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NGOs reported a significant improvement in communication with the government in 2016, with the Equality Policies Area in particular.Work on a White Paper on Equality was initiated, there was collaboration on events and trainings, and LGBTI NGOs were involved in advisory committees on social care.Albania is a prime example of the difference between laws on paper and realities experienced by LGBTI people in their daily lives.Further legislative progress was made in 2016, with adoption of an action plan to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTI people, adding to an already comprehensive legal package protecting the human rights of LGBTI people.Discrimination can be compounded by a traditional outlook on life and the situation is not helped when bias-motivated speech (still not prohibited) against LGBTI people continues.This prompted the Council of Europe’s monitoring body ECRI to recommend that parliamentary and media ethics codes be amended to protect LGBTI people.The ruling Democratic Party, together with their then allies, had only 71 votes at the time of adoption of the anti-discrimination law.

Legalization of same-sex marriage would require a change in Albania's Family Code, and changes to the Family Code require 84 votes in the Assembly.However, LGBTI activists are attempting to change the public narrative and create greater awareness.Milestones reached in 2016 included a rainbow family featuring on a television ad for the first time, displaying the rainbow flag prominently during IDAHOT, and continuing efforts to collect data on public opinion.However, no efforts were made to address pervasive homophobic attitudes in society.As a candidate country, Albania is annually assessed by the European Commission on its progress towards joining the European Union.

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