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Albania

Transparency of government reporting (AL0061)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Albania Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Finance and Economy

Support Institution(s): The Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Public Procurement Agency, Public Procurement Commission, the High State Control, INSTAT, the General Directorate of Taxation and the General Directorate of Customs

Policy Areas

E-Government, Fiscal Transparency

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Component I: Open Government to Increase Transparency in Government Reporting and
Improve Accessibility to Information
The policy objective of this activity is to guarantee a public finance system that promotes
transparency, accountability, fiscal discipline and efficiency in the management and use of public
resources to improve the quality of service delivery and economic development.
COMPONENTS I: OPEN GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY IN
GOVERNMENT REPORTING AND IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY TO INFORMATION
Leading institution Ministry of Finance and Economy
Other steakholders Government The Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign
Affairs, Public Procurement Agency, Public Procurement
Commission, the High State Control, INSTAT, the General
Directorate of Taxation and the General Directorate of Customs
Civil society,
private sector
Status quo or problem / issue being
addressed
The vision of the PFM reform strategy is to guarantee a system of public
finances that promotes transparency, accountability, fiscal discipline and
efficiency in the management and use of public resources for the provision
of improved services and economic development
In the first half of 2018, MoFE launched the Mid-Term Review (MTR)
of the 2014-2020 Public Finance Management Strategy. The MTR's
objectives are to identify progress, achievements, challenges and gaps to
plan the next agenda and SMART approach to PFM reform.
The mid-term evaluation report of the PFM strategy contains a brief
description of the methodology followed, the progress of each component
of the pillar strategy during the years 2014 to the first half of 2018;
addressing the recommendations issued by international evaluation
reports; setting priorities for each pillar as well as describing a new
framework for revision of the strategy.
The Ministry of Finance, in the framework of Public Finance Management
(PFM) activities, fulfilling budget activities
/ documents that are criteria and required by the Open Budget Index (OBI)
so that the information on the budget is published on time, easily
accessible and understandable to the citizens, has undertaken to continue
further the progress on Budget Transparency.
Transparency is one of the eight basic principles of "Good Governance".
According to the OECD, budget transparency is defined as "full disclosure
of all relevant budget information in time and systematically".
Transparency in public finances is a key element of governance, which
leads to macroeconomic and fiscal stability, and determines higher rates
of economic growth. In addition, it helps to improve the efficiency of
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public spending, while the increase of non-transparency leads to the
reduction of fiscal discipline.
The Ministry of Finance has paid attention to the transparency of the
budget, placing it in one of its priorities, materialized in the 2014-2020
Public Finance Strategy.
Lack of budget transparency leads to: lack of availability of required
information, lack of public information, reduction of citizens' confidence
in how public funds are spent, etc. Problems also arise when there is a lack
of publication of the monitoring reports, mid-year report, year-end report,
"Citizens Budget", which is a simple language pamphlet that illustrates the
main aspects of the annual budget, which should published on time and of
course, understandable to citizens.
However, despite the measures taken in this context, Albania, according
to the "Open Budget Survey 2015" report, is among the countries that had
declined in the state budget transparency, ranked first in the region, with
a score of 38 points 100 possible. In addition, it is necessary to further
advance with the improvement and increase of Budget Transparency.
Main objective / Purpose of the
policy
The policy objective of this activity is to guarantee a public finance
system that promotes transparency, accountability, fiscal discipline
and efficiency in the management and use of public resources to
improve the quality of service delivery and economic development.
OGP challenge affected by this meaure Improving
public
services
More
efficient
management
of public
resources
Increas
e
public
integrit
y
Increasing
corporate
accountabilit
y
Creating a safer
community
X X X
It is important in order to improve: Transparenc
y
Responsibilit
y
Citizen Participation Technology and
Innovation
X X
Measurable and
verifiable
achievements to
accomplish this
measure
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicators
Responsible
Institution
New or
continued
engagement
from the 2016-
2018 action
plan
Start
Date
End Date
1.1 Establish a
comprehensive
statistical system
covering the needs of
budgetary and semibudgetary entities.
1. Improved
statistical
system
2. The
standard skid
model
Drafting of
National
Government
Accounts
according to
International
Methodologi
es (ESA
INSTAT Continuous
engagement
2014 2022
1.2 Creating
standardized
information
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1.3 Creating
alternative methods
for gathering
information
1. New
methods
developed
for the
exchange of
data
3. Standard
formats /
models
4. Report on
approved
results
2010 and
GFS 2014)
1.4 Integration of
Additional
Information on the
Treasury System
(AGFIS)
1.5 Integration into
New Templates for
Exchange of
Information
1.6 Compare the
results and approve
new information
1.7 Drafting a
detailed statement of
fiscal risks and
inclusion in the
budget
documentation
Statement of
Fiscal Risks
MFE Continuous
engagement
2014 2022
1.8 Monitor public
institutions regarding
the implementation of
FMC requirements
FMC
applications
applied
All budget
units will
use the
Internal
Financial
Control
requirement
s to improve
the internal
control
system and
to achieve
the
objectives
and results
MFE Continuous
engagement
2014 2022
1.9 Implementation
of FMC funds in
public sector entiti


Albania's Commitments

  1. Transparency of government reporting

    AL0061, 2018, E-Government

  2. E-government

    AL0062, 2018, E-Government

  3. Improved business regulation

    AL0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Safe communities

    AL0064, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  5. Improvement of database/portal with coordinators’ data of the right to information and transparency programs

    AL0044, 2016, E-Government

  6. Budget transparency

    AL0045, 2016, E-Government

  7. Integrated Registry of Citizens’ Housing

    AL0046, 2016, Citizenship and Immigration

  8. Establishment of electronic Registry for public notification and consultation

    AL0047, 2016, E-Government

  9. Digital archive

    AL0048, 2016, E-Government

  10. Creating a database for archiving and publication of research funds and programs in Albania

    AL0049, 2016, E-Government

  11. Commitment to publish online central and local government legislation in open systems and for free

    AL0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  12. Commitment to Open Standards for Contracting

    AL0051, 2016, E-Government

  13. Starred commitment Implementation of the Law "On protection of whistleblowers", capacity building, amendments and its bylaws

    AL0052, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  14. Provision of electronic services

    AL0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Establishment of multifunctional centralized system for building permits

    AL0054, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Establishment and distribution of digital counters

    AL0055, 2016, E-Government

  17. Service passport standardization

    AL0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Citizen Card

    AL0057, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Electronic system of registration of e-prescription in the Republic of Albania

    AL0058, 2016, E-Government

  20. Electronic Monitoring System of Forests

    AL0059, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  21. Integrated electronic system for professional licensing of individuals and legal entities that will operate in the field of study design and supervision of commissioning of construction works

    AL0060, 2016, E-Government

  22. Standardization of corruption complaints

    AL0031, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. Electronic registry of energy and industry permits

    AL0032, 2014, E-Government

  24. Implementation of public expenses module in "open data" format

    AL0033, 2014, E-Government

  25. Promoting OGP values among local authorities

    AL0034, 2014, OGP

  26. Database on Economic Assitance Beneficiaries

    AL0035, 2014, E-Government

  27. Electronic portal on water resources administration and management

    AL0036, 2014, E-Government

  28. Single window

    AL0037, 2014, E-Government

  29. Electronic access to protected areas

    AL0038, 2014, E-Government

  30. National geoportal

    AL0039, 2014, E-Government

  31. E-­Albania

    AL0040, 2014, E-Government

  32. E-­document

    AL0041, 2014, E-Government

  33. Starred commitment Law on whistleblowers protection

    AL0042, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  34. Police Service Offices

    AL0043, 2014, E-Government

  35. Open data portal

    AL0001, 2012, Open Data

  36. e-Acts

    AL0002, 2012, E-Government

  37. e-Parliament

    AL0003, 2012, E-Government

  38. Extension of the governmental network, GOVNET

    AL0004, 2012, E-Government

  39. e-government interoperability framework, e-GIF

    AL0005, 2012, E-Government

  40. Government datacenter

    AL0006, 2012, E-Government

  41. Excise system

    AL0007, 2012, E-Government

  42. Starting of the e-Tax system

    AL0008, 2012, E-Government

  43. Starred commitment Online state matura

    AL0009, 2012, E-Government

  44. The regulation on ethics in research and publishing

    AL0010, 2012, Education

  45. Digitalization of higher education accreditation process

    AL0011, 2012, E-Government

  46. U-Gov system

    AL0012, 2012, E-Government

  47. Online inspections of courts and judicial hearings

    AL0013, 2012, E-Government

  48. Digitalization of the file transfer process

    AL0014, 2012, Judiciary

  49. e-Employment project

    AL0015, 2012, E-Government

  50. e-Concessions procedures

    AL0016, 2012, E-Government

  51. Amendment of the law “on the right to information for official documents”

    AL0017, 2012, Justice

  52. Drafting a new law on "notice and consultation"

    AL0018, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  53. Tracking project

    AL0019, 2012, E-Government

  54. Digitalization of the notary register

    AL0020, 2012, E-Government

  55. Online citizens’ claims in the judiciary system

    AL0021, 2012, E-Government

  56. Work inspection, online complaint

    AL0022, 2012, E-Government

  57. Financial module of all educational institutions

    AL0023, 2012, Education

  58. Starred commitment Audio and video recording of judicial hearings

    AL0024, 2012, E-Government

  59. Starred commitment e-Albania portal

    AL0025, 2012, E-Government

  60. e-Inspection portal

    AL0026, 2012, E-Government

  61. Starred commitment Portal www.gjykata.gov.al

    AL0027, 2012, E-Government

  62. Disclosure of the list of payments made daily by the government units

    AL0028, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  63. e-Procurement system for all small purchases of public procurement

    AL0029, 2012, E-Government

  64. Implementation of the EITI recommendations

    AL0030, 2012, Extractive Industries