As foreseen by the Stabilization and Association Agreement, the 14-15 was held in May the third meeting of the Parliamentary Committee between the European Union and Albania (SAPC) composed of 14 MEPs and equally members of the Albanian Parliament.
In addition, European Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule and the Minister for Integration of Albania Majlinda Bregu also attended the meeting.
Many of us hoped, even the EU, that the local elections of the 8th of May would have changed the situation in Albania after the limbo in which it had been for two years. Huge efforts have been made for the electoral campaign with lots of recommendations, messages and sent on the field. And at the first moment it seemed that everything worked, the day of May 8 was calm and the Albanians voted freely. It all starts the next day, in the vote count. If for the rest of the country we can try to understand the anomaly of waiting for the final result, the same cannot be said for sure for the elections in the Municipality of Tirana, where still today the new Mayor of the capital will not be. The situation in Tirana was at the center of the Committee's debate, which was to discuss Albania's progress according to the recommendations of the European Commission, to take stock of the situation for a final report in October. The first day of the meeting was anticipated by an open letter to the Albanian Premier Berisha from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe T. Jagland, which Commissioner Fule quotes before the Committee: «He expresses his concern about the situation after the elections of the Municipality of Tirana. It is emphasized that the political division has become so serious that it could threaten the proper functioning of democratic institutions, good governance and further economic progress in the country. He invites the political parties to start a real dialogue, a dialogue that will allow them to overcome the political stalemate. Jagland also suggests that the Venice Commission should be asked for advice in order to avoid similar situations in future elections. "For their part, the Albanian parliamentarians have expressed their opinion known to all based on their political affiliation, obviously they are opposite opinions and characterized by the total lack of responsibility and rules. In their inability to discuss the future of the country above the interests of the parties but at the service of the Albanian citizens who are almost totally cut off from the political debate, Commissioner Fule answers.To test their abilities was the national flag present in the meeting where you could see the yellow star present in the communist period and that our elected officials did not notice. Today the European Parliament has assumed responsibility by apologizing, a noble gesture that our politicians lack.
Annoyed by repeating yet another invitation to the parties to talk, Fule said he had asked both sides and specifically Prime Minister Berisha to "ensure the elections of May 8th, very important for the final report of the Commission." 'emphasis on the OSCE-ODIHR report of the 2007 where the votes entered in the wrong ballots were considered irregular and the 20 pre-report last May where there are concerns about the regulatory basis of the Central Electoral Commission to re-evaluate the 2007 practice mentioned above.
For the third consecutive time, the meeting ends without a joint final declaration, something that does not please Albania's aspirations for membership and the assessment that the European Commission will surely take into account 12 October.
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