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 New Address Registry, Conveniently Late for the Elections

The New Address Registry, Conveniently Late for the Elections

In an interview with Balkan Insight, Director of the Civilian Registrar Project Bledar Doracaj explains the necessity of a centralized database of address data, linked to the databases of the energy and water providers in the country. Although the project to develop this database was announced by former Minister of Interior Affairs Saimir Tahiri in […]

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 […]

National Ombudsman and ONM Starts Assessment Additional Vetting Candidates

National Ombudsman and ONM Starts Assessment Additional Vetting Candidates

Today the National Ombudsman has started the assessment of additional certificates of an unknown number of applicants for the three vetting institutions, the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeals college (KA), and the Public Commissioners, from the National Ombudsman. The National Ombudsman had reopened the application procedure for 79 candidates who formally qualified but didn’t send in all […]

Dubious and Destructive Investment Threatens Divjaka National Park

Dubious and Destructive Investment Threatens Divjaka National Park

In a letter sent Minister of Environment Lefter Koka, 11 environmental organizations have expressed their opposition against the construction of the tourist resort “Divjaka Albania” inside the Karavasta National Park in Divjaka. The resort is proposed by the Mabetex Group, headed by businessman Behgjet Pacolli. In their letter, the organizations lists several legal violations of the plan. The legal […]

Italian Anti-Mafia Prosecutor: Albanian Drugs Worrying for Italy

Italian Anti-Mafia Prosecutor: Albanian Drugs Worrying for Italy

During the presentation of his book The Opposite of Fear: Why Islamic Terrorism and the Mafia Can Be Overcome, Italian Anti-mafia and Anti-terrorism Prosecutor Franco Roberti’s response to journalists’ questions regarding the increase in drug trafficking from Albania to Italy was that “It is a very worrying phenomenon.” Recently we have gone, together with the prosecutors of […]

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