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Majority unlocks Rinas concession, presidential decree overturned, 13-year contract extended

Majority unlocks Rinas concession, presidential decree overturned, 13-year

The majority has overturned another decree of President Ilir Meta. After the departure of the Chinese, the Albanian government chose that the concessionaire of Rinas airport be transferred to an Albanian company and in this case the winner was "Kastrati Group". Considering the benefits that this company will bring to the airport services, the review of the agreement in the committee and then in the Parliament passed successfully. But on February 24, the ratification process was blocked by the country's president Ilir Meta, who returned the draft law. This happened several times that the president of the country hinders the adoption of some important draft laws for the citizens, but on the other hand the majority did not waste time and immediately sent the decree of the president to the Assembly for consideration. Thus, yesterday in the presence of representatives from the Presidency, The Economy Committee has reviewed and after discussions has rejected by a majority vote Meta's decree. Katherine Treska, representative from the Presidency, presented to the commission the points that, according to her, are the main issues that the president returned for reconsideration of the draft law. According to Treska, the agreement lacks transparency. "The procedures by the Council of Ministers have been in the absence of transparency. From the beginning, there is a lack of information for the responsible institutions. Both responsible ministries have been reluctant to forward to the Head of State the complete administrative information created during the process of submitting and evaluating the request for changes to the concession contract, negotiating, agreeing on this legislative initiative. "The initiative was approved by the Parliament only four days after the review in the committee", she said. But commission members have denied the allegations, saying they are the president's excuses for repeating the law over and over again. The rapporteur of the case Angjeli said that the commission reviews the decree only for the issues that have been presented in the justification for the return of the law by the president and further added that this law has not affected the public interest and that the contract extension was done within the rules. "We want you to tell us if there are concrete violations of the legislation, so we are talking about the concrete reasons presented in the decree. The decree does not identify legal violations, financial stability is not affected, equality before the law is not violated and the submitted act is in accordance with the Constitution and the legislation in force. The extension of the contract by 13 years is seen as a good one to increase investments towards passengers ", stressed Angjeli.

Response of responsible ministries

Present in the commission, Minister Belinda Balluku responded to the accusations that in the procedures for the negotiation of the airport concessionaire it was done without competition and in silence. According to her, the contract has started the first steps of more than a year and all the time the president has been informed and that the ministry has clarified every question asked by him. "This act is a concession contract and the negotiation has been done since September 2019 and has been open and also kept step by step all the data from each meeting that has been done and of course the whole process has been transparent in terms of all concerns from both parties. As far as I noticed, you yourself cannot prove where the law on transparency has been violated. We have answered every question sent by the presidency without deviating for a moment. "Even these answers are documented through the official letter made", she said. Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Vasilika Vjero showed with facts that the key points of the contract are the improvement of the infrastructure and the reduction of the costs for the passengers. She noted that until the arrival of a proposal there have been many discussions between the parties for negotiations, including in the working group the State Advocacy, for any changes made to the contract. That is why Vjero stressed that the accusations of the Presidency are baseless and not clear, as the documented facts speak differently. She noted that until the arrival of a proposal there have been many discussions between the parties for negotiations, including in the working group the State Advocacy, for any changes made to the contract. That is why Vjero stressed that the accusations of the Presidency are baseless and not clear, as the documented facts speak differently. She noted that until the arrival of a proposal there have been many discussions between the parties for negotiations, including in the working group the State Advocacy, for any changes made to the contract. That is why Vjero stressed that the accusations of the Presidency are baseless and not clear, as the documented facts speak differently.