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Albania - financial assistance

Albania - financial assistance

  • Funding allocation for 2013: €95 million
  • Albania has access to:
    • IPA Component I (Transition Assistance and Institution Building)
    • IPA Component II (Cross-Border Cooperation).

This assistance is managed either by the EU Delegation in Albania or by the national Government under indirect management.

  • EU assistance focuses on:
    • Justice / home affairs – developing Albanian police capacity to fight organised crime and trafficking and control the country's borders. Setting up an independent, efficient and accountable judiciary.
    • Public administration reform – more professional, de-politicised and incorrupt public administration, with transparent, merit-based appointments/promotions.
    • Transport – especially in rural areas: better rural roads, better connected with main national and regional transport routes.
    • Environment – improving conditions in Albanian coastal regions.
    • Social development – pre-university vocational education & training, and protection of vulnerable groups, especially minorities (Roma, Egyptians).
    • Agriculture – competitiveness of producers and more capable national policy implementation structures.

Selected projects

IPA programmes per component

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.

Cross-Border Co-operation

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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