Openness of LSGUs in Albania
LSGUs in the Republic of Albania, in the third measurements conducted within the framework of ActionSEE program, have fulfilled 34.63% of the openness indicators. Institutional performance of this power is improved during the last three years, even though it is too close to the regional average, remaining in unsatisfactory levels. During 2018, the accessibility in LSGUs scored 33.58% of indicators, integrity 45.1%, transparency 27.03% and awareness 71.76%. It is noted that the lowest performance of LSGUs is reached in fulfilling indicators of municipality budget (40.99%), organizational information (25.118%) and publishing public procurement procedures (6.59%), as well as enforcement of public consultations procedures (6.58%). Meanwhile, monitoring and evaluation procedures are the most fulfilled indicators (76.67%), reporting in municipal councils (88.24%), as well as strategic planning (52.41%).
This year's study included 17 municipalities, ranked by the level of openness performance as following: Skrapar Municipality, Belsh Municipality, Elbasan Municipality, Maliq Municipality, Vora Municipality, Korça Municipality, Lezha Municipality, Kukës Municipality, Tirana Municipality, Durrës Municipality, Rrogozhina Municipality, Lushnja Municipality, Puka Municipality, Gjirokastra Municipality, Devoll Municipality, Pustec Municipality and Dibra Municipality. Skrapar Municipality, which is the municipality with the highest institutional openness, fulfills 58.78% of the indicators, while Dibra Municipality with the lowest performance scores 16.34% of openness. Of these municipalities, about 29% did not respond to the questionnaire sent to their administration. Whereas for those municipalities that have responded, it has been noticed that some of the coordinators for FOI are not aware of the information published on the official websites of the institutions. It is worth noting that all municipalities, which are part of the study, have official websites.
Based on the measurements conducted in the period from December 2018 until the end of March 2019.