Yesterday in Albania the draft budget for the 2020 was approved by the Economic Commission, together with the changes implemented to deal with the emergency situation created following the tragic earthquake of the 26 November.
Consequently, from the state budget for the 2020, 13 billion lek (about 106 million) will go to the reconstruction fund. To this figure, additional 7 billion leks will be added (about 57 million) arrived from donations for a total of 20 billion lek (about 163 million) for post-earthquake reconstruction.
The president of the Economic Commission, the country's former finance minister Arben Ahmetaj, pointed out that the budget also includes 1,2 billion lek (about 10 million) to be allocated to the reception program for displaced persons.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the changes to the state budget for the 2020 do not include funds for the reconstruction of health centers as opposed to the 3 billion lek (about 24 million) added as capital for the infrastructure ministry. The new state budget does not provide for salary increases for state officials.
Ahmetaj State Minister for Reconstruction
The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has decided to expand his cabinet with a new ministry, to face the difficult situation created in Albania after the violent earthquake of the November 26. The new department will be called "Ministry for Reconstruction" and will have as its minister Arben Ahmetaj, one of the closest collaborators of Prime Minister Edi Rama:
"The program for reconstruction dictates the establishment of a special department in the Council of Ministers, in which a minister charged exclusively with the coordination of all local and international institutions related to this program, will follow the implementation of the program minute by minute. ”- wrote Edi Rama on Twitter.
The President of the Republic, Ilir Meta, immediately accepted Rama's proposal.
"Not a second late for the decree of the new Minister of Reconstruction."- said the president's spokesman, Tedi Blushi.