1- “Norms of construction projecting” – Another Show
According to notification ont he official website of the Ministry of Urban Development, an initiative was introduced by Ms. Gjermeni that is welcomed and needed for any reform that aims to bring about enforcement of rules for urban construction parameters. What surprised us was that there was an entire ceremony dedicated to their importance, especially the initiative of the Ministry of Urban Development, without mentioning the new parameters and what are the mechanisms used to implement them. The question arises based on the existence of a well known problem, where the construction of many buildings is well outside standards, with amateur methods without an intervention of experts, but not because of the lack of norms, but due to a lack of attention towards their implementation.
The presentation concludes with the following sentence: ‘’The sketches exposed were explained for the present participants, by specialists that worked to design these norms’’. Lets hope that citizens will have the opportunity to get to know the new norms and we take the advantage to note the ceremonial character of mant activities organized by the Ministry of Urban Development, while it is an institution with the mandate to do its job.
Since a six month period has already concluded we thought the Ministry would have already prepared a report on its work, however the last internal audit was conducted in the period 2012-2013 and it might be deduced that there are several references to the less than efficient functioning of the Ministry in that period, which corresponds to the precious government. Since then, we dont know if there were any internal audits and what were the results. Such a report is not only a constitutional obligation for these institutions, but it also helps in tracking the progress of reforms within the institution and those with a focus on urban development policies. We hope the Ministry of Urban Development will be as enthusiastix in auditing its work as much as it was in showing the work of the previous government. In the meantime, an amateurish weekly meeting has to be enough for citizens.
In addition, a look at the website of ALUIZNI does not make one more optimistic on the perspective of auditing, since the latter has not had an internal report of its work since the one conducted by the High State Audit for the period 01.01.2012- 01.07.2014, where several infringment of internal rules were identified, lack of knowledge on the side of personnel, procedures that are not foreseen in the law and lack of punitive measures. In that case, the high state audit gave respective recommendations but Albanian citizens will have to wait for the next audit to understand the progress of its work and if the latter’s recommendations were followed.
From the last summary we would like to highlight the supposed progress of projects on ‘’The transformation of cities’’, but it is difficult to do so by the pictures provided for ‘’Before’’ offers the real view of the buildings and the ‘’After’’ picture is a computerized version of the final product. Lastly, the question is whether the transformation projects in Burrel, Selenice and Durres are finished or is this a premature inauguration of the work that is expected to finish?