Reconstruction estimated of ALL 100 billion is being tendered by Clientelist Procedures: The Constitutional Court Delays with the Review of Complaint and Claims on Law Abrogation
The latest Progress Report of the European Commission for Albania estimates that there is good progress concerning the new law adoption on procurement, according to EU Standards. Nevertheless, the Albanian Government eschews and sidestep this Law by using special laws on contracting. Typical cases include the contracts of post-earthquake Reconstruction, Medium Term Program of the State Budget, planned around Albanian Lekë 100 billion. Contracting is being done by circumventing the Sector Legislation, according to the Normative Act Law 97/2019. Such act, which has the power of a law, violates the constitutional right of economic freedom, and creates ground for clientelism and favoritism. The Constitutional Court was asked by a Lawsuit to repeal Law 97/2019. The lawsuit was filed on September 18, 2021, and there is still no date for reviewing this Law of the Albanian Government with serious financial consequences. So far, the Reconstruction contracts have been made by the Executive and the main Municipalities. The lawsuit provides arguments as about the negative effects the application of the Special Law has on the Legislation drafted according to EU Standards.