Fundamental freedoms respected in Albanian elections despite challenges of implementing political agreement

Fundamental freedoms respected in Albanian elections despite challenges of implementing political agreement

Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK), Head of the European Parliament Delegation to the International Election Observation Mission to Albania Parliamentary elections made the following statement:

“We are very pleased to have been here to observe the parliamentary elections in Albania. We are fully aware of the high stakes in this contest, which is a significant step in the Albanian political process.

Albania stands very high on the agenda of the European Union and of the European Parliament. We have had the opportunity to reiterate this message in our meetings with the Albanian authorities and the political party leaders.

The European Parliament delegation subscribes to the preliminary statement that has just been presented by the OSCE Special Coordinator Roberto Battelli on behalf of the International Election Observation Mission. I also take this opportunity to thank Ambassador Peter Tejler, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR EOM in Tirana and his team for their cooperation with us. I would also like to thank my colleagues from other parliamentary assemblies for our productive collaboration. We are all here in support of Albania and its people.

We were pleased that election day proceeded in an orderly and generally peaceful manner, despite reports of some irregularities. We were also very encouraged by the positive results of the internationally-mediated political agreement leading to the participation of the main opposition party in the elections. We would like to highlight that all OSCE/ODIHR recommendations must be fully implemented in due time before the next elections.

We look forward to the acknowledgement of the results by all parties, and the swift formation of the government, which is of key importance in any democratic process. We would like to underline that the European Parliament fully supports Albania’s accession to the EU, provided all the necessary requirements are met.

It is essential that the newly formed government moves ahead with the full implementation of all EU-related reforms, in particular the justice reform and the vetting process. We also hope that trust and confidence in the political process will be re-established through the constructive participation by all political parties in the Parliament”.