Overall, the brief seeks to identify the major hurdles that inhibit a satisfactory contribution of the Parliament to the EU integration process, along with raising awareness among the different segments. of the society on the need to proceed with the adoption of additional reconciling measures at this stage of the process.
Members of the EU Policy Hub, with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tirana and the Open Society Foundation for Albania, have prepared a publication titled “Manual for Citizens”. This manual aims to provide citizens with essential information on EU membership process of negotiations as well as on European Union legislation.
The Manual for Citizens is based on official sources and reports, information from the European Commission, the Progress Reports on Albania, as well as the National Plan for European Integration 2016 – 2020.
The study, prepared by a EU Policy Hub research team, monitors and examines the integration discourse in 4 Albanian newspapers for the period of January – June 2016, while aims to provide an overview on the content of the articles related to the European integration. Based on the study, the articles reporting the integration process are short, have no author, or accompanied by small photos in the internal pages of the papers. Whereas, majority of the reports indicate lack of analytical or argumentative articles from the editorial staff. Low relevance is linked also with appear in the front page, where only 6% of the articles are found to be published.
This issue brief examines the role of the Government of Albania in strategic planning, policy development and coordination capabilities with regard to the European Union accession process. The main tools for strategic planning and policy development in place are financial resources, human resources, timetable with settled goals and deadlines, a shared agenda of meetings, a monitoring system and a clear decision making method. The Albanian Government has included all these tools for strategically planning the Integration process but there are gaps in achieving commitments and the monitoring system appears yet unable to correct procedures, before the deadlines have expired.