Support to The Albanian Ministry of European Integration SMEI II

Partners / Beneficiaries


Ministry of European Integration

The mission of the Ministry of European Integration concerns the technical management and co-ordination of the Integration process of the Republic of Albania to the European Union, through the approximation of the national legislation to that of the Community, the development of integration policies, the coordination of financial assistance, and public information on this process.

The Ministry of European Integration’s (MEI) main tasks can be summarised as follows:

  • Co-ordination of work and the monitoring of Albanian institutions in implementing the commitments deriving from the provisions of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. This also includes preparation of, and follow-up on, meetings of the SAA Council Committee and Sub-Committees. MEI monitors and reports on the implementation of European Commission recommendations delivered in the joint meetings with the European Union at various levels.
  • Preparing strategic documents and national programs in consultation with the public administration and other State bodies for the European Integration process in Albania.
  • Co-ordination and monitoring of the process of approximating and harmonising national legislation with the acquis communautaire, and ensuring the compliance of draft legislation with EU legislation, as well as the proper implementation of approximated legislation.
  • Co-ordination of the translation of the EU acquis into the Albanian language, and of the Albanian legislation into one of the EU languages.
  • Guiding and co-ordination of the EC assistance, as well as regional and cross-border co-operation programs. The Minister for European Integration is the National IPA Coordinator (NIPAC).
  • Informing the wider public on all EU issues and ensuring a sound understanding of reforms and changes taking place in society, in line with the EU integration process.
  • Building the capacity of the institutions and preparing them to work toward the EU integration process, and when the time comes, to work with the EU institutions.

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Albanian School of Public Administration, ASPA (Former TIPA)

TIPA is a governmental institution under the Ministry of Interior, and was created in June 2000. The aim of setting up the institute was to develop a sustainable, professional and efficient public administration, in general, and civil servant capacities in particular. The mission of the institution is “to train civil servants, to enhance professional skills, and to improve the knowledge base so that each civil servant can contribute optimally to the achievement of his or her institution’s goals”.

The Institute bases its strategy and activity according to law no. 8549, of 1999 on the Status of Civil Servant. It is organized and functions according to government decision nr. 315, dated 23.06.2000 “On the Establishment and Functioning of the Training Institute for Public Administration and Civil Servants”, as amended in 2004 and 2005. The Institution consists of a Director, Head of Training Division, training managers, finance manager, training specialists and Advisory Board.
The primary aim of SMEI3 support through this intervention is to make TIPA activities in the area of European integration trainings systematic and sustainable. ”Successful response to the European standards and integration requirements” is one of four main priorities of TIPA.

According to the TIPA plans, which are based on the training needs assessment made in 2011, in 2011-2013 the EU integration related issues will be the main focus of the training programme, covering 40% of the entire training courses. A second related aim is to formalize TIPA’s co-operation with the Ministry of European Integration, which is /should be the standard setting of the institution by virtue of its methodological and quality assurance functions in the area of European integration within Albanian public administration.

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The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Albania

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Albania is a permanent diplomatic mission. The Delegation was established in 1993, when the European Commission decided to upgrade its Office of the Special Envoy to a full Delegation in light of the positive democratic developments which had taken place.

The Delegation's main tasks are the following:

  • Fostering political and economic relations between the EU and Albania in the framework of the Stabilization and Association Process (SAP), which is the strategy for helping Albania on its path towards integration into the EU.
  • Managing EU Assistance programmes.
  • Disseminating information about the EU and informing the Albanian general public, decision makers and opinion formers about the integration process, EU institutions and its policies.

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For the past 40 years, the Fineurop Group has been working alongside companies of all sizes in financial transactions involving the export of capital goods.
Thanks to its team’s expertise, its historic links with partner Intesa San Paolo and its network of international relations, the Fineurop Group is able to provide assistance in facilitating the successful conclusion of projects throughout the world
Over time, the Group has broadened the range of services it offers to companies, so that it now boasts a valued presence in the areas of corporate finance, M&A, mezzanine financing and international cooperation.

Established in 1966, Fineurop has followed a successful entrepreneurial path founded on two key elements: innovation and partnership.
As the first financial institution to introduce new solutions for export finance to the Italian market, the firm grew and developed these techniques, so that that they have now become a determining factor in bringing together exporters and importers.
The forging of strategic alliances with leading national and international financial institutions has further strengthened and broadened Fineurop’s range of activities.

Through its various trading subsidiaries, the Group is a financial partner capable of working alongside companies at differing stages in their growth: from geographical expansion to the exploration of new markets and structural consolidation.Fineurop is active in a number of different fields: export finance, forfaiting, corporate finance, mezzanine financing and international cooperation.

Fineurop is active in international cooperation, through the subsidiary company Eurosupport, concluding projects involving multidisciplinary technical assistance funded by the main international donors such as the World Bank and the European Commission. The beneficiaries of these projects are authorities and institutions in developing countries or countries acceding to the European Union.

Our experts provide professional assistance in key areas such as public administration reform, legal harmonization, strategies for integration into the EU, support for SMEs, and procurement of goods and services and labour.
Eurosupport is one of the major Italian players in this field and a privileged partner of the European Union in the realisation of its goal of international cooperation.

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