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The Date is Set to Stop the Works!

As many of you are aware, on 6 June 2018 the Administrative Court of Appeals in Tirana upheld the request of TOKA & 27 locals to stop the works of Dragobia Energy Hydropower projects.  This request was included in our suit lodged against KKT (the National Territorial Council) for issuing a new construction permit in November 2017, in direct contravention … Read the rest

Court Decision to Halt Construction of HPP

You can down load the full text of the formal decision of the Administrative Court of Appeals, Tirana.  We’ll try to work on a translation, as the language is very very strong and . . . wonderful!

“Pranimin e kerkeses per marrjen e mases se sigurimit te padise duke urdheruar pezullimin e punimeve ne zbatim te aktit administrativ, vendimit te … Read the rest

The Tide is Turning in the Fight to Save Valbona Valley NP

Last week (on 6 June, in an unpublicized closed-door hearing), a panel of 3 judges in the administrative appeals court of Tirana ruled to overturn the previous decision of the court, instead upholding the request of NGO TOKA and 27 inhabitants for a stop work injunction against the construction of the Dragobia Energy hydropower plants in Valbona Valley National Park.  … Read the rest

VALBONA FLOWS IN SKANDERBEG SQUARE

On May 24, 2018, the Valbona River will flow to Tirana’s Skanderbeg Square, to “protest” against the hydropower constructions threatening 30km of its length. Under attack by a proposed 14 hydropower plants – three of which are already under construction – the Valbona River is one of Europe’s last remaining wild rivers and the heart of Northern Albania’s Valbona Valley

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We Won’t Stop – First Hearing in Gener2 vs TOKA

Gener 2 & Dragobia Energy vs. TOKA and Catherine Bohne “The American of Valbona”

First Hearing 2 May 2018

On 2nd May at midday, in the Gjykata e Rrethit Gjyqesor in Tirana (Civil Court), Judge Eneida Civici presided over the first procedural hearing in the case of Gener-2 and Dragobia Energy vs. NGO TOKA and Catherine Bohne, in which the … Read the rest

1st Community Forum Meeting & Sustainable Development Workshop

28 April 2018

TOKA offices, Bajram Curri

9:00 – 13:00

1st Community Forum Meeting & Sustainable Development Workshop

Visegrad Fund Project: A Voice for Tropoja

 

On Saturday, 28 April, 2018, thirteen participants gathered from around Tropoja representing 7 different villages to take part in our first monthly community forum and development workshop as sponsored by the Visegrad-funded project … Read the rest

TOKA & 27 Inhabitants vs. KKT

On Wednesday, 21 March at 13:30, there will be the final court hearing in TOKA & 27 inhabitants vs. KKT, the suit in which we challenge the government’s decision in November 2017 to issue a new construction permit for the Dragobia Energy Hydropower plant constructions.

The hearing on Wednesday will have the final formal presentation of the arguments, and should … Read the rest

Criminal Charges Filed Today Against the Falsification of Signatures of local inhabitants during public consultations in 2013

Today, thirty inhabitants of the village of Dragobi and The Organization to Conserve the Albanian Alps (TOKA) have signed and submitted criminal charges for falsification of the signatures of villagers of Dragobi in 2013.

The charge has been brought against Adem Metailaj, the head of village Dragobi, and against Artila Ulaj, as administrator of company DRAGOBIA ShPK, the two officials … Read the rest

Dragobi Delegation Visits the US Embassy, 1 Dec 2017

On Friday, 1 Dec 2017, a delegation of 8 local inhabitants of the Valbona Valley village Dragobia were welcomed to the US Embassy by Ambassador Donald Lu.  They requested the meeting in order to ask for the diplomatic community’s intervention in the ongoing situation in Valbona Valley National Park, where for as long as 4 months, many houses have been … Read the rest