The Albanian capital has progressed more in environmental policy, with the World Health Organization selecting Tirana as one of the cities that has gone the furthest in regards to policies for improving air, environment and cleanliness.
Present at the conference "Reduction of air pollution - improving the health of children", organized in Geneva, mayor Veliaj stressed that Tirana has made a significant improvement compared to three years ago, but there is still much work to be done.
“I am very happy whenever Tirana is mentioned for good and occupies some of the international attention to all the changes that have taken place.
“I am proud today that Tirana has been selected as one of the cities that have advanced the most in policies for improving air, environment and cleanliness.
“When I think of how we started three years ago, when we did not have a company doing the cleaning of the city, when Skanderbeg Square was conquered by cars, the New Bazaar was full of cars, the Park of Shattered Lake.
“Yes, I can say we have done a lot of work, but there is still a lot of work to do," expressed Erion Veliaj.
Citing the World Health Organization report, which warns that young children are the ones who are suffering the most from the pollution that comes especially from cars, Veliaj called on citizens to minimize movement with vehicles.
“One of the most worrying things today was the report of the World Health Organization, which says that children are the ones who suffer most from the pollution of cities.
“We are a city that has no industry, no factories, no plants, no chimneys, but there are so many cars.
“From this report we conclude that reducing the use of cars for short-distances, such as going from cafe to cafe or to the bakery, when you can really walk on foot or ride a bike, we will significantly increase the air quality and quality of life in Tirana,” concluded Veliaj.
On his visit to Switzerland, the Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, was received at a special meeting by the Mayor of Geneva, Sami Kanaan.
The two counterparts expressed their readiness to work together on issues of mutual interest for the two cities.