Alice Taylor

Twenty Albanian nature organisations have condemned the start of works on a new airport in Vlora, in the south of the country, saying it is illegal and environmental assessments were unprofessional, reports

Prime Minister Edi Rama inaugurated the Vlora Airport construction on Saturday (27 November). But environmentalists say that as it will be built partially in the Vjosa-Narta Protected Area and in a region. frequented by migratory and rare birds, it is illegal.

The project will be built through a 35-year concession worth €103 million and will take three years to complete. The concessions’ consortium includes Maxtex Group, owned by Behgjet Pacolli, Kosovo’s richest businessman and former minister of foreign affairs, and Turkish owned YDA group.

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