Albania

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 ………

SManalysis

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.

Kosovo: Liberalization of visas is being obstructed – Michael Gove: “dangerous Albania”

Liberalization of visas is being obstructed by the political crisis

By   /  27/12/2016  /  Headlines, Kosovo, Politics, XK Politics  /  No Comments

foto1 While accusations continue between government and opposition about the failure to benefit from the visa liberalization regime in 2016 , this process may not even take place in 2017. Month of December is seen as the last date when authorities of Kosovo should have delivered the criteria set out by the European Commission for the […]

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EU Pleite
 („Secretary of State for Education“) und ist seit 2015 Lordkanzler und Justizminister („Secretary of State for Justice“).[1]
British Minister attacks Albania once again
30/04/2016 15:00
British Minister attacks Albania once again

Albania became once again part of the Brexit debate. The British Minister of Defense used once again the “dangerous Albania” card. http://top-channel.tv/lajme/english/

Even for those with jobs in Albania, average incomes are just one seventh of those in the UK. The figure for Serbia is less than one fifth.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3566620/Michael-Gove-warns-EU-expansion-open-borders-88-million-Europe-s-poorest-countries.html#v-6915412472113250087

Think the EU’s bad now? Wait until Albania joins: With piercing logic and passionate eloquence, MICHAEL GOVE warns that EU expansion will open our borders to 88million from Europe’s poorest countries

Reality Check: Will UK pay £1.8bn to Albania and Turkey?

BBCPresident of Albania Bujar Nishani (L) with European council President Donald Tusk next to a quote from Vote Leave: UK pays £1.8bn to help Albania and Turkey join the EU.”

The Claim: Vote Leave says the UK will be obliged to pay £1.8bn by 2020 to encourage Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey to join the EU.
Reality check verdict: Over a seven year period, £1.2bn of the UK’s contributions to the EU Budget will go to seven candidate states. The UK committed another £250m towards helping Turkey support Syrian refugees for two years and might commit more in the future.

Vote Leave says the UK government will pay Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey a total of £1.2bn between 2014 and 2020 as part of the EU fund to help these countries to join the EU.

They say that the UK will pay Turkey a further £640m „as part of the recent EU-Turkey deal designed to facilitate Turkish accession to the EU“, bringing the total to £1.84bn.
In 2014 the EU agreed to use a total of €11.7bn (£9.1bn) from its seven-year budget 2014-2020 to help seven EU candidate countries – Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo – make political and economic reforms.
Turkey, the largest of the seven countries, will receive a total of €4.5bn over the seven year period. Albania will receive €649m.
On the basis of the 2014-2020 EU fund, Vote Leave calculated the UK’s share of the total the EU is spending on reforms in those seven countries.
The UK’s contribution to the EU Budget varies from year to year. It has been around 12% to 13% of the total in recent years and the Treasury says it was 12.57% in 2015. Vote Leave used the UK’s 2015 share of the total and 2014 exchange rates and arrived at the figure of £1.2bn as the UK contribution to the programme.
Of the seven countries helped by this EU fund, Turkey has progressed furthest in its pursuit of EU membership, but it is nevertheless unlikely to join in the next 10 years.

Deal on refugees

The second part of this claim, that the EU recently agreed a deal with Turkey „to facilitate Turkish accession to the EU“ is incorrect.
The EU and Turkey signed a deal in November 2015 to support Syrian refugees in Turkey in an attempt to reduce the number of refugees crossing into Greece. The EU will provide €3bn over the next two years for this programme, €1bn of which will come from the EU budget and the rest from contributions from member states according to the size of their economies.
Germany, which has the biggest economy, will pay €428m, while the UK will pay €328m (£250m).
The UK’s contribution will count towards the UK’s aid target of 0.7% of national income.
In addition, the EU promised an extra €3bn for Turkey by 2018 if the first programme for supporting Syrian refugees is successfully completed. There is no detail on whether this would come out of the EU Budget or be met by bilateral contributions.


Read more: The facts behind claims in the EU debate

The British minister of Justice, Michael Gove, warns British people of the threats coming from Albania and other Balkan countries if they join the EU.

“Think the EU’s bad now? Wait until Albania joins the EU”, Gove says.

“The Albanian option is not an imagination. It is a diplomatic fact”, the Minister of Justice said.

The Minister insists that until 2020, Britain will spend 20 billion pounds to prepare the Balkan countries for their membership. He underlines that this figure is more than the war against cancer in the NHS, the British National Health Service.

“Indeed, I wonder if the Albanian people are now convinced that Britain’s Foreign Office is full of Norman Wisdom characters, lovable chumps whose generosity and good-heartedness make them easily gulled into accepting all sorts of bad advice”, the British Minister says. He adds that 1 in 20 criminals in Britain are of Albanian origin.

“10% of our prisoners come from Albania”, Michael Gove underlines. In this campaign, the British Minister mentions the negative aspects of the accession of other countries, but he mainly focuses on Albania.

The representatives who favor Britain leaving the EU, use more or less the same scare mongering arguments that have been used in the past for Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. They used to say that Britain would go bankrupt due to the immigrants coming from these places.

http://top-channel.tv/lajme/english/artikull.php?id=16960#.VydVBZ71GlM

Reality Check: Will UK pay £1.8bn to Albania and Turkey?

BBCPresident of Albania Bujar Nishani (L) with European council President Donald Tusk next to a quote from Vote Leave: UK pays £1.8bn to help Albania and Turkey join the EU.”

The Claim: Vote Leave says the UK will be obliged to pay £1.8bn by 2020 to encourage Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey to join the EU.
Reality check verdict: Over a seven year period, £1.2bn of the UK’s contributions to the EU Budget will go to seven candidate states. The UK committed another £250m towards helping Turkey support Syrian refugees for two years and might commit more in the future.

Vote Leave says the UK government will pay Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey a total of £1.2bn between 2014 and 2020 as part of the EU fund to help these countries to join the EU.

They say that the UK will pay Turkey a further £640m „as part of the recent EU-Turkey deal designed to facilitate Turkish accession to the EU“, bringing the total to £1.84bn.
In 2014 the EU agreed to use a total of €11.7bn (£9.1bn) from its seven-year budget 2014-2020 to help seven EU candidate countries – Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo – make political and economic reforms.
Turkey, the largest of the seven countries, will receive a total of €4.5bn over the seven year period. Albania will receive €649m.
On the basis of the 2014-2020 EU fund, Vote Leave calculated the UK’s share of the total the EU is spending on reforms in those seven countries.
The UK’s contribution to the EU Budget varies from year to year. It has been around 12% to 13% of the total in recent years and the Treasury says it was 12.57% in 2015. Vote Leave used the UK’s 2015 share of the total and 2014 exchange rates and arrived at the figure of £1.2bn as the UK contribution to the programme.
Of the seven countries helped by this EU fund, Turkey has progressed furthest in its pursuit of EU membership, but it is nevertheless unlikely to join in the next 10 years.

Deal on refugees

The second part of this claim, that the EU recently agreed a deal with Turkey „to facilitate Turkish accession to the EU“ is incorrect.
The EU and Turkey signed a deal in November 2015 to support Syrian refugees in Turkey in an attempt to reduce the number of refugees crossing into Greece. The EU will provide €3bn over the next two years for this programme, €1bn of which will come from the EU budget and the rest from contributions from member states according to the size of their economies.
Germany, which has the biggest economy, will pay €428m, while the UK will pay €328m (£250m).
The UK’s contribution will count towards the UK’s aid target of 0.7% of national income.
In addition, the EU promised an extra €3bn for Turkey by 2018 if the first programme for supporting Syrian refugees is successfully completed. There is no detail on whether this would come out of the EU Budget or be met by bilateral contributions.


Read more: The facts behind claims in the EU debate

von der EU, Berliner, US Mafia gründlichst ruiniert: eine neue Migranten Welle aus Albanien rollt

EU Pleite

 

20 Oct 16

Albanian Asylum-Seeker Numbers in Germany Rise Again

More Albanians are again seeking aslyum in Germany, a year after Berlin listed Albania as a ’safe country of origin‘, though overall numbers have fallen since 2015.

Fatjona Mejdini, Vincent Triest
BIRN

Tirana

A refugees camp in Germany. Photo: BIRN

The number of Albanians requesting asylum spiked once again in September, after numbers fell in the first part of 2016.

A year exactly after Berlin acted to curb the numbers, by declaring Albania a safe country, the phenomenon of thousands people seeking asylum each month has started to emerge again.

According to the EU statistics agency Eurostat, in September 2016, the number of Albanians seeking asylum to Germany rose to 2,250, the highest monthly figure this year.

The number of Albanians seeking asylum in January 2016 was only 1,200. It dropped further in March to only 825.

But numbers started to rise again in summer, hitting 1,390 in July, 1,635 in August and then 2,250 in September.

The total number seeking asylum in Germany from January to September was 11,895. However, during the same period of time in 2015, the number seeking asylum was 44,325, almost four times higher – which shows a sharp decline, year on year.

Referring to the same Eurostat data, 890 citizens of Macedonia sought asylum in Germany in September for the first time, while 565 people from Kosovo did so.

Roland Lami, a sociologist, and professor at the European University of Tirana, told BIRN that the difficult economic situation in Albanian was again driving people to go abroad at any cost, even if their chances of success in claiming asylum were near zero.

„The instinct for survival is stronger than the power of reason. A large number of people in Albania live below the minimum conditions they need survive, so what is more important for them is to survive than calculate the chances of winning asylum rights in Germany,“ he said.

„Escaping from misery is their main aim despite the costs and the risks that this journey has for them,“ he added.

One year ago, on October 24, 2015, Germany listed Albania as a safe country of origin, which meant that from then on it would refuse almost all asylum requests from that country. It has since returned tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to Albania.

The German embassy in Tirana announced that 820 Albanian citizens were sent home only during June 2016, while the repatriation process continues.

The Netherlands is the now second most popular country for Albanians seeking asylum. In the first nine months of 2016, according to Eurostat date, 1,360 Albanian citizens asked for asylum in Holland.

The Dutch government is due to launch an awareness campaign in Albania to remind people that they cannot gain asylum in this country on economic or other invalid grounds.

During 2016, according to the same data, the UK emerged as the third country of choice for Albanians.

During the nine first months of this year, 985 Albanians sought asylum in the UK. Most entered the country illegally, mainly through ports in France and The Netherlands.

Iceland also emerged in 2016 as a destination for asylum-seekers from the Balkan countries. Some 140 citizens from Albania did so in the nine first months of this year, as did 45 Macedonians.

Albanians started leaving the country en masse to ask for asylum in the second half of 2014, when the international crisis over migrants from the Middle East also began reaching its peak.

Brussels has repeatedly told Kosovo and Albania to stop their nationals from heading into the EU for the purpose of lodging pointless asylum claims.

However, while the issue is an irritant, it is dwarfed by the far bigger problem of mass migration from the Middle East and Africa. More than a million refugees entered Germany last year alone.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/large-number-of-albanians-still-asking-for-asylum-in-germany-10-19-2016

Dekriminalizimi, kontroll për 38 mijë mësues dhe edukatorë

Politike Adriatik Doçi
16 Tetor 2016 – 06:57 | përditesuar në 10:16
Dekriminalizimi, kontroll për 38 mijë mësues dhe edukatorë

Ashpërsohet dhe zgjerohet fusha e veprimit të ligjit të dekriminalizimit. Mbi 38 mijë mësues dhe edukatore do të jenë objekt i veprimit të ligjit të famshëm të dekriminalizimit, njësoi si kryebashkiakët, këshilltarët vendorë dhe funksionarët e lartë shtetëror. Të gjithë njerëzit e arsimit në Shqipëri, duke nisur që nga edukatoret, mësuesit, psikologët dhe punonjësit socialë në shkolla, por edhe punonjësit e azileve etj., do të kenë afat 6 muaj për plotësimin e formularit të dekriminalizimit.

Kështu parashikon projektligji i depozituar në Kuvend nga tre deputete, Majlinda Bregu, Albana Vokshi dhe Mesila Doda. Drafti shton një shkojnë “gj”, pas shkronjës “g” të pikës 3 të nenit 1 të ligjit të dekriminalizimit.

Konkretisht, personat kanë konsumuar një vepër penale parashikuar në ligjin e dekriminalizimit nuk mund të jenë më mësues dhe as profesionistë që ofrojnë shërbime të kujdesit shoqëror për fëmijët, për personat me aftësi të kufizuar, për viktimat e dhunës dhe trafikimit apo për moshën e tretë, në sistemin publik ose jopublik. Periudha e ndalimit të ushtrimit të profesionit parashikohet në nenin 4 të ligjit të dekriminalizimit, sipas veprës penale të konsumuar nga subjekti dhe masës së dënimit.

Mësuesit, edukatorët dhe psikologët në detyrë etj., duhet të kryejnë vetëdeklarimin dhe t’a depozitojnë pranë Departamentit të Administratës Publike, brenda 6 muajve nga hyrja ne fuqi e këtij ligji. Tejkalimi i këtij afati bën që subjekti të humbasë automatikisht vendin e punës dhe të konsiderohet sikur plotëson një nga kushtet e ndalimit të ushtrimit të funksionit, parashikuar në ligj.

http://shqiptarja.com/home/1/dekriminalizimi-kontroll-p-r-38-mij–m-sues-dhe-edukator–380170.html

Albania’s Deep-Rooted Drug Problem Touches All Of Europe

financed by the EU Mafia:

Ombudsman asks European Investment Bank to act on conflicts of interest issues

Microfinance institution NOA becomes first borrower under Albania Agribusiness Support Facility

Albania’s Deep-Rooted Drug Problem Touches All Of Europe

10/06/2016 08:58 pm ET

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Albania, a small country in southeastern Europe, has become the epicenter of the European drugs trade, especially marijuana. This should come as no surprise. With its extensive coastline along the Adriatic, this region of the Balkans has long been the trailhead for illicit goods, weapons and drugs hiking into the heart of Europe. This activity has bolstered the rise of organized crime and political corruption in a country that already faces many domestic challenges.

What makes the current situation unique are the allegations, especially coming from the opposition Democratic Party, that senior officials of the ruling Socialist Party are connected to or benefit from the drug trade. Prime Minister Edi Rama has been repeatedly accused of failing to do enough to stop Albania’s role in Europe’s drug trade. And Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri has even been accused of protecting—and even covering up for—those involved in the drug trade.

These allegations raise the question: What could possibly motivate Albania’s governing elite to get tangled up in the murky world of organized crime and drug smuggling?

Perhaps they stand to gain personally. Maybe it’s part of a larger plan to retain power. Albania suffers from political and economic corruption as much as, if not more than, the rest of the Balkans. Millions of dollars could buy off a lot of judges, journalists, and prosecutors and help secure electoral victory well into the future.

Whatever the motivation, something fishy is going on.

Earlier this month, an Italian pilot, Andrea Guidi, crash landed in a field north of Albania’s capital of Tirana. At first Guidi claimed he was flying over Albania for recreational reasons. However, a journalist named Artan Hoxha claimed that the pilot had told prosecutors that he was checking out the terrain before returning 20 days later to pick up 200kg of cannabis. Considering the history of small aircraft being used to transport drugs out of Albania, this explanation seems plausible.

Soon authorities detained Mr. Hoxha, apparently for releasing sensitive information to the public. The plot thickened when the opposition Democratic Party suggested that the information that Mr. Hoxha shared was actually released by Interior Minister Tahiri as a ploy to “compromise the investigation” and cover-up the nefarious acts of the drug traffickers.

Earlier this year, Greek authorities accused the Albanian government of protecting and covering up for Klemend Balili, an Albanian businessman who served as a local administration official in the southern Albanian city of Saranda.

Drogen Baron: Klement Balili (Mitte)- Edi Rama: Rhodos: Mafia Treffen, wo man nicht gleich abgehört wird
Drogen Baron: Klement Balili (Mitte)- Edi Rama: Rhodos: Mafia Treffen, wo man nicht gleich abgehört wird

Klement Balili, Edi Rama, Rhodos 2015

Balili is suspected of financing a racket exporting marijuana from Albania to Western Europe. Again, Albania’s opposition Democratic Party was quick to point out Mr. Balili’s political connections and accused Tahiri of protecting the alleged kingpin.

“Santa Quaranta“ Ilir Meta, Arben Ahmeti, Klement Balili: Albanias Mafia und Koko Kokodhemi
“Santa Quaranta“ Ilir Meta, Arben Ahmeti, Klement Balili: Albanias Mafia and Koko Kokodhemi



The government’s inconsistency regarding what it is doing to put an end to Albania’s drug problem is also sowing distrust. Last year Albanian authorities claimed to have destroyed 99.2 percent of the country’s marijuana. This is fanciful. Already this year, police claim to have destroyed 1.7 million cannabis plants which apparently is three times the amount destroyed last year. The math doesn’t add up.

In many ways a country like Albania is ripe for this sort of venality and illicit activity. It ranks 88th in the world in Transparency International’s most recent Corruption Perceptions Index. And The Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of Economic Freedom gave the country a “repressed” rating— lowest rating possible in the category of corruption.

Even so, Albania has much to be proud of. The country became a full member of NATO in 2008, becoming only the second Muslim-majority nation in the alliance. In 2014 it became an official candidate to join the EU. For a country located in the turbulent, economically depressed and war torn Balkans region these are no mean feats.

But the level of corruption emanating from the political elite and the country’s role in Europe’s illegal drug trade—both occurring with the alleged complicity of senior government officials—should concern policymakers in Washington, D.C., and across Europe.

Not only is this unbecoming for a country aspiring to become a closer member of the Euro-Atlantic community, it runs the risk of further destabilizing an already volatile region.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/luke-coffey/albanias-deep-rooted-drug_b_12311366.html

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Durres Mafia

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FBI Weighs in on Balkan Organised Crime

21/11/2003

An FBI statement before a US Senate Committee in October assessed the organised crime situation in the Balkans.

By Dimitris Agrafiotis for Southeast European Times in Athens – 21/11/03

Albanian organised crime has reached the United States, creating partnerships with the Gambino, Genovese, and Luchese families to facilitate specific crimes………………..

Setimes

The big mafia boos: US Senator Eliot Engel

City investigators shut out of Rep. Eliot Engel’s illegal apartment building

Sunday, July 17th 2011, 4:00 AM

Rep. Engel shuts City out of illegal bldg.

Posted on 2011-07-17 04:00:00

Rep. Eliot Engel and a business partner have repeatedly ignored city efforts to shut down an illegal apartment at a Bronx building they own, the Daily News has learned. Read More

FBI – Interpol: over the world terrorism mafia group of US Senator Eliot Engel, with Salih Berisha, Bajraktari, Bytyci – Sahit Muja

Albania MPs Back Vetting Judges and Prosecutors

31 Aug 16

Albania MPs Back Vetting Judges and Prosecutors

Albania’s parliament has adopted a law on introducing vetting for judges and prosecutors, despite opposition claims that it will result in a ‚witch hunt‘.

Fatjona Mejdini
BIRN

Tirana

Albanian Parliament while discussing ‚vetting‘ law. Photo: LSA/Malton Dibra

With 88 votes for and one abstention out of 140, Albania’s parliament on Tuesday passed a Law on Reassessment of Judges and Prosecutors, known as the „vetting“ law.

„Albanians have got confirmation that the will of majority is firm to stop the lack of justice in this country,“ Edi Rama, the Prime Minister, said after the vote, criticising opposition MPs who did not back the law.

The law will introduce background checks on Albanian judges and prosecutors related to their professional preparation, moral integrity and level of independence from organised crime, corruption and political power.

It is part of a wider judicial reform demanded by the EU and designed to cleanse the justice system of corruption and political influence.

Parliament is due to adopt six more laws to pave the way for the implementation of constitutional changes adopted unanimously on July 22.

However, the opposition led by Democratic Party boycotted the plenary session as the draft law was about to be voted on, complaining that their 28 amendments had not been taken into consideration.

The former Prime Minister, Democrat MP Sali Berisha, accused the ruling majority of planning to use the new law for a „witch hunt“.

„This vote diminishes the reform that we passed [earlier] by consensus … You are ridiculous,“ Berisha said in a heated debate with Rama.

The opposition further claimed that the formula of electing members for the Independent Commission of Qualification – tasked with vetting justice officials – is biased.

The commission will be in charge of the checking process, along with the College of Appeal and the International Monitoring Operation…..

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/albania-passes-the-draft-that-vets-judges-and-prosecutors-08-31-2016

“The cast of corrupted and incriminated justice members took a very clear message today. The will of the majority was confirmed! That will is to give this country the justice that has been denied for so many years! We are ending a shameful part of the history that stained Albania and demoralized our citizens for years, the history of justice being bought as common good”, Rama said after the voting of the vetting law, which is the core of the justice reform.