Deregulation Reform

Deregulation

Cumbersome business-relevant regulations hamper enterprises and deter investments. Therefore, deregulation is considered an essential reform for the improvement of business climate and doing business indicators. It refers to changes that improve regulatory quality to enhance the economic performance, cost-effectiveness, or legal quality of regulations and related government formalities. Its purpose is to improve the daily life of citizens in the relations with the administration, to reduce at maximum red tape and of course eventually to save financial and human resources to the business community.

What has been done:

In July 2015, IC discussed the Deregulation Reform launched by the Minister of Economy on the basis of the following pillars:

  1. The reform of authorizations issued by the ministries and depending institutions
  2. Number of licenses and permits
  3. Establishment of the National Business Centre by merging in one institution the National Registration Centre (NCR) and National Licensing Centre (NLC).

For more information on the Meeting materials, please visit here.

In January 2018, the Secretariat prepared a Technical Note “On the Functioning of the e-Permits Platform and its Impact on the Improvement of the Investment Climate – in the framework of the Deregulation Reform.” The analysis was carried out in close cooperation with e-Permits Platform users (architects, designers, developers, municipalities, TDA and other institutions) and in the light of the additional deregulation actions initiated by the government to reduce the administrative burden for business and citizens. The analysis aims to structure the debate among the involved stakeholders and encourage discussions on possible legal or regulatory improvements focusing on further simplification of the procedures and raising the transparency. It tackles also issues of institutional coordination as a prerequisite for the operation of any similar platform.

For more information on the Meeting materials, please visit here.

Next to come:

Inspection Reform

The Inspection Law entered into force in 2011, and respectively the General Inspectorate has been established under the Prime Minister. As a result, a number of inspection bodies are in the process of being merged to reduce the total number from 33 to 12 during 2013 with the Reform on Inspections launched since 2013 and still under discussion. The reform is considered very important in the frame of the Regulatory Reform and measures to improve the business climate in Albania. It will reduce the negative pressure of inspections on the private sector, increase the transparency and quality standards of inspections as well as improve the markets regulation, competition and encourage the legal compliance of businesses in the areas inspected.

 

Investment Council is supported by the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the EBRD and the Central European Initiative.