The Albanian Parliament approved the project for population registration with 71 yesterday. The project opens the way for the approval of a new law through an accelerated procedure.
The law was proposed by the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Communication, Genc Pollo, the same one who proposed the government's decision to change the name of the "identity cards" in the Albanian language. But this time, the government proposed the Latin word "census", which, as the report says, will help with a single registration. But terminology is not the only change. With the new changes, the data of Albanian citizens will not be used for electoral lists. The data will be used in full compliance with the law for statistics only by the Institute of Statistics. This institute will also be the guarantor of sensitive data. Law that the Albanian parliament has yet to write and approve. The changes proposed by the Government do not meet the demands of the Red and Black Alliance, an association of intellectuals and an association that launched a petition to stop the registration of the population on ethnic and religious bases. Activists of this alliance protested in front of the Parliament, bringing arguments in support of the thesis that this registration can in some way bring risks to the ethnic and religious cohabitation of the Albanians. But the government seems determined to make this registration since October 1 this year, saying that the same is a European obligation. The red and black alliance has also initiated a second request, which concerns certain changes in the Constitution of the country in order to facilitate the granting of passports to any Albanian citizen. The central point of this proposal is the possibility of giving Albanian passports to the Kosovars who have resided in Albania for five years.