Statement by the spokesperson of Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Mr Peter Stano (19/07/2012)

Tirana, 19 July 2012

We welcome the adoption of the amendments to the electoral code, following the cross-party agreement in the Albanian ad-hoc Parliamentary Committee reached last week. Both ruling majority and opposition should be commended for the good work completed and for the constructive cooperation in this area.

Reaching this important agreement constitutes a very significant step forward in the completion of the November 2011 political agreement and towards meeting a key priority of the Opinion. But electoral reform is not only one of the key priorities of the Opinion, it is also essential in view of the 2013 parliamentary elections. 

We call upon both ruling majority and opposition to build on this positive development and further embrace constructive political dialogue and cooperation to complete on-going work on the other key priorities of the Opinion and to achieve a critical mass of results by September. Reforms in rule of law constitute a key factor for moving ahead on the EU integration path.

In this respect voting for reform of the immunities system and of the High Court in line with European standards would be an important step to the right direction.

We encourage all parties to contribute to further intense efforts in this context and show a constructive attitude. This is essential for Albania to advance on the EU path this year.