Legal Related News from Albania

May 16, 2000
Prime Minister Ilir Meta met selected members of parliament

Albanian premier held the first meeting with the members of Civil Service Commission, selected by Albanian Parliament on May 3, 2000. This meeting open the official path to the relations between Albanian Government and Civil Service Commission.

This commission acts upon the law "On status of civil servant" passed by Albanian Parliament on November 11, 1999. According to this law, Civil Service Commission is an independent institution charged with supervising and managing of civil service in all the institutions acting upon this law.

Prime Minister Meta wish the members for a good start of this task, stressing that "this is an important task serving to stabilization and stability of Albanian administration, a factor affecting till now on destabilization of Albania". We reiterate the determination to put to end this reform so important for the administration and the country as well.

Premier expressed the support of Albanian Government for this commission and to create the suitable conditions aiming at normal activity.

Courtesy of the Council of Ministers Department of Information
May 17, 2000
Parliament approves draft-law on preventing money laundering

TIRANE, May 17 (ATA)-By D. Koca,

Albanian Parliament on Wednesday approved the draft-law submitted by the Government "On preventing money laundering". Preventing money laundering, result of criminal activity, and fight against financial crime are the main aims of the draft-law approved by parliament.

According to the law, the penal act of money laundering is sentenced from three to five years imprisonment.

In drafting this law the Bank of Albania is also based on the comparative tables, drafted for this purpose by the IMF mission, and on several international acts such as "The principles of Basel", the U.N. Convention against drugs trafficking and narcotic materials, the Vienna Convention, the model law against money laundering and the Council of Europe Convention for European for searching, suspending and confiscating property that is result of criminal activity./led/lm/

May 24, 2000
Further cooperation between Albanian Ministry of Justice with CE

Albanian Minister of Justice Ilir Panda met on Wednesday with the new CE representative in Albania Jorgen Grunnet and its Political Director Hans Peter Fuhrrer.

Fuhrrer said in the meeting that CE aims to encourage the programs of cooperation with Albania and the system of judiciary will have a special priority.

The CE representative took interest in the work that the Ministry of Justice has made and is making for the law of the Ministry of Justice, the law on Judicial Police, the Law on Prosecutor's office. They also wanted to know whether the Ministry of Justice has been included in the anti-corruption plan or not.

Minister Panda explained to CE representative that the ministry has completed the laws on the Ministry of Justice and Judicial Police. As for the law on the Prosecutor's Office, Panda said that "they have taken the opinions from the High Court and this week the opinions from the General Attorney's Office are expected, and the law will be passed by the Parliament the coming week."

With regard to the fight against corruption, Panda Jorgen Grunnet and its Political Director Hans Peter Fuhrrer, the ministry of Justice has been included in this plan.

Ministry of Justice Press Office
May 25, 2000
From the meeting of Council of Ministers

Council of Ministers held its meeting led by Prime Minister Ilir Meta adopting a number of decisions and draft laws.

The Albanian government on Thursday approved two draft-laws, which create conditions for the central and local governments' independence also as regards properties.

The draft-law "On state-owned real estates" defines the juridical regime of the real estate of the state and of the local government units and the responsibilities in administering this property. Being part of the first legal package for the local government decentralization process, the draft-law creates conditions for full exercise of the self-governing functions of local government.

The drafty-law "On transferring properties to local government units", regulates the process of transferring public

The Government on Thursday approved a decision on the agreement of the Red Cross head office between the Republic of Albania and the International Red Cross Committee "On the status of the Red Cross International Committee in Albania".

The agreement aims at creating the necessary facilities for a normal functioning and further extension of the Red Cross International Committee to carry out humanitarian duties.

Albania will not use, store, produce or transfer anti-personnel mines.

The Council of Ministers on Thursday approved the decision on banning the use of anti-personnel mines, their storage inside the country's territory as well as their production and transference outside the territory and on their destruction.

The said decision bans the use in the Republic of Albania (RP) of all kinds of anti-personnel mines, the use of all types of anti-personnel mines by state and private subjects as well as their sale and export.

The Albanian government has also signed the Ottawa agreement, ratified by the end of the past year, in which it commits itself against using, storing, producing, transferring and destroying all kinds of anti-personnel mines.

Albania has supported the Ottawa process since its beginnings. Since in 1991 it has blocked development, production, transference, storage and use of anti-personnel mines. This convention was signed by the Albanian Government on September 6, 1998.

Albania's government adopted the decision on employment of foreigners in Albania during a meeting it held on Thursday.

The decision provided, on the bases of law, the categories of work licenses, delivered by the local employment office, as well as the categories of work permissions in competence of the immigration ministry. The decision sets clearly as well the documentation needed to be filled by the applicant as well as the duration of the work permission. The cases of refusal and suspense are also foreseen according to the legislation in power, as well as the procedures of control organs, responsible to take administrative measures for the foreigners who violate certain legal and by-legal dispositions.

Courtesy of Department of Information of Council of Minister

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