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Albania MPs Finally Adopt Judicial Reform

22 Jul 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

Albania's parliament early on Friday adopted long-awaited judicial reforms, after 18 months of technical and political work and days of tense negotiations.

All 140 members of parliament voted in favour of the reform, after negotiations between the three main political leaders led by US ambassador Donald Lu and EU head of delegation Romana Vlahutin on Thursday closed the last remaining disputes over various articles.

Albania MPs Call For Direct Presidential Election

06 Jul 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

A group of 11 MPs in Albania have made a joint call for the President to be elected by direct vote in future.

The initiative is being launched a year before the current President, Bujar Nishani, finishes his five-year term. The political parties leaders have yet to enter the negotiating process of selecting a successor.

The current constitution stipulates that the President of Albania is elected by a vote in parliament. The successful candidate must win three-quarters of MPs' votes, which is 84 out of 140 in total.

Albanian Parliament to vote on judicial reform package

30 Jun 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
Daily Mail

Though lacking support from the opposition, the Albanian Parliament on Thursday passed a plan to bring a judicial reform package to a vote next month, a dangerous move that could bring down the government.

Lawmakers voted 71-to-38 to bring the matter to a vote before parliament closes its session at the end of July. The package is fundamental to ensuring the European Union will launch membership negotiations with Tirana.

IMF warns Albania against government payment arrears

28 Jun 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
REUTERS

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday Albania's economic recovery should strengthen this year but warned it not to let government payment arrears grow and risk a repeat of the heavy borrowing when it came to power three years ago.

Reviewing Albania's 330 million euro ($365 million) 36-month programme signed in February 2014, an IMF team said they had reached a staff-level agreement with Albania after finding their economic programme was "broadly on track".

La UE anima a Albania a adoptar la reforma judicial que la acerque a Europa

05 Jun 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
eldiario.es

La jefa de la diplomacia de la Unión Europea, Federica Mogherini, animó hoy a las fuerzas políticas albanesas a adoptar mañana en el Parlamento una reforma judicial que acercará al país a los estándares comunitarios.

"Puede abrir el camino a un nuevo comienzo, y por eso esperamos que todas las fuerzas políticas utilicen mañana la ronda final de consultas para aprobar la propuesta" sobre la reforma judicial, declaró Mogherini en un comunicado.

Brussels Urges Albania to Complete a Judicial Reform Package

02 Jun 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
ABC NEWS

The European Union is urging Albania to complete a package of judicial reforms if it wants to launch full membership talks with the bloc.

Referencing Albania's upcoming appearance in soccer's European Championship in France, the EU's top official for enlargement Johannes Hahn, said in a statement Tuesday that "the coming days will be decisive whether Albania will advance in the Euro Championship or stays in the group stage."

Albania Leaders Mull Meeting on Judicial Reform

01 Jun 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

The leaders of Albania's two main parties, the Prime Minister and Socialist leader, Edi Rama, and Lulzim Basha, chairman of the Democratic Party, are inching towards a meeting this week to find a solution to the deadlock on judicial reform.

As the deadline for Albania to complete judicial reforms needed to open EU accession negotiations comes close to expiring, a meeting between the leaders is seen as urgent, to end the deadlock and enable parliament to pass the reform in June.

Albania Opposition Boycotts Parliament, Blocks Reform Bill

28 Mayo 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
Associated Pres

Albania's main opposition Democratic Party again has decided to boycott Parliament in response to the legislature's suspension of its former leader, Sali Berisha.

The Democrats on Saturday said they would boycott Parliament for 10 days after Parliament suspended Berisha for 10 days for accusing Prime Minister Edi Rama of direct links to criminals, a charge Rama has denied.

Last month Berisha was sued by the governing Socialist Party for calling on citizens to arm themselves.

Clock Ticks For Albania to Pass EU Reforms

27 Mayo 2016
Albania
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

The deadline for Albania to complete judicial reforms needed to open European Union accession negotiations is close to expiring, with only one month left before the constitutional changes required for the reform can pass through parliament.

June is last month when parliament - before the recess in July - can vote to pass the amendments that require 93 out of 140 MPs to vote and so open the way for EU bodies to assess Albania's request to open membership negotiation.

However, the political situation remains in deadlock.

Albanian opposition will not enter in a new coalition with the parliamentary speaker’s party

12 Ago 2015
Albania
Fuente: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

The leader of the Democratic Party, the main party of the opposition in Albania, Lulzim Basha, declared on Wednesday that “the Democratic Party will not form a coalition for the sake of being in power, but it’s ready to fight a frontal war with crime and corruption”.

Second largest party of the left wing majority doesn’t rule out a reunification with the right wing

03 Ago 2015
Albania
Fuente: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

In Albania, Socialist Movement for Integration of the parliamentary speaker, Ilir Meta, doesn’t rule out a possible reunification with the right wing in the future, as long as this serves to the interest of the country and the citizens.

Commenting the possible return to cooperating with Democratic Party, leader of the SMI, who is a speaker of the Albanian Parliament, Ilir Meta, alludes that the 2009-2013 period may be repeated.

“What’s important for us is for SMI to serve to the country in terms of governing”, Meta says.

Damaging democratic standards may be a threat for the future of Albania, leader of the opposition says

29 Jul 2015
Albania
Fuente: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Opposition in Albania says that the country is making steps backwards and that the damaging democratic standards is a serious threat to the future of Albania.

The leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, has launched a campaign of information, as he called, with international authorities and European politicians, to brief them on the problems of the country.

Mr. Basha received in a meeting the Political Director at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Jan Kickert and the head for Western Balkan, Johann Sattler.

Second largest party in the majority grows significantly in the local government polls in Albania

10 Jul 2015
Albania
Fuente: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Socialist Movement for Integration, led by the speaker of Parliament, Ilir Meta, has achieved very good results in the local government elections held a few weeks ago.

In 61 municipalities, SMI has managed to come out as a winner in 11 of them, while in 21 other municipalities, SMI has managed to be ranked second.

This way, SMI has ruined the traditional ranking which has existed in the past 25 years, where the two first places were always occupied by the Democratic Party and the Socialist Party.

Albanian opposition leader discuss election standards with the head of OSCE

03 Jul 2015
Albania
Fuente: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Leader of the Democratic Party in Albania, Lulzim Basha, accompanied by the leader of the Republican Party, Fatmir Mediu and a delegation of the opposition, met today in Vienna with the Secretary General of OSCE, Lamberto Zannier and representatives of the permanent Council of the ambassadors of this mission.

During this meeting, Basha has thanked the mission of observers who monitored the June 21 elections and presented the great problems, which according to him,  mined the trust of voters on the election process.

Opposition leader: Albania is in the list of countries that do not organize free and fair elections

30 Jun 2015
Albania
Fuente: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha has met with the co-rapporteurs of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PA), Mr. Jonathan Evans, Mr. Andrej Hunko, Mr. Bas Klein, vice chairman of the Secretariat of the PA and Mrs. Delphine Freymann, Secretary of the Monitoring Commission of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

During this meeting, Mr. Basha said that the June 23 electoral process has put Albania in the list of countries that do not hold free and honest elections.

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