The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, established the National Committee for Reconstruction after the tragic earthquake of the November 26.
During the day the first meeting of the Committee was held in which it was decided to merge the funds arrived from associations and institutions for the earthquake and to which the government, representatives of humanitarian organizations, Academy of Sciences, universities, companies and banks participated. as well as architects, urban planners and journalists.
"United to get up. The best thing is that the funds are united; all donations will be combined into a single budget, which will be monitored closely."- said Rama.
The president of the Committee will be the former Minister of Economy of Albania, Arben Ahmetaj, who will manage all the funds that will be collected. Furthermore, during the meeting, Rama invited the construction companies to repair the buildings themselves that do not present significant damage, specifying that otherwise they will be punished with prison.
"Companies that have built buildings that have been damaged must go to repair them, or they will comply with the law by going to jail. There will be penalties from the 7 to the 15 years for those who have violated and violated the building permits. Likewise for architects who do not report builders but follow them in projects. "- continued Rama.
Search for transparency
At today's meeting of the Committee, maximum transparency was requested regarding the funds raised for the citizens hit by the earthquake. The journalist (Top Channel) Marin Mema is one of the most influential imams in Albania, Elvis Naçi, pushing for the proposal.
"The time has come for Albania to create some standards. We are neither Switzerland nor Germany. We must make the millions of euros collected transparent. I say it here to Mr. Rama: either things will be done properly, or I and Marin Mema will not attend the next meetings. "- declared Elvis Naçi.
On the same line of thought, the TV journalist Marin Mema also expressed:
"It is a very difficult time for the Albanians. Transparency is extremely necessary in this case. In the past there have been emergency situations in which there have been abuses of funds. [...] This moment must unite us and make us stronger."- said Marin Mema.