Albania is set to hold General Elections on June 23. It will be the first time Partia e Gjelbër, the Albanian Green party, runs in all 12 regions of the country with 140 candidates.
It’s an important time for the country, as they lag behind their Balkan neighbours in moving closer towards the EU. Albania faces huge issues with pollution, an issue which Partia e Gjelbër have campaigned on for many years.
Edlir Petanaj, the party’s chair, is clear on the impact Partia e Gjelbër can make. “One can hardly find any other country in Europe with the level of environmental destruction. Partia e Gjelbër have protested alongside civil society for many years for a better protection of the environment in Albania and tried to raise awareness for ways to improve on environmental policy. We have spoken out against air pollution, environmental degradation, the construction of nuclear power stations, importing GM food, and other environmental problems.
To date, no government policy has taken concrete steps to stop the destruction of the environment and reduce pollution in Albania. We need a change. We need a sustainable development. Albania needs a Green voice in Parliament!” With this claim the Albanian Greens enter into the national campaign. The European Green Party wishes them success for the last ten days of campaigning and will keep you updated on the outcome.