Veliera Project, Vangjush Dako Wins against Civil Society
Albanian Daily News
Published February 13, 2018
The construction work for the urban requalification project 'Veliera' in Durrės will continue.
The Administrative Court decided on Tuesday to refuse the request made by the civil society to suspend this project after the foundations of a centuries-old building were discovered, as well as an antique cannon and a cannon ball.
Court decided only to suspend the construction work only in area 'A', but did not accept to block the whole project.
The representative of Civil Society, Mirela Jorgo, reacted right away after the decision, saying that they do not agree at all with the court.
"We cannot accept the court decision. We will appeal the case and send it to Strasbourg, she warned. The demands of civil society had to do with the misuse of the mayor's office, Vangjush Dako, and putting to responsibility those who damaged archaeological discoveries during excavations.
The Veliera project, in its current form, intervenes in the nationally protected archeological zone, as established by Decision of the Council of Ministers no. 237 on March 23, 2011.
Citizens from Durrės, civil society activists, and archeologists protested against the requalification project and the damage it causes to the rich cultural and archeological heritage of the city. A criminal case was filed against Mayor of Durrės Vangjush Dako, a strong supporter of the Veliera project, at the Prosecution of Durrės.