Supporting the electoral reform in Albania through advice and recommendations on political finance legislative and institutional framework

Tirana, Albania 15 May 2020
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The Council of Europe and the European Union continue to support the reform process in Albania through the CoE/EU Horizontal Facility II, Action against Economic Crime in Albania (HF-AEC-AL).

The Action has provided two Technical Papers with comments and recommendations on legislative amendments to the Electoral Code and to the Law on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Subjects in Albania. These two papers build on previous advice provided through the first phase of the Horizontal Facility on this subject.

The amendments take into account Action’s recommendations and incorporate those into the draft Law; this will provide for an increase in the transparency of political finance and address concerns regarding the misuse of state resources and vote buying.

The adoption of the electoral reform and amendments to political party and election campaign financing is one of the major conditions set forth by the European Council paving Albania’s way towards the start of negotiations for European Union accession.

The Action against Economic Crime in Albania will continue to further support the reform process in the area of political party financing through assistance to the Ad Hoc Committee on Electoral Reform and Central Election Commission.

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