The second meeting of the EU Stabilization and Association Committee - Albania (SAPC) was held in Tirana, the 4 and 5 November.
Six months after the first meeting, the theme addressed by the parties was the same: the "political crisis", which keeps the country on stand by the 28 June 2009 parliamentary elections. Obviously, same theme, same prescription as six months ago.
According to MEP Antonio Cancian, the parties are asked to find a solution to the crisis according to the European Parliament's resolution of last July which proposes the establishment of a parliamentary committee of inquiry in which the majority belongs to the opposition, authorized to investigate the elections and the electoral documentation, instead on the recount of the votes the opinion of the Constitutional Court is asked and if necessary also of the Venice Commission to the Council of Europe. Majority and opposition are agreed on the establishment of the commission of inquiry but not on the fate of the electoral ballots: the former does not want them to be recounted, despite the insistence of the latter, which nevertheless agrees to seek the opinion of a third party . Issue that made the MEPs in Tirana irritate. Doris Pack had to leave the meeting that had just begun, admitting that she was very disappointed by a situation that is now intolerable. Marije Corilessen MEP says: "If I were Albanian, I would have been ashamed for the accusations you made in politics. Here you have to talk and you continue with the accusations ”. The message referred to the Albanian deputies present, yet another from the EU not accepted by Albanian politics.
For European parliamentarians, the political class continues not to deal with the real reforms that serve the country, such as justice or the fight against corruption that is flourishing at the highest level, not even sparing the government. At the end of the meeting, like the previous one, the Committee did not reach a position shared by the parties, so there was no final declaration or even a press conference.
The paradox is that they all wave the blue flag with gold stars, they do nothing but talk about European integration but in the end they cannot find the compromise even for a common declaration. Certainly this is not the right way. And the European Commission will account next week, when it will give its annual opinion on the progress of the country of the eagles. We'll see.
Under the 122 article of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, the Parliamentary Stabilization and Association Committee between the European Union and Albania (SAPC) is composed of 14 EU parliamentarians and Albanian 15 to discuss and exchange views on matters relating to the integration process of Albania. It is chaired by the Slovakian Eduard Kukan of the European popular (EPP) and the Romanian Victor Bostinaru of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D).
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