Civil Society and Government Square Off over Veliera

Civil Society and Government Square Off over Veliera

According to the Durrës Lajm, the trial about the Veliera project has started in the Administrative Court. Representatives of the Durrës Municipality, the Ministry of Tourism, the Regional Environmental Directorate, construction companys Everest shpk, Fusha shpk, and representatives of the civil society were present at the session. The trial was held without the presence of the […]

Court Suspends All Construction Work on Veliera Square

Court Suspends All Construction Work on Veliera Square

The Court of Durrës has today suspended all the work of the urban regeneration project on Veliera Square in Durrës. On February 16, the Administrative Court decided on a partial suspension of the work after archeological discoveries were made on the building site. In violation of this order, however, the Municipality of Durrës continued construction […]

Veliera, the Destruction of Cultural and Historical Heritage

Veliera, the Destruction of Cultural and Historical Heritage

With great concern, I am following what is happening in the ancient city of Durrës and the work for the construction of the new square under the name “Veliera,” a medieval ship’s sail made of concrete placed right at the entrance of the marine port. The construction work risks destroying the centuries-old archeological heritage in the […]

What Are They Trying to Cover Up in Durrës?

What Are They Trying to Cover Up in Durrës?

Although the surprise discoveries close to the Venetian Tower in Durrës on the square before the port entrance brought the construction work to a halt, the the government has still not addressed its citizens’ concerns. The authorities have not given any explanation about the functions or dates of the discoveries. And from the looks of it, they […]

Dako Ignores Court, Continues Veliera Construction Work

Dako Ignores Court, Continues Veliera Construction Work

In violation of the verdict of the Administrative Court, the Municipality of Durrës has continued construction work on the Veliera Square, pouring concrete on top of the zone where several archeological finds had been made. The surroundings of the Venetian Tower have now been complete covered in concrete, irreversibly destroying the cultural heritage of Durrës. […]

Achievements of a Small Victory

Achievements of a Small Victory

In order to understand the outcomes of decisions reached by a unjust justice, it was sufficient to observe the unusual enthusiasm of the protesters by the Venetian Tower in Durrës, when they were approached by a group of activists who just came out of the court room. Unable to withhold the movements of victory in their bodies and faces, […]