Police say a former Albanian labor minister, Spiro Ksera, has been arrested on charges of abuse of power.

Police said Friday that the 48-year-old Ksera is accused of issuing a 30 million-lek (then $285,000, or 215,000 Euro) tender for activities that never took place.

At the time, Ksera was minister of labor, social affairs and equal opportunities in the cabinet of then-Prime Minister Sali Berisha. He left the post in 2013.

The arrest comes as the tiny Balkan country and NATO member hopes to launch full membership talks soon with the European Union. The EU has asked Tirana to step up its fight against corruption.