Minister of Finance, Arben Ahmetaj has described the accusations that the construction sector is using dirty money as a political attack.

At a press conference, the minister explained that this sector has grown due to the increase in loans and the approval of the regulatory plan.

According to the head of finances, regardless of growth, the value of building permits for 2017 remains smaller than that of 2014, the time when the municipality was headed by Lulzim Basha.

"The growth came due to the increase in loans and approval of the regulatory plan," explained Arben Ahmetaj.

The blue headquarters had an immediate response to the comments with Deputy Chair of the Economic Commission, Jorida Tabaku saying construction in Albania has transformed into a dirty money washing machine.

"The construction sector has turned into the Laundromat for dirty money," outlined Tabaku.

According to the latest INSTAT data, 819 permits were approved last year from 455 permits approved in 2016, marking an increase of 364, with the majority of permits being issued in the country's capital, Tirana.