The areas of strong economic interest in Albania, such as the Albanian Riviera or cities such as Tirana, Durres and Elbasan, are the most characterized by phenomena of abuse in the registration of properties.
Artan Lame, general manager of cadastral services in the country, has compiled a list of some of the areas - the Karaburun peninsula, Gjiri i Lalzit and the port of Shengjin - in which the properties appear to belong to up to four different holders, labeling these as 'property thefts' that lead to a consequent blocking of economic life.
Lame, in his statements, referred to concrete cases of the Ionian and Adriatic coastal areas, or cities such as Tirana, Durres and Elbasan, adding that these property issues block most of the investments as well as economic development.
The director of cadastral services also mentioned episodes of 'property theft' against the state. As in the Karaburun peninsula, where thanks to a task force set up by the prime minister 250 hectares of land were returned to the state, or to Gjiri i Lalzit, where 68 thousand square meters had been 'stolen' to the state.
"For several months the Albanian land register has been facing its biggest challenge: the dismantling of the network of abuses in the registration of property. We must be clear with ourselves and with the Albanians: what happened in the last 15 years in Albania with properties, surpasses what happened in previous years 50.
The dictatorship expropriated the Albanians but the properties remained there, in the hands of the state, and with the fall of the regime the opposite process would have had to begin, namely that of returning the property to its rightful owners. Unfortunately it didn't happen in full.
Day after day we have collected and continue to collect cases of abuse in the registration of property, both to the detriment of the state and of individuals. Our investigation is not carried out because we do not know what to do or why we want to bring citizens before justice. But because property abuse is a serious constitutional crime, it is a blockade of the country's economic life.
In the last six months, 30 has been carried out among audits, controls and audits throughout the country. 120 measures have been taken, including removal from office, all accompanied by fines against employees. About 7500 public and other institutions' complaints were dealt with, of which the major wall concerned abuses in registration and theft of property.
These figures would be enough to show how deep the problem is and how great the public's expectations are for this new institution. The map of abuses in the registration of property includes the whole territory of the Republic of Albania, but it is obvious that they are more present in the areas of greater economic interest, there you have to the country and the economy should be more open to investment and free initiative. ”- said Lame in the first part of his speech, which was followed by a list of all the most serious specific cases recorded in the country in recent months.