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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Draft-resolution for Albania
Those few European MPs who showed interest for the debate of the Foreign
Committee of Albania got acquainted with the draft-resolution prepared
by the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the country that
demanded support for the candidate status, with the hope to fulfil the
“We are chosen
representatives of the European Parliament and I think that the comments
in my report are to offer clear indicators of what measures should be
approved, what steps should be taken and what must be done, so that we
can see the human rights, the living standards and so that the life
quality of the Albanians can improve”, declared Nikolaos Chountis,
rapporteur for Albania at the European Parliament.
The right and
left political groups reiterated the significance of the next elections
and the continuity of the political dialogue. The liberals focused on
impunity and the human rights.
Eduard Kukan, head of the
delegation for Balkan at the European Parliament underlined: “The
Candidate Status for Albania is reachable. But this depends more on the
political will and a stable dialogue between all political parties. It
might be too much saying that I want to be optimistic, but I would want
to be optimist and see some progress and a full normalization of the
interior political life in Albania. I also hope that the next elections
will not make this progress more difficult”.
The vice rapporteur
for Albania, Libor Rouceku, who is also a representative of the
Social-Democrats, added: “The Parliamentary elections of the next spring
will be essential for Albania in the next year. I think that this not
only should be mentioned, but it should be underlined, because it is
essential not only for Albania’s democratic development, but it is also a
test for the European progress of Albania, the guarantee of the
A similar position was held by Marijete
Schaake, vice rapporteur for Albania: “This is an important start, the
beginning of what I think that could be a long process, or at least an
intensive process of reforms that should be deep and significant, not
superficial. This Parliament was a witness of a very painful political
polarization, and a stalemate that is deeply rooted in the current
Albanian political system. I think that it is important that we as a
Parliament can keep discussing and be in direct contact with the
Albanian people. This is for the future and for its own good, not for
the political class or a political generation”.
Present in the debate for the draft resolution were also representatives of the European Commission.
Maragos, head of the unit for Albania at the European Commission
declared for Top Channel: “I want to reiterate the significance that the
Albanian institutions are showing for the commitment in the war against
corruption and the organized crime, including the proactive
investigations and the judicial cases, so that they can guarantee not
only the European institutions, but also the Albanians, that there will
be no more impunity for the illegal actions”.
The second debate
for the resolution, with the increase of the amends from different
political groups, will be held on November 15th and will be voted at the
Foreign Commission on November 22nd. The final stance of the European
Parliament for Albania will be voted in the plenary session of December.