Project “Strengthening Local Government Structures and Cooperation of
Local Elected Representatives in Albania – Phase II”

Seminar Building a platform of dialogue for local government in Albania

Fier - 3 April 2013 / Elbasan - 4 April 2013 / Lezhe - 5 April 2013


9.30 Opening session

Baftjar Zeqaj, Mayor of Fier - Qazim Sejdini, Mayor of Elbasan - Viktor Tusha, Mayor of Lezhe
Erwin Mohr, Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe,
Member of the Wolfurt City Council, Austria

09.50 Building a platform of local government for supporting local and regional democracy Moderator: Owen Master, expert in decentralisation and local democracy

  Presentation of the project and results of the first meetings by members of the Executive Body of the Project: in Fier: Adelina Farrici, Mayor of Burrel – in Elbasan: Indrit Hamiti, Chair of Durres City Council - in Lezhe: Ilir Krosi, Mayor of Peskopia,

  Presentation of examples in Europe (Bulgaria, Austria, Estonia, Germany…)


11:15 Coffee break

11:30 Cooperation between elected representatives for efficient local government

Moderator: Artur Kurti, former member of the Albanian Delegation to the Congress

Introduction by Ginka Tchavdarova, Executive Director of the National Association of Municipalities of Bulgaria (NAMRB), Leader of the NALAS Knowledge Management Working Group on Finance

      Increasing revenues to a more efficient provision of services

      Local leaders working with citizens for better quality of services


13:00 Lunch

14:15 Strengthening local and regional democracy in Albania: building a unified voice to be heard

Moderator: Ulrich Bohner, expert in decentralisation and local democracy

      Challenges of decentralisation in Albania
    Presentation by Artur Kurti, former Member of the Congress and former Mayor of Kuçova

      Building an institutionalised dialogue to foster local democracy in Albania
    Introduction by Alba Dakoli Wilson, Albanian expert in local governance


16:00 Conclusions - the way forward
Presentation of recommendations by Owen Masters and Ulrich Bohner

16:30 Closing words by Erwin Mohr, Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities