Situation in mines is improving, says Albanian PM

Situation in mines is improving, says Albanian PM

Tirana, October 9, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

In today’s parliamentary proceedings, where lawmakers discussed a bill on the mineral sector, prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama declared that the state of the industry is improving and this guarantees progress in the future. He said that the new bill offers better safety conditions at work, in order to avoid accidents.

“The revocation of licenses for 160 subjects which did not meet their contractual obligations with the state serves as a proof of the efforts to improve safety at work. We’re separating from the past, where there was a big gap between profits and working conditions”, said Rama.

On his part, minister of Energy and Industry, Damian Gjiknuri said that the bill addresses  technical capacities, which represent an obligation for the user of mineral permits and which aims at taking adequate measures to avoid accidents and improve safety.

Gjiknuri said that during the last government in office, work used to be done in violation of all regulations.

“There were great technical and technological deficiencies. Our main priority is safety at work. We inspected how safety rules were complied with. We obliged investors to carry out investments on safety”, said the minister. /ibna/