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 cultures.
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.

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