The EU-funded twinning project "Strengthening of capacities of the Consumer Protection Commission and its Technical Secretariat" was launched on Thursday at the premises of the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship.
The project brings the best practices of Lithuania and will support the enforcement of consumer protection legislation in line with the European Union legislation in order to contribute to the well-functioning of Albanian market economy. It will also stimulate and reward competition with empowered and confident consumers.
With a budget of EUR 250,000 over a six-month period, the project aims to strengthen and enhance the institutional capacities of the Albanian authorities for enforcement of consumer protection legislation through the harmonisation of the relevant practices with the EU best practices. It will also further develop the capacities of Albanian institutions and assist in raising public awareness of consumers' rights. The awareness raising activities will contribute to higher level of consumer awareness which in turn should stimulate competition, as well informed and empowered consumers are the main drivers of fair competition.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Consumer Protection Commission, the Ministry of Finance and the partners from the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, State Consumer Rights Protection Authority ant Central Project Management Agency of the Republic of Lithuania will jointly implement the project.