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Albania

Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker

December 2016 Update

To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.

Albania

Open Budget Survey 2015December 2016 Update
Pre-Budget StatementAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Executive's Budget ProposalAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Enacted BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Citizens BudgetNot ProducedAvailable to the Public
In-Year ReportsAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Mid-Year ReviewNot ProducedNot Produced
Year-End ReportProduced for Internal Use OnlyAvailable to the Public
Audit ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public

As of 31 December 2016, the government of Albania makes seven of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. This reflects a net increase over the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014. Since that assessment, Albania has published the Year-End Report and the Citizens Budget.

To improve budget transparency, Albania should produce and publish a Mid-Year Review. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.


2015

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Country Summary - English Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 38/100 

The Government of Albania provides the public with minimal budget information.

Public Participation 15/100 

The Government of Albania is weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage in the budget process. 

 Budget Oversight

 By legislature 49/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Albania is limited.

 By auditor 92/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Albania is adequate.

Recommendations

Improving Transparency

Albania should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  •  Publish a Year-End Report.
  • Produce and publish a Citizens Budget and Mid-Year Review.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting more information on the classification of expenditures for future years and the classification of expenditures for prior years.
 Improving Participation

Albania should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  •  Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the state of the economy that are attended by the executive and open to the public.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.
Improving Oversight

Albania should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  •  Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
  •  In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the virement of funds in the Enacted Budget and the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.


2010

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Country Summary Questionnaire

2008

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Country Summary Questionnaire

2006

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Country Summary Questionnaire



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