Annual Meeting on EU Financial Assistance Takes Place in Tirana
Albanian Daily News
Published March 14, 2018
The IPA Monitoring Committee met in Tirana to discuss progress in the implementation of EU funding to Albania. The meeting was co-chaired by Ditmir Bushati, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Michela Matuella, Head of Unit for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission.
The discussions focused both on the programming of future funding and on the overall effectiveness, quality, and coordination of the implementation of ongoing programmes.
The Albanian authorities provided a thorough update on progress in the different sectors.
The EU, which is the biggest donor to Albania, reconfirmed its commitment to support Albania in the reforms' implementation, focusing on governance, justice and rule of law, connectivity, competitiveness and socio-economic development. The EU underlined the need to ensure monitoring and coordination of reforms, consistency between strategies and budget allocations as well as close coordination with the entire donors' community in the country. The importance of EU regional programmes was emphasised also in view of the six flagship initiatives of the recent Commission Communication on the Western Balkans.
Representatives of EU Member States and civil society and members of the National Council for Civil Society attended as observers.