Letter from Mr Jerzy Buzek regarding Ms Josefina Topalli – Message to the Albanian citizens
European Parliament 202305 – 12.05.2011
Mr Victor Boştinaru
Member of the European Parliament
Thank your for your letter of 7 March 2011 regarding the debate in the Albanian Parliament and a statement by its Speaker containing allegations against you.
I would like to inform you that I take these unfounded allegations extremely seriously. The statement was inappropriate and contrary to the improvement of relations between our two parliaments. It was even more deplorable in the situation when there is an urgent need to overcome the political divisions and protracted crisis in Albania which continue to harm the progress of the Albanian society towards membership of the European Union.
As you know, I have taken steps through diplomatic channels concerning this incident and have firmly expressed my concern and preoccupation in this regard to the Albanian authorities.
I had also proposed to the Speaker to bilaterally discuss this issue during her stay in Brussels on the occasions of the Joint Parliamentary Meeting with the partner countries from the Western Balkans. She regrettably declined my conciliation offer and as you as you know, publically restated her allegations.
It is my hope that such an incident will not be repetead and that you share my conviction that it is best to consider this as a closed chapter.
Mr Marting Schulz, S&D Group President
Mr Gabriele Albertini, AFET Committee Chairman
Mr Eduard Kukan, SEE Delegation Chairman
Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, Member of the European Parliament
Dear Albanian Friends,
I addressed you with an open letter a month ago, to clarify my position and my thoughts towards your country and to ensure that despite of the groundless allegations made on two occasions by the Speaker of the Albanian Parliament, including from the European Parliament premises, I am still fighting for ensuring Albania a succesful future. And when I talk about a succesful future, I ofcourse refer to the EU integration.
Considering the gravity of the accusations, which were totally groundless and were obviously not supported by even the smallest proof and considering as well that they involved me not only as a person but also as a Member of the European Parliament, as the Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the countries of South-East Europe and as the Vice-Chair of the Eu-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committe, I also addressed the issue to Mr Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament.
As you can see from the letter that I got in response from Mr Buzek, he tried to address the matter through diplomatic channels, expressing his concern to the Albanian authorities. The President of the European Parliament also tried to meet Ms Josefina Topalli personally, on the occasion of the Joint Parliamentary Meeting with the partner countries from the Western Balkans, but she refused and rather thought it was more to publically restate her allegations during the meeting.
I share with the President of the European Parliament the hope that such incidents will not occur again because it is clea, to quote him again, that such deplorable situations undermine the relations between the European Parliament and the Albanian Parliament and asa consequence, also the progress of Albania towards the membership of the European Union.
I am ready, for the sake of Albania and of all of you, dear friends, to accept the proposal of Mr Buzek to consider this a closed chapter. I now expect your country to be governed in a more democratic, mature and transparent way in the only interest of the people. This needs a swift change, that swift change that you Albanian citizens requested through you clear message at the local elections of 8th of May. We in the European Parliament, will continue to supervise the progress of Albania, but it is clear that the first judges of what happens, the first ones to show their dissatisfaction against the way that you are governed and the first ones to ask for a change, must obviously be you.
I fully respect all your decisions, but considering the situation in your country after the June 2009 elections and last but not least the behaviour of Ms Topalli, as a Member of the European Parliament I must say that I am glat to see your positive attitude, your maturity, your lucid call for an end to the stalemate and for a new Albania. And once again, please be assured I will be next to you in the battle for all those important values that we share.
Member of the European Parliament
Vice-Chair of the SEE Delegation