Albanian Embassies Expenditures, 38% Higher in 2017
Albanian Daily News
Published September 28, 2017
The Albanian Embassies spent more funds during the first semester of 2017. A balance-sheet for the non-trade payments made public on Thursday by the government indicates that the embassies expenditures increased by 38%, the equivalent of USD 5.5 Million in comparison to past year.
This fund does not include the salaries fund paid by the state budget for the diplomatic corps in these countries where there's an Albanian embassy. The salaries are included in a separate section which also shows an increase during the same period of time. The published data indicate that a fund of USD 2.1 Million has been paid in 6-months, showing an increase of 10.5% compared to the USD 1.9 Million of the past year.
On the other side there seems to be a decrease in the total paid for trips. A fund of only USD 1 Million has been allocated by the government for this purpose from January to May 2017, registering a 27% decrease on annual basis.
Albania has at least 50 diplomatic missions located on seven continents. This number does not include only the embassies near important international institutions such as UNESCO, UN, OSCE, NATO, EC and EU.