Consultations on by laws on national minorities

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Today on April 14, 2018, at the initiative of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, a public debate on the forthcoming by-laws in the framework of the implementation of the newly enacted law on national minorities was organized at the library of the University “Luigj Gurakuqi”.
At this meetings beside the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, the Chairwoman of the Sub commission for Human Rights of the Assembly of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Vasilika Husi and the President of the Committee for National Minorities, Mrs. Constantine Bežani, and the Deputy Minister of Education, Sport and Youth, Ms. Besa Shahini, participated also the President of the Serbian Association of Serb-Montenegrin national minority “Moraca-Rozafa”, mr. Pavlo Jakoja Brajovic and the president of the Orthodox association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir”, mr. Simo Ajkovic.
In his speech, Mr. Bushati announced that specific projects should be foreseen for our minority. He added that consultations are being held in response to all the demands of national minorities and that Albania is committed in the implementation of the rights and freedoms of national minorities. Therefore, he pointed out, talks were held with the ministers of foreign affairs of Serbia and Montenegro in order to realize specific projects that correspond to the characteristics that minorities have.
“Regardless of the progress made in this field and the novelties foreseen by the law, much has to be done, primarily to redefine the whole architecture in the field of the protection of the rights and freedoms of national minorities, especially with regard to cooperation with local authorities and with representatives of national minorities “-c oncluded Bushati.
The Chairwoman of the Human Rights Sub-Commission, Vasilika Husi, pointed out that during the consultations, representatives of national minorities expressed interest in the process of adopting by-laws, and this consultation process is the best practice for developing the necessary legal framework.
This public document was held after the first consultations with all groups of national minorities that were held in Tirana for the purpose of drafting these acts.

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