As we have already mentioned in the previous article, today was a very busy day for the Commissioner for Enlargement of the European Commission Stefan Fule, visiting Tirana.The first meeting took place early in the morning with opposition leader Edi Rama, and focused on the role of the opposition in the process of European integration. Fule's agenda is focused on the Action Plan, composed of 12 points according to the opinion of the European Commission. For his part, Rama informed Commissioner Fule of the positive role that the opposition is playing in Parliament, participating in the approval of some laws that require the qualified majority of the 2 / 3 votes. A hot topic in today's meeting was the election of the next President of the Republic, scheduled for late June - early July. Rama hopes for a consensual candidate who is above the parties and a regular and transparent process: he fears that Berisha uses "tricks" to pilot the process. On this point Fule agrees, which also reiterates him in the next meeting with Berisha.
Fule said: "I am pleased to have reached two points in common on this issue. First of all, I want to say that the choice of the president has to do with determining the majority; on the other hand I perceived this determination in the meeting with Rama to conclude the work on electoral reform before the start of the procedures for the selection of the president.Secondly, the prime minister declared the government's commitment to guarantee the negotiability of the selection process for the president. I didn't come to give advice or lessons, but to look ahead. It is important that the figure of the President clearly reflects the spirit of the Constitution and represents the unity of the people, as they say in the Constitution itself. "For his part Berisha has assured that the election of the President will be a process that will pass through the negotiations and that they must observe the spirit of the Constitution, according to the pre-established times. "Candidates are welcome, but the actual process begins at the time specified by the country's constitution ", he added.
Fule took part in a parliamentary session and in front of the members of the Assembly he hoped that the Commission's Action Plan will become a national agenda for Albanian politics.
Here are some points that are of particular importance: • electoral reform according to OSCE / ODIHR recommendations where there is a pre-agreement between the parties; however, the law is still lacking, which will have to be completed within this month • the voting of the laws that must be approved by the 2 / 3 of voters, which requires a good functioning of the Parliament, given the previous obstructionism of the opposition (parliamentary immunity and senior officials of the State and Administrative Court where the parties declare themselves in favor) • commitment and concrete results on the functioning of the rule of law and improvement of legislation in the field of human rights.
Speaking of the difficulty due to the economic and financial crisis in which the European Union finds itself, Fule reiterated that the enlargement process does not stop remembering Croatia as the next EU member country (2013) and the status of candidate country obtained from Serbia last March. Fule acknowledges Albania's progress towards European integration and addresses MPs: "Look at what Albania has already done in the long journey of European integration. In the 2009, the stabilization and association agreement between the European Union and Albania entered into force. In the same year Albania asked to join the European Union and, therefore, sent an important signal for its commitment to reforms for common European values.Since the end of the 2010 Albania has enjoyed the visa-free regime with the European Union. Albanian citizens can travel shortly throughout the Schengen area without needing a visa - an important achievement, which all Albanians certainly appreciate when they travel within the European Union. This was only possible thanks to the success of a series of demanding reforms in the area of the rule of law and the movement of people".
Stressing the firm commitment of the European Commission to support the country in its road to EU membership, Fule concludes with a great hope in view of the 100 anniversary of Albania's independence: "The 2012 year marks the 100 anniversary of Albania's independence. It could also be the year in which Albania takes an important step towards integration into the European Union - in line with the wishes of the vast majority of the Albanian people. You are invited to turn this opportunity into reality, for the benefit of Albania and the European Union itself. Please accept these words of mine as a confirmation of my personal and passionate commitment to Albanian citizens".
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