EP Foreign Committee passes a draft resolution on Albania

EP Foreign Committee passes a draft resolution on Albania

Brussels, April 14, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Foreign Committee of the European Parliament passed a draft resolution on Albania containing 192 amendments of the rapporteur on Albania, Knut Fleckenstein.

A number of other amendments were added to the resolution, while a part of the amendments were voted down by MEPs.

Fleckenstein’s resolution on Albania received 51 votes in favor and 3 votes against.

The final document is expected to be approved in the next plenary session in Strasbourg scheduled to take place from 27 to 30 April.

During the presentation of the report, the rapporteur of the European Parliament on Albania, Knut Fleckenstein expressed his concern over the political tension and conflicting situation in the country, underlining that political polarization puts the integration of Albania in danger.

“The opening of negotiations would be an encouragement and would further boost reforms, offering a credible and tangible EU perspective. The success of the agenda of reforms strongly depends on the existence of a democratic political environment, where the majority and opposition must exert their political responsibilities and they must be able to accept compromises, as this would increase the confidence of the citizens on public institutions”, says the draft resolution.

The draft resolution also says that the rule of law and reform in the judicial system are crucial.

Fight against organized crime remains a big challenge, while measures to tackle the participation of Albanian nationals in foreign conflicts and measures against terrorism and radicalism are praised.

Also, referring to the political accord of December 24, Fleckenstein appeals for this accord to be implemented in a constructive manner and to address the issue of people who run for public posts and who have criminal records. /ibna/