Over the past three years, the joint European Union/Council of Europe ROMACTED Programme has contributed to building political will and sustained policy engagement of local authorities to enhance democratic governance and inclusion of Roma communities at the grassroots level in Albania.
In this view, Guidelines on Roma and Egyptian Responsive Budgeting at Local Level were developed in close collaboration with the seven partner municipalities, the Local Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the General Directorate of Policies of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. They provide a general framework on how Roma and Egyptian responsive budgeting may be applied throughout the entire budget cycle to assist local government units and Roma civil society stakeholders to promote equal opportunities at local level.
The Guidelines were further endorsed by the official Guideline No. 10 of the Ministry of Finance and Economy on the “Preparation of the Medium-Term Budgeting 2021-2023” for local self-government units. The ROMACTED Programme supported the local planning budgetary cycle during 2020 to ensure proper Roma and Egyptian medium-term planning. In addition, it co-operated with the Albanian School of Public Administration (ASPA) and the Agency for the Support of Local Self-Government in the capacity building measures.
The support on Roma and Egyptian Responsive Budgeting at Local Level will continue during the implementation of ROMACTED Phase II for a period of four years (2021-2024).