Hydroplant Will Destroy Bushtrica River

Hydroplant Will Destroy Bushtrica River

The Bushtrica river, one of the two rivers that are usable for rafting in Albania, will be destroyed as a result of the construction of a new hydropower plant. The last few years the Bushtrica had turned into a frequently visited site for tourists and rafting enthusiasts. But a decision of the government to build four […]

The Ministry of Sound

The Ministry of Sound

Everywhere Prime Minister Edi Rama or one of his ministers goes to speak, whether in official capacity or at a Socialist Party event, you will find microphones and speakers. Chances are considerable that these will have been rented or acquired from a single company, Prosound shpk. Since its foundation in 2006, Prosound, a company managed and […]

Serious Suspicions about Manipulated KESh Tenders

Serious Suspicions about Manipulated KESh Tenders

KESh, the Albanian Power Corporation, is once again involved in a dubious procurement procedure. During May and June, it invited an open tender to clean the area in front of the metallic grills on one of the four turbines in Fierza hydropower plant. The cleaning is necessary to allow free passage of water through the turbines; the […]

Trieste Summit: Who Got Some?

Trieste Summit: Who Got Some?

In Friday’s press conference about the Trieste Summit, Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed that “they were prepared to finance projects in Albania.” So, the Prime Minister accepted that our country was the only one that didn’t receive any concrete investment during the summit. A similar situation happened in Albania in 2015, too. In 2015, the online website of the […]

Albania Gains Nothing from Trieste Summit

Albania Gains Nothing from Trieste Summit

During the Western Balkans 6 Summit in Trieste, the EU pledged grants at a total €194.1 million for the construction of crucial transport and energy infrastructure in the region, as part of the €1 billion Connectivity Agenda for the period 2015–2020. So far, about €501.3 million has been spent to 20 different regional infrastructure projects. But looking […]

Rama Blames Corruption on “Economic Underdevelopment”

Rama Blames Corruption on “Economic Underdevelopment”

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Prime Minister Edi Rama strongly argues in favor of a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans, as will be discussed today during an EU–Western Balkans summit in Trieste. In the article, he argues that “economic underdevelopment” is partially to blame for “corrupt judges,” “corrupt prosecutors,” and […]

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