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Stupid EU Mafia in Tirana: Albanian Judicial Reform Faces New Court Challenge

Generalsekretär des Europarates: fordert unabhängige Ermittlungen in das Mafia Projekt der TAP Pipeline auch gegen die EU-Commission

Thorbjørn Jagland, the former Norwegian prime minister and Council of Europe secretary general has urged the Assembly President Pedro Agramunt to ensure „an independent external investigation body without any further delay.““

EU undemocratic & infested with fraudsters – ex-Thatcher aide

 

  King of corruption in Tirana from Georg Soros: Romana Vlachudin and the stupid Edi Rama 08 Jun 17

Albanian Judicial Reform Faces New Court Challenge

Two judges‘ associations have launched a fresh Constitutional Court challenge to parts of Albania’s judicial reform package – including the key law on vetting judges and prosecutors – threatening to derail the process.

Besar Likmeta
Tirana

BIRN

 
 Albania’s Constitutional Court. Photo: LSA

The National Association of Judges and the Union of Albanian Judges have filed a lawsuit with the Albanian Constitutional Court, challenging the legality of the Law on the Governing Institutions of the Justice System, the Law on the Status of Judges and Prosecutors and the Law on the Reassessment of Judges and Prosecutors, known as the ‘vetting’ law.

The lawsuit was filed on June 1 and BIRN has now obtained a copy of the document, which has not been made public.

The three pieces of legislation are part of a comprehensive judicial reform package, which is a prerequisite for Tirana to open accession negotiations with the European Union.

The lawsuit comes amid a hotly-contested campaign for the June 25 parliamentary elections, and at a point when an ad hoc parliamentary commission is selecting the lawyers that will be part of the vetting bodies.

In their request filed with the Constitutional Court, jusdes’ associations seek the disqualification of a number of articles of the vetting law which regulate the vetting of the integrity of judges and prosecutors in regards to their ties with organised crime.

The associations oppose as unconstitutional the scrutiny over ties between the judges, prosecutors and organised crime in the period going back to January 1, 2012.

Another provision of the law they reject relates to possible ties their relatives and people close to them might have or had with organised crime.

The lawsuit in particular challenges the procedure on which the vetting of the integrity of judges and prosecutors will be based and the way evidence will be collected by the Independent Qualification Commission and the Appels College – the two vetting bodies that are currently being created.

The associations argue that the vetting law’s provision on the way evidence will be collected by the ‘control groups’ during the reassessment period goes beyond what the constitution intended.

The judges oppose the use of evidence during the reassessment of testimony provided by protected witnesses of the prosecution, when their ties to organised crime might have been recorded.

They also reject the use as evidence in the vetting process of confidential information, like preventive wiretaps carried out by security services and information collected by police agents.

Another contested article of the vetting law regards the right of prosecutors and judges to resign in order to stop the reassessment process.

The law prescribes that the judges and prosecutors can make use of this right no later than three months after the law entered in force.

According to the judges’ associations, the article is unconstitutional and the subjects of the law should have the right to resign and stop the vetting at any given time of their choice.

This is not the first time the two associations that represent the powerful judges’ lobby in Albania, have appealed the Constitutional Court in order to challenge the judicial reform package.

In autumn 2016, they joined the opposition Democratic Party, in its court appeal against the law on vetting judges and prosecutors, which is a key component of the reform passed by parliament in July 2016.

Although the Constitutional Court, following a recommendation by the Venice Commission, refused to strike down the vetting law, the decision did not discourage the judges associations, which in April through another case managed to abolish some articles of the law on the Status of Judges and Prosecutors.

The ruling in favour seems to have buoyed the judges to seek a partial annulment of the other three laws.

The Constitutional Court is expected to convene on June 22 in order to hear the arguments on the new case.

– See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/albania-s-key-judicial-reform-faces-new-court-challenge-06-08-2017#sthash.nv5BjUAZ.dpuf

Vlachudin under investigation


Romana Vlachudin, the ambassador of the European Union in Albania, is under OLAF investigation for purchasing a 350-square-metre house in Tirana for €1,6m. This is rather crazy since local experts say this specific house is not worth even a third of the selling price.

At the time of the sale, similar houses in the same area and bigger ones were priced at least €1m less than what the Commission paid.

This investigation is of particular significance because it was opened four weeks ahead of Albania’s general election on June 23.

On more than one occasion, Vlachudin has openly supported Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s ruling socialists. The fact, however, that the Rama-friendly EU Ambassador was placed under investigation before the election, may signify that given the circumstances, the European Commission does not wish to take sides in the electoral process of Albania.

Nevertheless, the good ambassador’s pick has few chances of winning the election – and no one wants to be associated with a loser, especially not the European Commission.

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/vlachudin-under-investigation/

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Cecilia Malmström “I do not take my mandate from the European people.”

Die Justiz wurde beerdigt, jede Ansatz einer Rechtsstaatlichkeit erneut mit den korrupten EU und IRZ Banden gestoppt, welche in Tradition schlimmer wie die „Camorra“ ist, sogar „Nghradeta“ Milliarden Projekte in Albanien direkt finanzieren, wie die TAP Pipeline. Die Banden werden sogar für Gelddiebstahl in Milliarden Höhe und Bauschrott noch belohnt, mit Phantom Projekten ohne Kontrollen.

Sinn und Zweck ausländischer Botschaften, Institutionen, Geldgeber kann die Albanische Bevölkerung schon lange nicht mehr verstehen, wandert aus. Die korrupte und aufgeblähte EU Botschaft, OSCE Botschaft zeigen ein Langzeit Desaster.

7 Millionen € Reisespesen in wenigen Monaten, um private Bilder Galerien zu besuchen, eigene Bilder zu promoten und fast nie in Tirana zu sein. Verfassungsbruch, man hat das Reise Betrugs System der EU, Berlin kopiert und übernommen.

Justiz Minister Ylli Manjani zur Durres Justiz Mafia: „Ihr stehlt Tausende von Hektar mit gefälschten, falschen Dokumenten als Partner der Mafia“

EU Null Hirn Geschwätz, über Betrugs-, und Show Wahlen in Albanien: Ihr endloses Geschwätz über den Konsens

EU Null Hirn Geschwätz, über Betrugs-, und Show Wahlen in Albanien:  Ihr endloses Geschwätz über den Konsens

This is something that Vlahutin and all here jetset humanist colleagues fail to truly appreciate. Their endless babble about consensus, the inclusion of the opposition, full representation, etc., etc. has led to a political situation in which there is literally no choice.

2012: „A document obtained by BIRN shows that OLAF is investigating complaints against a tender held in May by the EU Delegation in Tirana.“

What Does Vote Buying Mean?

What Does Vote Buying Mean?

On Monday, EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin called upon Albanian citizens not to “sell their vote” during the June 25 parliamentary elections. This “don’t sell your vote” is a common mantra among the well-willing internationals in this country, as if vote buying were truly a great threat to democracy – a greater threat than the politicians that will be elected.

Because what is vote buying actually? Vote buying means that you give your vote to a party or candidate in exchange for money or goods – the famous bags of flour. But how is that different from voting for a party because they promise to lower taxes? Or because they promise to subsidize childcare? Or because they promise free education? All of these promises basically represent a monetary value for the voter, and especially lower-income households immediately feel the effect of changes in the subsidy and taxation system in their wallet.

So how are these promises for lower taxes or extra subsidies different from vote buying – the exchange of money for a vote?

What the internationals actually want to say is that you should vote for a party based on its content, its program, its values, its ideology, and not purely based on how much money will end up in your wallet. The elections, Ambassador Vlahutin wants to tell us, are about more than just momentary, individual gain; they determine the future of the nation, not just whether you can buy food the next week.

The problem is that Albanian political parties do not have any content, program, value, or ideology – or at least, they all have the same ones. As Gjergj Erebara from Reporter pointed out a week ago, the promises of the major parties in the elections are hardly distinguishable from those made in 2013, and hardly distinguishable from each other.

So citizens of Albania, faced with with a political situation in which all parties promise more of the same, and will all break those promises at the moment they are elected, has logically only one objective criterion for judging where to cast their vote: how much money do I get in hand, right now? Any future monetary gain – through free healthcare, employment, or subsidies – may well turn out to be a mirage, a promise made by everyone and kept by no one.

This is something that Vlahutin and all here jetset humanist colleagues fail to truly appreciate. Their endless babble about consensus, the inclusion of the opposition, full representation, etc., etc. has led to a political situation in which there is literally no choice.

And in such a thoroughly cynical environment, devoid of any potential for a different future, staying at home or selling your vote becomes the only rational thing to do…

http://www.exit.al/en/2017/06/06/what-does-vote-buying-mean/

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(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records relating to their funding of the political activities of the Soros Open Society Foundation – Albania (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:17-cv-01012)).  The lawsuit was filed on May 26, 2017.“

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Vlachudin under investigation

Verbotene Wahlkampf Hilfe nach der Genver Konvention: Europa Tag in Gjorokastre 8.5.2017: Edi Rama

Romana Vlachudin, the ambassador of the European Union in Albania, is under OLAF investigation for purchasing a 350-square-metre house in Tirana for €1,6m. This is rather crazy since local experts say this specific house is not worth even a third of the selling price.

At the time of the sale, similar houses in the same area and bigger ones were priced at least €1m less than what the Commission paid.

This investigation is of particular significance because it was opened four weeks ahead of Albania’s general election on June 23.

On more than one occasion, Vlachudin has openly supported Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s ruling socialists. The fact, however, that the Rama-friendly EU Ambassador was placed under investigation before the election, may signify that given the circumstances, the European Commission does not wish to take sides in the electoral process of Albania.

Nevertheless, the good ambassador’s pick has few chances of winning the election – and no one wants to be associated with a loser, especially not the European Commission.

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/vlachudin-under-investigation/

Vertuschen, Stehlen mit kriminellen Partner und Federica Mogherini, fordert wieder den Unfug einer Konsenz Politik

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„“We have reached an impasse wherein self-proclaimed Albanian democrats no longer trust that their country is democratic. Impartial observers have been warning of this for years.“

Albania has 2,8 Citizens and 3,7m voters and 4,4m ID Cards

Wahlen Albanien

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Kosovo has 1.7m citizens and 1.9m voters

June elections are last chance for country and region to reverse spiral into violence

2 Milliarden Drogen Gelder der Mafia in den Wahlkampf!

Klartext des OSCE Botschafters: Bernd Borchardt: Ambasadori i OSBE: Qarkullojnë më shumë se 2 miliardë euro nga droga

2013:
Der System Betrug der OSCE, mit den Non-Stop gefälschten Wahlen in Albanien und dem Kosovo Gefälschte Wahlberichte, normal bei der OSCE, weil man ja einen Vertrag mit der jeweiligen Regierung braucht, ansonsten das Land verlassen muss. Prostitution, hat eine neue Bedeutung. OSCE und Co.

Ex-NATO Chef: Lord Roberston: “the KLA were responsible for more deaths in Kosovo than the Yugoslav [Serb] authorities had been.”

 

Albania is a failed state, here is why

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With many eyes on Macedonia’s political situation which has been made worse by foreign interventions from the EU and NATO which both support the Tirana Platform which would effectively destroy the unity of the Macedonian state, internal events in Albania itself may soon jeopardize stability in the region.

Protests throughout Albania have been going on for months as the main opposition Democratic Party and other activists have called for the Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign prior to elections scheduled for 18 June, 2017 . Many want a technocratic government to oversee the process, having lost all faith in democracy.

We have reached an impasse wherein self-proclaimed Albanian democrats no longer trust that their country is democratic. Impartial observers have been warning of this for years.

One can tell that the genie is fully out of the bottle when even the neo-liberal Financial Times admits that half of Albania’s GDP comes from drug sales and cultivation.

The truth of the matter is that Albania is a narco-state, built on top of a mafia state where the illegal drugs trade, organ trade, weapons trade, human trafficking and blatant corruption are the guided forces of business in both the private and public sectors.

The fact that this impoverished, broken state has imperialist ambitions heavily assisted by the US Deep state, threatening to annex neighbouring states including parts Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro is not only illegal and irresponsible but also deeply frightening.

Many in Albania are openly calling for a ‘Greater Albania’ which would encompass the sovereign territories of each aforementioned nation. But as it stands, Albanian leaders cannot even run the state that they have according to its current borders.

A lengthy report from a US based anti-corruption website, citing a variety of mostly western sources has found that corruption exists at almost every level of the Albanian state, including in private business dealings.

The EU is all rather confused about this. Albania’s corrupt mafioso elite are staunchly pro-EU and Albania is an enthusiastic member of NATO.

Some realists in the EU however realize that Albania’s cringe-worthy levels of corruption would be an economic and security disaster for the EU. More worryingly though, many EU officials prefer to look the other way or simply lie about the dire situation in order to continue pFatmir Mediu, Dr. Fatmir Mediu, Franz Jung. Agron Duka, Geht direkt zu Rheinmetall als gekaufter Politikerromulgating a narrative that Albania is an EU country in the making.

While the EU itself is deeply corrupt, Albania’s corruption is far more ‘old school’ in the sense that money talks and when it doesn’t, the bullets do the talking.

Albania’s terrorist proxies and violent separatists threaten to break up Macedonia and violate Serbia’s territorial integrity. When one realises that these people cannot control their own country, it puts things into perspective. The perspective is in a word: grim.

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Albania Corruption Report

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Snapshot

albania_250x179.pngCorruption is a serious problem in Albania. It is one of the country’s greatest stumbling blocks, impeding its bid for EU candidacy and hindering its investment climate. The procurement and construction sectors are particularly affected by patronage networks and other forms of corruption. The judiciary is also hampered by corruption and political influence. The necessary anti-corruption legal framework is in place, but enforcement is poor and conviction rates are very low. Active and passive bribery, as well as the bribery of foreign officials, are illegal under the country’s Criminal Code. The same applies for offering gifts or facilitation payments, yet these practices are widespread.

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Judicial System

Corruption in the Albanian judicial system is widespread and a very high risk for businesses. Bribes are often exchanged for favorable judicial decisions, and judges and prosecutors lack accountability (GCR 2015-2016EU Progress Report, 2015). Public perception reflects this, as more than three-quarters of surveyed citizens believe the judiciary is corrupt (the judiciary is ranked as the most corrupt institution among the 12 institutions included in the survey) (GCB 2013). On numerous occasions, judges and prosecutors have failed to comply with declaration of asset requirements, yet no sanctions have been issued to date (EU Progress Report, 2015). Although the Constitution provides for an independent judiciary, in practice the courts are subject to political pressure and intimidation (HRR 2015). The process of appointing judges is also opaque and plagued by corruption (EU Progress Report, 2015). In addition, the enforcement of court decisions is weak, particularly when they conflict with the government’s interests. There is also an apparent failure of the judiciary to properly prosecute the abuse of functions, which is pervasive among the political elite (BTI 2016). When sanctions in corruption cases are imposed, they are overly lenient (EU Progress Report, 2015).

Companies in Albania do not perceive the legal framework to be efficient when settling disputes or when challenging regulations (GCR 2015-2016). The business community believes the judiciary is an impediment to conducting business, so international arbitration is often sought as an alternative to dispute settlement (ICS 2016). Albania is a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and is a signatory to the New York Convention 1958 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

Police

Businesses face a high risk of corruption when dealing with the police. Corruption and impunity are persistent problems, largely because of the low salaries of police officers, as well as a subsequent lack of motivation, diversity and leadership (HRR 2015). Accordingly, most Albanian households believe the police is corrupt (GCB 2013). In 2015, camera systems were installed in patrol vehicles to limit the bribery of officers – with success (HRR 2015). The government then expanded the automated system to include traffic tickets (HRR 2015). Businesses report that Albania’s police cannot be consistently relied upon to enforce law and order (GCR 2015-2016).

Public Services

The public services sector presents business with a moderate risk of corruption. Bribes and irregular payments are at times exchanged to obtain utilities (GCR 2015-2016). Almost 20% of companies report giving gifts to officials to „get things done“ (ES 2013). Nevertheless, business registrations and licensing are improving through a growing network of one-stop shops such as the government platform e-albania, although local administrations need greater resources to effectively deliver services (Albania Progress Report 2013; EU Progress Report, 2015). Business registration is easy, yet licensing remains challenging for companies in some sectors (ICS 2015). On average, starting a business requires 6 procedures, takes 6 days and costs 10% of income per capita (DB 2016).

Land Administration

The land administration carries a high risk of corruption. The process of obtaining construction permits is plagued by corruption (ICS 2015). More than one-third of businesses expect to give gifts to obtain permits (ES 2013). Additionally, the problem of land ownership in Albania is among the greatest impediments to the development of the country’s real estate market (ICS 2016). This is due to cumbersome property registration procedures, and poor enforcement of immovable property rights, which are also subject to corrupt practices (ICS 2016). Furthermore, securing property titles is made more difficult due to illegal construction work (ICS 2016).

In early 2015, the mayor of Vlora, Shpetim Gjika, along with a municipal official and a construction company manager were arrested on charges of abuse of office, illegal construction, and the falsification of documents (Press TV, Feb. 2015). No further information was available at the time of review.

Tax Administration

The tax administration carries a high corruption risk for business. Irregular payments and bribes are often exchanged when meeting with tax officials (GCR 2015-2016). Some improvements have been made in the tax administration (such as the establishment of an e-filing tax system), but corruption persists (particularly during inspections), negatively affecting the business environment (Albania Progress Report 2013). Paying taxes is more time consuming and more costly in Albania compared to neighboring countries, taking 357 hours per year at a total tax rate of 37% of profit (DB 2016).

Customs Administration

Corruption is a very high risk for businesses dealing with Albania’s customs administration. Bribes and irregular payments are frequently exchanged when importing and exporting, and transparency at the borders is poor (GETR 2014). Corruption is more widespread when importing than when exporting (GETR 2014). Companies also complain about the unequal application of base pricing by customs officials when they assess taxes and duties on imported goods (ICS 2015).

Recent years have shown progress regarding administrative and operative capacity of the Albanian customs administration, with an improvement of internal investigation activities and in the internal IT system (Albania Progress Report 2013). Additionally, a 24-hour camera surveillance system at border-crossings was extended, further limiting the possibilities of corruption (Albania Progress Report 2013). However, more is required regarding IT compatibility with EU standards and in simplifying customs clearance procedures (Albania Progress Report 2013).

Public Procurement

The public procurement sector carries a high corruption risk for business. Irregular payments and bribes are frequently exchanged in the process of awarding contracts and licenses (GCR 2015-2016). In the same vein, more than a quarter of companies expect to give gifts to officials to secure government contracts (ES 2013). Favoritism is also a problem in procurement as officials are perceived to often favor well-connected companies and individuals. Companies in Albania experience non-transparent processes when competing for public tenders (e.g. ‚fixed‘ technical specifications) as a means to exclude potential bidders (ICS 2015). The diversion of public funds to companies and individuals due to corruption is also a problem in Albania (GCR 2015-2016).

Albania now has an obligatory and fully operational e-procurement platform (ICS 2015; EU Progress Report 2015). Regulations can be found at the official website of the procurement system of Albania, which also publishes a list of companies that have committed irregularities during the procurement process. However, in practice, companies guilty of corruption are not effectively prohibited from participating in future procurement bids. To mitigate corruption risks associated with public procurement in Albania, investors are advised to exert caution when bidding on public tenders and are recommended to use a specialized public procurement due diligence tool.

In one case, the former governor of the Central Bank, Ardian Fullani, and his close aids were investigated during 2014 for the embezzlement of ALL 700 million from the bank’s reserves (BTI 2016). Under Fullani’s term, most of the bank’s employees enjoyed family connections to prominent politicians (BTI 2016). Fullani was later released from prison, despite the prosecutor ordering that he be put in isolation; the prosecutor was later removed from the case (BTI 2016). Fullani was eventually acquitted of the charges, while two former employees received 10 and 20 years of prison respectively for embezzlement (NiT 2016).
In another case in 2013, a former Minister of Defence was involved in a corruption case for the alleged violation of tender laws; in 2015, the prosecutor withdrew the file and closed the case (BTI 2016).

Natural Resources

The Albanian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (ALBEITI) becamefully compliant with the EITI Standard in 2013. EITI compliance ensures an effective and transparent process for annual disclosure and reconciliation of all revenues from Albania’s extractive industries.

Legislation

Albania has a legal anti-corruption framework in place, yet frequent amendments subject to conflicting interpretations have undermined the legal certainty of the laws (EU Progress Report 2015). Furthermore, the government does not implement these laws effectively (HRR 2015).

The Criminal Code criminalizes active and passive bribery, bribery of foreign officials, influence peddling, abuse of office and money laundering. These provisions apply to both the public and the private sectors (U4 2011). Active corruption is penalized with prison terms ranging from six months to three years, and passive corruption can result in up to twelve years‘ imprisonment. A public employee is not allowed to accept any gifts, money or services for performing their service duties, according to the Law on Prevention of Conflicts of Interest in the Exercise of Public Functions and the Law on the Rules of Ethics In the Public Administration. Civil servants are allowed to accept gifts only of a symbolic traditional value or traditional hospitality of a value not clearly defined in legislation. In the case of an offered unfair advantage, a public official must report to their superior or risk a fine between ALL 10,000 and ALL 100,000. A Code of Ethics regulates the conduct of civil servants, and high-ranking officials are subject to asset declaration laws. Albania’s Constitution puts restrictions on the immunity of high-level public officials and judges; nonetheless, no high-level officials have been successfully prosecuted for corruption (ICS 2016). Financial investigations, money laundering measures and asset confiscation are rarely implemented or used in Albania (EU Progress Report 2015). Other relevant anti-corruption laws include the Law on Conflict of Interests. The protection of whistleblowers is not adequately provided for by the current legal framework (EU Albania Report 2015).

Albania has ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Council of Europe Civil and Criminal Law Conventions on Corruption.

Civil Society

Freedoms of expression and of the press are guaranteed by the Constitution, and the government generally respects these rights in practice (HRR 2015). Libel and defamation are illegal. Most media outlets are biased in favor of one of the political parties, and the links between politics, business and the media have led to increased censorship among journalists (NiT 2016). In 2015, the mayor of Elbasan was recorded warning journalists not to ask difficult questions and pointing to the potential consequences (NiT 2016). Media ownership has become more transparent, yet hidden ownership and lack of transparency of financing remains a source of concern (EU Progress Report 2015). Access to government information is provided by the law, yet authorities did not effectively implement these provisions (HRR 2015). The press environment in Albania is considered „partly free“ (FotP 2015).

Freedoms of assembly and association are guaranteed by law, and NGOs are not restricted (HRR 2015). Compliance with registration requirements is easy. Civil society organizations were widely involved and consulted in the formulation of the country’s anti-corruption strategy (2015-20) and action plan (2015-17) (EU Progress Report 2015). Furthermore, civil society representatives are to be included in the bodies monitoring the proper implementation of the strategy (EU Progress Report 2015). On the other hand, however, attempts by politicians to co-opt NGO representatives into the political parties‘ agendas have undermined the impartiality of civil society (BTI 2016).

 “ bribery of foreign officials“

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Bei den Betrugs Projekten rund um Aufforstung kann man viel Geld verdienen, was Ratten aus der EU und Weltbank anzog und praktisch ist Alles heute schlimmer wie vor 10 und 20 Jahren.

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In Albanien gedeiht das organisierte Verbrechen – Decoding Albanian Organized Crime

In Albanien gedeiht das organisierte Verbrechen – Decoding Albanian Organized Crime

 

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The expansion of organized crime across national borders has become a key security concern for the international community. In this theoretically and empirically vibrant portrait of a global phenomenon, Jana Arsovska examines some of the most widespread myths about the so-called Albanian Mafia. Based on more than a decade of research, including interviews with victims, offenders, and law enforcement across ten countries, as well as court files and confidential intelligence reports, Decoding Albanian Organized Crime presents a comprehensive overview of the causes, codes of conduct, activities, migration, and structure of Albanian organized crime groups in the Balkans, Western Europe, and the United States. Paying particular attention to the dynamic relationships among culture, politics, and organized crime, the book develops a framework for understanding the global growth of the criminal underworld and provides a model for future comparative research.

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Albania: Under The Yoke Of Rising Oligarchs – OpEd

The New Year will bring elections for Albania and its people, meanwhile Mr. Edi Rama and his confidants have allocated large sums of money and plan to feast a large number of staffers in the Prime Minister’s office at the expense of Albania’s taxpayers.

In 2017, his last year in office, Mr. Rama and his associates are expected to continue with their luxurious life (at home and abroad), while their fellow countrymen are living in the worst conditions ever experienced in the last twenty six years of their transitional democracy system.

As the Albanian Parliament approved the National Budget for 2017, it supplied many more suitcases – in addition to the millions of euros generated by massive marijuana farming from Vermosh to Konispol – filled with the money paid by Albania’s taxpayers, to Mr. Edi Rama and his corrupt ministers, who have stashed their wealth abroad and continue to be ranked as Europe’s richest oligarchs.

According to an estimate conducted last year by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Mr. Rama has amassed a net worth of over US$200 million, an amount that has certainly and proportionately grown during the third year of his term as Prime Minister considering that he receives at least twenty percent as a commission from the total amount of every public project that is executed by his trusted private companies who acquire public bids in the sectors of: infrastructure development, public works, health services and information technology.

According to Panama Papers and other reliable sources, Mr. Rama’s wealth is deposited in international banking accounts established by his family circle and close associates that work together on sustainable development projects in Albania and who have been deeply involved with the Venezuelan economist Ricardo Hausmann, projects that have had little to no impact on the lives of average Albanians. Mr. Anastas Angjeli, Edi Rama’s close associate, Albanian MP and a Former Minister of Public Finances, drives a brand new Audi A8 in the streets of Tirana. Moreover, Mr. Taulant Balla, another member of Albanian Parliament, is responsible for employment opportunities in the current Albanian Government; he has established a fee of two thousand euros to be paid beforehand by every candidate who aspires to be a public servant. On the other hand, Mr. Genti Gazheli, Mr. Edi Rama’s envoy to the Republic of Turkey, has a tarnished record from his service in Albania’s border Customs Agency, a time when he would reportedly hide large sums of money  whenever he had an opportunity to allow large shipments of commodities to enter Albanian territory, thus avoiding payment of taxes by his random ‘clients’.

In 2017, the Prime Minister’s office will see the faces of 641 new employees, meanwhile in the National Assembly there are only 405 staffers who help organize the daily activities for 140 Members of Parliament, including its Speaker and three Deputy Speakers. The Prime Minister’s office has more employees than: the Ministry of Economy (with over 580 employees); Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (with less than 440 employees); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (with 506 employees including its diplomatic missions abroad); the Ministry of Integration (composed by 113 employees).

While Mr. Rama’s number of staff members will reach over 640, the Albanian President’s support staff does not exceed seventy six; moreover the Prime Minister’s annual budget is over 27.6 million euros and the President’s Budget is barely 1.5 million euros.

The luxurious lifestyle of Albania’s Prime Minister is not only based on the large number of servants that are in his courtyard, he will enjoy large sums of money to be spent over the new fiscal year, almost 28 million euros, an amount that is equal to the salary of 1,200 Albanian retirees or the equivalent of ten thousand university scholarships abroad. Every employee in the Prime Minister’s Office will spend approximately 43 thousand euros per year (or 3,600 euros/month) said in other words, every staffer in Mr. Rama’s cabinet will cost Albanian taxpayers an equal amount that is needed to pay twenty retirement salaries every month.

Moreover, Mr. Rama has plans to spend over one million euros to rent luxurious cars, an amount that is equivalent to twenty vehicles (latest generation) from Mercedes Benz; for their government offices there will be spent an additional 6.6 million euros in furniture, remodeling and other maintenance expenses.

The interaction between Mr. Rama’s Government and Albanian Citizens is as chilling as ever before; it is a testimony of Tirana’s attitude towards handling the nation’s overwhelming poverty, a behavior that violates the well-known concept of Charles Horton Cooley, “the Looking Glass Self,” while suggesting that Albanians represent a glass that is viewed by Tirana’s administration and the latter reacts according to the conduct of its constituents. On Mr. Rama’s glamorous level of personal expenses we see that his constituents’ persistent responses are meaningless let alone being a source of reflection and humbleness.

The author is solely responsible for the opinions expressed in this article.
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The Albanian villa saga is not over

Question: Is the EEAS aware of any relatives, of members of the Albanian government, who are working for the EU-delegation? If yes, could you please provide us with the respective names?

Reply: The EEAS confirms that to the best of our knowledge no member of staff currently working for the EU Delegation in Tirana is a relative of a high-ranking member of the Albanian government.

The same could be said of Kim Jong-un – that “to the best of our knowledge, His Excellency is not a criminal”.

OP/ED: The EU's tragic mistakes in the Western Balkans

OP/ED: The EU’s tragic mistakes in the Western Balkans

By Spiros Sideris / Published on: 02-05-2017, 00:03

US und EU Politik System

The EU’s responsibilities are great as far as the history which was written after 1991 in Europe is concerned. However, despite the bad experience that should have been a lesson in European policy for the course which Western Balkan countries would follow, the EU continued to make the same mistakes, pushing countries that are in the process of joining the Union into new conflicts.

The EU’s first mistake was the loss of impartiality with regard to its relations with the accession states. By moving the goal posts according to the country the EU is losing its credibility and creates contradictory expectations for the accession countries.

The breakup of Yugoslavia, the upsurge of Albanian nationalism, the need for new countries‘ policies for funding, and the loosening of structures to combat corruption and organised crime have made the rise of corruption and organised crime possible.
Albania, Kosovo, FYROM, Montenegro, Bosnia became the crossroads for trafficking drugs, smuggling goods, weapons, and exporting extremist-terrorists.

The EU, following the promises it made without the criteria of its Treaties being fulfilled, gave hope to governments for membership, while Union officials such as

Romana Vlahutin , Vlore

Romana Vlahutin, Commissioner Johannes Hahn and others acted as bad consultants in countries like Albania , FYROM, and Kosovo thus strengthening the arbitrariness of their governments.

Large amounts of money from the EU became political money, while black money from the drug trade funded almost all political parties. The rise of nationalism came to be added to the agenda of the policies of several countries from the Western Balkans, causing tensions and instability in the region…IBNA-balkaneu

Letter from Albania: Why I want to leave

Dear Alan,

You ask me why, I, as a successful professional with a good job and a husband who works for a successful company living in a small but comfortable flat, want to leave Albania.

I’m looking at my young son who is happily drawing.

He’s an intelligent little boy who likes to help people. He has an enquiring mind but His enquiring mind gets him into trouble with teachers who see his questions as a challenge to their authority. I want him to be able to learn from a stable educational system, which teaches him the skills of crucial analysis that makes him competitive to his peers in developed countries. I want him to grow kind and helpful without their being seen as a weakness to be laughed at. In our culture, men shouldn’t be kind. They learn this in the playground.

He works hard, but this is not enough. Some of his teachers expect some sort of monetary recompense at exam time otherwise he stands no chance of passing. The teacher herself possibly received the job through payment to the headmaster and who knows whether the headmaster paid the Education director for his. These days, it seems that the teaching profession has attracted many of who are not interested in being teachers and who do not want to teach. This is an insult to those teachers who genuinely want to. =
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It’s not the worst thing. What really matters to me is that the values of honesty or decency are not taught. On the contrary, they are seen as a barrier to survival in our country. The parents of his friends realise this and indulge their children’s every whim and train them to fight to get what they want, regardless of anybody else around them.

My child turns on the television and see politicians – his role models – calling each other names and behaving like spoilt children who cannot get their own way. And he will meet the children of many of these people driving fast cars and avoiding police fines or receiving university diplomas and jobs through the simple expedient of paying bribes or using the name of their father. If these ‘role models’ have managed to accumulate material goods without working for them honestly, how can my son appreciate hard work, either as a means to an end or for its own sake? Knowing this teaches children to grow up with a sense of hopelessness and apathy. They think the only thing left for them is to drink coffee, gossip about each other and recycling the same news which is usually from a media controlled by one of the main parties and which continue the name-calling and insults. I don’t want my child to grow up in this environment.

He, like me will get a job, possibly even a good one. But he, like me, is super-conscientious. This means he will focus on getting the job done even if that means doing other people’s work because they are too lazy to do it themselves (possibly because they got the job through a ‘friend’ so they know their job is safe). Then so be it. He must be prepared, like I am, to be treated as naive for working so hard. He will suppress his natural intelligence lest the boss sees him as a threat.

I want him to live in a country where he pays his taxes and knows that the taxes will be used for the country rather than into a speedboat, a villa or a fast car for somebody’s son. I want him to know that the taxes go to paying decent wages so that he doesn’t have to bribe the doctor or the policeman. I prefer his taxes to go into a kidney machine to save the life of his grandmother or to mend the hole in the main road so that his father’s car doesn’t get damaged: it’s better than paying for a Rolex watch or a smart suit for somebody who doesn’t deserve it. I want him to know that if he has a dispute in court, the judge will make a decision based on the merits of the opposing cases rather than on the number of zeros in the opposing bank notes.

I wanted to stay and change the system from inside but I cannot do it alone. I know that many of my fellow Albanians have a tendency to vote for the politician who promises them a job, bribes them or threatens them. Maybe I cannot blame them for doing it: they have to live. I can certainly blame those politician who sees government jobs, not as positions of responsibility that are given to the most deserving candidate but rather as favours to be dispensed to repay moral debts in the way that kings bestowed titles to friends in sixteenth century Europe or as despotic minister give jobs in 21st century Africa. And as new people with no experience are given responsible jobs after every election and as new rules are made simply because the old rules ‘were made by the previous government’, the whole system is paralysed and stagnant.

I know that foreign governments who could help us will not interfere because they respect the right of our leaders to misrule and the right of the electorate to mis-vote for them. The fact that so many of us want to leave might suggest that we want foreigners’ moral code to intrude on our sovereignty, although, of course, our politicians do not.

So as the international community won’t come to me, I‘ll try to go to them. We’ve had 25 years of pseudo-democracy that has overseen a decline in morality and, given the current educational system, there is no reason to believe there won’t be another 25 years of it.

While I may be able to grit my teeth and live through it, I don’t want my child to.

Alan, that’s why I want to leave

Article reproduced with kind permission of The Tirana Times www.tiranatimes.com

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How much longer will the U.S. continue to support a socialist network in artfully criminal Albania?

How stupid and corrupt European Politicans and from Berlin?

The Albanian villa saga is not over

As a result of facing “international factors which were multiple and conflicting,” the professor says, Albanian politicians “started playing a double game: Cooperate by day, undo it by night. Every law that was passed, included a lot of ‘back doors.’”

April 18, 2017, 12:04 am

 

17 Jahre unterwanderte EU Mafia und Botschaft des Betruges in Tirana, wo man Alles kaufen kann

HDZ Mafia in Tirana with EU Ambassador: Romana Vlahutin: Overcharged or corrupted?

Mafia Government Albania: US Embassy, Albanian Prosecutor Row Over Judicial Reform
NATO Mafia State: Albania: On the verge of state bankruptcy

EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin visits Vlora. Jan. 31, 2017. Source: RTSh.

Protests in Romania against the anticorruption law.

Breaking: EU Won’t Open Accession Negotiations with Albania

Breaking: EU Won’t Open Accession Negotiations with AlbaniaEU Foreign Ministers meeting.

Today a draft report (PDF) of the conclusions of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union confirmed that Albania has to fulfill five conditions before the EU will decide to open accession negotiations:

  1. Implementation of the judicial reform and the vetting law;
  2. Fight against corruption, especially high-level corruption;
  3. Fight against organized crime, especially cannabis cultivation and trafficking;
  4. Implementation of the decriminalization law;
  5. Electoral reform according to OSCE-ODIHR recommendations and free and fair elections.

As such, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs affirmed the same conditions mentioned a few weeks ago by Chairman of the EU Affairs Commission of the Bundestag Gunther Krichbaum and German Chancellor Angela Merkel…… http://www.exit.al/en/2016/12/13/breaking-eu-wont-open-accession-negotiations-with-albania/

Austrian Deputy Hammer: Drug Cultivation and Traffic Obstacle for Negotiations

Austrian Deputy Hammer: Drug Cultivation and Traffic Obstacle for NegotiationsFollowing harshly formulated comments from the Bundestag’s EU Affairs Commission Chairperson Gunther Kirchbaum yesterday, the Austrian ÖVP Deputy and chairman of the parliamentary Austrian–Albanian friendship group, Michael Hammer, stated in a press release that the accession negotiations with Albania “will be started, when certain requirements and conditions have been fulfilled. In general one sees positive developments in […]

Germany’s Seven Conditions for Albania

Germany’s Seven Conditions for AlbaniaAfter visiting Prime Minister Edi Rama today in Tirana, chairperson of the EU Affairs Commission in the Bundestag, Gunther Krichbaum, has given a press conference in which he announced that the CDU/CSU parliamentary majority will vote against the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania, in spite of the recommendation of the European Commission (EC). According to Krichbaum, […]

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Overcharged or corrupted?

The European Commission has recently purchased a €1.65 million villa in the area of Rolling Hills on the outskirts of Tirana, Albania.

The villa houses the head of the EU delegation there, Ambassador Romana Vlahutin, who news website ‘Exit’ reports took over the negotiations for the purchase of the villa from the law firm that was previously handling the negotiations. Most curiously the report notes that the EU spent €4,700 per square meter, whereas the prices advertised for villas in Rolling Hills range from €1,000 to €2,000 per square meter.

Twice the size for half the price

What is even more impressive than the new €1.65 million, 345 square meter villa of the European External Action Service (which oversees the Delegations’ work), is the intense research project that buying this villa must have been.https://www.neweurope.eu/article/eu-pays-double/

Albania: PPP Schools, Corruption, and Clientelism

Sterilization Concession Turns Out To Be Very Profitable

Sterilization Concession Turns Out To Be Very Profitable

The government’s largest concession concerns the sterilization of medical equipment, costing around €71 million for the next ten years. According to the concession contract published by Syri, Albanian citizens will pay concession holder SaniService shpk up to €275 per operation, including natural childbirth, that occurs in one of the public hospitals in Albania until 2025. […]

Tirana Transformation Zones, Privatization of the City

Tirana Transformation Zones, Privatization of the City

Even though the new masterplan for Tirana was only approved by the end of December 2016, the government has assumed its implementation for a long time, and acted accordingly. Public–private schools An example is the public–private partnerships announced by Municipality of Tirana on December 21 regarding the development of 17 new schools. As Exit explained before, […]

PPP Schools, Corruption, and Clientelism

PPP Schools, Corruption, and ClientelismIn a long article last week I emphasized that the municipality of Tirana followed the model of other institutions in the country by engaging in public-private partnership (PPP) projects, independent of the economical damage these cause. Until that moment it was only known that the municipality would pay through installments for the construction of schools. As I explained, this […]

NATO Mafia State: Albania: On the verge of state bankruptcy

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Albania: On the verge of state bankruptcy ………

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Incriminated political elite of Albania, is playing „anti-American Charter“, but the country could face a strong instability as a result of the failure of „The State of law enforcement“ ..

A few days ago, successfully started operation on Border control of the Greek – Albanian line, including the Ionian Sea, through the operation, Frontex, which only today,  seized over 2 tons of drugs.

Very serious sources said that, NATO Experts of security, in collaboration with Western intelligence particularly from USA, have achieved in a very strong conclusion, that the „Process of Vetting“ in Albania, is undermined by its own senior politicians, in collaboration with a team of prosecutors and high-level judges.

This situation is chaotic and criminalized thought all levels, especially within the Albanian government,  could lead to a clash of criminal groups that control the monopoly of drugs and weapons, associated with high Albanian politicians.

„What we’re seeing with the power, in addition to attempts to sabotage the process of justice, is that the political elite, is seeking to benefit time to dominate the upcoming parliamentary elections, in the same way as before,“ said US Ambassador in Tirana Donald Lu.

Meanwhile, Albania is a NATO member, but the country is currently experiencing a serious institutional crisis,, while being considered the possibility of increasing the presence of NATO forces, to avoid a chaotic situation as in 1997.