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REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA MINISTR Y OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION. Regional Conference “THROUGH COOPERATION TOWARDS INTEGRATION” Montenegro, 8-9 th October 2007. Working Group II Instrument of Pre Accession and Cross Border Cooperation. Content. Organization and respons i bilities

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Regional conference through cooperation towards integration montenegro 8 9 th october 2007



Regional Conference


Montenegro, 8-9th October 2007

Working Group II

Instrument of Pre Accession and Cross Border Cooperation


  • Organization and responsibilities

  • Overview of EU funds

    • Component I – “Institution Building and Transition Support”

    • Component II – “Cross Border Cooperation”

  • Challenges…

Eu assistance implementing structures

Delegation of the European Commission

Central Managing Authority of the EC Assistance

Ministry of European Integration

National IPA Coordinator on the Albanian Government’s side

Department of Donor and Strategy Coordination

within the Council of Ministers provides support to the process through the IPS

EU Assistance Implementing Structures

Ipa coordinating structures

Council of Ministers

European Union

Department Strategy and Donor Coordination

European Commission

EC Delegation in Albania

Member States

Ministry of European Integration

IPA Unit

CBC Unit

Line Ministries and other Government Agencies

IPA Coordinating Structures

Ministry of european integration
Ministry of European Integration

  • Appointed National IPA Coordinator

  • Two main Sectors:

    • Sector of IPA dealing with Component I

    • Sector of Regional Cooperation dealing with Component II

  • Main Tasks

    • lead the process of programming EU funds

    • co-operation with Line Ministries and central institutions to identify the priorities for funding by IPA Programme and in consultation with the Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination shall submit these priorities for approval to the Strategic Planning Committee

    • coordinate, monitor and report the implementation of EU funded projects between the DEC and Line Institutions

  • Department of donor and strategy coordination
    Department of Donor and Strategy Coordination

    • The Department is responsible for implementing the Integrated Planning System (IPS) approved by the Government in November 2005

    • The Department main Tasks are:

      • To improve consultation process with donor community

      • To align international assistance with national priorities

    • The Department coordinates all sources of Foreign Assistance

    • In charge of preparing the Strategic Planning Committee agenda

    European integration units
    European Integration Units

    • Establishment of EIU in each Line Ministry was done by CMD no. 179, dated 22.02.2006

    • Under direct supervision and responsibility of the Secretary General in each Line Ministry

    • Role: Coordination and support in implementing SAA obligations within the Line Ministry,

      • contact points for the programming phase

    • Accommodation of SPO’s upon future appointments

    Overview of eu financial assistance to albania
    Overview of EU Financial Assistance to Albania

    • CARDS 2001 – Completed

    • CARDS 2002 – Completed

    • CARDS 2003 – Completed

    • CARDS 2004 – Contracting completed

    • CARDS 2005 – Implementation has started in 2006, contracting to be completed Sept.2008

    • CARDS 2006 – Approval Procedures have started

    • IPA 2007 – Signature of Financial Agreement expected end of 2007

    • IPA 2008– Under programming phase

    Overview of eu assistance under ipa
    Overview of EU Assistance under IPA

    Albania for the period 2007 – 2009 benefits form Component I and II

    Ipa 2007 projects
    IPA 2007 projects

    • Political requirements (16.5 million Euro)

      • Support for PAMECA

      • TA to the CFCU

      • Implementation of the pre-detention system

    • Economic and social requirements (9.5 million Euro)

      • Contribution to multibeneficiary programs

      • Support to INSTAT

      • Support SME policies

    • European Standards (28.3 million Euro)

      • Rehabilitation of water and sewerage system

      • Customs and Taxation Support

    Key lessons from ipa 2007
    Key lessons from IPA 2007

    • National Plan for the implementation of the SAA

      • Basic document for reporting the accomplishment of the Albanian obligations in the European Integration Process

      • Basic reference for programming of IPA assistance

    • Financial needs from the National Plan reflected to the MTBP and the annual budget as part of the Gov’t Integrated Planning System

    • Overlapping of CARDS project

    • Projects under Component of regional development

    Regional conference through cooperation towards integration montenegro 8 9 th october 2007

    Identification of priorities for IPA 2008

    The deadline to submit IPA project fiches is beginning of February 2008, IPA Committee June 2008

    Revision of the NPISAA

    Submission of project fiches

    Working groups

    Set up of Internalworking groups / discussion with Line Ministries

    IPA '08

    After a final approval of the potential project ideas, beneficiaries will write the project fiches

    Writing of project fiches

    Strategic Planning Committee

    Discussion with ECD

    Approval in principle in the SPC / Discussion with ECD

    Current stage

    Programming of IPA 2008

    Cbc component
    CBC Component

    1. CBC Programmes (bordering countries)

    1.1 EU member states

    IPA-Adriatic - ~15 mln Euro 2007-2009

    Greece-Albania ~ 4 mln Euro 2007-2009

    1.2 Western Balkans

    Albania-Montenegro ~ 2,5 Mln Euro 2007-2009

    Macedonia-Albania ~2.7 Mln Euro 2007-2009

    Unilateral programme at the regions bordering Kosovo 2007 – 0.5 Mln Euro ( 2.4 Mln Euro 2007-2009)

    Cbc component con t
    CBC component (Con’t)

    Current status:

    • Programming Structures of the CBC Programmes have been established

    • Preparation of the CBC Programme documents

      • internal borders: fyRoM-AL, AL-MN, unilateral Programme with Kosova

      • external borders: GR-AL, Adriatic

    • Submission of the CBC Programmes in the European Commission

      Future activities:

    • Raise the awareness for participation in CBC Programmes (training of local stakeholders, in the framework of the launch of proposal)

    • Preparation on building the JTSs of the CBC Programmes

    Cbc component con t1
    CBC Component (Con’t)

    2.Transnational Programmes

    • Southeast Europe – 0.6 Mln Euro for 2007-2009

      • Programme submitted – To be approved by the end of December 2007

  • MED 2007 – no participation for 2007, under discussion participation for the coming years

    3.Interregional Programmes

    • No current participation

  • Community programmes
    Community Programmes

    • Lead the internal and external consultation and coordination process (Line Ministries and Stakeholder)

    • Preparation and start of the participation procedures

    • Expresion of interest for full participation in 2008 in:

      - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

      - Competitiveness & Innovation Programme (CIP)

      - Europe for Citizens

      - Youthin Action

    • Close cooperation with line Ministries in preparatory/information activities

    • Support for providing the necessary compatible framework conditions for the management of CPs (strengthening administrative capacities)

    Challenges ahead

    • Enhance capacities to better conduct the programming process and the monitoring of project implementation;

    • Better coordination with member states and IFIs;

    • Completion of the decentralization process

    Programming and monitoring of project implementation
    Programming and monitoring of project implementation

    • Greater active involvement of the beneficiaries since the programming phase;

    • Enhance administrative capacity to manage the projects ;

    • Conduct independent assessment of the efficiency of projects that are being implemented as well as effectiveness (objectives achievement)

    Donor coordination
    Donor coordination

    Need for better coordination of donor assistance:

    • improvement of consultation process with donor community through donor meetings and working tables;

    • alignment of international assistance with national priorities;

    Towards decentralization process
    Towards decentralization process

    • Council of Ministers Decision on the newly established IPA implementation structures:

      • Appointment of CAO, NAO, PAO

      • CFCU – Central Financing and Contracting Unit is established within the Ministry of Finance

      • SPO – Senior Programme Officer to be appointed within the European Integration Units

    • Close cooperation with the MF and transition from centralized to the DIS:

      • establishment of effective and efficient management of the tendering and contracting procedures, and

      • viable technical and financial reporting system

    Contact details
    Contact Details

    Ministry of European Integration

    • Department of Institutional Support and the Integration Process

    • Tel 228645/ fax 256267

    • E-mail: (Head of Department) (IPAUnit) (IPA Unit) (CBC Unit) (CBC Unit)