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Monitoring the Process of Decentralisation in the activity of the Parliamentary Commission of Legal Issues, Public Administration and Human Rights

Round Table – 31 January 2013 – Hotel Tirana International

Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) organized on 31 January 2013 in Hotel Tirana International, the presentation of the “Annual Report on Monitoring the Activity of Parliamentary Commission of Legal Issues, Public Administration and Human Rights”.

During the year 2012 IDM has monitored the process of decentralization in the activity of the Parliamentary Commission for Legal Issues, Public Administration and Human Rights, through the scanning of the legislation concerned with local governance and decentralization process in Albania. The findings of the monitoring report indicate:

  1. Representatives of local government associations and interest groups have not been consulted and their contribution has not been included in the qualitative process of lawmaking
  2. The quality of the discussions has decreased in the Commission by their transformation into routine discussions among the representatives of the government and the opposition.
  3. Cases of breaching of the fiscal autonomy of local government, which prohibits the past achievements in the decentralisation reform.

Despite the findings, the document provides concrete recommendations concerning the improvement of the process of law making as well as their implementation in the field of decentralization.

The event was attended by members of parliament, members of the Parliamentary Commission for Legal Issues, representatives from central and local government, international representatives, media etc.