BIRN Albania Holds Roundtable on Financial Industry

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania held a roundtable on the financial industry, bringing together journalists, civil society organizations and experts. 

BIRN Albania’s roundtable on the financial industry held on February 1st  in Tirana was part of a programme called “Exposing Corruption in Albania”, which is financed by the National Endowment for Democracy, NED.

The project aims to expose corruption in the financial industry by bridging the gap between civil society and investigative journalists, in order to uncover abuses of power, abuse of client trust and abuse of regulations.

About 20 representatives of non-governmental organisations and journalists discussed the topics to be investigated, which ranged from transparency of the financial sector, investment funds’ disclosures with clients and the ability of regulatory institutions to monitor their activities.

Participants at the roundtable also listed questionable loan practices from banks and debt collection services as topics of concern.

The topics highlighted by the NGOs will be listed in BIRN Albania’s upcoming call for investigative stories in the field of financial industry.