8 June 2009
Coalition of local observers initiated: 2500 election reporters ready

26 May 2009
Party expenses monitoring crucial during electoral campaign

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
 
 
 
 
   
 

7 May 2009

Stemming from Gerdec disaster, where due to the munition demounting a powerful explosion took place causing the death of 26 people, „Soros“ Foundation got immediately committed in the realization of four important projects, namely:

- Establishment of an information center in the workers holiday inn of the Ministry of Interior, were a wide band TV was established, the daily press was subscribed and daily vocational courses on dress-making, hygiene issues and computer, including 100 women and girls, were introduced. The play ground was also updated by adding didactic instruments for children. The Association on Psycho-Social Services of Durres was committed for realizing this project.

- Monitoring of government actions on revitalization after the Gerdec disaster was another project supported by “Soros” foundation and realized by “Mjaft”. Organizers of this project prepared a report of 400 pages focusing on perception of the damaged parties for the government-taken measures and the external assessment for the damages caused to houses. The report says that after the physical re-assessments of 100 houses, the division of remedies was made based on no criteria at all, and was subjective and totally not grounded. The independent assessment of 60 facilities shows that owners of 25 of the facilities have received Albanian Lek 19 million or 22% more than the moral damage, whereas the owners of 27 other facilities were negated 26 million lek or 30%. Also, 65% of the examined cases had not yet gained the sum set by the state commissions.

- “Soros” Foundation did also support the Free Legal Service in Tirana (TLAS) and the Women Advocacy Center that offered the free legal services for the victim families and the other damaged parties. This project was materialized in the legal service for the family members of 26 victims; court representation for inheritance issues, seeking of remuneration for the damage of life; mobile legal service in the villages affected from the tragedy and advisory service in the TLAS offices for around 40 groups of other cases damaged from the tragedy.

- The fourth project, although a 200-250 page report, was transformed into an investigative book “Gerdec disaster – causes, causers, victims”, written by the distinguished publicist Ardian Klosi. The publication contains all the events, configurations, the mixed and separated elements that led to the disaster of March 2008 in Gerdec of Vora. The book realized an independent investigation of what happened in the main plans. The publication is rich in facts, testimonies of persons included in events, facsimiles of documents, photos, etc. After the impartial listing of facts and main developments, the book contains an impartial analysis of the working causes that led to a disaster of such dimensions.

The book and the results of the projects related to Gerdec disaster were subject of a press conference held in the venues of “Soros” Foundation NGO house. Representative from the free legal service, Tirana, “Mjaft” movement familiarized the participants with the impact of these initiatives that went directly in protecting the citizens affected by the tragedy and served as support to the specialized bodies to get the investigation process to the end and to put the responsible officials before justice.