Präsentation

D-AL: The Delegation to the EU-Albania SAPC

The European Parliament's relations with the Kuvendi, Albania's parliament, are channelled through its Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, abbreviated as D-AL.

As the name of the Delegation indicates, a specific forum - a "Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee" (SAPC) - has been established to bring together elected representatives from the European and Albanian legislatures.

Members and Chair

This section will be updated after the constitution of the delegation for the 9th EP parliamentary term.


Delegation work

The delegation meets on its own occasionally in Brussels or Strasbourg, usually to prepare for the meetings of the Parliamentary Committees.These meetings also address administrative matters, such as the election of the Chair or Vice-Chairs.

The meetings further examine matters of substance, such as the political and economic situation in Albania and the bilateral relationship.

Members of the delegation regularly invite outside experts to make presentations or exchange views on relevant topics. Albania's Ambassador to the EU and staff from the European Commission and the EEASl have, for example, recently contributed to D-AL delegation meetings.

Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee meetings

The lion's share of the delegation's work is invested in the Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee meetings.

The committee meets once or twice a year, either in Albania or within the European Parliament, in Brussels or Strasbourg. Each event normally continues for two half-days and includes interventions by the representatives of the government of Albania, the European Commission and the EU, and rotating presidency, who are guests of the parliamentarians.

An agenda of each meeting usually focuses on 4-6 topics, which are relevant to bilateral relations. The first topic concerns bilateral relations and preparations for Albania's EU accession negotiations. The Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations may participate, as may Albania's Minister for European Integration or other high-ranking EU and Albanian officials.

Subsequent topics of discussion are introduced by a "first speaker" - usually a member of parliament. The first speaker's introduction is followed by an exchange of views with all the committee members.

At the end of its sessions, the committee generally adopts a set of recommendations. These must be approved by a simple majority of the members of each delegation who are also present at the meeting. Committee meeting often concludes with a press conference of the Co-Chairs.

The committee sessions are public. Minutes of the committee meetings are adopted at the following meeting, and audio recordings of the meetings are available on request. Some meetings may be webstreamed on the web page of the European Parliament or of the Kuvendi.

Travelling

When travelling to Albania for meetings of the Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, the European Parliament's delegation tries to organise additional discussions with Ambassadors from the EU, NGOs, media and representatives of the Albanian administration. These provide useful and informed - though also sometimes divergent - views of the local situation.

MEPs also participate in field visits to projects financed from EU sources, in order to scrutinise how the EU funds are used abroad.


Article 122 of the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Agreement

STABILISATION AND ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT
between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part

ARTICLE 122

A Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee is hereby established. It shall be a forum for Members of the Albanian Parliament and the European Parliament to meet and exchange views. It shall meet at intervals that it shall itself determine.

The Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee shall consist of Members of the European Parliament, on the one hand, and of Members of the Parliament of Albania, on the other.

The Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee shall establish its Rules of Procedure.

The Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee shall be chaired in turn by the European Parliament and the Parliament of Albania, in accordance with the provisions to be laid down in its Rules of Procedure.