1. Overview

    A far-reaching reform

    The Albanian Government successfully developed and is now implementing the Administrative-Territorial Reform by organizing local government into 61 municipalities. The new territorial organization aims to empower the new municipalities by enhancing their capability to provide high quality and timely services to citizens and increasing the efficiency of local governments’ resource management.

  2. Objective 1: Improving services

    Objective 1: Improving services for citizens at the local level

    The Administrative-Territorial Reform will lead to local governments’ enhanced administrative, professional, and technical efficiency to deliver modern and qualitative services for citizens. The administrative units (ex-communes) will continue to offer basic services for every citizen of the new municipalities.

  3. Objective 2: Maximizing efficiency

    Objective 2: Maximizing efficiency and good governance

    The Administrative-Territorial Reform will lead to enhanced good governance at the local and regional level; efficient service delivery and effective collection of tariffs and fees by local governments; greater ability to promote and encourage sustainable local economic development.

  4. Objective 3: Empowering local governments

    Objective 3: Empowering local and regional
    governments, citizens and communities

    The Administrative-Territorial Reform will empower local and regional governments by decentralizing more functions and competencies and allocating more public funds to them. The 61 new municipalities will have more opportunities to take part in international cooperation projects; absorb more funds from EU and other donors; and enjoy larger bargaining power vis-à-vis the central government, as well as a greater scope for inter-municipal cooperation.

  5. Stakeholders

    An inclusive reform

    The Albanian Government developed and nurtured a platform for close and meaningful cooperation among all stakeholders of the Administrative-Territorial Reform and complied with the highest standards of inclusiveness and transparency. 20,341 citizens, representatives of public institutions and independent agencies, local government, civil society, private sector, media, as well as international organizations and programs, participated in the consultation process.

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European Commission Progress Report positively evaluates the administrative and territorial reform

November 12, 2015 - Minister of State for Local Issues, Mr. Bledi Çuçi during the press conference today, held at the Prime Ministers` HQ welcomed the Progress Report of the European Commission, presented by Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn before MEPs in Brussels and handed to the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama by the Ambassador of the EU Delegation in Tirana, Romana Vlahutin.

This year's report assesses positively the achievements of Albania within a year, among others emphasizing the progress made with the approval and start of implementation of the administrative and territorial reform, as well as the adoption of the decentralization strategy.

Minister Çuçi in his statement said: "In the spirit of the recommendations of the Progress Report, the Albanian Government has started to address them and has already approved the new draft law "On Local Self-Governance", which is awaiting to be approved by the Parliament by the end of the year. Meanwhile, we are in the process of structuring of a financial and administrative package, as well as transferring a variety of functions from central to local government."

Drafting and approval of this bill is particularly important at a time when the administrative and territorial reform has entered its implementation phase, bettering the organization and functioning of the local government units.

Positive assessments of Progress Report regarding the adoption of the new administrative and territorial division and the decentralization strategy was also highlighted by Ambassador Vlahutin at the press conference held two days ago, in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Ambassador Vlahutin opened her statement by saying:  "I had to sum up the report with a phrase, I would say something that you have heard from Commissioner Hahn - this is a very stable progress Albania that has made with regard to the key priorities that will lead to the opening of negotiations for membership.”

Administrative and territorial reform, carried out by the Minister of State for Issues and in close cooperation and with the unconditional support of the international donors` community in Albania, gained historic proportions for the Albanian state and, so far, it is considered a lead reform of the Albanian Government.



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