EU to provide 130 million Euro to support public money efficiency in Albania

Romana Vlahutin

ata_maliTIRANA – The European Union will provide an amount of around 130 million Euro to support the implementation of public finance management, public administration reform, employment, anti-corruption, transport strategy, as well as the key judicial reform in Albania, said EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin on Monday.

Addressing a panel discussion “Responsible use of public funds” at the Faculty of Economics of Tirana University, the EU diplomat noted that the EU assistance will be made available on the basis of demonstrating progress and results in the implementation of public finance management, public administration reform, employment, anti-corruption, transport strategy.

“Whoever is in the Government is the most responsible for the proper use, proper planning of public money. For this support there are very clear benchmarks of improvement which need to be demonstrated for the management of public funds and our assistance is dispensed only after these benchmarks are fulfilled,” Vlahutin said.

Addressing the event, Finance Minister Arben Ahmetaj said that the Socialist Party-led government has embarked on key reforms that will ensure more proper planning and efficient spending of public money.

“The public funds management reform is designed to strengthen best public service practices to ensure best support to economy, employment and protection of vulnerable social categories,” Ahmetaj said.