The EU Condemns Violence, But Whose Violence?

The EU Condemns Violence, But Whose Violence?

Today the EU Delegation in Tirana has condemned the “violence” during yesterday’s protests and the “conduct” of deputies during the parliamentary session in which Arta Marku was elected and sworn in as Temporary General Prosecutor: The EU condemns the violence in yesterday’s protests and the conduct by the Members of the Parliament at the plenary session. Democratic […]

EU Organizes Promo Tour for Journalists, But Leaves Out Failures

EU Organizes Promo Tour for Journalists, But Leaves Out Failures

The EU Delegation in Albania has rented a bus and has embarked on its own “press trip” throughout Albania to highlight EU-funded projects while also doing some “capacity building” with local and national journalists on how to report on EU integration issues. Press Trip to #EU funded projects in #Albania on #employment #localgovernance, #infrastructure & #culturalheritage […]

Vlahutin’s Successor Will Have To Do a Lot Better

Vlahutin’s Successor Will Have To Do a Lot Better

EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin is scheduled to leave her position by the end of August next year, as was confirmed to Exit by the European External Action Service (EEAS). Exit also obtained the vacancy notice, offering a job description of Vlahutin’s successor. An analysis of some of the tasks of the future Head of Delegation allows […]

EU Confirms, Vlahutin Will Leave on August 31, 2018

EU Confirms, Vlahutin Will Leave on August 31, 2018

Exit | In response to a freedom of information request, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has confirmed that EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin is expected to leave her post at the European Union Delegation in Tirana on August 31, 2018. This means Vlahutin did not receive a one-year extension of her post. According to a […]

EU Celebrates Media Freedom, Blocks Exit on Twitter

EU Celebrates Media Freedom, Blocks Exit on Twitter

There are few things that so beautifully illustrate the hypocrisy of the European Union than its recently announced EU–Western Balkans Media Days on November 9 and 10, in which “[o]ver 250 representatives of media and media-organisations, stakeholders and policymakers from the Western Balkans and the EU will meet at the media conference in Tirana on […]

Kavaja Knows Nothing about €5M EU Investment

Kavaja Knows Nothing about €5M EU Investment

Recently, Exit reported extensively on EU-funded project from 2011 for the “Construction of the Sewerage Systems in Vlora, Ksamil, Kavaja, and Shëngjin, Albania,” costing €14 million in total. Our analysis of the both the tender documentation and the monthly progress reports showed that the EU Delegation in Tirana managed to select a final winner that goes […]

Serenissma Bankrupt, Vlora & Fier Bypass Tenders Reopened

Serenissma Bankrupt, Vlora & Fier Bypass Tenders Reopened

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced today that tender for the Vlora and Fier bypasses will be reopened. The Italian construction company Serenissima, which had won the tenders for an unrealistically low price, has declared bankruptcy. The Albanian government will use the remaining sum of its €48.8 million from the EBRD and […]

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