CRCA / ECPAT Albania addresses yto the Albanian President with this open public letter, to request your intervention not to decree the proposed law "On Youth". On October 15, 2019, the Parliamentary Commission for Education and the Media, as the responsible body to discuss this law.
CRCA / ECPAT Albania has followed with great concern the whole process of the reading of the draft law by the Parliament of Albania. In our opinion, the proposed law puts under direct control of the Government 681,548 young men and women aged 15-29 in Albania!
Referring to the articles of the draft law "On Youth", which was approved by the Parliament, our concerns lie to the following facts:
- The draft law “On Youth” imposes direct control to the Ministry of Education and Youth, all youth organizations in Albania;
- At the local level, all youth organizations will be placed under the full control of the Mayors;
- Despite the fact that the Law Commission in the Albanian Parliament recommended some solutions and improvements in the reviewed text of the law, we emphasize that this draft leaves much room for political abuse and does not solve any of the problems of young people in Albania;
- The draft law does not address some of the most serious concerns of youth in Albania, brain drain and employment;
- The proposed law “On Youth”, does not provide any budget for its implementation, neither nationally nor locally;
- There are a number of very important elements that are missing in the law such as Youth Sections in every Municipality, Youth Centres, Commissioner for Youth Rights etc.
- The law also denies the right to approximately 255,689 students secondary and tertiary education in Albania, to receive any youth services.
CRCA / ECPAT Albania, asks you publicly to not decree the proposed law "On Youth", and give the Parliament a second chance to re-discuss this law and hopefully take into consideration all the concerns provided by the civil society.
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE! WITH YOUNG PEOPLE! FROM YOUNG PEOPLE!