[Month 01.09.2021- 30.09.2021] COVID – 19 Situation with Vaccinations, Infections, and Mortality

Please find below an update on Albania’s situation with Covid-19, for the month 01.09.2021- 30.09.2021, which AIS / Open Data Albania is providing. Find Data and Charts on Covid-19 updated on a daily basis at https://open.data.al/covid-19/ As per the last public statement, the number of Vaccinated in the country is: –           Complete vaccination with 2 doses 788 538 Persons–           Vaccination with the First Dose 944 011 Persons –           In Percentage, it results that 27.8 % of…

AIS/OpenData files Lawsuit with the Constitutional Court Challenging Law 97.2019, claiming its section on Procurement Reconstruction Program violates Economic Freedom, potentially leaving room for inequality, clientelism, and corruption

AIS organization, known as Open Data Albania, has filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court, demanding partial abrogation of a Normative Act, which has the power of the law, namely Act no. 9, dated 16.12.2019 “On coping with the consequences of natural disasters”, approved by the Assembly of Albania by law no. 97, dated 18.12.2019, specifically the repeal of Chapter VI, Public Procurement Procedures, Articles…

Register of Magistrates. Appointments to the Supreme Court, Career Judges Promoted

The Register of Magistrates, a database created by AIS/Open Data Albania has created profiles with data, documents and information on the performance, professionalism and integrity of Individuals promoted in the Reformed Justice System. The last two judges appointed to the Supreme Court are Mr. Asim Vokshi and Mr. Artur Kalaja. Magistrate Asim Vokshi was appointed in July and he takes up his post as Senior…

Website for Transparent Procurement Consolidated in Clicks. The culture of Citizen Monitoring through Data is strengthened

Google Analytics announces through monthly reports that prokurimetransparente.al site has reached 21.3% more Unique Visitors (Users) in August; 24.5% more Sessions attended. And this is only for the month of August, when the site has not undertaken any visibility campaign, and when even the current updates have been more modest due to some annual staff holidays. Not being a gossip news site, or a beauty…

August 2021, Situation with Vaccinations, Infections, and Mortality

As of August 31, 2021, the number of Vaccinated in the country is: –           Complete vaccination with 2 doses 633 878 Persons–           Vaccination with the First Dose 824 170 Persons–           In Percentage, it results that 22.4 % of the Population is Fully Vaccinated.–           The Albanian state has so far applied Vaccination with AstraZeneca; Pfizer BioNTech ; Sinovac CoronaVac ; Gamaleya – Sputnik V . (Linked…

Investigation initiated following AIS report on Government Misuse of Public Funds for Electoral Purposes

The State Election Commissioner initiated an administrative investigation into alleged Misuse of Public Funds in Elections through individual grants issued in the framework of the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Fund. Through its letter registered by Protocol No. 6092 , the Commissioner asked both the Central Government, and the Local Government in Durrës to provide information about the subject and facts involved in AIS/OpenData Albania Report . By…

Denouncement made to the State Election Commissioner over the Reconstruction Fund being used in Durrës for favoring Electoral Subject

AIS reported to the Election Commissioner on Misuse of Public Money during Elections through Individual Grants from the Reconstruction Fund in the electoral zone of Durrës following the November 2019 earthquake. Such misuse went in favor of the parties in power at the central and local levels, running in these elections. Sixteen months after the earthquake, Unconditional Transfers were allocated to Durrës municipality during the…

AIS denounces the Municipality of Tirana for Lack of Transparency over Beneficiaries of the Reconstruction Fund during the Electoral Campaign

The Non-Governmental Organization, AIS/Open Data Albania, addressed on 25 May 2021 the Commissioner for the Right to Information, complaining about the Municipality of Tirana. The complaint against this municipality follows the latter’s refusal to publish the decisions of the Municipality Council on the “List of names of beneficiaries from the Reconstruction Fund” for the dates corresponding with the 2021 electoral campaign. AIS addressed the Municipality…

The Election Campaign Period and the Reconstruction Fund, Additional Budget allocated to 11 municipalities as Unconditional Transfers

Open Data Albania has investigated into the Unconditional Transfers allocated to eleven Beneficiary Municipalities from the Reconstruction Program Fund, focusing on the Unconditional Transfers approved by Decisions of the Council of Ministers (DCM) during the Electoral Campaign Period 25 March until 25 April 2021. The analysis looked also at pre-election dates from 1 January to 25 April 2021 Article: http://ndiqparate.al/en/2021/05/07/the-election-period-and-the-reconstruction-fund-additional-budget-allocated-to-11-municipalities-as-unconditional-transfers/ The budget transfer for eleven municipalities…

Covid-19 vaccination, first payment of 10 million USD about to be made for the Chinese vaccine

10 million USD, the Albanian Government approves the first payment for the Turkish distributor of Sinovax, made by the People’s Republic of China. Turkish Distributor announces lack of supply of Chinese made and packaged vaccines. Purchase Agreement changed. The Albanian Government agrees to the Chinese Vaccine packaged in Turkey, Coronavac 600SU/IM- Suspension. 14 April 2021, the Government allocates an additional 2 billion Albanian leke from…

The Health per Capita Budget lower than the obligatory health insurance per average salaries

In 2020, the Albanian State budgeted and spent only 13 923 Albanian Lekë (ALL) per inhabitant (per capita). This expenditure covered the Four Programs in the Health Sector. In the meantime, the annual mandatory health contribution for workers who get the minimum wage is equal to 3.4% of the wage, or 10 608 ALL (884 ALL per month multiplied by 12 months per year equals…

Public Contracting Reform, AIS recommendations for programs of the electoral subject 2021

Following years of monitoring and risk assessment in public procurement in the areas of public health, local government, and national infrastructure, AIS has drafted 7 proposals for the reform of public procurement and contracting. These recommendations will be proposed to the main parties in elections, suggesting their involvement in their electoral program and promises. The recommendations were drafted in the framework of the Governance for…

The Register of Magistrates, new Profiles of prosecutors and judges introduced to AksesInfoDrejtësi

The Register of Magistrates, a public database created by AIS, is enriched during December-January 2021 by the passport profile of 17 judges and prosecutors (magistrates) who passed the vetting process in recent months or weeks.  Every created passport contains information like the CV, self-declarations, qualifications, scientific research, promotions, disciplinary measures, asset declarations for each individual judge and prosecutor. Albert Demirneli, Prosecutor http://aksesdrejtesi.al/profil/215 Afërdita Ndoi,  Prosecutor…

Open Data Albania: 2021 Budget, Public Costs envisioned for Private Public Partnership (PPP) Concessions

Open Data Albania is investigating the costs envisioned to be paid for Private Public Partnerships (PPP) or concessions, covered by the 2021 state budget. The article conducts an analysis of the concessionary PPP contracts that are active in 2021 and the costs envisioned for each of these contracts for the period 2018-2023. In 2021, according to the Explanatory Report of Law No. 137, the 16.12.2020…

The Register of Magistrates and their scientific contribution publications and views

Magistrates that are appreciated (viewed) for their scientific research, publications and contribution to the doctrine of law The Register of Magistrates, created by the organization AIS, promotor of Open Data for Albania, ranks the most favorite Judges and Prosecutors according to Google Analytics and Google Search Console shows in terms of their contribution to the Doctrine of Law and in areas like Constitutional Law, Ownership,…