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Public Procurement financed by the Regional Development Fund 1 January -11 July 2016

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AIS, a non-governmental organization, which promoted transparent data (open data)for Albania, is publishing an analysis of the distribution of the Regional Development Funds by municipalities and programs. The analysis refers to programs and works procured during 1 January - 11 July 2016. The analysis does not include programs for which tenders are already made before this period, or for which a tender has not yet been announced.

Based on the database 'Open Procurement', it results that tenders have taken place for 33 investment projects financed by the Regional Development Fund in the amount of 3,364,641,521 (three billion and three hundred sixty four million and six hundred and forty one thousand and five hundred twenty one) Albanian leke (VAT excluded).

These 33 tenders for investments, supported by the Regional Development Fund, are distributed to twenty five local government units. The municipalities, which have had more than one tender financed by this fund include:municipality ofUraVajgurore(3 tenders), municipality of Tirana, Memaliaj, Divjaka, Elbasan, Patos, Puka, and Gjirokastra. In terms of values, the municipality thathas procured the highest amount is that of Tirana, followed by Kruja. The ten most financed municipalities are Tirana, Kruja, Gjirokastra, UraVajgurore, Memaliaj, Divjaka, Elbasan, Patos, Kurbin, and Delvina.




Source of information: Open Procurement Albania: http://www.openprocurement.al/sq/tender/list/keyword/Fondi%20i%20Zhvillimit%20te%20Rajoneve?
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Investments, tenders financed by the Regional Development Fund by procured value and municipality 1 January - 11 July 2016



Source of information: Open Procurement Albania: http://www.openprocurement.al/sq/tender/list/keyword/Fondi%20i%20Zhvillimit%20te%20Rajoneve?
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Only three out of the 25 municipalities that have procured 33 tenders are led by right-wing mayors. The 22 remaining ones are led by left-wing mayors. In terms of values, 94% of the total funds are allocated to the left-wing municipalities, while 6% to the right-wing ones.



Source of information: Open Procurement Albania: http://www.openprocurement.al/sq/tender/list/keyword/Fondi%20i%20Zhvillimit%20te%20Rajoneve?
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In terms of value for project, the highest amount of financing is allocated to the investment project consisting of the 'Urban Requalification of Skėnderbej Square, First Phase' followed by another investment in Tirana, that of the 'Urban Requalification of Block No. 1 inLapraka' (bordered by the following roads: Don Bosko, Filanto Railway, TurhanPashėPėrmeti, Ibrahim PashėBushatlliu, Lord Bajron, RizaCuka, LeartonVathi, PandiDardha, andDritanHoxha road). The third largest investment project for this period is the 'Expansion of the entry roads of the town of Kruja', and the 'Parking area and requalification of the city center'.

Source of information: Open Procurement Albania: http://www.openprocurement.al/sq/tender/list/keyword/Fondi%20i%20Zhvillimit%20te%20Rajoneve?
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Source of information: Open Procurement Albania: http://www.openprocurement.al/sq/tender/list/keyword/Fondi%20i%20Zhvillimit%20te%20Rajoneve?
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Projects funded by the Regioal Development Fund during 1 January - 11 July 2016




Source of information: Open Procurement Albania: http://www.openprocurement.al/sq/tender/list/keyword/Fondi%20i%20Zhvillimit%20te%20Rajoneve?
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What is interesting about the financing of projects in the less developed areas in the north of the country is the financial support given mainly for esthetic and entertainment projects, such as requalification of buildings, or building of gyms instead of more useful projects such as building of basic infrastructure, including roads, water supply networks, and urban facilities.

The Regional Development Fund is allocated through a competition procedure. The fund is part of the state budget available for the local government units, but decisions are taken by the central Government. The meetings where such decisions are taken and the way applications are evaluated have never been made open to the public.

The information about the financed projects and the respective values is not published in a format where the interested actors could easily find the information they need or see whether funds have been distributed fairly and efficiently. This article is based on data and search filters use by Open Procurement Albania portal, which aims at opening data regarding local government public procurement. The portal is developed by AIS with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The portal monitors also other investments and public tenders of the local government units. The portal enables search and analysis using filtering instruments, and generates a passport for each tender, containing information about its progress and technical specifications.




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    Contributer: Eva MEQEMEJA; Shefiko HAJNA; Aranita BRAHAJ
    Translated by: Mimoza Backa
    Edited by: ODA