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Introduction

During the first term of Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama (2013-2017), the Albanian Government procured four major services for the public health system through private-public partnerships. Opposition parties opposed procurement of the four services and the media criticised their efficiency, their cost and irregularities in the public procurement procedures.

Country
Albania
Sector
Health & pharma, Public procurement
Offence
Abuse of power, Active corruption of officials, Passive corruption of officials
Phase
Investigation

Case Overview

During the first term of Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama (2013-2017), the Albanian Government procured four major services for the public health system through private-public partnerships. Opposition parties opposed procurement of the four services and the media criticised their efficiency, their cost and irregularities in the public procurement procedures.

The Ministry of Health, led by Ilir Beqaj, organised the procurement. The procured services were for (1) health checks for adults between the ages of 40 and 65 years old, (2) sterilisation of hospital equipment, (3) laboratory services and (4) haemodialysis. The contracts had a minimum total value of approximately €310 million and each contract was valid for ten years. The fourth contract for haemodialysis was signed during the second term of the Socialist government when Beqaj was no longer minister for health, but the bidding process started under his tenure.