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Albania Progress Report 2016-2018

Albania’s third action plan addresses access to information and whistleblower protection. However, more than half of the commitments are dedicated to improved public service delivery. The next plan could focus on Albania’s EU accession priorities, such as anti-corruption, the fight against organized crime and human rights.

Highlights

Commitment Overview Well-Designed? *
1. Access to information portal Facilitates Access to Information requests and, if requests go unanswered, complaints

 

No

4. Public notification and consultation registry Enable public review and submission of comments through online consultation portal

No

✪9. Implement Whistleblower Protection Law Improves the protection of whistleblowers and, as a result, encourages the reporting of corruption

Yes

* Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as specific, relevant, and has a transformative potential impact
✪ Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as being specific, relevant, potentially transformative, and substantially or fully implemented

Process

The Minister of State for Innovation and Public Administration established a Technical Working Group with representatives from each participating institution based on the PM’s Order. Although this Order stipulates civil society organizations may participate in meetings, CSOs were not a part of this body in the third action plan. In March 2016, the multistakeholder forum OpenAlb was founded.

Did not act contrary to OGP process

A country is considered to have acted contrary to process if one or more of the following occurs:

  • The National Action Plan was developed with neither online or offline engagements with citizens and civil society
  • The government fails to engage with the IRM researchers in charge of the country’s Year 1 and Year 2 reports
  • The IRM report establishes that there was no progress made on implementing any of the commitments in the country’s action plan

Performance

Many of Albania’s commitments are focused on e-government and public service delivery. While they improve the delivery of government services, they are not expanding access to information, civic participation or public accountability.

IRM Recommendations

  1. Ensure renewed leadership and successful transfer of institutional knowledge on OGP
  2. Adhere to the OGP Participation and Co-creation Standards
  3. Focus on more ambitious, OGP-relevant commitments on open contracting in line with EU accession framework
  4. Ensure effective implementation of public consultation legislation
  5. Prioritize public officials’ asset disclosure and public accessibility of the land register

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