Structured Anti-corruption Monitoring in the frame of the EU Pre-Accession Process
(September – December 2008/ funded by the German Embassy)
Anti-corruption is the main issue of TI Albania, because corruption affects all aspects of the society, impairing decision making at all levels, restricting economic development, distorting social policy and undermining political stability. Fighting corruption in an effective manner must, therefore, be a central and explicit part of the EU pre-accession reform process towards well functioning democracies under the rule of law and human rights as outlined by the Copenhagen criteria and the conditions set out by the SAA. TI Albania has built up a strong watchdog reputation and thus has a constructive collaboration with national and international stakeholders such as governments, international representations and the private sector.
This project aims the establishment of a structured anti-corruption monitoring system in Albania. This project has been implemented in close collaboration with TI in Berlin and TI branches in the Region. The process was steered by senior experts in the international Secretariat of TI in Berlin.
We strongly believe that effective anti-corruption monitoring reduces corruption in public sector. This capacity-building and partnership initiative strengthens the fight against corruption both at the normative and implementation level in our country and in the region.
The whole premise of the project was that there are important lessons to be learnt from previous and current accession in relation to anti-corruption reform which can be fed into any future enlargement process.
What does the project aims?
To strengthen the fight against corruption both at the normative and implementation level in Albania.
Fulfilling successfully our objectives made it possible to achieve the aim of this project. It’s clear that this is a dynamic process and it seeks further action, since the corruption is a present and persistent problem in our society.
Having a continuous and structured anti-corruption monitoring system in Albania.
This project is a first step in the work of setting up an anticorruption monitoring system. During this project we have analyzed the situation, strategies and actions taken so far and we have identified actions needed to be undertaken in the future, and also actors (people) who we can be involved.
Outputs of the project:
A selection of measurable anti-corruption indicators to support in long terms TI’s monitoring system
A Monitoring questionnaire developed and pilot.
Annual Anti-Corruption Progress Report in December 2008 (tentative to pilot this experience in the following years)
Monitoring of the National Strategy for Development and Integration related to anti-corruption efforts
Early warning system prepared
An inclusive regional workshop in Albania
A comprehensive set of anti-corruption indicators designed specifically for Albania as well as for accession candidate countries
Increased level of citizen awareness on corruption as challenge of EU integration
Enhanced partnership and networking between civil society actors in the fight against corruption