Transport and infrastructure
have always been areas in which Italian Cooperation’s commitment has been
consistent. Counting funded and ongoing initiatives, the overall financial
contribution currently amounts to over €84 million.
Albania is at the Balkan end
of Corridor VIII, the channel linking the Caucasus and Western Europe. It is an
important route for trade but also for communications between peoples and
Italy is participating in this ambitious project through the
implementation of large-scale road-building and maritime works (the
Lushnje-Fier-Vlore road and the restructuring of the port of Vlora), which will
provide the country with a modern, efficient system of communications and
transport, able to meet the country’s increasing mobility needs.
A second front of Italy’s
commitment in the sector regards improving the Greece-Montenegro route. As part
of this, it has funded the planning, project management and construction of
about 35 kms of road between Shkoder and Hani Hotit.
In order to support the
completion of ongoing infrastructure projects, Italian Cooperation is providing
€2.1 million in financing for a "Project facility for feasibility studies
and final planning in the infrastructure sector", aimed at implementing
the interventions projected in the previous sectoral programmes.