Introduction

The following text was contributed by the Government of Albania.

On August 2nd, 2011, Albania committed to join OGP initiative, recognizing the impact that transparency, fighting corruption and citizen’s participation has in the social and economic development of the country. By the end of 2011, an Inter-Ministerial Working Group (IWG) was established to drive the process of developing the OGP Action Plan, in compliance with National Strategy of Development and Integration and Anti-Corruption Strategy. The IWB is led by Minister responsible for innovation and ICT and the members are high level officials from ministries and other central government institutions. In addition, two technical bodies operate in collaboration with the IWG.

Between January and March 2012, the Action Plan was drafted based on the input and feedback of the participating government institutions. Also, the Action Plan was consulted with civil society and the news media (print and broadcast) were used to inform the public.

The commitments address three of the OGP principles: increasing public integrity, improving public services and more effectively managing public resources.

In order to increase public participation, establishing the law "On Notice and Consultation" and amending the law “On the Right to Information for Official Documents” is required. Some other commitments are Electronic services improvements, such as public procurement, job search, custom duties and taxes. Also, new portals will be implemented, such as e-Government portal, the court juridical decision portal, inspection portal, asset privation portal, etc. With regard to fiscal transparency, from January 2012, all the state budget daily expenses are published online.

Albania's Letter of Intent to Join OGP:

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