Policy Study: An insight into the employment promotion programs in Albania and the country’s challenges in benefiting from the Human Resources Development Component (IPA IV), November 2012

Photo-Policy Study- An insight into the employment promotion programs in Albania- Nov 2012EMA has the pleasure to share with you the policy study: “An insight into the employment promotion programs in Albania and the country’s challenges in benefiting from the Human Resources Development Component (IPA IV)” supported by the Balkan Trust for Democracy and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

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. For their intrinsic correlation, the two aspects are jointly presented in this study, organized in two parts:

  • Part I of the study explores features of the labour market in Albania and the impact of employment policies applied, identifying recommendations for policy review and improvement.
  • Part II follows with an analysis of the opportunities for development and social cohesion that come along with IPA component IV. Looking at Albania’s future participation in the programme, it assesses the state of affairs concerning institutional and legal preparations.

The research findings are concentrated on both qualitative and quantitative data of state institutions, those of the European Union, as well as evaluations and conclusions reached by other relevant actors at a round table held in July 2012.

EMA – Part I An insight into the employment promotion programs in Albania

EMA – Part II: Albania’s challenges in benefiting from the Human Resources Development Component (IPA IV)