PACE Monitoring Committee welcomes progress in Albania, but regrets poor political climate and consequent delay in reforms

Iran Materials 14 December 2006 17:24 (UTC +04:00)

(coe) -. The Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) regrets that Albanian political life has continued to be dominated by confrontation and obstructionism. The poor political climate has again delayed major reforms, in particular in the field of election legislation and the media, which are urgently required in view also of the forthcoming local elections, the rapporteurs Leo Platvoet (Netherlands, UEL) and David Whilshire (United Kingdom, EDG) said at the meeting of the Monitoring Committee in Paris yesterday, Wednesday 13 December.

Whilst welcoming progress made so far, in particular in the fight against organised crime and trafficking, the Committee recommends to pursue its monitoring until measures taken or planned in several fields have produced tangible results. These include election legislation, reform of local and regional government, the fight against corruption, domestic violence and trafficking in human beings, respect for independent and constitutionally guaranteed institutions, such as the Prosecutor General and the High Council of Justice, judicial and media reform, the prevention of torture and respect of minority and children's rights, reports Trend.

The report is scheduled for debate at the next PACE plenary session (Strasbourg, 22-26 January).