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Constitutional Amendments on Restricting the Immunities Regime Adopted

18 September 2012
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On 18 September 2012 the Albanian Parliament voted on the draft constitutional amendments aiming to restrict/abolish the immunity of MPs, judges and other high level officials. The draft submitted to vote was a joint Democratic Party (DP) -Socialist Party (SP) parliamentary groups’ proposal agreed/endorsed by the 21 July 2012 joint session of the Parliamentary Council on Legislation and the Committee on Legal Issues, Public Administration and the Human Rights after the hearing/consultation of experts and other stakeholders. The joint proposal was a compromise of two drafts submitted by DP and SP parliamentary groups and it largely reflected the recommendations provided by PACA project in September 2011 for reform of the regime of immunities as well as the PACA expert's comments/position expressed at the 21 July session.