Delegation of the European Union to Albania

EU - Albania Special Group on Public Administration Reform met in Tirana on 10 April

Tirana, Albania , 11/04/2019 - 12:36, UNIQUE ID: 190411_8
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The 8th meeting of the Public Administration Reform Special Group for Albania took place on 10th April in Tirana. The meeting was co-chaired and opened by Mr. Erion Braçe, Deputy Prime Minister, and Mr. Georg Ziegler, Deputy Head of Unit for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European Commission. Opening addresses were also delivered by Ambassador Soreca, Head of the EU Delegation and several Ministers of the Albanian Government. Deputy Prime Minister Braçe reiterated the Government’s commitment to pursue Public Administration reform and to fight corruption and party influence in recruitments of civil service.  Ambassador Soreca stressed the importance of a stable and capable public administration as backbone of the state and its key role in the EU accession process.

Participants discussed the main developments and key priorities in the six key areas of public administration reform, including public finance management, decentralization and local governance, policy development and coordination, civil service reform, service delivery and accountability. The EU side welcomed progress made in several areas such as an improved service delivery to citizens and businesses, the introduction of regulatory impact assessment for better policies and laws, the organisation of centralised recruitments through online testing and more focused training opportunities for the civil service.

The EU side encouraged the Albanian public administration to improve the quality of policy planning, monitoring and implementation by allocating adequate financial and human resources in the administration to allow for a better implementation of policies. More needs to be done in establishing a policy-making system that is open, transparent and inclusive of the relevant stakeholders. The EU side underlined that a well-functioning administration should be built not only at the central but equally on a strong local administration. The decentralisation agenda should be advanced, both in terms of legislation and finances. The EU side called on the Albanian authorities to address the high number of non-enforced court decisions related to unlawful dismissals of public employees and civil servants.

The challenges of the ongoing restructuring of subordinated bodies to ministries, Prime minister’s office and Parliament were discussed and the EU side reiterated the importance of developing a long term strategy for the restructuring process. Throughout the meeting, the EU side stressed the need to strengthen the capacity of the Public Administration to better address the expectations of the citizens and to cope with the manifold challenges in EU accession process. At the same time the European Commission committed to continue assisting Albania to maintain good progress and momentum in the reform of Public Administration.

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