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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Steering Committee meets for Territorial and Administrative Reform

December 11, 2015 - Minister of State for Local Issues, Bledi Çuçi and the representatives of “STAR” Project ("Support to Territorial and Administrative Reform") presented recent achievements of the Territorial and Administrative Reform at a meeting with the Steering Committee.

Working groups in 61 new municipalities, together with the experts of the “STAR” Project and under the assistance of a consortium “Grant Thornton” and “Inter BBK-Auditing” contracted in September this year, have managed to provide 384 financial and operational reports corresponding to the former LGUs. This presents an important step forward in the framework of financial and administrative consolidation process of the new municipalities.

Among other topics discussed during the meeting were progress made in the assessment and processing of the archives, as well as the proposed draft organizational chart for the new municipalities which is expected to be further discussed and approved by the mayors and municipal councils.
Participants were also updated on the administrative border GIS specification process and Operational Development Plans for the municipalities.


Territorial and Administrative reform continues to successfully complete the stages envisaged under the leadership of the Minister of State for Local Issues, Bledi Çuçi, with international partners` and donors` support. 



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