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25 Nov 2003 description
report Council of Europe

Recommendation 1631 (2003)1

1. The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned at the high numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from various armed conflicts and human rights abuses which have occurred since the early 1990s in more than ten Council of Europe member states.

2. The precise number of the internally displaced population is difficult to determine as governments often do not keep any record of internal movements of their own populations. However, in 2002, it was estimated at between 3.2 and 3.7 million in Europe.

23 Jul 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf (2003) 30 23 July 2003
June 2003 in Tirana

Political Overview

Thessaloniki Summit

1. Prime Minister Fatos Nano and President Alfred Moisiu praised the results of the EU Summit in Thessaloniki. At a press conference on 21 June, the two said "a worthy representation of the country's entire efforts towards EU membership was successfully crowned" at the summit. Mr Nano also promised to step up efforts in fighting organised crime, corruption and trafficking

Talks on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

30 Jun 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2003)26 30 June 2003
May 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Electoral reform

1. Albania's electoral reform is an ongoing process. Packages with amendments to the electoral code will be discussed in Parliament during the first week of June.

EU negotiations for the SAA and for the readmission agreement

06 May 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2003)18 6 May 2003
March 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Parliamentary committee on the municipality of Tirana

1. A parliamentary committee to investigate the use of public funds by the municipality of Tirana and the Ministry of Culture during 1992-2002 was set up following a long debate within and outside Parliament. It began its activities during the last week of the month. A sharp dispute immediately arose, brought about by the lack of co-operation between the municipality and the members of the committee.

23 Apr 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2003)22 23 April 2003
April 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Electoral reform

1. The reform of the electoral system, started by the parliamentary bi-partisan committee, whose mandate ended on 7 April, has not yet been completed. However, the bi-partisan committee found an agreement on all the recommendations made by ODIHR. The still unsolved issue, to be decided in Parliament, remains the composition of the Central Electoral Commission and of the other electoral commissions.

New Party launched by Milo

14 Apr 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2003)17 14 April 2003
February 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

EU negotiations on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement