Yearly Archive 2017


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Best practices to the Central Election Commission ( CEC )

On the 13th and 14th of September, in the premises of the Central Election Commission (CEC), roundtables and meetings were organized by the Twinning Project against Corruption, financed by the EU. In these meetings, short-term expert Mr. Jaakko Eskola made a presentation of the Finnish model of online monitoring system of political party finances, as a best practice of transparency. Mr. Eskola is collaborating closely with the CEC staff to draft an internal regulation for the CEC on the ways to monitor expenses of political parties, that is applicable to our institutional and legal environment.



RTA i Projektit te Binjakëzimit kundër Korrupsionit Z. Detlef Kreutzer,  Ekspertja Afatmesme Zj. Lena Andersson dhe Eksperti Afatshkurter Z. Mario Oßwald morën pjesë në tryezën e rrumbullakët mbi “IMPLEMENTIMIN E NJË SISTEMI TË RI ELEKTRONIK PËR INSPEKTORIATIN E LARTË PËR DEKLARIMIN DHE KONTROLLIN E PASURIVE DHE KONFLIKTIT TË INTERESIT” e organizuar nga ACTION AGAINST ECONOMIC CRIME IN ALBANIA (AEC – Albania), si pjesë e Projektit Horizontal Facility, e bashkëfinancuar nga Bashkimi Evropian dhe Këshilli i Evropës. 



Meeting of the General Inspector with the RTA of the Anti-Corruption Project and its experts

Today, on 02 August 2017, a meeting took place  between the Inspector General Mr. Shkëlqim Hajdari and the leaders of the Project for the Formulation, Coordination and Implementation of Anti-Corruption Policies at the Albanian Government funded by EU:  Z Detlef Kreutzer, as well as the experts of his project.

The Inspector General introduced Mr. Kreutzer and the accompanying persons with the substantial projects for the new formatting of the State Inspectorates; with the project on the legal changes to the Inspection Law in the Republic of Albania; the Digital Electronic Capacity Building Project for Online Inspections and the Project for Improving the Working Conditions of State Inspectorates. The Inspector General also introduced the need to strengthen the capacities of the private laboratories accredited in Albania.

All these changes will make it possible for state and local inspectorates to return to professional bodies with a career system, which will enable the rooting of corruption in the field of inspections in Albania.

Mr. Kreutzer stressed that he values ​​these modern, standardized projects that the State Inspectorates is willing to have and expressed his support for these projects. He stressed that the EU also supports and is working hard to eliminate corruption throughout the Albanian State Administration.


Joint declaration against Corruption in the Western Balkan Trieste Summit

Joint declaration against corruption

Today’s Anticorruption workshop, with the participation of the Italian and the Western Balkans Anticorruption Authorities, reconfirmed the joint willingness of Italy and the Western Balkans to step up the efforts to prevent and tackle the plague of corruption and to improve the overall rule of law and business environment.

Corruption and maladministration divert the efficient allocation of economic resources which could have a far better use; more importantly, they affect the fabric of society, rewarding the perpetrator while penalizing the compliant. An effective fight of corruption is essential to reduce poverty and address serious and organised crime. In this respect, economic reforms, the strengthening of the rule of law and reform of the public administration produce mutually reinforcing benefits.

Corruption is a challenge for all societies. Addressing corruption requires first and foremost strong political will. We deem time is ripe for an enhanced effort to meet the vast demand for integrity, respect for and predictability of the rule of law in our Countries.

In the framework of the provisions of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and those of other international anticorruption instruments to which our Countries are party, we are determined to make the fight against corruption a top priority.

Experiences, in our systems, of creating a normative and administrative system capable not only to repress corruption, but also to effectively prevent the phenomenon, proved successful. Together, in close cooperation with Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and the European Commission, we are resolved to widen and deepen these experiences.

Together, we acknowledge the devastating effects of corruption and express a strong political will to:

• strengthen our systems of preventing corruption, coupling the repressive approach in the fight to corruption with the pre-emptive one and respecting the full autonomy of bodies in charge.

• deepen and widen transparency more and more, considering that increased transparency enhances the control of citizenship over the behavior of public officials, especially in local Governments;

• strengthen the professionalization of public procurement staff in order to improve the performance of the public procurement systems, which are significant part of national economies but also highly vulnerable to corruption and the infiltration of organised crime; encourage the adoption of e-procurement systems;

• improve our legislative systems on whistleblowing and conflict of interests, to shed light on phenomena of maladministration in the working place and on the behavior of public officers.

• Western Balkans Governments are encouraged to endorse and adopt Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative’s International Treaty on Data Exchange on Asset Disclosure and Conflict of Interest. The establishment of mechanism for exchange of data between national oversight bodies in Western Balkans will further strengthen accountability of public officials and advance curbing corruption at the regional level.

To achieve these objectives, we want to make extensive use of the wide array of existing tools and methodologies to prevent corruption based on the best international practice, providing education and training, encouraging civic involvement and awareness in anticorruption practices, organizing closer cooperation and study visits, drafting concrete recommendations and providing guidelines to improve the creation and the enforcement of common legislative and administrative measures on corruption and the better implementation of anticorruption policies.

Actions envisaged will improve the overall efficiency of our anticorruption systems, putting in place effective mechanisms that will limit the opportunities to corrupt and to be corrupted. In addition the actions should make citizens more aware of the devastating effects of corruption and help creating a zero tolerance culture on corruption.



Source: Farnesina (Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale)

The third Steering Committee Meeting of the Anti – Corruption Twinning Project



On 28th June 2017 the third  #SteeringCommitteeMeeting of the Twinning #againstcorruption gathered in a round table high representatives from central and independent public institutions, the European Union Delegation, representatives from the Council of Europe and the German and Austrian partners of the AC  Twinning project.

The Minister for Local Issues as well as the National Coordinator against Corruption, Mr. Eduard Shalsi and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Her Excellency Mrs. Susanne Schütz, attended the meeting.

The common work achieved in the past quarter-year of the project was discussed in the meeting, together with the achievements and the to-date results of the project, the problems encountered and the future challenges for the Beneficiary Institutions, such as HIDAACI – High Inspectorate for the Declaration and Audit of Assets and the Conflict of Interest, CEC- Central Elections Committee, HAS – High State Audit, and IDP Office – the Commissioner for the Right of Information and Protection of Personal Data, as well as other institutions that are expected to be involved more in the project, such as ASPA .




“Gender and Corruption” lecture at the European University of Tirana



On 19th May 2017, the students of Sociology-Anthropology at the European University of Tirana assisted in the lecture with the theme: Gender and Corruption. Is it more difficult to bribe a woman than a man? Does corruption affect progress towards gender equality? Can gender awareness become a tool in fighting corruption? This were the issues discussed by Mrs. Lena Andersson, mid-term expert of the Twinning Project against Corruption, with an wide democratization experience in many different assignments and places; in Sweden, countries behind the iron curtain, weak states in Africa, war-torn countries like Afghanistan and devastated countries like Haiti.

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Corruption – a challenge for you



Corruption –  a challenge for you: this was the title of the awarenessraising lecture held by Mr. Herbert Steiner, mid-term expert of the AC Twinning Project. The lecture was interactively presented to students of the second year of the bachelor studies in Economics and Law, at the University “Aleksander Xhuvani” of Elbasan. Issues regarding definitions of corruption, perception of corruption, Albanian legal provisions on anti-corruption, case-law and also gender issues and anti- corruption were discussed and questioned.

TAC Presentation in the EU Assistance Fair

On 10th May, in the frame of #EuropeWeek2017, in the premises of EU Info Center, the EU Assistance fair was organized, where the Twinning Project against Corruption was presented.