Italian Government contributes to Territorial and Administrative Reform in AlbaniaSep 19, 2014
The Italian Government signed today an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for providing a financial contribution of 800,000 Euros to UNDP’s multi-donor fund in support to the Government of Albania Administrative and Territorial Reform. This strengthens further the international support towards this key national priority.
During the official ceremony, the Italian Ambassador, Mr. Massimo Gaiani and the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, signed the said agreement, thus formalizing the Italian contribution to the second phase of STAR project (Support to Territorial and Administrative Reform). This phase will focus on the transitory and implementation stages of the reform.
The Minister of State for Local Issues, Bledi Cuci while appreciating the continuous donor support to this major initiative emphasized that: “The second phase of the reform is very important because it aims to create the conditions for the amalgamation and functioning of the new municipalities, and not remain pending due to bureaucratic procedures. Our goal is to have within a short time, Local Government Units focused on their primarily mission: to deliver efficient and qualitative services to the communities.”
In his statement, the Italian Ambassador Massimo Gaiani highlighted: “We embrace the government’s commitments to making the territorial reform process follow international standards for analytical objectivity, transparency and inclusiveness. To that end, we have provided our support to the Government of Albania through the United Nations Development Program which will bring the international and national expertise for the government to deliver on these commitments - in close coordination with other important international actors.”
Representatives of other international partners attending the event, such as Sweden, Switzerland and US reconfirmed their support to the administrative and territorial reform and importance of moving forward to the implementation phase.
The implementation phase of the project aims determining the approach and prepare the necessary tools for the new municipalities that will be operational in 2015.