On the occasion of the Florence elections of 26 Maggio, in support of the candidate Mayor Dario Nardella and the candidate of Albanian origin to the city council Petrit Malaj, will be held - Sunday 19 May in Via del Campofiore - in the Tuscan capital a meeting with the mayor of Tirana , Erion Veliaj.
Formerly Erion Veliaj claimed Nardella's candidacy, not only for Smart City and sustainability policies, for the friendship between the two cities, but also in the form of support for the Albanian community, now integrated.
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The Albanian candidates in Florence
Besides Petrit Malaj, candidate with the list 'Nardella Mayor', in Florence there are other candidates of Albanian origin for the administrative elections of the next 26 May:
- Alida Qukaj with the 'Punto a Capo' list
- Aljon Kociu with the 'Left Civic' list
- Besnik Mehmeti with the list 'Florence + green'
- Enzo Ilazaj with the list 'Communist Party'
- Demir Mustafa with the list 'Florence open city'
The link between Tirana and Florence
The Albanian capital, Tirana, from the 2001 is part of the list of 21 foreign cities, officially twinned with the city of Florence, then mayors: Edi Rama (Tirana) and Leonardo Domenici (Florence).
But the professional and friendship bond between Veliaj and Nardella, the current mayors of the respective cities, has led to many collaborations and exchanges of experience in mutual growth and innovation.
We cannot fail to mention the 'Smart City' project, proposed by Dario Nardella, and enthusiastically adopted by Veliaj, introducing the 'Mobike' bike sharing service in Tirana, based on the Florence model.
The initiative launched last June has made Tirana the first city in the Balkans to undertake the service of orange bicycles.
In the 2018, the first citizen of Florence during a visit to Tirana, he signed an important agreement with the mayor Veliaj.
It was another absolutely innovative project, as well as the masterplan of public lighting in the Albanian capital, created by Silfi (Lighting Company Florence and Smartcity Services Società Per Azioni).
Always taking inspiration from the good practices of Florence, with the replacement of 30 mila lamps with LEDs.
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