minister of Albania, I would know what to do, but the fact is that it is Mr Berisha who must show leadership, availability and flexibility to reach an agreement," he added. Bostinatu.
While MEP Doris Pack, who has been following Albanian politics for years, said she was sorry to be at the starting point without having found a solution. "I understand the Albanians who no longer have the situation, who no longer believe anyone, neither the government nor the opposition. This behavior shows the state of the Albanian political class at its best, "says Pack.
While the first meeting of the SAPC ended without a final declaration as the practice would like, the concern of the MEPs was also shared by the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Fule, in an interview with the Albanian edition of the BBC. "I am really concerned about the lack of constructive political dialogue and the full functioning of Parliament. This is a general concern, - said Fule, adding that - all the political parties, of the majority and the opposition, have the responsibility to find the solution to the current political situation, based on two principles: respect for the constitutional framework and transparency ”.
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