Money Laundering in the Context of the Fiscal and Criminal Amnesty, AIS position, Analysis and Conclusions

Albanian Institute of Science has carefully analyzed the draft law on “Fiscal and Criminal Amnesty of entities submiting voluntary declaration” initiated by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Justice and presented for Public Consultation by the Albanian Government on June 23, 2022. The deadline for the submission of opinions and recommendations on the draft daw during the consultation process is July 23, 2022.…

Open Data Albania: 173 % increase in visibility, citizens are interested in economic analyses and transparent data

Open Data, Access and Transparency over sectors exposed to Risk of Corruption – this is the project our Organization is implementing with the support of SIDA(Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). The project is composed of two components: Increased Transparency on taxpayers money (public money) under the slogan “Where Does my Money Go” and Youth Empowerment against Corruption – Civic Education, Improving Fact-Checking Models. In recent…

Public Procurements and the 2021 Election Campaign, NdiqParate.al: In the eve of 2021 Election Campaign, 28% of the Tenders were finalized without an Open Competition

Open Data Albania examined all tendering procedures concerning 2020 and 2021 public funds, their volume, and the identification of the Estimated Fund contracted without an open competition. What we found out was that 2020 and the semester prior to the 2021s Election Campaign present an increase of 150% in the contracted monetary value compared to non-election years. This fact testifies an over-concentration of contracted funds on the…

Projection: Albania needs another century to catch up on the EU average on income per capita

Albania could catch up on the EU average on income per capita in about a century. This is an economic projection, carried out by Open Data Albania analysts, examining three different scenarios of the country’s economic progress and the potential they present to converge our income per capita with the EU average. The analyses published in the #OpenDataAlbania platform, aim to supply the public debate and…

Public debate based in facts and data

The analyzes published on #OpenDataAlbania aim to supply the debate and public opinion with facts and fact-based arguments. Albania’s Economic Growth, its Potential to Reach and Adjust to the Level of the European Union Countries is examined in detail in the article Projection, when will Albania potentially reach the level of EU Per capita income https://ndiqparate.al/?p=15501 from Ilir Brasha Albania will need  97 years to…

AIS part of the agreement with The High Inspector Of Justice. The cooperation agreement with 6 Civil Society organizations is signed.

The establishment of a continuous communication between the civil society and the Office of HIJ, was formalized today by signing a cooperation agreement between the High Inspector of Justice Mr. Artur Metani and six civil society organizations (CSOs), that are engaged in monitoring justice reform, human rights, transparency, accountability and good governance. The cooperation initiated earlier with the civil society, through the consultation for the…

SOCIAL RESILIENCE PACKAGE, MARCH 12, 2022

What are the ‘New’ measures the Government announced and what are the existing ones, foreseen in the 2022 Budget, or the ‘indexation’ of the 2022 Budget Law. The Social Resilience Package does not offer new measures, but additional budgetary costs in the existing government policies, as outlined in the 2022 Law on the Budget. The additional costs are nothing but materialized fiscal risks of existing…

Policy Paper “Public Procurement, Albania through the Lens of European Integration”

The Policy Paper “Public Procurement, Albania through the Lens of European Integration” was drafted by the Albanian Institute of Science AIS / Open Data Albania, during the implementation of C1 – EU – NPA Project “Improving the Debate on Policies and Accountability to Fulfill Basic Rights”, through the creation of the Cluster 1 Albania Negotiation Platform. This project is being implemented by four Albanian organizations: the Center for the…

Out of the 100 tenders with the highest value in 2021, 35 are marked by RedFlag for lack of competition

Open Data Albania has published the list of the 100 tenders with the highest value, held by the State Tendering Authorities during 2021. These tenders are ranked according to their values. The tender with the highest value announced and finalized by public authorities in the country during 2021 is the Construction of the Llogara Tunnel in the road section Orikum-Himara part of the SH8 Vlora…

Business companies constructing after the Earthquake, 10 Economic Operators won 25 % of the entire state fund

Open Data Albania has published a Ranking of the Economic Operators in the Reconstruction Process based on values. There are, in total, 67.6 billion Albanian leke announced as the total being contracted to business companies. On the top of such list of operators is a consortium of operators, led by a company established by a current mayor. The 10 largest contractors have there 25% of…

Constitutional Court must abrogate the Corruptive Law – Democratic Party Supports the Lawsuit prepared by the Civil Society

The Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit in the Constitutional Court demanding the Suspension and Abrogation of Chapter VI of the Normative Act with the power of Law no. 9/2019 “On coping with the consequences of natural disasters”. This law violates the Freedom of Economic Activity as a constitutional freedom. Contracting for the 2019 Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Program with a fund of about120 billion Albanian Lekë…

Corruption Risk in Albania Public Procurement (2017 – 2019) – a Document prepared by Heritie School of Governance and the Albanian Institute of Sciences AIS, May 2021.

The OSCE Presence in Albania commissioned the Hertie School of Governance and the Albanian Institute of Science, to research corruption risk in public procurement in two relevant sectors and to propose improvements to the legal and administrative framework for its reduction. Please find HERE an Executive Summary of the research document.

AIS partner in the C1-EU-NPA Project on Fulfilling the Negotiating Chapters (Cluster 1), and Establishing the EU-Albania Negotiation Platform

C1-EU-NPA, Improving Policy Debate and Accountability in Fulfilling the First Group of Negotiating Chapters (Cluster 1) through the Establishment of an EU-Albania Negotiation Platform. This is AIS’ newest Project in partnership with CSDG ; ISP and the Albanian Helsinki Committee organizations. The partners aim to Support Albania’s EU accession negotiation process regarding the First Group of Negotiating Chapters (Cluster 1), by improving policy debate, strengthening accountability and the role of CSOs in the…

Reconstruction of about 100 billion ALL worth is being tendered by Clientelist Procedures. Delays with the Review of Complaint and Claims for Law Abrogation by Constitutional Court

The latest progress report of the European Commission for Albania, estimates that there is good progress in the adoption of a new Law on Procurement, according to EU Standards. But in the meantime, the Albanian Government avoids and bypasses this Law by using Special Laws for contracting. Typical cases include contracts for post-earthquake Reconstruction, Medium Term Program of the State Budget, planning around 100 billion…

Misuse of Public Money in Elections, Legislation and Institutions Do Not Guarantee the Process

The risk of misuse of public money in elections is high. AIS denunciation of the misuse of the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Program in the April 25th Elections was rejected by the Administrative Investigation Institutions.  They did not provide solutions for the violations found in the zone where Prime Minister Rama won. AIS reported that in violation of the Electoral Law, the Council of Ministers Decision dated…