Albanian political parties reached consensus on electoral reform on Friday to ensure free and fair elections. It is considered a key condition for starting accession negotiations with the European Union.
The new agreement focuses on electronic voter identification and other technical aspects in line with the recommendations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation at the European Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, which monitored the country's elections in the was post-communist.
The Albanian post-communist elections were continually marred by irregularities, such as buying and selling votes or manipulating the counting of votes.
The parties failed to conclude the agreement and meet the deadline of May 31 that had been set by political parties. However, it took another two days of meetings of the main political actors that took place in the residence of the Ambassador of the United States Yuri Kim, to facilitate dialogue together with both EU and British counterparts.
“This has addressed a key condition for starting EU accession negotiations, as stated in the Council conclusions of March 2020, thus bringing Albania closer to its future for the EU. This bodes well for future progress on the necessary reforms on Albania's European road, "said in a joint statement by the head of European foreign policy Josep Borrell and the European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi.
The news was also commented by the EU Representative in Albania Luigi Soreca:
“We congratulate all parties on the important political agreement on today's electoral reform. We welcome the inclusive process and praise the political will to reach consensus. This is an important result that will benefit the citizens of Albani. The new election
The provisions of the code, once adopted by Parliament, will give Albania an electoral process with higher standards of integrity and transparency, based on the recommendations of the OSCE / ODIHR, including the gradual depoliticization of the electoral administration.
The new code will address a condition for starting EU accession negotiations, thus taking Albania one step further towards its future for the EU. It also creates momentum for future progress on other necessary reforms on Albania's path in the EU "
While the Italian Ambassador Bucci says:
“Congratulations on the political agreement on electoral reform in line with the OSCE-ODIHR Recommendations!
An important result of all political leaders and the entire Political Council, a decisive step towards Europe! Now let's talk to Parliament and get on with the other reforms! "
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