EU Sewerage Project in Shëngjin, Delays Caused by Dysfunctional Government and Negligent Contractor

EU Sewerage Project in Shëngjin, Delays Caused by Dysfunctional Government and Negligent Contractor

In September, Exit reported on the EU-financed project “Construction of the Sewerage Systems in Vlora, Ksamil, Kavaja, and Shëngjin, Albania,” dating from 2011 but only finished at the end of 2016. Based on redacted documents provided to Exit by the European Commission, it became clear that the project had suffered from massive delays, even though the documents didn’t clearly […]

Stabilitocracy and the EU

Stabilitocracy and the EU

During the last decade, the European Union has undergone a series of crises, including the global financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis, and Brexit. These are accompanied by geopolitical instability mainly in the southern and eastern periphery Europe as well as with the policy failure of EU’s Ostpolitik after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Crimea). Above all, […]

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 […]

Audit of EU Assistance Programs in Albania Critical about Performance

Audit of EU Assistance Programs in Albania Critical about Performance

According to a 2016 report drafted by the European Court of Auditors (ECA), which was recently discussed the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament, many of the pre-accession assistance programs for the strengthening of the administrative capacity in Albania have been below par. The projects, implemented by the European Commission in Albania between 2007–2013 include well-known […]