The data provided by BIRN through the analysis of over 700 procurement procedures announced by the Albanian Development Fund and the 10 affected municipalities show that the major beneficiaries of the reconstruction process are companies affiliated with Socialist Party officials, previous winners of concessions or licenses or companies with questionable funding.
At the top of the list is the company “Kevin Construction” owned by Lavdrim Gjici – the brother of the socialist mayor of Kukes, Safet Gjici.
Public finance experts in Albania criticize the accelerated procedure for tenders in the reconstruction program. According to Aranita Brahaj, executive director of “Open Data Albania”, these procedures avoided competition and increased the opportunity for favoritism and clientelism.
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