7 May 2009
Projects on facing consequences from Gerdec disaster submitted

4 May 2009
“I vote” report on the Albanian legislative activity published

21 March 2009
International Conference on challenges of the constitutional system

22 December 2008
Civil Society Law “On Legal Aid” passed by Parliament

1 November 2008
Report on Albania’s progress monitoring in the European integration process

24 October 2008
Third state budget monitoring report issued

4 September 2008
Encouragement of cooperation between local government and central institutions onwards

10 july 2008
Interim SAA monitoring report issued

4 july 2008
Transformation of “Besa” Foundation underway

27 june 2008
National conference organized on community organization issues and models

26-27 june 2008
Training seminar held with local government bodies on profits from EU funds

17 june 2008
First report on government efforts to re-build Gërdec issued

13 june 2008
Second 2008 state budget monitorin report published

10 june 2008
Regional project on visa facilitation for Western Balkans introduced

6 may 2008
Round table on transparency in education and promotion of
teacher code of ethics

22 april 2008
Round table on state budget monitoring

14 april 2008
Cooperation practices between business and civil society promoted

29 march 2008
Free legal aid for the inhabitants of Gërdec

20 march 2008
Aid to individuals displaced due to
Gërdec tragedy

13 march 2008
Lobbying on the law on the right to information under way

15 february 2008
Public presentation of the recommending document on the electoral reform

26 january 2008
Lobbing and advocacy on encouragement of social inclusion

November 2007
Training courses on participatory governance

5 November 2007
Third report on monitoring the Assembly activity presented

2 November 2007
American University in Bulgaria evening with high school students

1 November 2007
Monitoring of commitments
deriving from the SAA

18 October 2007
Survey on European Integration issues

15-19 October 2007
Team training and supplement production on European Integration

15 October 2007
International Conference on public urban spaces in Albania

12 October 2007
National conference on strategic privatizations

5 October 2007
New draft-law against discrimination proposed

15 September 2007
Dialogue required on government-proposed amendment to law on non-profit organizations

14 September 2007
Activities on the draft-law on electoral reform

3 August 2007
Students and public life

20 July 2007
Debating the law regarding publishing and the copyright

11 July 2007
Debating some amendments of the law on the right for information

10 July 2007
Presentation of the project for a sharing budget

29 June 2007
Increasing the management capacity of the municipality and involvement of citizens in the decision-taking process

25 June 2007
Amendment proposal for the law 8503 regarding the right for information

21 June 2007
The employment of students graduated abroad in the public administration

30 May 2007
Dialog civil society - government aiming at the reduction of informality

11 May 2007
Second report on the activity of Albanian Parliament is published

4 April 2007
Memorandum of the farmers for exports complying European standards

29 March 2007
Monitoring of the parliamentary process of drafts law debating

28 March 2007
The civil society is in favor of the creation of a state committee against blood feud

16 March 2007
Monitoring of the migration strategy

26 February 2007
Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding

18-20 February 2007
Parallel counting of votes

13 February 2007
The Civil Society demands the relaxation of conflictuality of the election campaign

3 February 2007
Local elections 2007 online by the MJAFT Movement

30 January 2007
Seminar on “Improving public transportation in the region of Tirana”

23 Janauary 2007
Memorandum of civil society to protect its own constitutional rights

18 January 2007
Call of the civil society for a civilized election campaign

22 December 2007
Winners announced for the “Public-private partnership” contest

19 December 2006
Workshop "Albania's Interim Agreement with the EU and its effects on the Albanian Business"

1 December 2006
Debate of the civil society about
the new draft law concerning the State Police

21 November 2006
Presenting the findings of the survey “Albania and the EU – Perceptions and Realities”

18 November 2006
The Conference “Albania and Greece – Mutual perceptions”

6-10 November 2006
Seminar on the challenges of European Integration

3 November 2006
Debate about book policies in the countries of Western Balkans

3 November 2006
AUBG closes recruitment ceremony with fourth-grade students of high schools in Tirana

1 November 2006

Organization that builds school
wins case against Albanian government

14 October 2006
Standards in pre-university education

10 October 2006

Presentation of the monitoring report ivote.com - January-July 2006

16 September 2006

Historical turns and the return of memory

4 May 2009

For the fourth year in succession “Mjaft” movement, supported by “Soros” Foundation, published the “I vote” report focusing on monitoring of the Albanian legislative activity for January – December 2008. The publication of this report has now become a tradition and presents new findings raising the awareness of public opinion, media, parliamentary parties, international institutions, and others. The monitoring report, inter alia, remarks that:

  • There is an aggravating performance of the Assembly of Albania related to parliamentary ethics, non-commitment of the MPs on discussing law-making procedures and lack of sanctions for various violations.
  • The report is concentrated in the work during the plenary sessions and at the parliamentary committees. These monitoring processes include: comparison of voting for the big parliamentary groups with the electoral promises contained in the electoral programmes of the parties during the electoral campaigns for parliamentary elections of 2005, identification of cases of violations in the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly, the presence and manner of voting of the Albanian MPs, postponement of plenary sessions and of the parliamentary committees, the anti-conformist MPs vis-à-vis the stance of the parliamentary groups they are a part of, etc.
  • Different from the previous publication, this report does not contain the analysis of declaration of assets of parliamentarians, as the declaration process in under development from the High Inspectorate of Asset Control and Declaration (ILKDP).
  • It is still concerning that during these two parliamentary sessions there are still violation of rules on the voting procedure of MPs. The report highlights the increase of the number of violated procedures as well as the violation of six articles of the Rules of the Parliament. 15 MPs from various parliamentary groups have violated Article 57, item 1 and 2 of the Rules, defining that “voting is personal” and that “the right to vote cannot be delegated”. Some of these MPs have voted for their colleague in more than one case. Due to this irregular procedure, lawfulness of 16 legal initiatives has become questionable.
  • Another violation is the one of Article 34, item 1 and 2, which provides that “the committee meetings are valid when attended by more than half of the committee members” and that “the decisions are valid when more than half of the committee members are present”. 58 meetings of standing parliamentary committees, where decisions are taken and from where several bills have been submitted to the plenary sessions,  are held during 2008 while they should have been declared invalid due to the lacking quorum during the approval procedure in the relevant committees.
  • Another violation of the Rules of Procedure and of the procedures on organization and functioning of the Assembly work has been remarked in the manner the parliamentary groups are organized. The Agrarian-Environmentalist group and the one on the Democratic Center have been organized violating the criteria of Article 15 of the Rules; these groups are made up of 6 MPs, at a time when the Rules sanction 7 people as a minimum.
  • With regards to the manner of voting of legal initiatives with the electoral pledges, the monitoring of 161 cases during plenary sessions shows that the Democratic Party has managed to offer 32 legal initiatives out of 161 via its electoral platform, whereas the Republican Party has managed to fulfill the platform of electoral pledges with 45 out of 161 legal initiatives.
  • In the space dedicated to the MP participation in the parliamentary proceedings, lowering of the participation in the Assembly is remarked. Concerning is the fact that only ten MPs were present in more than half of the decisions and laws approved by the Assembly of Albania at the plenary sessions.