Important Decision of the Albanian Ministry of Justice
On August 8, 2018 the deputy minister of justice of Albania announced that they have requested from High Justice Council to investigate the controversial decision of the judge from Tropoja court. “A decision that is clearly against the law” said deputy minister of Justice of Albania Toni Gogu, according to the Albaninan national television Top Channel.
WWF Adria is worried about the controversial decision of the Tropoja court, but also happy to hear that Albanian government institutions are taking steps to make sure to correct this decision, and allow the court to do their job in free and just environment.
In July 2017 WWF Adria started implementing the “Halting Hydropower Development in the Mediterranean Basin” project in Valbona National Park. The goal of the project is giving a support to the local community in their fight against three hydropower plants (HPP) that are currently being built inside this protected area. There is no clarity on how many additional HPP are planned to be built in the Valbona Valley. Based on publically available information, concessions have been granted for 11 additional plants.
Part of the project is the support for local NGO TOKA and 27 locals’ inhabitants in their legal fight. They have filed a law suit in the administrative court against the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure in May 2017 (currently pending appeals) and against the National Territorial Council in November 2017, with more legal actions about to be launched.