Gledis Gjipali, the Executive Director of European Movement in Albania, is the author of the country report for 2010 "Nations in Transit"
published annually by Freedom House. The report analyzes the progress' level of Albania in terms of democratization in important areas such as: National Democratic Governance; Electoral Process; Civil Society; Independent Media; Local Democratic Governance; Judicial Framework and Independence; and Corruption. Nations in Transit 2010 is the 14th edition of Freedom House's comprehensive, comparative study of democratic development in 29 countries from Central Europe to Eurasia. The overarching conclusion is that 2009 was a year of broad, cross-regional pressures on democratic developments: scores declined for 14 of the 29 countries
In the Balkans, three countries improved and two saw their scores regress. Albania's democracy score was downgraded from 3.82 to 3.93. The downward trends in national democratic governance, judicial framework and independence, electoral process and corruption noted in previous editions remained a concern in 2009. Most worrying, however, is the increased number of rating declines for independent media: 10 countries (Albania included) regressed in media independence in 2009.