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The European Union provides EUR 94 million to support Albania's accession process and confirms its position as the first donor to Albania
Today, the European Union, represented by EU Ambassador Luigi Soreca, and Albania, represented by Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, signed the IPA 2018 Financing Agreement.
During the signature, Ambassador Soreca stated: "The EU is proud to be the first donor in Albania. This support has one goal and one reason: to help Albania become a full member of the European Union family. The agreement we are signing today mirrors our key priorities: justice reform and the fight against organised crime and corruption are and will remain at the heart of our partnership with Albania. But environmental protection and water management will also be heavily supported by the new programme."
The IPA 2018 programme contains two actions in the sector of rule of law and fundamental rights. Their objectives are to create an effective and efficient law enforcement system, which is able to produce a credible track-record in fighting organised crime and to support the creation of an accountable, independent and efficient justice system, aligned to EU legislation and best practices.
The action EU for a cleaner environment of EUR 24.1 million will provide support for wastewater treatment. It aims to enhance water quality and thus it will contribute to economic, social, environmental and territorial development, and will increase tourism attractiveness. This will reinforce municipal wastewater infrastructure and improve the operation of water utilities – for better services to citizens and less pollution of nature. The action will support progressive alignment with the Union acquis and also contributes to achieving the objectives of the National Strategy for Development and Integration related to Water for people.
The EUR 6 million action of EU for Economic Development - Tourism-led local economic development with focus on cultural heritage aims at increasing the contribution of sustainable and responsible tourism to Albania’s economic growth, thus regenerating local economic fabric and urban environment by the rehabilitation of Byllis as a unique site of Albanian, and European, cultural heritage.
Last but not least the EUR 3 million will facilitate and enable the participation of Albanian institutions in the Union Programmes and Agencies such as Customs 2020, Fiscalis 2020, - Programme for Employment and Social Innovation, Erasmus + , COSME, Creative Europe, Sub-Programme Culture and Media, Europe for citizens, Horizon 2020, Justice, EU Fundamental Rights Agency.
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