FLAG is advancing standards of governance in Albania

The Hague Academy is organising a ten-training course on Matra Rule of Law Training Programme on the Integrity of Civil Servants, from 10–19 May 2017 (deadline 23 March).

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The Foundation works to improve local governance by providing the services of its network of experts and range of tools. FLAG provides examples of good practice from local government councils from across Albania and abroad.


FLAG has been assisting the Council of Europe in its support for the territorial and administrative reform of Albania, having also designed the methodology and undertaken a national institutional and training needs assessment focused on human resource management.

The Foundation has now started a sector study to develop Integrated Solid Waste Mangement throughout Albania. FLAG is also assisting a region of Georgia develop the first IMC model for SWM in that country.

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

In 2015, the Foundation supported the municipalities of Drenas, Gjilan, Peja, Mitrovica and Prishtina in Kosova to draft solid waste management plans. At the same time, in Korça and Vlora, FLAG was increasing the capacities of the LGUs and enterprises to provide an improved service. Its support to Korça Regional Waste Management company is ongoing.

FLAG helped in the design of a questionnaire and survey for citizens and officals on public security and rule of law in six Albanian LGUs, developing and setting standards for benchmarking as part of the Matra CoPROL 'Leadership programme for security and rule of law' implemented in Albania by FLAG. The project consortium includes VNG International, CILC and ROI. As part of the project, which is also being conducted in Serbia and Turkey, the Hague Academy hosted study tours by Albanian officials.

In 2014, FLAG designed a poster billboard and supported the creation of a website dedicated to the biological diversity of Lake Shkodra and the River Buna as part of a municipal project to improve recreational facilities and enhance local tourism.

In 2013, FLAG completed a project to assess gender-responsive budgeting in Shkodra, with the aim of making a more efficient implementation and monitoring of the local budget, which will consider men and women equally. The closing conference of Core Development Dibër was held in 2013 on a day set to mark FLAG's tenth anniversary and launch its manual on strategic planning on Amazon Kindle.

Earlier, the strategic plans for Bulqizë, Burrel, Klos, Peshkopi and Kastriot were published, with assessment of the previous plans covered by the local TV channels. FLAG provided its expertise to improve opportunities for youth employment in Shkodra Qark through developing a Territorial Employment Pact, and assisted Shkodra and Lezha municipalities, Bushat, Dajç, Kalmet and Velipojë communes install OSSs.

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.

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