Who Is Paying for Tirana’s Waste? – Exit Explains

Who Is Paying for Tirana’s Waste? – Exit Explains

Recently, the Dutch postbox company Integrated Energy BV became the only candidate and winner of a tender to build a waste incinerator in Tirana and provide a host of other services, including the construction and managements of new landfills and water filtration plant, under the project name Tirana Waste Treatment Areas (TWTA). According to the report accompanying […]

Can Visa-Free Travel Be Revoked? – Exit Explains

Can Visa-Free Travel Be Revoked? – Exit Explains

Since December 15, 2010, Albanians can travel without a visa to all countries in the Schengen zone. This means that all Albanian citizens with a biometric passport can stay in 22 countries of the EU and four other countries for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of 180 days. Within EU legislation, this visa […]

Tirana Council Meeting and Decisions Were Illegal

Tirana Council Meeting and Decisions Were Illegal

Under dubious circumstances, the Municipal Council of Tirana approved yesterday two proposals which have raised considerable concern among the public: the increase in the water price and the concession for the design, construction, and use of 17 new school buildings. Both proposals were officially approved with the minimum quorum and minimum majority of 31 votes: […]

The Effects of the Whistleblower Law – Exit Explains

The Effects of the Whistleblower Law – Exit Explains

The law “Regarding whistleblowing and the protection of whistleblowers” that was approved by Parliament last year will take effect this month. The law aims to prevent and hit back at corruption in the public and private sector, by means of protecting employees within those institutions that report such violations. The law envisions that every public […]

Voting Day – Exit Explains

Voting Day – Exit Explains

Tonight at 23:59 the electoral campaign will end officially. Until the closing of the voting centers on Sunday, 19:00, there will be a period of so-called “electoral silence,” in which no campaign activity may be undertaken by any of the parties or the media. Voting centers all over the country will open on Sunday at […]

How Much Will Reformed Justice Cost? – Exit Explains

How Much Will Reformed Justice Cost? – Exit Explains

The implementation of the judicial reform and the creation recently of the vetting institutions will bring significant budget increases as salaries for judges and prosecutors will rise. One of the seven draft laws that was approved as part of the judicial reform package envisions a large rise in pays and pensions for magistrates who will survive […]

Vetting, What Next? – Exit Explains

Vetting, What Next? – Exit Explains

This weekend, the Albanian Parliament approved the 27 members of the vetting institutions, the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeals College (KA), and the two Public Commissioners. The KPK consists of 12 members, which will split up in 4 teams of 3 members. The different teams are selected by lot. These three institutions will in the coming […]

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