TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENTAIS Newsletter December 2018
The high Court and Constitutional Court in Albania non- functional, AIS addresses European Court of Human Rights
On November 19th, AIS addressed the European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe, asking this court to consider AIS claim against Albania as a matter of priority. AIS addresses the Court of Strasbourg in the absence of the High Court and Constitutional Court, asking it to examine the merits of a case pending the adjudication by the High Court for compliance with Article 6, Article 10, and Article 13 of the European Convention for Human Rights. The application comes at a time when the High Court, where the case is on recourse, and the Constitutional Court are non-functional due to the vacancies arising following the failure of judges to pass the vetting process. Phases of the Court process of AIS vs Political Parties have been published on the AIS website.
Is vetting of politicians necessary? – Exclusive Program sheds light on MPs declared assets
Vetting and audit of assets, wealth, and economic interests of the representatives of lawmaking politicians. This has been an issue that was discussed and translated into a draft law for the Parliament of Albania. AIS, a promoter of Open Data Albania, and the Institute of Political Studies, have made their own analysis of the representation of people of economic power in the Parliament, conflicts of interests of businessman MPs, and connection between money and politics. “Exclusive”, a TV program on the National TV "Top Channel" , has investigated the size of this phenomenon and the need for vetting of the wealth of the MPs. The title of this investigative is “The Millionaires’ Poverty”. On the 21st of December, the Parliament voted against the draft law proposed by the Democratic Party on Vetting of the Figure of MPs.
OpenICT Education for Youth Employability – cross-border project being implemented by ODK and AIS
Open Data Kosova (ODK) and the Albanian Institute of Science (AIS) are implementing the Open ICT Education for Youth Employability Project. This is an EU-funded IPA cross-border project. Its beneficiaries include Universities and secondary schools in the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Albania. The objective of the project is to foster youth employability providing an open access to critical ICT knowledge and skills, and strengthening cross-border cooperation between the educational institutions. The first online ICT platform in the Albanian language is created through this project.