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2015 ranking of MPs' incomes by their source

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Open Data Albania (ODA) ranks the Members of Parliament by their incomes declared for 2015. MPs are obliged by law to declare their wealth and conflicts of interest. They are required to make a declaration at the beginning of each year, declaring any changes to their incomes and wealth over the twelve last months. ODA ranks them referring to the sources and total of their incomes as declared for 2015. Their detailed declarations can be found under the Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal. Such transparency and public control is exercised through the publication of such data in a well-structured format as part of the activities of the Money, Power, and Politics Program (MGP).

The Member of Parliament as representatives elected by people's vote, are obliged to declare their wealth to the High Inspectorate for Declaration of Assets and Control of Conflict of Interest, and authorize the control thereof. Such declarations are not published online, but may be made accessible to the public only upon requests made based on the Right to Information. The online publications on the Spending Data Albania portal maintain confidentiality over sensitive data, or information declared under the confidential section of the declaration.

The best paid MP for 2015 turns out to be Mr. Anastas Angjeli, whose incomes from the Assembly account for two point six million lekė, while incomes as a lecturer in non-public universities account for two point nine million lekė.

One hundred and four MPs declared that their incomes consist of their salary and bonuses as MPs only. The rest declared that they also have additional incomes (salaries and bonuses) as members of the Council of Ministers or as remuneration for working for different universities.



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Eleven MPs declare that they have benefitted bonuses in 2015. The highest amount of such benefits was declared by Alban Zeneli, who benefitted three point two million lekė by a decision of the Council of Ministers as reimbursement of medical costs.




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Anastas Angjeli is the only MPs, who declares incomes as Councilors or Members of Boards for 2015.



Source: Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal
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Interest rates from bank deposits, securities, and bonds seem to be another source of income. It is thirty three MPs declaring to have benefitted from such sources in 2015. The highest amount (2 437 986 lekė) is declared to have been benefitted in this way by MP Ben Blushi, followed by Ms Liljana Elmazi and Mr Ruli.




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Forty MPs benefit from lease agreements. The highest amount from this source (twenty five point seven million lekė) is declared by MP Astrit Veliaj, followed by Piro Kapurani, who has also benefitted a significant amount (thirteen point three million lekė). Incomes of the other fifteen MPs from rent exceed those from salaries as MPs.



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The category of incomes from business and entrepreneurship is led by MP Tom Doshi with one hundred and eleven million lekė from his business activities. Eduard Selami declares he benefits fifty six thousand American dollars from a business in the US, while Dashamir Peza declares having benefitted two point four million lekė for 2015. Other MPs also have incomes from entrepreneurship, businesses, and dividends, but they declare them as incomes of their family members.



Source: Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal
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Publications and Copyright constitute another source of income. Edi Rama is on the top of the list with two million and six hundred and ninety four thousand and nine lekė from his artistic works sold in 2015. Such amount was benefitted from sales of his book 'Kurban' ('The Scapegoat') in 2015, and other works of art. The Prime Minister, who is also a Member of Parliament, has specified that this amount is the net one, i.e. after deduction of the tax on personal incomes. Ben Blushi ranks second with two million lekė of incomes from this category. One year ago, i.e. in 2014, the sales of his books through the European University of Tirana and the Foundation for Economic Freedom secured him five million million lekė.




Source: Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal
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The category of incomes of respective family members, usually spouses or partners, is led by MP Anastas Angjeli with his wife, Greta Angjeli, having made one hundred and twenty five thousand and five hundred and seventy four USD for working for the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund (AAEF). Angjeli family leads this category followed by Berisha, Ruci, and Dokle families.



Source: Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal
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As for the category of incomes from salaries of spouses or partners, the list is led by Ms Angjeli and followed by the husband of MP Olta Xhacka, Mr. Artan Gaēi, who is also an MP, Mr. Florion Mima, and Ms. Mimoza Hafizi. The Prime Minister ranks sixteenth, left behind by other members of his parliamentary group like Klodiana Spahiu or Taulant Balla.



Source: Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal
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Obligations paid by third parties represent another source of incomes for the MPs. They usually include incomes from selling properties, or from other contracting obligations. MP Omer Mamo of the Party for Justice, Integrity, and Unity leads this category, which includes also the couple of MPs Meta and Kryemadhi, ranking eighth on the list, having declared in 2015 incomes from selling an apartment in 2014.



Source: Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal
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Seven MPs of the Socialist Party, including Dade, Ruci, Baraj, Shalsi, Xhafaj, and Brace, have benefitted incomes from a Court Decision, following their lawsuit against the Assembly for having been denied their salary while they were exercising their duty as Members of Parliament during the last legislature (before 2013). The same decision applied also to other Socialist MPs, who preferred to declare the respective benefits jointly with their salaries.




Source: Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal
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Finally, calculating the total incomes of each MP, including all the above-mentioned categories and the incomes of their family members, the list is led by Mr. Tom Doshi, and followed by Mr. Anastas Angjeli and Mr. Sali Berisha.



Source: Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal
Contributed: Open Procurement Albania

Incomes declared in foreign currency for 2015 are converted into Albanian lekė, using the average annual exchange rate of the Bank of Albania for 2015. Every category and ranking refers to changes made in 2015, and not to the total wealth declared by the MPs. The detailed data for each MP can be found under the Money and Power section of the Spending Data Albania portal. There, you may also find the annual declarations and the initial declarations of wealth by MPs and other high-level officials. The tables ranking all the MPs may also be downloaded in the Excel version.

According to the declarations of MPs for 2015, an MP makes an average of 8 million lekė per year or more than 650 000 lekė per month.



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    Contributer: ODA (Komente dhe Analiza: ODA; Pėrpunim tė dhėnash: G.Rruci; Integrim tė dhėnash: E.Hoxha dhe Sh.Hajna)
    Translated by: ODA
    Edited by: ODA