Albania, one of the countries with the lowest participation of youth in politics!

Albania, one of the countries with the lowest participation of youth in politics!

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National study of youth participation in politics and decision-making in Albania: Only 7% of MPs and 11% of municipal councilors are young people!

May 20, 2015- CRCA Albania presented today the findings of the national study "Youth Participation in Politics and Decision-making in Albania". This study, the first of its kind in the country, provides a comprehensive overview of the real representation and  participation of youth in politics and decision-making in Albania at all levels, as well as some of the best models implemented so far.

According to the study’s findings and statistics: from 140 members of the Albanian Parliament only 10 of them are young people under the age of 35, of this number 4 members are from SP, 4 from DP and 2 from SMI. The study also noted that from 21 ministers of the current Government, only 3 are from this age group, and from 30 Deputy Ministers the number is 6.

From the data for mayors of the municipalities, considering the local elections of 2011, we see that from 76 Mayors only 4 of them have been under the age of 35 when they have been elected to this post. None of the Mayors under the age of 35 is female, while 3 of them are representatives of SP and 1 is representative of the DP.

While the Municipal Councils’ datas shows that about 89% of those elected, are over the age of 35, while only 11% of them below the age of 35. When compared with the age of the mayors, it is a figure somewhat higher, but still in absolute numbers remains fairly low.

This study takes an important value especially in these moments, before the Local Elections 2015, to serve as a reminder to politicians, decision makers and public officials, concerning their obligation to enforce existing policies, to ensure the participation and representation of young people at all levels.

The findings and recommendations of this study, which was made possible through the support of the Olof Palme International Centre with funds of the Swedish Government, will help first, political parties in Albania in the process of revising their statutes in order that the representation of young people to be a broad, participatory process; Second, youth political forums of all political parties, but also youth civil society organizations, to build advocacy actions, which can bring serious improvements to the role, rights and position that young people should have within political parties and their inter-action with civil society, to turn the participation and representation of young people in decision-making & politics a local process as well as at a national level.

The young people, leaders of youth political forums, members of political parties, civil society activists, who attended the presentation, expressed their gratitude for this study as a good basis to guide them in their following actions & initiatives. They also made a series of recommendations and suggestions which will be included in the final version of the national study.

To be familiarised more specifically with the findings, conclusions and findings of the study, please refer to the relevant material attached to this notice.

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