Development of Administrative Capacity and Regional Policy EU funds for touristic sector in post crisis

Author:Adriatik Avdylaj
Position:University of Pristina Kosovo Deparment of Finance and Accounting, Vlora University, Albania
Pages:32-38
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D
evelopment of Administrative Capacit
y
and Regional Polic
y
U funds for touristic sector in
ost crisi
P
h
D (C.) A
d
riati
k
Av
d
y
l
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j
U
niversity o
f
Pristina Kosovo
Deparment o
f
Finance and
A
ccounting, Vlora
U
niversity,
A
lbania
Ab
str
a
c
t
This paper research provides an overview of
E
uropean Structural and
I
nvestment Funds and
Cohesion Policy in light of current trends in public investment.
I
t highlights the importance o
f
quality governance practices and administrative capacity in optimising public investment, and
u
nderscores the importance o
f
strong administrative capacity among Managing
A
uthorities
i
n order to boost the e ectiveness of
E
uropean Structural and
I
nvestment Funds investment.
I
t concludes with a description of the
OE
CD diagnostic framework developed to support
a
dministrative capacity building in the context of managing
EU
funds under Cohesion
P
olicy.
A
lbania, one o
f
the smallest countries in
E
astern
E
urope, has experienced a period o
f
transition marked by sharp economic swings and periods of civil strife. The early phases o
f
decentralization witnessed the transfer of political autonomy, limited administrative and scal
a
uthority to local governments, inadequate legislation outlining central
/
local responsibilities,
s
carce nancial resources and developing
I
TC projects to mange touristic services.
I
n January 2006, the government promulgated a national Strategy for the Decentralization and
the Local
A
utonomy which included laws to strengthen the autonomy of local governments and
i
ncrease their capacity to manage local in
f
rastructure and services. The
A
lbania Government
ha
s
i
n
i
ts f
o
c
u
s
i
ss
ue
s r
e
l
a
t
e
d t
o
t
ou
r
i
sm.
K
e
y
words: Socio-demographic, Big push theory,
I
nternet use, Touristic models, Decision
making, SW
O
T analyse,
EU
Regional Policy,
EU
Structural Funds.
I
ntr
odu
ct
io
n
I
argue that small rural munici
p
alities in
A
lbania have not been able to use the
EU
Structural Funds su
pp
ort as e
ectivel
y
as large munici
p
alities because their
a
dministrative ca
p
acit
y
has been weaker and their co-
nancing
p
ossibilities
h
ave not been su
cient.
I
h
yp
othesize that Structural Funds have not increased
r
egional dis
p
arities in
A
lbania region, but have increased com
p
etitiveness o
f
r
egional
p
rojects.
1
I
n the 2014-2020
p
rogramming
p
eriod,
EU
R 461 billion, or over
h
al
f
o
f
the total
EU
budget was allocated to the
E
S
I
F, which su
pp
orts over 500
p
rogrammes (
E
uro
p
ean Commission). This allocation re
p
resents a 4.4% increase over
t
he
p
revious
p
rogramming
p
eriod in which the
p
lanned amount
f
or
E
S
I
F was
EUR
441 billion (
E
uro
p
ean Commission,
y
ear 2019
)
T
he
f
unds make it
p
ossible to advance national and sub national-level investment in
com
p
etitiveness, growt
h
an
d
jo
b
s in
EU
Mem
b
er States.
I
t is estimate
d
t
h
at
by
2015
ESIF investment associated with the 2007-2013 programming period supported a 3%
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>
O
C
E
D 2011
,
BB Funds 2018
.

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