EMA has the pleasure to share with you the Policy Study- Albania’s challenges in benefiting from the HRDC (IPA IV).
The past twenty years of transition have exposed Albania to major difficulties in adapting to the reality free market economy, generating drastic changes in the functioning of the labour market and consequent re-structuring of employment policies. Meanwhile, the intensification of the European integration process increases the pressure on Albania in taking the responsibility of ensuring a more functional labour market. The European Union supports Albania’s effort to meet membership requirements through the Instrument of Pre Accession (IPA), and in particular, it offers candidate countries the possibility to benefit from IPA component IV on Human Resources Development, a transitory assistance for the management of funds of the European Social Fund in the future. Albania is expected to use these years in order to make the necessary institutional arrangements and preparations to benefit from these funds. This study aims to shed light and encourage a discussion on the effectiveness of current employment policies as well as on Albania’s readiness to benefit from IPA component IV on human resources development. The Policy Study explores features of the labour market in Albania and the impact of employment policies applied, identifying recommendations for policy review and improvement.