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Written by Rigels Seliman 9 Gusht 2022
Despite strong objections from the opposition, the Government is determined to compensate the builders, as it will give 30% more money for public works contracts. The Assembly of Albania on June 30 of this year approved with 73 votes in favor, 33 against and 1 abstention, after several hours of debate, the normative act of the Government "On the financial compensation of the price for some construction materials, according to the stipulations in the public contracts for work, as a consequence of the special situation created in the market during 2022". The Normative Act provides for financial compensation for about 300 public contracts mainly in infrastructure and in the Reconstruction process with a bill of 6 billion lek, which will benefit from 5-30% compensation for the increased price of iron, cement, bitumen, plastic pipes, aluminum, copper and zinc until the end of the crisis situation caused by the global economic situation due to the increase in prices. This act entered into force last week and was published in the Official Gazette, causing construction companies to be compensated with money from the State Budget. "For the approval of the normative act, with the force of law, no. 10, dated 18.5.2022, of the Council of Ministers "On the financial compensation of the price for some construction materials, according to the stipulations in the Public Contracts for Work, as a Consequence of the Special Situation Created in the Market during the Year 2022", in support of articles 78 and 101 of the Constitution, with the Proposal of the Council of Ministers, the Assembly of the Republic of Albania decided: Normative Act is approved, with the Force of Law, no. 10, dated 18.5.2022, "On the Financial Compensation of the Price for Certain Construction Materials,
Normative act, Tabaku accuses the government
But the last plenary session of June 30, where the normative act of the Government "On the financial compensation of the price for some construction materials, according to the stipulations in the public contracts for work, as a result of the special situation, created in the market during year 2022", was accompanied by strong debates. The protagonists were the deputy of the Democratic Party, Jorida Tabaku, who clashed with the Minister of Finance, Delina Ibrahimi. The democratic deputy, Jorida Tabaku, declared that this act only serves the oligarchs who ask the government for these laws. "They made an illegal legal act that they had to go through in the normal procedure, it came into force while they started paying these companies. Delay in the completion of works is accompanied by penalties. With this act, companies that have had delays in works are being amnestied. The biggest abuse is for companies that own wanted persons, persons investigated and tried for international drug trafficking. 18.6 million euros have been given to those who are under investigation by the prosecution, care is taken to provide them with benefits. Act in the service of the oligarchs. Oligarchs pay the government to pass laws. This is the capture of the state, companies seek support and bring here budget increases for them. We will make a civic act if we vote against this act", stated Tabaku. companies seek support and bring here a budget increase for them. We will make a civic act if we vote against this act", stated Tabaku. companies seek support and bring here a budget increase for them. We will make a civic act if we vote against this act", stated Tabaku.
Minister Ibrahimaj reacts harshly
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance Delina Ibrahimaj, responding to Mrs. Tabaku, said that it is not true that the compensation for the construction companies has started. She emphasized that so far no company has received money, while she said that it is not a handful of oligarchs who benefit, but 300 companies. "No company has been compensated, we were in a hurry to start the compensation. They are not a handful of oligarchs, they are the majority of businesses in the construction sector, there are 300 businesses that have been contracted or have an active contract. We have supported all those sectors that are affected by the crisis, trying to get the government to share the costs with the subjects so that the economy does not slow down", stated Ibrahimaj.