Analysis 21 Apr 17

Albania Pours Dollars Into US Lobby Firms

Parties in Albania are spending relatively huge sums of money on agents in the US – for what would appear dubious benefits.

Gjergj Erebara
Albania's Prime Minister and the leader of the Socialist Party, Edi Rama. Photo: Armando Babani/EPA

On April 13, Albania’s ruling Socialist Party employed a new lobbyist in the United States, increasing the number of “foreign agents” representing Albanian interests registered with the US Justice Department to six.

The contract obliges the party to pay to US lobby firm Ballard Partners 20,000 US dollars a month for 12 months, making a total of 240,000 dollars - equal to about 225,000 euros.

The hefty sum is disproportionate compared to the declared annual budget of the Socialist Party in Albania.

For the 2016 fiscal year, the party declared a revenue of 637,000 euros and expenditure of 540,000 euros.

Subscribe to Balkan Insight Premium to read the full article.

Please login to your account below if you are already a Premium Subscriber.

Buy Premium Subscription

Our Premium Service gives you full access to all content published on, including analyses, investigations, comments, interviews and more. Choose your subscription today and get unparalleled in-depth coverage of the Western Balkans.

Buy Premium Subscription

If you have trouble logging in or any other questions regarding you account, please contact us

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest News from the Balkans

28 Apr 17

Albania MPs Elect Speaker Meta as President

Premium Selection

28 Apr 17

Romania’s Slow Preparation for EU Presidency Alarms Experts

Experts are concerned by the slow pace of preparations in Bucharest for Romania’s EU Council presidency in 2019, when it will have to oversee thousands of high-profile events. 

28 Apr 17

Croatian Islanders Fight to Preserve Golden Beach

After the government scrapped an unpopular concession given to company over Zlatni Rat beach, islanders on Brac say they will fight on to ensure such precious resources remain in the hands of the community.