The President of Albania, Ilir Meta, refused to decree the new law for minorities, but allowed it to pass in silence.
Although the Democratic and Socialist Parties joined their votes in favor of this law, the SMI members opposed it.
However, the President valued the law in a meeting with the Vice President of Bulgaria, saying that the new one reflects solutions to concerns raised by Bulgarian authorities in the past.
“It is a law that shows Albania’s will to be an open, tolerant and European country”, Meta said.
The law didn’t include the Bulgarian minority at first, but after some debates at the Parliamentary Commissions, it was decided for Bulgarians to be recognized as a minority in Albania, a decision that caused many debates with the representatives of the Macedonian minority.