Albania’s settlement with the UAE violates the Stabilization and Association Agreement

The Agreement for Economic Cooperation between Albania and the UAE was signed in November 2020 in Abu Dhabi by Prime Minister Edi Rama which was ratified within the Parliament in December. Based on the settlement, the federal government has drafted a legislation, which if authorised, would mandate the federal government to offer the nation’s fundamental harbor, the Durres seaport, in concession to a named Emirati firm (Symphony Invest). The draft legislation doesn’t include any circumstances, standards or process so it mainly offers a carte blanche to the federal government.
The UAE settlement violates the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU (2009) as a result of it particularly says that laws like public procurement, state support and so forth. could be not thought of if each governments agree on a “strategic investment”. The governments then may decide any firm for carrying it out.
According to the UAE Agreement, EU and Albanian based mostly firms, which may very well be on this “strategic” undertaking, are prevented from bidding. This breaches an important norm of the SAA. Furthermore, in line with the SAA (artwork.56), if the contracting get together, due to pressure majeure, has to derogate from the SAA it might probably achieve this “only with the authorisation of the Stabilisation and Association Council and under conditions determined by the latter.”
This process has additionally been ignored by the Albanian authorities.
The opposition Democratic Party has raised issues in regards to the UAE Agreement and the federal government draft legislation citing issues with legality, nationwide safety and EU compliance.