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Peers from South-East Europe support Albania in improving local finance legislation


Tirana, 8 February 2016 - How to construct a law on local finance that will ensure adequate resources for competent and efficient local government for the benefit of the citizens of Albania is the topic of the regional workshop "Best practices in Local Government Finance Legislation: the South-East Europe experience and the challenges facing Albania", organised by the USAID’s Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP) and the Network of Associations of Local Authorities in South-East Europe (NALAS) on 9 and 10 February 2016 in hotel Tirana International in Tirana, Albania.

The event will bring together over 70 representatives of Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Local Issues, Mayors, Local Governments, Local Government Associations, Academic Institutions and International Donors, as well as the Offices of the Albanian Prime Minister and President. The workshop will promote a regional intergovernmental dialogue on the intergovernmental financing mechanisms and laws that are necessary to successfully reinforce fiscal decentralization.

Experts from the SEE region will share their countries’ experiences in the process of decentralization and in the delegation of public functions, with particular attention to establishing local government finance legislation. The workshop will discuss common problems, the advantages and disadvantages of different legislative approaches, intergovernmental communications, and other key policy issues and lessons learned from different parts of the SEE region. The workshop will develop strategic options and recommendations to help ensure the financial sustainability of local governments in Albania.


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