Albanians, among the most expelled from Germany

Albanians, among the most expelled from Germany

TIRANA, Sept. 12 – Albania is on the list of countries with the highest number of asylum seekers expelled from Germany, writes Deutsche Welle in the article ‘Albania among the first countries for expulsion from Germany.’ The article explains that

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Opposition requests verification for third Socialist mayor coming from June 30 elections

Opposition requests verification for third Socialist mayor coming from June 30 elections

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – The opposition’s Democratic Party asked the prosecution on Tuesday to verify the new Mayor of Vau Dejes Mark Babani, whom it suspects of hiding his criminal past.  According to the opposition, he has been detained, sentenced

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Follow-up: DP says it never planned to burn the parliament

Follow-up: DP says it never planned to burn the parliament

TIRANA, Sept. 10 – DP Secretary General Gazmend Bardhi reacted after President Ilir Meta’s statements that the parliament would burn on June 8 if he did not postpone the elections. Speaking to Panorama, Gazmend Bardhi said there was never such

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President says he canceled June 30 elections due to parties’ “conflict agreement”

President says he canceled June 30 elections due to parties’ “conflict agreement”

TIRANA, Sept. 9 – Albanian President Ilir Meta told the parliamentary investigative commission on Monday that he canceled the June 30 local elections because the opposition was not participating and needed to protect the right of citizens to vote. Meta

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ODIHR report receives different interpretations by political forces

ODIHR report receives different interpretations by political forces

TIRANA, Sept. 6 – The final report of the ODIHR local elections observation mission brought mixed reactions among the political forces in Tirana. The opposition, at this moment resigned from parliament, and the Socialist-led government read the ODIHR report on

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Greece to block Albania’s opening of EU negotiations

Greece to block Albania’s opening of EU negotiations

TIRANA, Sept. 9 – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a strong message to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s government on the treatment of the Greek minority in Albania, warning that our country will not have Athens’ support for opening

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Arrest of firm owners due to workers’ deaths highlights unimproved working conditions

Arrest of firm owners due to workers’ deaths highlights unimproved working conditions

TIRANA, Sept. 8 – In Tirana, police detained the owner of a firm responsible for the deaths of two workers in mid-August on Sunday.  The number of workers who lost their lives while working in construction sites and manufacturing firms

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ODIHR, the state of politics in Albania

ODIHR, the state of politics in Albania

TIRANA, Sept. 5 – The OSCE/ODIHR stated in its final report that the June 30 local elections in Albania were held without much regard for the electorate’s interest.  The opposition decided not to participate, and the government appeared determined to

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Parliament to dismiss President

Parliament to dismiss President

TIRANA, Sept. 4 – In Albania, the parliamentary investigative commission set up to dismiss President Ilir Meta may call the latter at a hearing starting next week, while having already started work to dismiss him.  The Commission also clarified during

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Socialists overrun presidential decrees to pass debated road construction concessions

Socialists overrun presidential decrees to pass debated road construction concessions

TIRANA, Sept. 3 – The Socialists’ Economic Commission overturned on Tuesday four decrees by President Ilir Meta, who had over the past months passed the Law on the Privatization and Leasing of Commercial Companies and State Institutions of Special Enterprises

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 12 - Albania is on the list of countries with the highest number of asylum seekers expelled from Germany, writes Deutsche Welle in the article 'Albania among the first countries for expulsion from Germany.’

The article explains that the German government has responded to the Left party by saying that "nearly 11,500 people were deported from Germany in the first half of 2019. A slight increase from a year earlier."

Albania is considered by the European Union as a safe country of origin and asylum applications from Albanians are not usually accepted.

In August 2019, according to data released by the German Interior Ministry, 758 Albanians were expelled from Germany in 2018, ranking the Albanian nationality among the first for the highest number of expelled citizens. 

The main reasons for deportations were the refusal of asylum applications, the expiry of a residence permit, or even undocumented residence. 

After the Albanians, the two nationalities with the highest number of deportations were the Ukrainians, with 755 cases, and the Serbs, with 509 cases.

Germany has for years stressed that Albania is a safe country of origin, so it will not accept any asylum application from Albanians. However, this has not stopped Albanians from seeking asylum in Germany, or other EU countries.

According to data from the European Asylum Support Office, EASO, 10,439 Albanians first applied for asylum from January to June this year. Compared to 2018 there was an increase of over 20 percent.

Since 2013 the number of asylum seekers from Albania has been over 11,000 per year. 

2015 had the highest number, with 68,945 applications.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 11 - The opposition’s Democratic Party asked the prosecution on Tuesday to verify the new Mayor of Vau Dejes Mark Babani, whom it suspects of hiding his criminal past. 

According to the opposition, he has been detained, sentenced and deported both in Italy and Northern Macedonia. The DP also said it accompanied the verification request to the prosecution by the signature of 500 citizens. 

Meanwhile, Democratic Party Secretary General Gazment Bardhi said he has given the prosecution the information available to the Democratic Party for Babani. 

In its request to the prosecution, the DP states that the mayor of Vau Dejes "was allegedly arrested / detained in Italy during 1994-1999 and subsequently sentenced and deported by the responsible Italian authorities.” 

Also, according to the DP, Babani “has been arrested/detained and subsequently convicted in the Republic of Northern Macedonia during the period 2002-2003.”

The DP also wants the prosecution to investigate the data presented by Babani in the self-declaration form when he ran for mayor of Vau Dejes, as “verification of TIMS data shows that citizen Mark Babani from 1994 - 2005 has not traveled in any single case to Italy using his real identity, which is an indication of the accuracy of the data made public earlier and there are suspicions that this citizen used three different identities, not stated in the Decriminalization Form.” 

On Tuesday, Babani told the Voice Of America that the allegations or, as the DP calls them, suspicions do not refer to him and are unrelated to his name and his life. They, he added, relate to the Democratic Party's own need to retain its electorate. 

Babani said there is no compromising document that could come up as everything is registered in Europe and there is no possibility of abuse. 

“Never in my life have I, my father, my grandfather, spent 24 hours in prison in any absolute way. I have never been called by the police ever, nor have I ever received a 100 euro fine all my life, all over Europe where I have moved,” Babani said. 

Mark Babani, an immigrant to Italy and later a well-known businessman in the field of fish processing, denounced the Democratic Party's statement that he has used three different identities and added that he would cooperate with the prosecution. 

“In 1991 I left and worked until 1995 in two different jobs: at a fish factory, where I am a partner and continue this activity to this day, and at a hotel, where I worked in ‘94 and ‘95. In 1995 I obtained my license in Albania for the first time, in ‘96 I made the investment and in ‘97 I left because such was the period. And I have renewed my residence permit once in a year or two, according to the existing regulation, and when I needed to renew my residence permit I was forced to go to Italy,” Babani said. 

Mark Babani is the third socialist mayor, after those of Shkodra and Vora, to emerge from the June 30 elections without the opposition's participation, suspected by the DP of hiding criminal records of his life. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 10 - DP Secretary General Gazmend Bardhi reacted after President Ilir Meta's statements that the parliament would burn on June 8 if he did not postpone the elections.

Speaking to Panorama, Gazmend Bardhi said there was never such a scenario.

“The Democratic Party and the united opposition have never had a plan to burn down the institutions, despite not representing the public interest but the interest of a group of oligarchs and criminals linked to the country's prime minister,” Bardhi said.

He further invited the media to open records preceding the June 30 elections and see how the opposition and the head of opposition Lulzim Basha denounced Prime Minister Edi Rama’s plans to create destabilization and then blame it on the opposition’s protests.

“The Democratic Party considers the investigative commission to dismiss the President as a tool to cover Edi Rama's illegitimate government scandals, while members of the commission, personnel of files 184 and 339, are complicit in the crime of stealing local and parliamentary elections,” Bardhi concluded. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 9 - Albanian President Ilir Meta told the parliamentary investigative commission on Monday that he canceled the June 30 local elections because the opposition was not participating and needed to protect the right of citizens to vote.

Meta cited Bulgaria's precedent in the Strasbourg Court in front of the parliamentary commission investigating his act regarding the local elections. 

"Our constitution is clear, and the Convention on Human Rights clearly explains the difference between voting and elections," Meta said.

He presented the Strasbourg Court's ruling in 2015, where single-candidate elections were considered fictitious, denying citizens the right to vote.

“In 2015 the Strasbourg court ruled in a similar case against Bulgaria, where some Bulgarian nationals of Turkish descent claimed a violation of their right to vote. The Court has reasoned that: ‘the right to vote guaranteed by Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 is not limited to the action of electing a candidate and casting his ballot in the ballot box. The vote of every voter should create the opportunity for the latter to influence the formation of legislative bodies, otherwise the right to vote, the election process and, consequently, democratic order in general, would lack the right to the substance of the law. Calling elections with one candidate means creating a fictitious process, thus denying citizens the right to vote. For this matter, Bulgaria was sentenced to a fine,” said Meta. 

The Albanian parliament, at the request of 55 deputies, launched a dismissal procedure against Meta for heavy violations of the Constitution. 

Responding to questions from the parliamentary inquiry commission, Meta stressed that his decision to postpone the election was the only solution under conditions when both political parties, he said, "had a conflict agreement.” 

He said that the conditions set by the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, not to sit in dialogue with Prime Minister Edi Rama, and the condition of the head of government not to negotiate a new election date were unacceptable.

Meta said he could not allow any policeman to be killed by both furious demonstrators and "the PM’s often poisonous language.”

“The OSCE also mentioned in its report that the president made repeated calls for dialogue. I made an effort, but there were two obstacles, first the stubbornness of the Prime Minister not to discuss the possibility of postponing June 30 and the second stubbornness of the DP Chairman not to sit at a table with Rama as Prime Minister,” said Meta

He added that he disagreed with the opposition when it said it did not hold the people accountable for the demonstrations, but never agreed with the government's rallies, which were essentially anti-rallies. 

"Every time the opposition came to protest on the boulevard, Rama also organized rallies against the opposition regardless of the fact there was a more important task at hand and regardless of the fact that his often poisonous language aggravated the protesters," Meta said.

The president emphasized that by issuing that decree he defended the right of Albanian citizens to vote and avoided an undemocratic process of voting with one candidate.

“On Saturday before I decided on such an act, after I was introduced to the secret state documents that the Albanian Parliament could burn, I momentarily acted the best I could It was impossible for me to call a table, when the two sides had an agreement on confrontation, it was my duty to avoid consequences that would hurt Albanian citizens,” said President Meta.

He added that the president could do nothing but postpone the election when both sides wanted a confrontation, that he could not wait for a policeman to lose his life because it would be a huge bill for the stability and credibility of the country. 

Asked by the commission’s leader Ulsi Manja, Meta also said he had warned opposition leader Lulzim Basha that if something like this happened, the consequences would be entirely the opposition’s fault.

“This has also been my warning to Basha when I got on the phone as the protests started and when protesters left for the parliament, and I made a public call for the protesters to be dispersed, the message was clear to Basha and others that if they were there, it would be their sole responsibility as they had been warned in advance,” Meta said. 

Meanwhile, analyst Afrim Krasniqi said today's session will go down in history as the first time an initiative has been taken to oust the republic's president, despite the initiative being destined to fail.

"Today's act of the parliamentary commission to question the head of state and the decision of the President of the Republic to go there is more of an attempt by both parties to follow the procedures provided by the Constitution. Both parties are aware that today's hearing was more a part of public relations, than a solution to the crisis,” Krasniqi said. 

"Special today were the low tones and the courtesy displayed, so much that it seemed the meeting was not seeking the dismissal of the head of state, but clarifying a misunderstanding of statements. The de facto dismissal of the President is difficult, not to say impossible. From a legal point of view, the majority needs to collect two thirds of votes with the new opposition in Parliament, to hope that the Venice Commission will not speak out and that the Constitutional Court will function and confirm the dismissal,” said political analyst Lutfi Dervishi.

This is the first time in the history of Albanian pluralism that a president faces an investigative commission to be questioned on suspicion of violating the Constitution, risking his dismissal.

This process can only be concluded with an interpretation and decision by the Constitutional Court, which is still not functional.

 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 6 - The final report of the ODIHR local elections observation mission brought mixed reactions among the political forces in Tirana.

The opposition, at this moment resigned from parliament, and the Socialist-led government read the ODIHR report on local elections in very different ways, leaving no hope for expected understanding between them in the near future.

According to opposition’s Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha, the report proved that the June 30 vote was unconstitutional, illegal and dishonest, a monist farce of political representation and a breakdown of democracy.

“The OSCE/ODIHR has overthrown the entire state of Edi Rama. The final OSCE/ODIHR report overthrew Edi Rama's farce in every respect concerning the June 30 vote. With this Central Elections Committee there can never be fair and free elections. The report confirmed that there is no law, from the Constitution to the CEC regulations themselves, that hasn’t been violated,” said Basha.

According to him, June 30 was an institutional coup for the capture of local government by Edi Rama, which was again carried out in cooperation with crime, killing the rule of law, so the opposition demands that Rama be removed from the government as soon as possible.

For its part, the government said the ODIHR report confirmed the June 30 local elections as legitimate.

Rama noted on social networks that “the next elections are not far from the time needed to address the recommendations in the function of Electoral Reform.”

He called for electoral reform in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation.

“Let's focus on this fundamental reform and prepare for the upcoming elections with a spirit of dialogue and understanding. Our hand is out to everyone,” Rama wrote. 

The ODIHR released the final monitoring report on the June 30 elections in Albania last Wednesday.

"In a climate of stagnation and political polarization, voters were not able to choose between several political options," the ODIHR report stated.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 9 - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a strong message to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama's government on the treatment of the Greek minority in Albania, warning that our country will not have Athens' support for opening negotiations with the European Union in October. 

As Mitsotakis said, "Greece will not accept the start of accession negotiations with Albania unless I see any practical measures to remove discrimination against the Greek ethnic minority in the country."

“The Albanian government must understand that it must change its stance.  It uses unacceptable tactics against the Greek minority and should therefore be aware that there will be no Greek backing in EU accession negotiations, " Mitsotakis said.

Greek media highlighted the issue of alleged expropriations carried out by the Socialist government led by Rama.

Recently-elected Mitsotakis’ statements were made during a press conference where he spoke about the plans of the new Greek government. 

Mitsotakis, President of the New Democracy Party since 2016, was elected Greek PM during the last Greek elections. 

Mitsotakis said he has dealt with the issue during contacts with European leaders such as Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Mark Rute, ahead of the European Council debate in October.

Greece’s approach towards Albania’s EU accession had so far been positive, with most policy makers and foreign policy representatives saying they will support the country’s EU aspirations. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 8 - In Tirana, police detained the owner of a firm responsible for the deaths of two workers in mid-August on Sunday. 

The number of workers who lost their lives while working in construction sites and manufacturing firms has gone up to 25 this year.

Unions complain about the low level of job safety, but they say high unemployment is the main reason that workers agree to work under these conditions and at low wages.

Tirana police announced today that they have arrested the owner of the firm "Skela Syla", three weeks after the tragic incident on the outskirts of Tirana, where two construction workers lost their lives during work.

46-year-old Petrit Syla is the second person to be held responsible by the prosecution for the deaths of two workers, as iron bars were broke away from a building during reconstruction.

The prosecution sought his and another person's detention after the deaths of two 31 and 36-year-old workers.

Jimmy Company with three years of experience, and Skela Syla with 11 years of experience are under investigation for the incident.

The former was never inspected by the authorities, while the second was thoroughly inspected 16 times in a decade.

Accidents of workers in construction sites and manufacturing firms are frequent in Albania.

From January to today, 99 incidents have been registered in 9 months, of which 25 workers lost their lives and almost all (21 cases) belong to the construction sector.

The State Labor Inspectorate has investigated 114 private entities on how they treat workers, and has imposed 34 penalties and 29 administrative penalties to affect worker safety and maintain their occupational health.

The weak and powerless unions often complain in Albania of low safeguards across labor and production sites.

The vast majority of accidents at work are in the construction, mining, energy, water and public utilities sectors, while Albania remains among the countries with a high rate of accidents at work.

The EU average is 1.8 deaths per 100,000 workers, while Albania has so far this year averaged at least 4 times higher deaths than the European Union.

Albania is generally in dire straits in terms of poor working conditions and low wages for some, and high unemployment for the rest of the population.

Mining is the most dangerous sector, with minimal working conditions and where miners continue to lose their lives.

In the last 5 years, 42 miners have lost their lives at the workplace.

The towns near the Albanian mines are extremely poor and many minors are used for various jobs.

Economics scholars claim that the government's efforts to open new jobs are insufficient., as according to them real unemployment is at least 2 to 3 times higher than government statistics.

High unemployment is the main reason why workers agree to work in difficult and low-wage conditions for fear of immediate replacement.

The vast majority of the unemployed are migrating to other countries to survive, instead of chasing after a better life, leaving deep poverty behind.

Workers in Albania are not treated with dignity, say economic observers, but rather with low wages and insurances, poor health care and no technical conditions, while also working on weekends and having other rights as workers and citizens violated.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 5 - The OSCE/ODIHR stated in its final report that the June 30 local elections in Albania were held without much regard for the electorate’s interest. 

The opposition decided not to participate, and the government appeared determined to hold the elections without the opposition, the report notes.

“In a climate of stalemate and political polarization, voters were unable to choose between several political options," the report said.

The ODIHR Election Observation Mission assessed with this final report the compliance of the Albanian elections with OSCE commitments, obligations and other international standards for democratic elections and national legislation.

In half of the municipalities, the candidates ran without opponents, while observers received credible claims from citizens for pressure from both political sides.

"Political clashes led to legal uncertainty and many election administration decisions were taken with the objective of holding elections," the ODIHR report said.

Observers said many previous ODIHR recommendations remain unaddressed, including the depoliticization of election commissions, the transparency of campaign financing and the efficiency of resolving electoral disputes.

"The political equilibrium provided by law within the election administration was not achieved due to the refusal of the main opposition parties to nominate their commissioners and the subsequent interpretation of the CEC that only those parties participating in the elections could be represented in the election administration. The politically unbalanced composition of the election administration, calls by opposition parties to boycott the election and conflicting interpretations of the validity of the President's decrees annulling the June 30 elections undermined public confidence in the process,” the ODIHR report said.

Observers claimed that the language used by political opponents in rallies and in the media was often raging and full of accusations and counterclaims.

“Citizens, especially those working for public administration, faced direct and indirect pressure to express their political preferences," the report said.

Observers claimed the election campaigning was nonexistent; other than posters on voter education, the ODIHR only noticed a small number of posters and other signs pointing to elections coming close.

“Many candidates expressed to the ODIHR Election Observation Mission the difficulty of motivating voters to vote. Limited campaign activities remained overshadowed by country-wide developments that further deepened early political divisions. Debates on a wide range of political topics were dominated by the issue of non-participation in the elections of the main opposition parties and discussions over the election date,” the ODIHR reports.

The report says the vote on June 30 came after a series of announcements by most opposition-led municipalities that elections would not take place.

“Some mayors have tried to use their powers to prevent the use of public buildings as polling stations. In a small number of polling stations there were arson damage before Election Day,” the ODIHR said.

According to international observers, election day was generally peaceful, despite isolated cases of tensions and clashes in a small number of communities.

"Voter turnout varied from one municipality to another, while nationwide, the CEC stated it reached 21.6 percent," the report said.

The OSCE / ODIHR had about 250 observers in the June 30 local elections in Albania, and the report was widely expected by the public and political parties, which are still debating their validity. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 4 - In Albania, the parliamentary investigative commission set up to dismiss President Ilir Meta may call the latter at a hearing starting next week, while having already started work to dismiss him. 

The Commission also clarified during its meeting on Tuesday that it will wait for the Venice Commission's opinion to issue its final report. 

Meanwhile, President Ilir Meta reacted by saying the Socialists attempts to dismiss him are simply spreading propaganda aimed at diverting attention from resolving the political crisis.

The parliamentary investigation commission that will assess the legality of President Ilir Meta's act in cancelling the June 30 local elections’ date arguing they will be unconstitutional approved its action plan on Tuesday.

The first point of this action plan is holding a hearing for Meta. 

“The fastest date may be the start of next week, but we will determine the date and time in cooperation with the vice president,” said Socialist commission leader Ulsi Manja.

The commission has in the meantime received the responses of some of the institutions which it has addressed, but the Venice Commission's opinion appears to be crucial, as a delegation has announced a visit to Tirana next week. 

“The Venice Commission's opinion will have to be expected by the Special Investigative Commission to reach a conclusion on the subject of the investigation," Manja explained. 

The commission’s deadline is October 8, but if the Venice Commission takes beyond that date to communicate its opinion, an extension is expected to be requested.

As the parliamentary committee was holding its session, Meta reacted through a Facebook status. 

“Anti-President propaganda does not help the rule of law which is a European Union condition for the opening of negotiations with our country on October 18. Momentarily stealing attention from the obligation to abide by the October 13 decree on comprehensive local elections does not help resolve the crisis, but helps escalate it,” wrote Meta, who has long insisted that the only solution to the political is holding the local elections on the date set by him on the second issued decree, though any possible legal deadline has been exceeded.

The president's reaction also seemed to relate to the fact that today the permanent Parliamentary Committees overturned a series of decrees signed by him at the end of July, through which he returned several bills to parliament, starting from the concession construction contracts of two road axes to the amendments on the Law on Concessions, those to the Criminal Code and the Law on Privatization and another on the Academy of Sciences. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 3 - The Socialists' Economic Commission overturned on Tuesday four decrees by President Ilir Meta, who had over the past months passed the Law on the Privatization and Leasing of Commercial Companies and State Institutions of Special Enterprises or Facilities, the Law on Concessions and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and the law for the concessions of the Orikum-Dukat and Milot-Balldren road constructions.  

The first two laws consisted of legal changes, which the Socialists, according to the President, adopted in the absence of consultations with the opposition, but also in violation of initial proposals, which questioned their true purpose.

Meanwhile, returning the law on concessions Meta accused the head of the Economic Commission, Socialist MP Arben Ahmetaj, of extending the limitation deadlines of unsolicited concessions for clientelistic purposes.

The amendment to the law on concessions and PPPs was intended to limit unnecessary concessions as of July 1, but when it passed on July 18, former Finance Minister Ahmetaj proposed changes to the last two articles, which enabled the deadlines to extend until October 1st. 

As for the Milot-Balldren and Dukat-Orikum roads, Presidency representatives re-argued the decisions to return these concessions as corrupt practices, but the Socialists opposed the argument that the President's stance was "political, prejudicial to long-term investment" and overturned his decrees. 

Meta returned the two concessions with the main argument that they had inflated costs and were approved by law on the grounds the expenditures would cover corrupt affairs.

By law, the 14-kilometer Orikum-Dukat and 17-kilometer Milot-Balldren roads will be privately constructed and maintained for 280m euros (67m euros the first and 213m euros the latter).

Following the overthrowing of the presidential decrees, they are expected to pass for adoption in the parliament. 

 
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 12 - Albania is on the list of countries with the highest number of asylum seekers expelled from Germany, writes Deutsche Welle in the article 'Albania among the first countries for expulsion from Germany.’

The article explains that the German government has responded to the Left party by saying that "nearly 11,500 people were deported from Germany in the first half of 2019. A slight increase from a year earlier."

Albania is considered by the European Union as a safe country of origin and asylum applications from Albanians are not usually accepted.

In August 2019, according to data released by the German Interior Ministry, 758 Albanians were expelled from Germany in 2018, ranking the Albanian nationality among the first for the highest number of expelled citizens. 

The main reasons for deportations were the refusal of asylum applications, the expiry of a residence permit, or even undocumented residence. 

After the Albanians, the two nationalities with the highest number of deportations were the Ukrainians, with 755 cases, and the Serbs, with 509 cases.

Germany has for years stressed that Albania is a safe country of origin, so it will not accept any asylum application from Albanians. However, this has not stopped Albanians from seeking asylum in Germany, or other EU countries.

According to data from the European Asylum Support Office, EASO, 10,439 Albanians first applied for asylum from January to June this year. Compared to 2018 there was an increase of over 20 percent.

Since 2013 the number of asylum seekers from Albania has been over 11,000 per year. 

2015 had the highest number, with 68,945 applications.

 
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