IBNA Op-Ed/ “Here in Albania, we have not seen any strategies of the current prime minister for the reform in justice and security. If we haven’t seen any, neither have they have done in Germany or Britain. They understand fully well as to what reforms the prime minister will undertake until June, in two months, at a time when there’s no strategy on justice, properties or legal security. Even if the draft was ready today, it should be discussed, approved and then pass onto the action plan. Then he should draft the laws, approve the laws and make the impact before the June decision on the status…”
By Eduard Halimi
MP of the Democratic Party of Albania, former minister of Justice
A few days ago, prime minister Edi Rama was in a meeting with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. A month before the December decision, he was in London to meet with prime minister Cameron. I saw the photos and I don’t know what the prime minister told her, but what the chancellor demanded was legal security for investors and reform in the justice system.
I don’t know if the prime minister told the chancellor that she was right and if he told her that legal security in Albania no longer exists, as it’s been 7 months that apartment blocks, houses, businesses are being destroyed through the explosives of the government and that the Constitutional Court of the country told him that he was acting against the Constitution, because he destroyed legal security of the Albanian citizens.
I don’t know what he told her about the legal security of 4.200 businesses whose data he stole during the night, in order to use them personally and also about the fact that he denied to the opposition the right to investigate, which again resulted to be anti constitutional.
I don’t know if he talked to Merkel on the legal security of more than 7 thousand men and women whom he left without a job, just because the government changed and if he talked to her about the ruling of the Constitutional Court which again told him that he was acting against the Constitution, or the Court of Strasbourg which told him that all those who are made redundant, they benefit the victim’s status and must be compensated.
I don’t know what he told her about the legal security of the Albanian people, which is obliging the court of Strasbourg to fine the government every month with 8 million Euros because they don’t see a will.
I have no doubt that Merkel, like Cameron a few months ago, has read between the lines of the prime minister realizing that he doesn’t intend to do anything on these issues, because they know that reforms are made through strategies, strategies have an action plan, action plans contain laws and it’s the laws that reform institutions and not the changes in people. It’s the laws that guarantee legal security and reform the justice system.
But the prime minister says that he doesn’t recognize the strategies of the previous prime minister, Sali Berisha and that he doesn’t apply his laws. On the other hand here in Albania, we have not seen any strategies of the current prime minister for the reform in justice and security. If we haven’t seen any, neither have they done in Germany or Britain. They understand fully well as to what reforms the prime minister will undertake until June, in two months, at a time when there’s no strategy on justice, properties or legal security. Even if the draft was ready today, it should be discussed, approve and then pass onto the action plan. Then he should draft the laws, approve the laws and make the impact before June.
There is nothing and he will do nothing to fulfill what Merkel demanded him and what all partners have demanded from him, besides producing propaganda and becoming more aggressive than before and more aggressive with the institutions of the country.
Why does this majority and this prime minister do the opposite of what our partners demand before the decision on the status? They tell them to sit with the opposition and the prime minister declares that he has the votes and that he doesn’t want to know about the opposition when it comes to the territorial reform. They tell him to respect institutions and he continues to attack them. They tell them not to change the powers of the President, like it happened with the Inspectorate of the Declaration of Assets and he drafts a law to take over more powers…
The response is clear, he doesn’t want the status. He wants the country to be isolated from all powers, to steal and rob the properties of Albanians…
*The stances of the author do not necessarily represent IBNA’s editorial line