Albania has potential: Tourists are discovering the scenic attractions of the country and administrative reforms and vocational training initiatives are taking effect. Albania was assigned official EU candidate status in June 2014 and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is assisting in its convergence with EU standards, above all in public administration and human rights, and is also helping to advance regional development in the country.

STEPPING UP VOCATIONAL TRAINING

ADA is helping to develop a modern and professional vocational training system in Albania that takes account of the requirements of the labour market and business and industry. The focus is placed on practical vocational training, that is, the combination of school and on-the-job training.

Additional priorities of Austrian Development Cooperation in Albania are integrated water resource management, good governance and rule of law. In addition to environment/climate, gender equality and social inclusion are major cross-cutting themes.

Albania has been a priority country of Austrian Development Cooperation since 1992.