BIRN Albania Holds Workshop on Local Government

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania held a roundtable on exposing corrupt practices in local government, bringing together representatives of civil society, experts and journalists.  

The roundtable held on November 18 in Tirana was part of a programme called ‘Exposing Corruption in Albania’, which is financed by the Open Society Foundation in Albania (OSFA).

The project aims to expose corruption cases in local government by bridging the gap between civil society and investigative journalists, in order to uncover abuses of power.

About 25 representatives of non-governmental organisations and journalists discussed the topics to be investigated, which ranged from tax collection to the delivery and procurement of services by local government units.

The participants at the roundtable also listed corrupt practices in the procurement of waste collection and recycling services, concessionary agreements and their impact on the public, logging contracts and conflict of interests in employee recruitment schemes 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 local government.