The Establishment and the Development of the Local Governance in Albania; the Process of Decentralization
Due to the regime of the communist party, which for a long time ruled every level of government, the economy and limited civil liberties, the decentralization process in Albania started late. A very long process with constant legal reforms and changes occurred for the creation of local government units, with autonomy and separate competencies from the central government. Many challenges and obstacles have delayed the process, mostly those of a political and fiscal character. This paper focuses on the meaning of the process of decentralization and the historical progress of this important democratic step, to a better governance, better social services, and a step that takes Albania closer to the European Union integration.
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