A brief history of the Italian Cooperation in Albania and areas of intervention updated after the signature of the Protocol on Italian-Albanian Development Cooperation 2010-2012. Support for the country’s socio-economic development and the process of European integration. Italian aid is aligned with the National Strategy for Development and Integration 2007-2103, and, in line with international principles of Aid Effectiveness and the Division of Labour, is concentrated in specific priority areas of intervention (the private sector, agriculture and rural development and social development), identified jointly with the Albanian authorities.
The Italian and Albanian Governments have signed an Agreement for a Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Development Program in Albania.
This document specifies criteria, procedures and conditions for SMEs to access to the Credit Line.
The final version of the programming guidelines of Italian Cooperation for the period 2011-2013. The document refers to the Italian Cooperation strategy for the period 2011-2013: priority fields of intervention, priority geographical areas, overall resources volume, channels and tools.
The Memorandum of Understanding on the division of labor among donors in Albania, signed in May, 2010, recognizes to Italy the role of European Lead Donor in the development of private sector. In Albania the Italian leadership in this field supports the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy (META) to define strategies and develop the private sector, especially regarding small and medium enterprises (SMEs), following the EU recommendations. The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Program has three components: a Credit Line (€ 25 M), a Guarantee Fund (€ 2.5 M) and Technical Assistance (€ 1.7 M). The Italian Cooperation promotes Italian model and experience in the field of SMEs and encourages the interaction between the two countries at the level of institutions and individuals, to promote economic and social development in Albania, on the road towards European integration.
The study collects the final results of the project called "Study Report on the Situation of the Roma Living and working at the Waste Collection Site in Sharre ", funded by Italian Cooperation in Albania and implemented in collaboration with the Municipality of Tirana with the participation of the organizations ARSIS, FBSH and FIDA. The information collected contributes to describe the situation of people living near the landfill and allows drawing a series of recommendations to improve the social, economic and health conditions of this community. The quantitative emerging from the study are also particularly useful to rationalize the actions of strengthening and securing of the Sharra landfill, an important project that the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and the Municipality of Tirana carry on since 2007, thanks to funding from the Italian Cooperation.