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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Consultative Council established to link central and local government

A new Consultative Council will serve as of today as a platform for dialogue between central government and local authorities

For the first time in Albania the central government will be obliged to consult local government representatives regarding decentralization, local finances and municipal functions. Through the newly established Consultative Council of Central Government and Local Self-Government both levels of authorities will be able to exchange and discuss any policies, laws or initiatives that affects local government and communities.

At an inauguration event today Minister of State for Local Affairs Bledi Çuçi called the Council ‘a key element in the local governance reform and in establishing a climate of real cooperation between the two powers in Albania’. “Today we succeeded in creating a new bridge of communication between us, a new “agora” where we can bring forward in a civilised, constructive and structured way our ideas, policies and objectives as well as any issue that affects local government performance and progress, regardless of political camps or different viewpoints”, said Minister Çuçi.

Swiss Ambassador Christoph Graf called the establishment of the Consultative Council ‘an important milestone for local democracy in Albania’. He stressed the importance of consensus and understanding for a democracy mentioning the example of Switzerland. “Dialogue is a powerful instrument to reach solid and sustainable solutions”, said Ambassador Graf.

The event was greeted by the Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe Andreas Kiefer. Present in the inauguration event was also USAID Albania Director Cate Johnson, Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj and representatives from local government associations.

A first meeting of the Consultative Council took place under the chair of Minister of State Bledi Çuçi. Council members include representatives from both sides of the political spectrum.  

The establishment of this institution creates conditions for a new reality regarding cooperation and strengthening of dialogue between the two levels of power by sanctioning them through a legal mechanism. It followed a decision by the council of ministers approved on December 21st, 2016, and it comes as a direct implementation of the European Charter for Local Self-Government placing Albania among the few advanced member countries of the Council of Europe with such an institution.

The Consultative Council is supported by the Council of Europe, the Swiss Government and USAID.  




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