TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENTAIS Newsletter February 2018
New MPs own ten times more than their colleagues, their declarations are published online
More than 40 per cent of the MPs after the June 2017 elections joined the Parliament for the first time. Spending Data Albania, its Money and Power section, published their initial declarations of assets and interests. Some of the new lawmakers own money, properties, assets, titles of ownership and art collections, about ten times more than MPs of several legislatures. The presence of MPs without any political experience in the country requires their performance to be monitored when it comes to decision-making as lawmakers on issues affecting the interests of the business groups that they represent.
Political Parties, problems with their reporting and auditing of their 2017 electoral spending
The three political parties declare to have paid nothing for hundreds of electoral offices during the 2017 electoral campaign. Such offices had been monitored previously by experts appointed by the Central Election Commission and civil society activists. Parties have declared that such offices were made available to them for free, as in kind donations. Regardless of the requirements of the law and accounting rules, the parties have no evidence or invoices for such donations. Financial audits by independent certified accountants identify problems with the financial reports on the parties’ electoral spending. Parties remain debtors to media companies. Such relations, political parties – media, falls contrary to the principle and rule of the independence of power.
Here are the business companies which are awarded public contracts
Who are the business owners, who are awarded the largest amounts of money for public contracts with local government units? Such information is now accessible to the public in an open data format that is easy to find, use, and reuse. The data are also machine readable. Everyone may access the list of companies signing contracts, and learn who their owners are, what their economic performance has been for the recent years, the number and nature of their licenses, and their detailed activity. In addition, the passport of every business company under the Open Corporates Albania catalogue shows the number of transactions for each company, the list of transactions benefitted from the treasury, and the full list of contracts with the municipalities. The database is implemented with the full support of Lëviz Albania program.