Analysis of Parliamentary openness in Albania and in the region

Analysis of Parliamentary openness in Albania and in the region

Referring to the results generated from the monitoring conducted in the period December 2018 - February 2019, the Albanian Parliament has performed positively on 72.94% of the indicators of measuring institutional openness. This result is 17.49% higher than the average performance of the Western Balkans region, but it has declined slightly compared to the performance of the institution last year. However, the Assembly remains the public institution with the highest level of openness at the national level. However, politically, the institution has faced a continuing boycott of opposition since June 2018, which returned in December 2018 to discuss on the protest of the students regarding their concerns on higher education in Albania. In February 2019, opposition MPs' mandates were handed over; the motive of boycotting and submitting seats, according to opposition representatives, is the incrimination of the assembly. Regarding administrative performance, four pillars of good governance for the Parliament of Albania resulted as follows: 83.43% of accessibility indicators are fulfilled, 78.52% of awareness, 82.86% integrity and 62.21% transparency. More concrete, the Parliament of Albania achieves the lowest scores in being transparent providing information on state budget, public procurement and organizational information. The main information on the activity of the Albanian Parliament is published on the official website of the institution. The threeweek calendar, the agendas of plenary sessions and committees, the list of adopted draft laws and regulations, the presence of MPs and their voting results, are easily founded and clickable on the front page. Below, some of the indicators performed during the research period will be presented. 

Main issues: 

  • Improvements to the Assembly Code of Ethics and regulation of conflict of interest prevention. 
  • Higher institutional transparency. Fulfillment of publishing standards of public procurement procedures and budget expenditures. 
  • Improvement of the citizens’ accessibility of the institution; compiling guidelines and participation in capacity building trainings. 

Based on the measurements conducted in the period from December 2018 until the end of March 2019.