Verona Mayor Feels Heat of Dubious Albanian Deal

Verona Mayor Feels Heat of Dubious Albanian Deal

Several confidential messages secured by Albanian media portal Hashtag suggest that people around Mayor of Verona Flavio Tosi have become alarmed by the risk of an explosion in the Italian media of a scandal currently underway in Tirana. The scandal is related to the dubious sale of Serenissima srl, an Italian company contracted to construct […]

Wealth Gap Increases, Bank Account Data Show

Wealth Gap Increases, Bank Account Data Show

The annual report of the Agency for the Security of Deposits it appears that the wealth gap between the wealthy and poor population in Albania has grown significantly over 2016. There are about 100,000 bank accounts containing more than 2.5 million lekë with a total value of around €3.7 billion euro, or 45% of all […]

The Reality of Drugs, Rama vs. the Rest of the World

The Reality of Drugs, Rama vs. the Rest of the World

It appears that there are two realities in Albania when it comes to drug trafficking. The reality imagined by Prime Minister Rama and his government, and the reality expressed in countless reports and statements of foreign institutions and crime fighters. During a meeting to present the new Minister of Interior Affairs Fatmir Xhafaj to the […]

Large Increase in Procurement Procedure Complaints against State

Large Increase in Procurement Procedure Complaints against State

The annual report of the Public Procurement Commission (KPP) shows a considerable increase in complaints filed against state institutions in the context of public procurement procedures. According to the report, 1,393 complaints were registered in 2016 in total for all public procurements, concessions, mining licenses, and auctions. Compared to 2015, this presents an increase of […]

Mayor Veliaj Claims the Pazar i Ri for Himself

Mayor Veliaj Claims the Pazar i Ri for Himself

Yesterday, Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj spoke on Opinion about the Pazar i Ri project, which had been finished a week ago. Veliaj claimed that the new Pazar i Ri was a promise of his municipality: It is the first thing I did, because I made a promise during the campaign and have a sentimental connection to […]

Government Hands Out Millions to Media before Elections

Government Hands Out Millions to Media before Elections

The Rama government is planning to compensate private media companies for the sum of €5 million for their investment into digitalization. The Ministry Finance and the Ministry of State for Innovation have proposed a draft law that foresees the government covering the additional current or future costs of private companies in transforming their infrastructure from analog […]

Four More Healthcare Concessions before the Elections

Four More Healthcare Concessions before the Elections

During his four years in office, Edi Rama failed to keep his promise for free healthcare. Instead, he has given the Albanians the most expensive healthcare possible. In the last four years he has handed out concessions for the free healthcare checkup, the hemodialysis service, and the sterilization of surgical equipment, at a total value […]

Pazar i Ri, Government Claims AADF Project as Its Own

Pazar i Ri, Government Claims AADF Project as Its Own

On March 14, during the inauguration of the Pazar i Ri (New Bazaar) in Tirana, Prime Minister Edi Rama “forgot” to mention that the initiator and main investor of the urban regeneration project was not the government, but the Albanian–American Development Foundation (AADF). Prime Minister Rama, who turned the opening into a premature election rally, only […]

How 11 Albanian Portals Got Rich from Attacking Hillary

How 11 Albanian Portals Got Rich from Attacking Hillary

“The FBI will publish new evidence about the pedophilia ring connected to Hillary Clinton.” This was the main topic of an article published on Bients.com and ThePredicted.com. Citing a fake FBI document, the article implied the former Democratic presidential candidate in a serious crime. Even though the news was not based on evidence, it had received tens of thousands of clicks […]

PM Rama Connected to Company That Won 30-Year Tender for Gambling Monitoring System

PM Rama Connected to Company That Won 30-Year Tender for Gambling Monitoring System

In October 2013, the Rama government organized an action to put an end to the illegal gambling business. The police action “Fund Marrëzisë” started on October 15 engaging over 6,000 police officers and closing 540 slot-machine halls, betting cafes, and casinos that were unlicensed, lacked proper documentation, or violated their permits. Any business that didn’t fulfill the […]

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