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The Netherlands praises Albania's progress: We support the EC report for the conference!

  • 6/5/2021 10:46 AM
The Netherlands praises Albania's progress: We support the EC report for the conference!

The Netherlands demands the investigation of electoral crimes in Albania by the SPAK as a condition for its integration into the European Union. The Dutch government in a letter to parliament asks to support the European Commission report on holding the first Albania-EU intergovernmental conference.

"The Dutch government supports the conclusions of the Commission according to which Albania has made sufficient progress in the pre-determined conditions. This conclusion has also been accepted by member states, which, like the Netherlands, were critical last year."

The report also highlights the issue of patronage, calling for an investigation into the publication of personal data before the election.

"The Dutch government considers it important that cases of election manipulation be carefully investigated by the SPAK. In addition, the existence and leakage of a database of sensitive personal information, which caused a great deal of controversy shortly before the election, should also be investigated.

The final ODIHR report has not yet been published. "The government considers it important that every recommendation in this report is followed in a timely manner," the report said.

The Netherlands underlines that the ODIHR report on the April 25 elections in Albania has not been published yet, so it expects to review the international report to reach conclusions.

/Klara Ruci/