The Venice Commission has issued its opinion regarding vetting in politics. This opinion, which was initially demanded by the opposition, has been delivered to both the majority and opposition. According to this document, the opposition’s draft-proposal does not offer the appropriate guidelines. In fact, this is the preliminary draft which needs to be approved in the meeting that the Venice Commission will hold, in order to become final in mid December. Among others, this institution says that in the absence of the applicable law, it’s hard for the Commission to determine whether the constitutional amendment is necessary or not. “Parliament should decide on this based on a constructive process of dialogue between the sides”, the commission says. “It’s up to the Albanian parliament to decide on the future steps that need to be taken in regards to the constitutional amendment through constructive dialogue between all political forces and civil society in general, in the best interest of the Albanian democracy”, the Venice Commission elaborates.
Meanwhile, experts of this commission are very clear on the fact that: “Due to the specific circumstances that currently exist in Albania, the introduction of a special checking mechanism for public officials seems like a legitimate scope”. This seems to offer strong support for the opposition’s initiative regarding the issue of vetting among politicians, because the opposition considers this check, which aims at cutting ties between politicians and organized crime, as a legitimate instrument which is also justified by the current situation in Albania. According to experts of the Venice Commission: “The issue of close ties between Members of Parliament, councilors or government officials and organized crime are a real problem in Albania”. “In a country governed or affected by organized crime, the principles of dignity, equality and legitimacy have been left aside”, the Venice Commission concludes.