Tahiri with Fleckenstein, MEP asks Armando Preng
Following the high level meetings, Minister of Internal Affairs Saimir Tahiri held today a meeting with European Parliament Speaker Knut Fleckenstein, at the same time Rapporteur for Albania, discussed the recent developments in Albania and the Minister reported on the progress made in the priority covered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. After the meeting, the two senior officials gave a statement to the media. Fleckenstein said he had asked Minister Tahiri about the issue of Armando Prensea. CONFERENCE QUESTION-ANSWER You are familiar with the draft resolution for Albania which will be amended. Is there anything that will add to it? Knut Fleckenstein: Can. I will see it with attention. The Minister brought to attention some key points that I will reflect in the report. I think the report lists the government's success in the fight against corruption and organized crime, although we all agree that much remains to be done. I have to see if we have kept all the points in the right way. On the other hand, the opposition is demanding the implementation of the decriminalization law. Have you spoken with opposition representatives and did you share this point with Minister Tahiri? Knut Fleckenstein: I asked the minister how Prenga is, because this is one of the news that we have been referring to for example. We agreed that the parties continue the dialogue on decriminalization. Because the concern here is that this law is not being implemented due to the lack of sub-legal acts. It was also spoken of the possibility of a parliamentary boycott by the opposition. What is your position on this? Knut Fleckenstein: I hope there is no boycott of Parliament but dialogue between the parties. Minister Tahiri: I spoke with Mr. Fleckenstein on the reforms the government has undertaken in the framework of the fight against corruption and organized crime, to reform the security system as a whole. But also on the comprehensive reforms undertaken by the government, which guarantee lasting results in time, in relation to the fight against corruption and the strengthening of the rule of law. There is no direct connection with you but did you find yourself in a difficult position when asked questions about the "Prenga" case? Minister Tahiri: I believe that the integrity of the political class expressed in the law "On the purity of the image" (be it when it comes to those who are elected, whether it is for those who are appointed) is no longer a matter of political preference, but it is a matter of law enforcement. In this context, the issue is not about concrete names, but the will to adopt sub-legal acts of the law. In order for us to set a standard. And this standard is dedicated to anyone, and obeying anyone. The solution in this case is not a political mission with special names, but it is the adoption of sub-legal acts. That is why the opposition is invited to the parliamentary table: to resolve and adopt as soon as possible sub-legal acts that would make law enforcement effective. I believe this is the best way to solve this problem. And referring to the concrete case, the SP and the SP parliamentary group, the government and the majority have taken the right political acts to properly condemn the act and to make it possible for this example to return, not to a political boycott. So I see the threat of boycott when it should be the opposite. What about the morning meeting with the representatives of the member countries? Minister Tahiri: I reported some of the priorities of the work of the Albanian government with the representatives of the member countries. I consider it very necessary to receive information on the 5 priorities that Albania has in the framework of the European integration path. It is very important to conceptualize these reforms, as a necessity for the country and then for the citizens, as fundamental steps in the context of integration. I received full support from all member states representatives (also from Fleckenstein) for everything we have done to date. This perceived and conceived not as an achievement in itself, but as an incentive enough to do in the future everything we did before.