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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Italian Government furthers its support to the Territorial and Administrative Reform: New financial agreement signed today between Government of Italy and UNDP

Tirana, 18 October: A new agreement worth USD 1.361 million was signed today between Government of Italy and UNDP to support consolidation of the Territorial and Administrative Reform in Albania. This intervention will work to strengthen institutional and administrative capacities of municipal administration to implement the reform as well as modernize public service delivery. In addition, the project will contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16-Good Governance.
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The Italian Ambassador to Albania Mr. Alberto Cutillo who signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Italy highlighted: “I am confident that the Italian contribution can provide a significant opportunity to further join hands to sustain Albania on its path towards EU integration and to bring tangible benefits to the entire Albanian society”.

Brian Williams, the UNDP Resident Representative underlined: “We are all conscious that the consolidation of local governments and local governance has still to overcome a number of serious challenges and needs bold decisions for an effective implementation of the country’s administrative and fiscal decentralization strategies in practice” 

Minister Çuçi expressed appreciation for the support received by the Italian Government and other partners during both phases (STAR 1 &2) of the project implementation. Further the Minister said: “The Administrative and Territorial Reform is now a tangible reality, a reform that helped strengthen decentralization capacities of local governments units across the country. The impact of this key reform has started to show benefits. As such 12 million USD dollars have been saved by cutting administrative expenses and about 15 million USD dollars more, compared to last year, have been collected from local taxes. In partnership with donors we are supporting the creation of digitalized services through one stop shops. We will soon, start implementing the digitalization of archives. The Albanian Government has committed 1.5 million USD to this and 1 million USD are committed by donors. STAR2 has a total financial value of USD 8 million”.

Furthermore, the STAR2 interventions will contribute to the advancement of Albania’s European Union accession process. 

STAR 2 enjoys support by a number of international development partners through the pooled funding mechanism. International partners include: the European Union, the Government of Italy through Italian Development Cooperation, Swiss Government through Swiss Development Cooperation, the Government of Sweden through Swedish International Development Agency, the United States through the United States Agency for International Development and UNDP.



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