Key findings

Key findings of the report

In general, the legal framework governing registration of CSOs is regulated in most of its aspects. However, it still presents some problematic issues in terms of centralization of registration/re-registration process in Tirana, and lack of an electronic register with comprehensive records for the CSO sector.

In the last year, it is noticed an increased state institutions control over CSOs operations through approved laws, especially under money – laundry and anti-terrorist package that impede the independence of the sector.

In July 2019, the Albanian Government approved the Road Map for the Government Policy towards a More Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development 2019-2023. The document reflects a revised version of The Road Map 2015 – 2018, which almost 80% of the actions proposed were not implemented. The establishment of the National Council for Civil Society hardly has conducted any productive discussion in voicing CSOs priorities in policy-making processes and as result has limited the wide participation and engagement of CSOs in those processes. In addition, it is noticed a lack of interaction of the members from civil society in the Council with other CSOs that they represent.

With regards to social service, CSOs are one of the main providers of social services. Nevertheless, their contribution is neither fully recognized by the state, nor supported through an enabling legal framework that would facilitate their operation and access to state funds or other non-financial state support. 

Key findings of the report
1. Lack of an electronic register with comprehensive records for CSOs to be used by public institutions and other interested stakeholders.
2. Increased state institutions control over CSOs operations, through approval of laws under anti-money laundry and anti-terrorist package that impede the independence of the sector.
3. Strategies and mechanisms in place for state-CSOs cooperation (the Road Map and the NCCS) are not producing the expected results towards a more enabling environment for civil society, due to poor implementation and lack of reflection on the sector related problematics.
4. Although CSOs are the main providers of social services, their contribution is neither fully recognized by the state, nor supported through an enabling legal framework that would facilitate their operation and access to state funds or other non-financial state support.
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