The report analyses the policy development and coordination process for the regional development and cohesion policy in Albania. There are two institutions that are responsible for the RDC policy in Albania: Prime Minister’s Office (specifically the Deputy Prime Minister Office) and Albanian Development Fund (ADF), an institution established in 1993.
The report follows a standard outline established by WeBER 2.0 methodology. The report is based on the analyses of 15 requirements for three selected legal acts. The Law no. 102/2020, on ‘Regional Development and Cohesion’, the DCM no. 459, 30.07.2021 “On defining development regions in Albania and their boundaries” and the draft Policy for “Regional Development and Cohesion” were part of this analysis. The assessment for these three documents included the examination of, ex-ante procedures and of the consultation processes conducted by the responsible/lead institutions (Prime Minister’s Office and Albanian Development Fund (ADF).
A narrative analysis is provided for the assessment of each requirement, based on relevant documents and interviews with representatives representatives of assessed institution are conducted, to complement available evidence or to get first-hand insights necessary for final assessments.
During the monitoring process in general can be assessed that some challenges have been identified when it comes to consultation process and policy development process: First, the RDC policy in Albania is a new field and only in recent years there has been institutionalized and formalized in the institutional and legal framework. The Law on RDC was adopted in 2020, while the process of adoption of the sublegal acts is still undergoing and not yet finalized. It is concluded that out of 15 requirements in total there are 1 requirement fully met, 8 requirements partially met and 6 requirements not met.
Monitoring Report: The public administration reform (PAR) mainstreaming in Policy Development and Coordination for the Regional Development and Cohesion Policy