Regulatory and Procedural Barriers to Trade in the Republic of Albania

Needs Assessment

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This study is a contribution to Albania’s trade development efforts. It provides action-oriented recommendations, which draw on extensive primary information collected during face-to-face interviews using UNECE evaluation methodology and consultations with public and private stakeholders.



Regulatory and standardization policies

Since the signing of Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) agreement in 2006, reforms in the areas of standardization, quality assurance, accreditation and metrology (SQAM) have been geared toward approximating national laws to the EU Acquis Communautaire. While the country had gone a long way in achieving this strategic objective, the complex and multi-faceted nature of the approximation process has meant that capacity-building efforts lagged behind. At the same time, gains achieved under donor-funded capacity-building initiatives have been difficult to maintain due to high turnover rates within State agencies and, in some cases, the lack of resources to sustain gains beyond the international funding cycle.


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