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Parliamentary questions
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7 September 2009
E-4221/09
WRITTEN QUESTION E-4221/09
by Athanasios Plevris (EFD)
to the Commission

 Subject: Attempt by the Albanian State to seize agricultural property belonging to the Greek minority in Northern Epirus
 Answer in writing 

Having been comprehensively informed about this issue, the Commission will be fully aware of the fact that, for many years, the human rights of the Greek ethnic minority in Northern Epirus in Albania have been systematically violated. Against the background of these continual violations of the human rights of the Greeks of Northern Epirus, a new bill is now being drafted by the Albanian prime minister, according to the Albanian media. Under this bill, areas which are not being cultivated by their owners shall be ceded to third parties for cultivation, while the real owners will receive one tenth of the produce harvested there. The same sources state that, if, within a period of 5 to 10 years, the owners fail to express an interest in their land, it will be automatically become the property of those who are cultivating it. This bill will clearly affect the villages in Greek minority areas located around of plains and aims to bring about a gradual redistribution of land, which will change property ownership patterns in Northern Epirus and the demographic composition of the region.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

1. Is it aware of the continual violations of the property and ownership rights of the Greek minority by the Albanian State? What are its views on this matter?
2. Does it know whether the abovementioned bill, which the Albanian government is preparing to implement, is contrary to the requirement to protect the right to property, as enshrined in international treaties, international law and Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
3. Does it intend to put pressure on the Albanian Government to take measures to protect the agricultural property of the Greek minority?

Original language of question: ELOJ C 10 E, 14/01/2011
Právne upozornenie - Politika ochrany súkromia