Tirana, 15 October 2019 - CRCA / ECPAT Albania, through this open public call, urges all members of the Albanian Parliament to not adopt the new Youth Draft-Law, which even after it was reworked from the Legal Commission of the Parliament, still remains one of the weakest drafts in the history of Albanian Parliament.
The Parliamentary Commission on Education and Information discussed yesterday several articles of the Youth Draft-Law, proposed by the Council of Ministers. While the Draft Law is still under discussion, CRCA/ECPAT Albania, as the only organisation that is following closely this process, since yesterday expresses its concerns that the law seeks to place under the dictate of the Government 681,548 young people 15-29 years old in Albania!
Referring to the articles of the Youth Law being discussed at the Parliament; we have the following concerns:
• The Youth Draft-Law if approved will put effectively under absolute control of the Government of Albania (Ministry of Education) youth organisations in Albania;
• At the local level, every youth organization is effectively placed under full control of the Mayors, who can approve or disapprove who can benefit from public funds and cooperation with the Municipality.
• The law clearly lacks checks and balances between executive power, parliamentary ones and the role that civil society organisations play in a free and democratic society;
• Even though the Law Commission of the Albania Parliament has recommended revisions to the text of the law, we still need to emphasise that the draft leaves room for political abuse and does not solve the problems of young people in Albania;
• The law does not address at all two of the most tangible issues that Albania has been experiencing in recent years: brain drain and having an active youth workforce;
• The Youth Law does not legally require from the Government to have a budget for youth at both local and central level;
• The draft even after so many youth have asked for, still lacks important supporting elements for youth empowerment such as formation of the Youth Section in every municipality, establishment of Youth Centres in every municipality, having a Commissioner for Youth Rights, or the inclusion of concepts such as youth worker and youth work.
The draft-law also denies the rights of approximately 255,689 secondary and tertiary students in Albania to access and benefit from any youth services in their municipalities.
CRCA/ECPAT Albania today publicly urges the Albanian Parliament and its members not to endorse this draft, which openly violates the rights of young people in Albania.
CRCA/ECPAT Albania will contact the EU Delegation, the US Embassy in Albania and any other diplomatic representation in the country, to express our concern about the continuing tendency of the Albanian Government to violate the rights of youth in Albania.
FOR YOUTH! WITH YOUTH! BY YOUTH!