( March 2008- December 2008 ; April 2009 – July 2010 ; October 2010 – May 2010; January 2011 – December 2012 / funded by the Ayswartiges Amt and the European Commission)
The Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC) is a project of the Transparency International network in South-Eastern Europe. The establishment of this center has been provoked by the necessity to improve the level of civil knowledge on the challenges, facing citizens in counteracting everyday corruption, as well as raising their awareness on the approaches and mechanisms for combating corruption at legislative and institutional levels.
Through the services it provides, the center has been aiming to preventively address issues generated by corruption in a wide range of segments of the public sector, offering victims and witnesses information regarding both general means of intervention, and specific means of intervention for the respective structure
The activity of the Center aims at:
giving an opportunity to the citizens to take an active part in combating corruption by providing them with free-of-charge legal advice and consultation in support of their efforts for pursuing corruption acts, committed by public institutions or their officials;
increasing the ability and willingness of public institutions to receive and act upon corruption-related complaints;
raising public trust in state institutions and the introduction of systematic improvements (legislative, administrative and institutional) in the fight against corruption.
The team of legal experts in the Centre offers legal advice concerning:
The rights of citizens in cases of corrupt behavior of public officials;
The possibilities offered by the legislation in force for counteracting the acts of corruption;
The administrative authorities responsible for the respective cases.
The practical assistance offered by the Centre includes consultation on the preparation of the complaints of citizens, information about the legal procedures applicable to the case in question, exploring the potential weaknesses in the legal argumentation of the complaints and assistance indealing with those weaknesses, as well as advice about the ways to acquire the necessary documentation.
The Centre DOES NOT:
provide assistance on anonymous signals
perform investigations on cases of corrupt behavior
launch campaigns against individuals or institutions
represent its clients in court, in trials regarding the cases brought to its attention or in other trials
provide assistance and counseling for cases being judged in courts
How to contact the Centre?
04 2267 457 is the telephone line. It can be used for submitting corruption complaints and requesting information regarding the activities of the centre. The line is open between 8:00 and 16:00, every working day.
You can also submit complaints of corruption on-line at: http://tia.al on the e-mail address of the Center: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or by post: Bulevardi “Gjergj Fishta”, Projekt 2000, Kulla 5, Ap. 6, Tirana, Albania.