NEWS

Home / News stories

An insight into the state of the Albanian Administrative Territorial Reform



The Association of Albanian Municipalities has just released its most recent paper on the progress of the Administrative reform that the country has undergone starting from 2014.

The main idea behind the whole process was that of achieving a real decentralisation after some previous not substantial efforts through the provision to local authorities of financial and economic powers, rights and responsibilities, and service competencies on essential functions, going one step further in the devolution of powers process.

However, five years and a half after the start of the implementing phase, many issues are still unaddressed. The new administrative boundaries – the report states - along with the reorganisation of local government units, highly fragmented, results today in the unsatisfactory provision of public services to local communities and a severe lack of economy of scale causing excessive administrative costs. Moreover, many local democracy-related aspects of the implementation of the reform remain unclear, particularly with regards to the rights to representation of citizens in the local governments, and the fiscal and administrative realisation of autonomy.

On this basis, the report brings to the attention of the reader the problems and difficulties of local governments in the provision of services, challenges posed by the Administrative Territorial Reform or inherited along with an appeal that undertaking such reform requires broad consensus and a more democratic approach. Issues, recommendations and suggestions contained in this report take in considerations possible solutions for the future, opportunities for further improvements and revisions.

If you want to read the full text of the Report, click here

 


mail

Subscribe Newsletter:

Subscribe to ALDA monthly newsletter, available in five languages - English, French, Italian, Serbian, and Russian

Office in Strasbourg

Council of Europe
1, avenue de l'Europe 
F-67075 Strasbourg - France

Phone: +33 3 90 21 45 93
Fax: +33 3 90 21 55 17
Email: aldastrasbourg@aldaintranet.org
General contact: alda@aldaintranet.org

Office in Brussels

Rue Belliard 20
Bruxelles 1040
Belgium
Public transportation: Metro, stop "Arts-Loi", lines 1, 2, 5, 6

Phone: +32 (0)2 430 24 08
Email: aldabrussels@aldaintranet.org

Office in Vicenza

Viale Milano 36
36100 Vicenza - Italy

Phone: +39 04 44 54 01 46
Fax: +39 04 44 23 10 43
Mail : aldavicenza@aldaintranet.org

 

 

Office in Skopje

Bld. Partizanski odredi 43B/1-5
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Phone: +389 (0) 2 6091 060
Mail: aldaskopje@aldaintranet.org

Office in Subotica

Trg Cara Jovana Nenada 15
SRB-24000 Subotica - Serbia 

Phone: +381 24 554 587
Fax: +381 24 554 587