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EU Ambassador Soreca announcing the start of the implementation of IPARD II programme for Albania - European External Action Service

EU Ambassador Soreca announcing the start of the implementation of IPARD II programme for Albania - European External Action Service | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

This is a major achievement and excellent news for the future of agricultural production in Albania: the IPARD II funds have budget of 71 million EUR coming from EU and 23 million EUR coming from the Government of Albania – making altogether 94 million EUR of funding available for investments in the development of rural areas.

IPARD II will substantially enhance Albania's agricultural sector competitiveness, and its productivity, but it will also: Improve living conditions in rural areas, create new jobs especially for young people and women, and improve cooperation among enterprises and farms.

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Germany providing 5 mln euro to back agriculture financing in Albania

Germany providing 5 mln euro to back agriculture financing in Albania | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
TIRANA (Albania), September 25 (SeeNews) – Germany will offer 5.0 million euro ($5.9 million) through its development bank KfW  to increase the capital of Albania’s Rural Credit Guarantee Fund (RCGF) in order to improve financing of projects of local farmers, the German embassy in Tirana said.

The fund has already supported around 1200 farmers to secure loans and finance their projects over the past three years.

RCGF was established in 2015 with the aim to facilitate access to funding for farmers and entrepreneurs in rural areas with little or no collateral. The fund supports its partner financial institutions through a risk-sharing mechanism.

Low expenditures and structural problems such as the small size of local farms and crop fields are some of the main challenges Albania faces in the area of agriculture.

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Stronger institutions, solid growth prospects support Albania's credit profile

Stronger institutions, solid growth prospects support Albania's credit profile | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

by SeeNews, 16/09/2018

Albania's improved institutional quality, increased prospects for the start of EU membership talks and solid economic growth prospects support the country's credit profile (B1 stable), Moody's said.

"Albania has made notable progress in strengthening the quality of its institutions, while judicial reforms are positive for potential future EU accession talks," Daniela Re Fraschini, Moody's assistant vice president - analyst and co-author, said in a rating agency’s report on Albania issued on Tuesday.

“Real GDP growth is forecast at around 4% over 2018-19, supported by healthy private consumption and robust investment on the back of major infrastructure projects.”

Over the longer term, Moody's expects Albania's real GDP growth of around 4.0% and for it to remain broad-based, assuming that the reform momentum continues to support major economic sectors like energy, agriculture and tourism.

ress in strengthening the quality of its institutions, while judicial reforms are positive for potential future EU accession talks," Daniela Re Fraschini, Moody's assistant vice president - analyst and co-author, said in a rating agency’s report on Albania issued on Tuesday.

“Real GDP growth is forecast at around 4% over 2018-19, supported by healthy private consumption and robust investment on the back of major infrastructure projects.”

Over the longer term, Moody's expects Albania's real GDP growth of around 4.0% and for it to remain broad-based, assuming that the reform momentum continues to support major economic sectors like energy, agriculture and tourism.

- See more at: https://seenews.com/news/stronger-institutions-solid-growth-prospects-support-albanias-credit-profile-moodys-627915?_scpsug=bookmarked,1612172#_scpsug=bookmarked,1612172
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Albania and the Western Balkans enlargement process – The need for reciprocity

Albania and the Western Balkans enlargement process – The need for reciprocity | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Since the Brexit referendum, The EU has launched numerous new initiatives in order to regain momentum and show decisiveness.
Amongst other moves, on February 2018, the Commission published the Western Balkans Enlargement Package, which tried to break the so-called ‘enlargement fatigue’.

In order to reflect its commitment towards a ‘greater than 27’ EU, this document gave a date (2025) for the possible accession of Serbia and Montenegro and outlined achievable goals for the countries in order to meet this timeframe.

All the countries in the Western Balkans have made sustainable progress regarding reforms towards the key priorities set for them. Taking the example of Albania, there has been steady progress in all priorities. The 2018 Report for Albania showed substantial developments in reforms of the public administration. The efficiency and transparency of public services (and of recruitment processes) has increased notably. The justice system has progressed as well, with the vetting process reaching results that ultimately serve the justice reforms. Developments on the latter have consequently had an effect in other areas, such as the fight against corruption.The country pays a lot of attention to international cooperation including in agriculture and rural development, which consequently shows in their role in regional efforts. 

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