FLAG is advancing standards of governance in Albania

The Hague Academy is organising a twelve-day training course on Local Service Delivery and the Sustainable Development Goals, from 18–29 June 2018 (deadline 7 May).

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The Foundation works to improve local governance by providing the services of its network of experts, range of tools, and examples of good practice from local governments in Albania, the European Union and further afield.


FLAG works in a number of areas, including environment and waste management, institutional and capacity building, municipal management and services, citizen participation and information policies, decentralisation, community development, and regional development and EU integration

Currently, the Foundation is implementing effective and responsive safety and security policies at the local level in five pilot municipalities, as a follow-up to Matra CoPROL leadership programme for security and rule of law, which was implemented in six Albanian LGUs in collaboration with VNG International.

FLAG has been holding regional workshops throughout Albania with all 61 municipalities. In these workshops FLAG and its team of experts have been building the capacities of the LGUs to develop, adapt and implement Standard Operating Procedures, based upon Law 44/2015 ‘On the Code of Administrative Procedures in the Republic of Albania’. The project is in support of the STAR 2 project

The Foundation has been introducing new concepts into Albania’s waste management. It is the local implementer of a sector study to develop Integrated Solid Waste Management in the country, following on from supporting the organisational and institutional development of Korca Regional Waste Management company, and the development of a feasibility study for a landfill for Vlora. FLAG has developed a regulation on urban waste management and a manual on setting up a compost facility. In 2015, FLAG assisted five Kosovo municipalities develop comprehensive waste management plans, and last year, Adjaria region, Georgia, in developing their first inter-municipal cooperation model for SWM.

The Foundation continues to work with Albania’s municipalities and ICT companies in the drive behind the development of e-Governance in the country.

FLAG has just completed a case study exploring, analysing and discussing cross-policy co-ordination and multi-level governance mechanisms in Albania as they apply to the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSAIR. The Foundation has also undertaken research to assess quality management practices in Kosovo and Albania public institutions.

Earlier in 2017, FLAG helped enhance good governance through improved complaints procedures in Mat Municipality, while in 2016, it conducted public communication campaigns for three municipalities, assisting them to communicate to their citizens their achievements in the year following TAR.

In 2015, FLAG assisted Bulqizë, Burrel, Klos, Peshkopi and Kastriot develop and publish community development plans, with coverage on the local television channels. Previously, it assisted Shkodra and Lezha municipalities and Bushat, Dajç, Kalmet and Velipojë communes install One-Stop-Shops.

Albania joined the EC research programme in January 2007. Information on Horizon 2020 can be found at the EC website.

Local government in Albania

Local elections
The local elections in Albania took place on 21 June 2015. The final report of the international observers mission is available at the OSCE site in English and Albanian.

If you are a municipal mayor or councillor please follow the Services link, top right. If you would like to know more about the areas covered by FLAG’s network of experts please click on Expertise. Some of the Foundation's publications (some in Albanian, some in English, and some in both) are available on-line: please click on Downloads.

All are welcome to use FLAG's documents but an acknowledgement, in which you may refer to this website, would be appreciated.


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