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Parliament adopts law on Administrative and Territorial Division

Tirana, 31 July 2014 – The Parliament of Albania adopted today the law on “Administrative and Territorial Division” with 88 votes in favor, receiving as such a wide political consensus. Albania is going to reorganize the local government structure according to the new territorial map that reduces the number of communes and municipalities, from 373 LGUs to only 61 municipalities.  

The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama during his speech at the plenary session highlighted: “Today we are facing all the work that has been transformed into a product, this is the fundamental reform that drastically reduces the number of LGUs, because we are facing a transformation challenge that will guarantee a better management of the territory and of the natural and financial resources.”

The Minister of State for Local Issues, Bledi Çuçi, who has guided the territorial reform process, during his speech addressed before members of the parliament noted: “The Administrative and Territorial Reform is one of the few reforms everyone would benefit from: every citizen, every family and every community, regardless of where they live; each and every enterprise or NGO that operates at local level.”     

Based on the technical criteria, 58 of the new LGUs are functional areas whilst three other municipalities were created based on the exclusive special criterion to protect ethnic minority rights.  

The reorganization of the local government structure will offer better public services, more efficient and modern services for citizens; more public investments and better opportunities for local social economic development.

The administrative and territorial reform was developed through a participatory process including all stakeholders. More than 19 thousand citizens, representatives of central and local government institutions, private sector, civil society and international partners contributed to the reform process by giving their ideas, recommendations and expertise.

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