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Monday, July 16, 2012
The Albanian`s EU fulfillment of 12 criteria Top Channel TV
After the Stabilization and Association EU-Albania meeting, the head of
the EP Delegation for Balkan, Eduard Kukan, declared that he doesn’t
want to think about another failure for the status.
Kukan declared that the
status is not for the parties, but for the Albanian people, and he
advised the politicians to not prepare for whom to blame about the
failure, but start competing for who will contribute more.
Channel: The electoral reform will join soon the solution of the
Ombudsman and the voting of the qualified majority laws. But the
priorities are 12. What should be done until October for the conclusions
of this meeting?
Eduard Kukan: You must advance with the 12 main
priorities and fulfill them. It is easy to say it with words, because I
am aware of all the problems and matters that need to be addressed to.
But there was a good climate, as a noted during the entire meeting. This
period of time is much more important for the future of the country,
the EU candidate status, since, as I understand, Albania’s desire is to
progress in the European path and there has been a positive pressure
towards all political actors in Albania. The electoral reform is a very
important step in this direction, but I think that more tangible results
are needed. We can see the council of December positively.
Leskaj: We have not fulfilled the November package. We need this
package, because the Parliamentary reform is still incomplete. Certainly
that the rest has been completed, even with the contribution of the
opposition. I want to thank the EU representatives that this time valued
the substantial role of the opposition in reforms, what was clearly
emphasized by Mr. Sannino and Mr. Kukan. As regards the 12 priorities,
which are related with the opposition, I believe that the role of the
opposition was very active, not simply by voting in Parliament, but as a
very important contribution. As regards the rest, it is a long way and
we need to fulfill the expectancies that were underlined in these
declarations. What matters is that it is not the case to make a list of
laws or reforms and show them to Brussels, but the key issue is the law
implementation, so that the impact of these reforms can serve to the
people in Albania.
Fatos Beja: We are almost finalizing the 12
priorities. Based on this and the information that were given here,
during the exchange of opinions between the groups, I asked that Albania
should receive the candidate status this year. We are the only country
that has been left behind on this only due to the political conflicts.
Fortunately, we are on a different situation today. There are fewer
things to be realized. We are almost fulfilling the priorities and I am
very optimistic that we will receive the status this autumn.
Channel: If the list with the tangible measures and results that has
been asked will not be handed over in time, will it be the government to
blame, the opposition or the European Union?
Eduard Kukan: I
hate to think that this could happen. It is your role as journalists to
make difficult questions to the politicians, but the candidate status is
not for the government or for the opposition, but for the entire
country and its people. It is your profession to make questions, but my
message is very clear: forget thinking who will be responsible, and if
this will not happen, you must concentrate all your energies on who will
be contributing more for achieving this. This is my message.
Leskaj: The Socialist leader in Tirana and we as representatives of the
opposition, asked the European Union to help Albania in receiving the
candidate status, but the date when this will be possible is up to
Albania. The sooner we complete the reforms, the more efficient we will
be, especially with the reforms that I consider as very difficult and
that was underlined here, such as the fight against corruption, the
fight against organized crime, the justice system and the media freedom,
which also had a special attention in this session of the committee.
Beja: The different opinions of the majority and opposition on
different issues in Albania are issues that belong to the Albanian
Parliament. We are here in Brussels for the status, which will be given
if Albania realizes the priorities. Hence, I have the optimism that
since the priorities are ending, Albania must not be the only country
that will not receive the EU candidate status due to the political
debates in Tirana. I trust that the Electoral Code amends will be closed
next week. I trust that the opposition will support the immunity
removal from politicians and judges, which are necessary for having
concrete results in the judiciary system and against corruption in
general in Albania.
Top Channel: Mr. Kukan, you are expecting a
telegram from Albania, for being part of the 100th year of independence.
Can you say what should be written on the invitation?
Eduard Kukan: The message must be: the 12 priorities are completed. Only after this we can celebrate together.