Wien, 27. June 2013 Press release

Spindelegger on elections in Albania: "An act of democratic maturity"

Albania should now push ahead with reforms

Vienna, 27 June 2013 – The response of Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger is positive to the official results of the parliamentary elections held in Albania on 23 June. Despite a tragic incident that had claimed a life, international observers described the nation-wide elections of last Sunday as "mostly free and fair".

"There may have been some occasional incidents, but the elections and the way the outcome is handled were an act of mature democratic politics", Spindelegger said in his comment on the clear and uncontested result of the elections in which the governmental coalition of Prime Minister Berisha was replaced by the opposition parties, which together took nearly 60% of votes. The Foreign Minister said that the Albanian authorities had also proved that their administrative system was ready for the next step of rapprochement to the EU. "We are now expecting that the positive developments in the region, similar to the recent progress made by Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo, will lead to an early formation of a government and, above all, an energetic push for reforms in Albania", Spindelegger said.

"Consistent continuation of the reform course will also add dynamism to the country's relations with the European Union and open the concrete perspective of EU candidate status. Austria in any case, sees the future of Albania as within the European community of values and will continue to support Albania in the fulfilment of its EU tasks", Spindelegger concluded.

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