Among other Balkan countries, December was an important date for the Albania as well. Following several months of debate amongst political parties, members of the Parliament adopted the constitutional amendments and legislative framework necessary to introduce a clear discipline for the exclusion of criminal offenders from public offices (the so called “decriminalization” law).

This legislative development is expected to further strengthen the rule of law, enhance integrity amongst public officials, boost fight against corruption, but also increase citizens’ confidence in the functioning of the state and its institutions. The adoption of this legislative package has been encouraged and welcomed by the EU institutions and in particular the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn give statement on the adoption of the “decriminalization” law in Albania.

The EU reiterates that Albania is facing a number of very delicate reform challenges, which require constructive dialogue amongst all political parties. Therefore, progress on the reform agenda is important to move the country forward on its path towards European integration, as well as to further guarantee the entrenchment of the rule of law.

Commissioner Hahn welcomed the adoption of this legislative package and reconfirmed that constructive dialogue amongst all political parties is essential in achieving the goal through this reform. “Progress on the reform agenda is important to move the country forward on its path towards European integration, as well as to further guarantee the entrenchment of the rule of law” concluded Hahn.