Statement by Ambassador Ettore Sequi, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Albania (19/07/2012)

Tirana, 19 July 2012

I warmly welcome the Albanian parliament's adoption today of the amendments to the electoral code following the cross-party agreement achieved last week in the ad-hoc parliamentary committee.

The EU has closely followed every moment of the process. It is clear to all that both the ruling majority and the opposition share the credit for working constructively together to succeed in this extremely important reform. This result is a significant step forward towards addressing the Key Priorities of the 2010 Opinion.

I trust that working together in Albania's national interest will not stop here. Building on the achievement of the present is the challenge for the immediate future, with the same spirit of compromise, commitment and dialogue.

Albania faces a number of other serious and immediate reform challenges. I trust that the same spirit of co-operation and compromise shown today will guide all actors in achieving the reforms which remain necessary for Albania to move further on its path towards the European Union. In particular, the reform of the Parliament's rules of procedure and a revision of the immunity system in line with European standards would be urgent and important steps in the right direction, in the vital interest of the European future of Albania.