In the last twenty years, Albania has undertaken an important path towards political and economic stabilization, the consolidation of democratic institutions and a progressive economic growth. Witnessing this political and economical development, the Italian Cooperation has reformulated its programme, aiming thus mostly at supporting the European integration process of Albania and identifying priorities and strategies for the adoption and implementation of the acquis communautaire, as stated in the new Italian Protocol of Development Cooperation 2010-12.

In order to foster social and economic development, Italy adopts a multi-sectorial approach, implementing projects that touch several areas of intervention. The Italian Cooperation applies both bilateral and multilateral agreements, supporting at the same time NGOsí projects and the decentralized cooperation.

In accordance with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action and the EU Code of Conduct on Complementarity and Division of Labour in Development Policy, the Italian Cooperation works closely with the Albanian institutions, aligning its interventions with the priorities of the Albanian Governement stated in the National Strategy for Development and Integration 2007-2013, a document which combines the principal agendas of Albanian Government. Furthermore, the initiatives of the Italian Cooperation are developped in the frame of aid harmonization, a process undertaken together with the other bilateral and multilateral donors.This process is headed by the Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination, created in 2006 as an integral part of the organisational structure of the Council of Ministers of Albania. Its mission is to assist the Government of Albania in ensuring that policy coordination, at the strategic level, occurs within the Integrated Planning System framework, leading to greater effectiveness, transparency and accountability.

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