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Albania - financial assistance

Albania - financial assistance under IPA II

Funding allocation 2014-2020: €649.4 million

The priority sectors for funding in this period are: 

  • Democracy & governance:

Strengthening democratic institutions; reforming the civil service and public service delivery; better economic governance; improving public financial management; empowering civil society (e.g. non-state, voluntary organisations).

  • Rule of law & fundamental rights

Independent, efficient judiciary; helping police fight organised crime; tackling corruption; respecting human rights conventions.

  • Environment & climate action

Alignment with EU law and standards; better treatment of waste and water; controlling air pollution.

  • Transport

Better infrastructure and regional connectivity; improved road safety; increased interoperability (cross-border technical compatibility).

  • Competitiveness & innovation

Supporting business competitiveness; greater market integration; improving the business environment; developing tourism.

  • Education, employment & social policies

Providing effective vocational training; better employment services and labour market policy; inclusion of vulnerable people; efficient health and social services.

  • Agriculture & rural development

More competitive farming and food sector; application of food safety standards; better quality of life in rural areas.

  • Regional & territorial cooperation

Promoting  regional networks, reconciliation and good neighbourly relations; encouraging sustainable local development in border areas.

How will these priorities be implemented? (general background on IPA).

Implementation of IPA 2007-2013 is still underway. See below for further details about on-going or completed programmes.

Selected projects

For specific information (programme level), see below.

IPA II 2014-2020: Country Action Programmes

IPA II 2014-2020: Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes

IPA 2007-2013: Transition Assistance and Institution Building

One part of the assistance (Component I) focuses on implementing the main priorities of the European partnership. In particular it involves investment and measures aiming at institution building, as well as transition and stabilisation measures still necessary in the Western Balkans. It is delivered through annual national and multi-beneficiary programmes.

National programmes & Project Fiches








The purpose of support under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) programme is to help candidate and potential candidate countries and territories – the Beneficiaries – to progress towards fully meeting the Copenhagen political and economic criteria as well as adopting and implementing the EU acquis. The Multi-beneficiary actions will complement and add value to the support given under the National Programmes.

IPA 2007-2013: Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes

The other part of the assistance (Component II) supports cross-border cooperation activities between Albania and EU member states as well as with candidate and potential candidate countries. It may also help Albania participate in Structural Funds' trans-national co-operation programmes under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

Multi-annual Cross-border co-operation programme with neighbouring Candidate or Potential Candidate Countries

Albania-Montenegro Cross-border co-operation programme

Albania-the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Cross-border co-operation programme

Albania-Kosovo* Cross-border co-operation programme

Multi-annual Cross-border co-operation programme with EU Member States


Programme on financing the participation of Albania in the ERDF European Territorial Co-operation transnational programmes (South East Europe and Mediterranean)


IPA Adriatic Cross-border co-operation programme


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Last update: 26/01/2016