Treasure Transactions for one week: 12 to 19 March 2020 (88.4 million Euros) – only 1.1 % Economic Assistance from Municipalities

 

All the payments made by the budgetary institutions are accessible on the Spending Data Albania portal, under the Treasury Transactions section.

Tender for the Reconstruction Program for the State-Supported Share

Open Procurement Albania publishes information for procurement procedures worth of 9.4 billion Albanian Lek (76,42 million Euros) for Homes and Schools damaged by the Earthquake. The Government opts for Limited Procedure, avoiding open bidding competition. The 20-days timeframe for submission of requests by interested competitors is not respected.

Data, documents, and information on every stage of such procedures can be easily accessed in our database for transparent procurement: http://www.openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/list

The Albanian government through the Albanian Development Fund has announced contractions worth 900 400 410 141 (nine billion and four hundred million and ten thousand and one hundred and forty-one Albanian Lek). Equivalent to 76,42 million Euros). Purpose of tender: Construction of Homes and Schools in the regions affected by the Earthquake (November 2019) The financing is from the state budget. The procedure applied is the limited procedure (not open). This procedure requires interested parties to submit a request to the authority, and then the authority selects the bidders based on the eligibility criteria, and not on the bids they have submitted. The selected companies or operators are then notified of their selection and asked to submit their bids to the authority, which selects the best bid. This non-open procedure is envisioned by the Law on Public Procurement (Law No. 9643, Article 31). The law requires such procedures to be used only when it is necessary to make a difference between the selection phase, where candidates are qualified/disqualified, and the phase of deciding who the winning operator is following a review of their bids. The Limited Procedure is to apply in specific cases and requires legal arguments. With the bidders already known (through the selection phase), the process is more likely to present risks for the competition and efficiency compared with the Open Procedure. The contracting authority would have to carefully argue why it opted for this procedure. Such arguments are not found in the information made available for the public regarding the tender documents, or in any reports by the Albanian Development Fund.

The list of procedures published on 10 and 11 March includes:

  1. Reconstruction of individual houses in areas affected by the earthquake. As part of the reconstruction process. Reference of this procedure REF – 53475-03-09-2020 with a fund limit of 5 525 192 288 (five billion and two hundred and twenty-five million and one hundred and ninety-two thousand and eighty-eight Albanian Lek). The scope of the Framework Agreement includes the reconstruction of individual houses as per the model projects (1+1, 1+2, 1+3) in the territory of Durrës, Kamza, Kavajë, Rrogozhinë, Krujë, Kurbin, and Lezha municipalities. Mirdita, Shijak, and Vorë. According to the Standard Document, the house reconstruction can be done as a group or separately on the site of existing houses, as designated by the mandatory local plans. The procuring authority is the Albanian Development Fund. The interested parties are only given nine calendar days (not working days) to submit their bids. Based on Law No. 9643 and No. 34, and Decision No. 914 of the Council of Ministers, the time available for bidders to submit their tenders is 20 days, which is a criterion that the Authority has not met, putting the procedure at risk. The tender submission deadline is set in contradiction with the 20-days deadline. On this procurement passport, under Open Procurement Albania, you will find the documents accessible for the public. LINK http://openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/view/id/293Prokurime Shtepi Termeti – FOndi

  2. Equally, a Lot Procedure was announced on March 17th for a total fund limit of 4,175,217,853 (four billion and one hundred and seventy-five million and two hundred and seventeen thousand and eight hundred and fifty-three) Albanian Lek without VAT. The budget available for 2020 is 1,043,804,463 Albanian Lek without VAT. Lots include:
  3. Lot 1. Reconstruction of schools in areas affected by the earthquake funded by the Reconstruction Fund through the budget approved by Decision No. 212, dated 11. 03. 2020 on The use of the Reconstruction Fund to fund reconstruction of schools. The fund limit without VAT is 511 405 370 Albanian Lek (without VAT). http://openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/view/id/297
  4. Lot 2. Reconstruction of schools in Kavaja Municipality for an amount of 490 413 615 Albanian Lek without VAT. The buildings to be reconstructed under Lot 2 include the 9-year elementary school “Selman Daci”, the 9-year elementary school “Ramazan Jangozi”, the 9-year elementary school “Kastriot Derveni”, the 9-year elementary school “Gjon Luka” in Luz village, which cover all a surface of approximately 10 691 m2. The tender was announced on 17th of March, while the deadline for the submission of bids is 27th of March. LINK http://openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/view/id/298
  5. Lot 3. The Reconstruction of Schools in Durres Municipality consists of 845 723 696 Albanian Lek without VAT. The schools included in Lot 3 are: the 9-year elementary school and the kindergarten “Bedrie Beziqi”, kindergarten “Met Hasa”, the 9- year elementary school “Neim Babameto”, the 9-year elementary school “Qemal Mici, the 9-year elementary school “Hasan Koci” with a total construction surface of approximately 18 438 m2. Linku http://openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/view/id/299
  6. Lot 4. The Reconstruction of Schools in Durres Municipality 2, value 850 692 969 Albanian Lek. The schools to be reconstructed under Lot 4 include “Shaqe Mazreku” School, the United High School “Rexhep Mezini”, the 9-year elementary school and kindergarten “Adem Gjeli”, 9-year elementary school “Xhelal Shtufi Shkafanaj”, 9-year elementary school “Njazi Mastori 2+3”, pre-elementary school and kindergarten, 9-year elementary school “Haradinaj Brothers” with a total construction surface of all buildings of approximately 18 545 m2. LINK http://openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/view/id/300
  7. Lot 5. The reconstruction of schools in Kavaja Municipality and Rogozhina for 414 766 205 Albanian Lek without VAT. The schools to be reconstructed under Lot 5 include: the vocational school “Charles Teleford Erickson”, “26 Marsi” vocational school, the dormitory in Golem, the 9-year elementary school in Gose village, the pre-elementary school and kindergarten in Vile Bashtove, which cover all a construction surface of approximately 9041 m2. http://openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/view/id/301
  8. Lot 6. The reconstruction of schools, Kamëz Municipality, value 621 757 340 Albanian Lek without VAT. The schools to be built under Lot 6 include the 9-year elementary school “Halil Coka”, the secondary school “Sulejman Elezi”, the kindergarten “Niko Hoxha”, the kindergarten “Lidhja e Prizrenit” in Paskuqan, the kindergarten “Halit Coka”, which cover all a total surface of approximately 13 555 m2. Link http://openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/view/id/302
  9. Lot 7. The reconstruction of schools in the municipality of Shijak for an amount of 440 458 658 Albanian Lek without VAT. The schools covered by lot 7 are: the 9-year elementary school Ramadan Subashi, 9-year elementary school Ahmetaq, Kindergarten in “Kodër Bërxullë”, “Marqinet” Kindergarten, “Lidhja e Prizrenit” Elementary School, “16 Shtatori” High School, Kindergarten number 1, “Vlashaj” Kindergarten, “Kajo Karafili” High School with total construction are of all schools approximately 92602 m2. http://openprocurement.al/sq/albaniandf/view/id/303

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Treasury transactions. How and how much are being paid by the budgetary institutions for their bills.

Every Treasury Transactions made by our budgetary institutions, be it common or emergency payments. The Treasury Transactions is a well-structured database containing data about every payment made by budgetary institutions. The data catalogue has information on any transaction from 2012 and onwards. In addition, using search engines and communication filters, you may access information about payments made by institutions, by categories of expenses, and beneficiaries, according to the payment amount. We will continue updating our information every Friday.

Access here: http://spending.data.al/sq/treasury/list/year/2015

What the Health Sector is procuring includes small purchases for the safety of the regional doctors

Are our Health institutions purchasing through negotiations for emergencies or through common purchasing procedures? We have a track record of all the public health sector investments and purchases. In the past two weeks, several modest purchases have been recorded for the reinforcement of hygienic protection for health buildings.

Link health tenders http://openprocurement.al/sq/health/index

Other transparent procurements for the following institutions are being updated with accessible and well-structured documents on our databases:

Tenders for Local Government Units: Open Procurement Municipality and subordinate institutions

LINK http://openprocurement.al/sq/index/list

Tenders of the Central Purchasing Agency, purchases for executive institutions LINK http://openprocurement.al/sq/agency/list

Transparent procurements by the Albanian Road Authority, tenders for infrastructure http://openprocurement.al/en/arsh/list

Tenders by state-owned companies (SOCs) buying, the major suppliers of massive services, such as drinking water, electricity, etc. LINK http://openprocurement.al/sq/pcompany/list

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Censorship on Application Acts of Candidates for Members of the High Court

The High Judicial Council hampers public monitoring of the integrity of the potential candidates for the Supreme Judges. It censors the identity of candidates by banning transparency. It avoids accountability on the quality, fairness, and justice of their decisions.

The High Judicial Council has published 9 acts on the evaluation, ranking, and decision-making on the candidates for the High Court.

The HJC censors the data for each process and potential candidate.

High Court judges are senior public officials. They are paid by taxpayers and they are taking office following a justice reform process aimed at increasing public trust in the justice system. Censorship impedes the institution’s accountability, transparency over the process, and marks regress in terms of access to information related to the justice system. This kind of censorship compromises the quality of work and integrity of the High Judicial Council. The HJC is the only institution that applies censorship in its acts related to promoting individuals in the judicial system.

The acts, which in contradiction with the Access to Information Legislation, are censored, include:

 

3 decisions for nomination of candidates for the High Court:

DECISION NO. 112 of the HJC, dated 27.02.2020

 

DECISION No. 111 of the HCJ, dated 27.02.2020

 

DECISION No. 110 of the HJC, dated 27.02.2020

(Names of candidates are anonymized)

 

Decisions on the ranking of candidates applying for the High Court:

DECISION No. 108 of the HJC, dated 27.02.2020

 

DECISION No. 109 of the HJC, dated 27.02.2020

 

DECISION No. 107 of the HCJ, dated 27.02.2020

http://aksesdrejtesi.al/search?

(Names of the candidates are anonymized)

 

The decisions on the evaluation and final ranking of the candidates applying for the High Court:

DECISION No. 106 of the HCJ, dated 27.02.2020

DECISION No.105 of the HCJ, dated 27.02.2020

DECISION No. 104 of the HCJ, dated 27.02.2020

 

AIS, an organization promoting transparency through open data, expresses its concern about such closure of this institution, a process which must also lead to the involvement of the Commissioner on the Right to Information.

Censorship on some of the decisions only is also an indication of double standards. Thus, the institution has not censored names for chairpersons or chancellors of the Special Courts in its decisions of the recent weeks, and censors the names of the candidates for Judges in the High Court.

See the Request for Information : Kerkese per Akses ne Informacion sipas Parashikimit Ligjor drejtuar znj Naureda Llagami, kryetare KLGj