EPRD is leading the Consortium implementing the Project “Municipalities for Europe” (Bashkitë për në Europë) in Albania since September 2017. On 26 April 2018, a large Project conference “Municipalities in the EU integration process of Albania” took place in Tirana. The participants included representatives of the Consortium, the EU Delegation to Albania, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, mayors of Albanian Municipalities and Local Coordinators of 61 EU Info Points, who met together to discuss the local government performance on EU related matters.
The EU Ambassador Vlahutin stressed that accession to the European Union involves all levels of governance and the whole of society, and that Albania will not grow unless all of its parts will be able and strong enough to grow as well. “Fiscal decentralisation is essential so that municipalities in Albania receive considerable tax contributions from businesses that operate in their territories” said VlahutinThe European Union is fully determined to support Albania on its path towards EU membership. The UE Ambassador Romana Vlahutin emphasized that accession to the European Union involves all levels of governance and the whole of society, and that Albania will not grow unless all of its parts will be able and strong enough to grow as well.
The Project will be implemented till March 2019. EPRD will continue its support to local authorities in Albania, so that they can actively contribute to the process of integration with the EU.