European Western Balkans

EU supports Albanian administration capacity building

European flags in front of EP Building in Strasbourg; Photo: European Union

TIRANA – Since Albania is preparing for the opening of the EU accession negotiations, it is considered that the administration capacity building is crucial for the state system.

The EU is supporting Albania’s agenda of ambitious reform through a programme of financial and technical cooperation.

The EU assistance focuses especially on democratic development and good governance, the regulatory reform, capacity building of the administration and development of infrastructure.

Edina Halapi, Coordinator of the EU Delegation in Tirana, said for ATA that a good part of the IPA fund is spent on capacity building of the institutions.

The EU funds for projects in Albania are given in the form of grants, contracts and budgetary support.

“We are actually planning the IPA II funds 2014-2020. We do it annually. There is a total of 65 million Euros for all the sectors,” said Halapi.

According to her, “Under the IPA II programme, Albania has passed into the sector-based approach.”

She emphasized that the main fields are democracy and governance, the rule of law, transport, energy, agriculture, economic development, competitiveness and employment.

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