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"The People's Advocate should commit to...", Çupi returns to 'Laws' the opposition's proposal for the living minimum in Albania: There are areas with extreme poverty and unemployment

"The People's Advocate should commit to...", Çupi returns

In today's session of the Parliamentary Committee on Laws, DP MP Dhurata Çupi spoke about the opposition's proposal which was presented a few months ago for the minimum living wage in Albania, the income of the xila should not be less than 200 euros in month.

In this regard, Çupi said that a large number of Albanian families cannot meet the basic needs of life. During the report of the People's Advocate, Erinda Ballanca before "Laws", Çupi asked her for a concrete commitment in the function of this initiative, to come to the aid of the most unlikely.

She added that there are areas where poverty and unemployment are extreme, in large percentages where employment opportunities are small and poverty statistics are high. He also said that there are developed areas such as Tirana where high costs make a dignified life impossible. 

"We as the opposition have made a proposal for the vital minimum. The lack of social policy and help, I would like the commitment of the Ombudsman, maybe meetings, TV shows about this are not made for the minimum wage, it is a matter of concern for those who are affected, but also the other layer that sees the layer of poverty and impossibility growing of dignified living", she said.

For her part, Ballanca said that it is up to the Assembly of Albania to approve the formula on how it can be implemented.

"In 2019, we had an average value of the vital minimum per citizen of 17,875 ALL, if this value only with the inflation accepted and published by INSTAT, this value would go to 21,039 ALL,"  said Ballanca.

Excerpts from the discussions:

Durata Çupi:  The subsistence minimum is an economic indicator that represents the minimum amount of income necessary to meet the basic needs of living, food, shelter, clothing, services. We have areas where poverty and unemployment are extreme, in large percentages where employment opportunities are small and poverty statistics are high. But we have developed areas like Tirana where high costs make a dignified life impossible. Tirana and Durres have high prices.

We, as the opposition, have made a proposal for the minimum wage. Lack of social policy and state aid. I would like the commitment of the People's Advocate, maybe meetings, TV shows about this are not held, they are not held for the minimum wage, it is a matter of concern for those it affects, but also the other layer that sees the layer of poverty and the impossibility of a dignified life growing .

Erinda Ballanca:  We made the last report on the living minimum in 2019. So what happens in the countries of the region and what is the formula for how it can be done, the data changes year after year. We have had no new negative changes to make another report. The relevant Ministry, especially the Parliament, approve the formula for calculating the minimum living wage.

In 2019, we had an average value of the vital minimum per citizen of 17,875 ALL, if this value only with the inflation accepted and published by INSTAT, this value would go to 21,039 ALL. This value remains fundamentally very small if we look at pensions and economic assistance where we are worse off. If the average value of economic aid has increased from INSTAT data, the number of people who benefit from the economic value remains problematic. For 2 people it is 2178 ALL, less than 1/10 of the minimum vital need, families with three people get 3268 ALL, with four people 4138 ALL.

The economic aid fund does not have such a big difference between the total figure if we had doubled the aid. it is a sin not to realize this as a social policy. The total economic aid fund for 2021 was 5,319,310 new ALL and in 2023, 4,812,000. In 2021, economic aid was doubled due to the pandemic, it was a special policy because it was a time of crisis. The number of families in the scheme has decreased compared to 2021. If in 2021 the number of families in the scheme was 62,030 families, today there are 55,410 families.

For me value is the core issue. The best in our case is that of the families of victims of violence, which has increased three times, it is 9,900 ALL/month. Despite the increase that pensions have had year after year and are in line with inflation. The increase only corrects inflation, they get the same value.

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