Albania 1 Euro – The Government rented eight state properties for 916 new jobs

The Albanian Government has signed eight contracts in 2019 for economic subjects that have obtained actual rights over state property against a symbolic price of 1 Euro. The Albania 1-Euro programme aims to give potential employers state property to use aiming at increasing private investments and the number of employees. In 2019, six businesses and a non-profit organization have benefited from this programme. Only one of the contractors is a foreign investor. Properties granted for use in 2019 for 1 euro only for up to 60 years are mainly industrial objects and military objects. In total, the Government has granted 537 503 square meters of total surface for 916 new jobs, without any contractual requirements for the people to be Albanian citizens. The investor, who has obtained the largest area is the Albanian company Blu Imperial . More jobs in exchange for the Albania 1 Euro project are expected to be created by the Korean company Yura Co.Ltd , which will open a plant for electric parts for cars. Its investment is estimated to be 6.5 million Euros and expected to create 516 jobs. Open Corporates Albania has prepared transparent passports for the business companies that have won rental contracts for only 1 euro for state property.

Access to Information on Justice, and the integrity and promotion of individuals in the justice system

Data and documents on the justice system after the Reform. Additional access to information on the new justice institutions and individuals being promoted to the system. The new Access to Justice Info database aims at enhancing the integrity of processes and institutions through a data mine and information made available to the public and journalists. All laws, decisions, acts, strategies, reports and conclusions of external monitoring conclusions are published according to the institutions of aksesdrejtesi.al. Similarly, the website contains also a profile for every prosecutor , judge or member of the new justice institutions. The profile aims to provide easy to find documents on the education, professional experience, qualifications, promotion, vetting, self-declarations, and any other documents linked to new individuals in the system. This site is a data mine, which enables also a summary of media articles on the reform.

Open Contracting for Tenders by Albanian Road Authority – Transparency and Risk Assessment of Abuse

Tenders and Contracts awarded by the Albanian Road Authority are now accessible by Open Contracting standards. Following tenders for municipalities, public-owned business companies, health, the Albanian Road Fund and Central Purchasing Agency, the non-profit organization AIS is also ensuring transparency over tender stages and contracts awarded by this key contractor authority in the country. The Albanian Road Authority is the central institution planning contracts for national road infrastructure. The database and the algorithm for corruption risk show that 40 out of 100 tenders 40 are marked by a redflag indicating potential for inequality in the race. Open Contracting – The Albanian Road Authority is one of the activities of the “Improvement of the Integrity of Public Contractors” Project , supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Ambassador of the Netherlands to Tirana, Mrs. Guusje Korthals Altes, was also present at the presentation of the database to a group of investigative journalists.

Participants in the Event:

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  • 31 Participants
  • 21 Journalists
  • 24 women and 7 men
  • 10 Audio Visual Media Journalists
  • 8 Print Media Journalists
  • 3 MFE Press Office Journalists

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#AKSESDREJTESI – ACCESS TO JUSTICE, PROFILES OF SPECIAL PROSECUTORS

AIS, an organization promoting Open Data Albania invites you to access information through our new database entitled access to Justice Info http://aksesdrejtesi.al/. What are the professional profiles of the senior SPAK prosecutors (special anticorruption structure), CVs and their career, level of education, experience with the justice institutions, documents submitted in the application process, decision-making of the qualification institutions and their promotion. All the profiles of the eight special prosecutors are now available on the new website Access to Justice

Altin Dumani http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/38

Behar Dibra http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/70

Edvin Kondili http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/71

Ened Nakuci http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/72

Elida Kackini http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/39

Klodjan Braho http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/116

Enkeleda Millonai http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/73

Arben Kraja http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/25

The Access to Justice Information database contains now data and documents on institutions and individuals promoted under the new justice reform. The data provide information on laws, decisions, reports, decision-making acts, and performance of the system. In addition to institutions, individual passports of accessible information are also created both for judges and prosecutors remaining after the vetting process, as well as for individuals appointed and promoted to the new justice institutions.  The website has just introduced also data for the wealth of the members of the High Council of Justice.

Information on the work of the Justice System institutions are accessible on Justice Info http://aksesdrejtesi.al/institucions

The database contains also data about other individuals promoted to institutions and the justice system. http://aksesdrejtesi.al/persons/3

Albanian Civic Society against the government’s proposed changes to the medial law

The Assembly of Albania is expected to vote on two laws known as the Anti-Defamation Law, a legal initiative of Rama’s Government, at its plenary session on Wednesday. The Civil Society and Representatives of the Albanian Media have called for a protest in front of the Assembly on December 18th, at 09:30. #MOSnaPREKfjalën is the slogan of this protest (banner attached).
We, a group of 15 journalists’ organizations and civil society organisations, have repeatedly asked the Government, since December 2018, through our public statements, to abandon its two draft laws presented as the Anti-Defamation package, listing all of our arguments.
Also, following the submission of these two bills to the Albanian Assembly, we call on the Assembly ti immediately reject these two draft laws, if the government does not withdraw them. These two draft laws threaten freedom of expression and freedom of the media in the country, and fall contrary to the international principles set out in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 19 of the US Convention on Human Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, etc.
The organisations find that the two draft laws, part of the Anti-Defamation package, award almost judicial powers of a sanction nature to AMA and the Authority for Electronic and Postal Communication against media operators,while these bodies, although independent by law, do not provide functional guarantees to be effectively independent, as are bodies of judicial power.
Albania has enough laws to regulate issues arising from media violating the rights of others and any other interference, and there have already been several precedents adjudicated in our judicial system in this regard.
The need for media self-regulation and no legal regulation takes particular importance in those countries of democracy in transition, such as our country, where media is often linked to business and political interests. Self-regulation is a combination of standards stipulating the relevant code of conduct for the media, which are needed to support freedom of expression and enable this conduct to be monitored and held accountable. Self-regulation preserves media independence and protects it from partisan government interventions.
The organizations calls on the Government of Albania and the Albanian Parliament to take into account all of the repeated objections of the international institutions (such as OSCE, EU, Council of Europe and the United Nations), the presence of which contributes to our country and to the rule of law, human rights, and to express themselves clearly and publicly on the draft laws in question, as efforts to violate freedom of expression.
Also, this call of the local organizations has also been supported in the last couple of days, by different international organizations, the most important ones in addressing the issues related to freedom of media and expression, as well as by the International Federation of Journalists, IFJ (with over 600 thousand members from 140 countries of the world), and the Federation of European Journalists EFJ (with about 320 thousand members from 45 countries)
joint statement attached.
List of signatory organizations:
· BIRN Albania
· Civil Rights Defenders
· Citizens Channel
· Faktoje
· Albanian Media Institute
· Albanian Institute of Science promotor of Data Albania
· Albanian Media Council
· Albanian Helsinki Committee
· Union of Albanian Journalists
· New Media Network
· Res Publica Centre
· Albanian MediaLook Centre
· Albanian Centre for Quality Journalism
· Association of Professional Journalists of Albania
· Union of Albanian Journalists

Information Memo on the State of Schools, where the project is being implemented, in Kurbin and Lezha Municipalities, following the earthquake of 26 November 2019

The “Open ICT Education for Youth Employability” Project, Grant Contract no. 2017/394-533 , implemented by ODK and AIS, scheduled to last from 15 January 2018 until 15 February 2020, targets beneficiaries/educational institutions from Kosovo and Albania. More specifically, high schools from Kurbin and Lezha Municipalities are among the targeted beneficiaries.
Following, you may find some information about the damages caused to the project beneficiary schools by the natural disaster, namely the earthquake of 26 November 2019 in this Memo HERE.

Municipality tenders, Water Supply Programs

From October 1st to today, municipalities have announced 4 tenders worth over 400 million leks. Two of them are tenders for Public Work, one is for cleaning service, and another one for purchasing security services for schools and institutions (cameras).

They also include two tenders for Belsh and Lac water supply utilities, with fund limits of 408 million and 416.6 million leke. List http://prokurimetransparente.al/sq/tender/list/limit_fond/100%20infinit/from_announcement_date/2019-10-01/to_announcement_date/2019-11-09?

AIS starts the Improvement of Integrity of the Public Contractors Project, supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The newest project started by AIS is named Improvement of Integrity of the Public Contractor, Legislation, Practice and Role of Civic Actors. The project is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as one of the MATRA Program in Albania. On July 18th, the Dutch Ambassador Ms. Guusje Korthals Altes and Director of AIS Ms Aranita Brahaj signed an agreement for the launching of the project activities. The project shall make an assessment of the national legislation, comparing it with EU member states regarding the selection and evaluation of the private companies competing for public contracts. The findings shall conclude and recommend improvements for the national legislation and practice. Empowering investigative media and civil actors monitoring public contracting processes is going to be one of the components of the project, focusing on issues related with the integrity of private contractors.

Events with Journalists. Role of Central and Local Authorities during electoral periods, Monitoring Practices

On the 26th of July, a round table was held in Tirana with journalists and representatives from the civil society on the Role of Central and Local Authorities during electoral periods, Monitoring Practices. The round table was organized by the Albanian Institute of Science (AIS) and the Institute for Political Studies (ISP), supported by USAID/Accelerated Civic Development and Cooperation Project. The two organizations implement projects for monitoring and improving the situation in relation to the use of public assets in electoral years. AIS is implementing a project consisting of monitoring abuse of public assets by state-owned companies during electoral periods. As a result of this project, two databases were presented. One of them consists of comprehensive historical records and information for each tender procedure of state-owned companies over the two last years, including the electoral year. The other database provides the public with information and knowledge about the management and performance of state-owned companies from the time they were established up to the present. The database is accessible on the Open Corporates Albania portal, under the State-Owned. Companies section. The participating journalists in this event represented various traditional media and online media such as Top Channel; Ora News; BIRN; ShqiptarjaCom; Shekulli; News 24; Opinion; Citizens Channel; Centre for Quality Journalism; ExitAl, etc.
The experts at this round table were knowledgeable about both legislation and practices regarding the performance of the public sector and its monitoring, and mainly those of state-owned companies in Albania and in the region. The purpose of the round table was not only to present the monitoring findings, but also to enhance the capacity of journalists in producing quality reports on the use of public assets in electoral years.

Agenda Here

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Roundtable with representatives from the media, civil society, and institutions – Transparency, Monitoring and Evaluation of Procurement of Central Purchasing Agency (CPA)

A round table was heldon 11.06.2019, with representatives from the media, civil society, and institutions. The purpose of this round table was:

  • to present the volume and dynamics of the institution’s work over the last 15 months;

  • analyze the context in which the institution was established;

  • assess the impact of the Agency on the efficiency and quality of Procurements and Contracts,

  • compare it with other models, and identify the need for interventions and further improvement

Moderators in the round table were experts in the legislation and institutional practices of procurement and contracting. They were: Muharrem Çakaj and Elton Lula, expert in procurement and appeals, former member of the Public Procurement Commission.

In addition to journalists and civil society representatives, participants included also representatives from the Ministry of Finances and the High State Audit.

The well-structured database of procurements made by the Public Procurement Agency by their volume and characteristics was presented at the round table. Thus:

  • During this period of 15 months, the system has announced the signing of 293 contracts, which are worth a fund limit of 6 347 790 714 Albanian lekëhttp://openprocurement.al/sq/agency/list (no more than 20 contracts per month).

  • These 293 contracts include 12 contract by a value of more than 100 million Albanian lekë each http://openprocurement.al/sq/agency/list/limit_fond/100%20infinit?

  • The highest-value tender is the one for purchasing Uniforms for the State Police and complementary accessories, reaching the fund limit of limit 908 973 900 Albanian lekë, announced on August 10th, 2018. This tender is cancelled, because none of the submitted bids met the tender criteria. http://openprocurement.al/sq/agency/view/id/30

  • The total number of cancelled tenders is 37, including 3 of a fund limit exceeding 100 million Albanian lekë. Two of those tender procedures were cancelled after a winner was announced http://openprocurement.al/sq/agency/list/status_id/4?

  • 23 tenders were conducted with one competitor only http://openprocurement.al/sq/agency/list/bidder_no/1?

  • So far, the Central Purchasing Agency conducts tenders for 81 state institutions, including the Director of State Police, Customs, Prisons, Health Institutions, etc.

  • The RedFlag instrument has automatically marked so far 65 tenders by red flags, including 8 that exceed the value of 100 million Albanian lekë each (from 12 contracts in total) http://openprocurement.al/sq/agency/redflag and 33 of 5 up to 100 million Albanian lekë each.

Upon conclusion, the round table participants identified the need for better regulating the process of selection of the Agency employees and their status; the needs for completing the secondary legislation needed for the institution, as well as the need for increasing the number of Government institutions delegating their procurement powers to the Agency. One of the most voiced needs was the one for improving and strengthening the role of watchdog stakeholders in monitoring public contracting.

Transparencë, Monitorim dhe Vlerësim për Prokurimet e Agjencisë së Blerjeve të Përqëdnruara

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Transparencë, Monitorim dhe Vlerësim për Prokurimet e Agjencisë së Blerjeve të Përqëdnruara

Transparencë, Monitorim dhe Vlerësim për Prokurimet e Agjencisë së Blerjeve të Përqëdnruara

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Central Purchasing Agency Roundtable Presentation PDF