In recent years, a reform in justice and the introduction of the so-called Special Structure against Corruption – SPAK as a special independent prosecutor, has advanced efforts in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking.
“We have made extraordinary progress in the field of the rule of law and in the fight against corruption,” said Christiane Hohmann, the ambassador of the EU delegation in Albania. She welcomes us to her office with a panoramic view of the capital for an interview. “But our work is far from over, there is still a gigantic task ahead.”
In fact, corruption is a wound in Albania, which is very difficult to heal. The country ranks 110th out of 180 in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Aranita Brahaj, head of the Albanian Institute of Science/Open Data Albania, knows how serious the problem is.
“Corruption is an extraordinary problem in Albania” – says the data analysis expert with a focus on transparency, control and anti-corruption. “It is not only present in the high ranks, but also in the daily life of every citizen. Whether visiting the doctor or choosing a primary school”.
Albania is not able to exercise judicial, constitutional and parliamentary control over the government, says Brahaj. So, de facto, Prime Minister Rama has a free hand.
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