Subcontracting to the Urban Institute (USAID)
Starting Date: January 2002 Completion Date: February 2002
Implementation of both laws was expected to start upon the approval of implementation regulation from the Council of Ministers (CoM). The laws require the CoM to approve such implementation regulation no later then three months after the effective date of the approval of both laws. The approval of the implementation regulation specified as the CoM Decision, No. 500, on the “Inventory of Public State Properties and Transfer to LG” dates back to August 14, 2001.
The Urban Institute (UI) and the Agency for Inventory and Transfer of Public Property (AITPP), with the support of the Ministry of Local Government and Decentralization (MoLGD) jointly agreed to work on a pilot project on inventory and transfer of public properties to LG. The project involved seven local government units selected based on several criteria specifically, level of property registration process conducted by immovable Property Registration Offices (IPRO) based in each one of former Districts.
A list of LG units was drafted initially referring to their level of commitment and location. Based on that initial list and the information received from COIPR on the development level of property registration process, seven LG units were selected to be part of the project. LG units involved in the project are respectively: municipalities of Korca, Kucova, Pogradec, Himara; and the communes of Maminas (Durres) and Gjinar (Elbasan). Mayors of each one of the units were contacted and told about the pilot project and were asked to confirm their commitment and willingness to work with the project team.
The project team at this initial phase of the project is composed of two people, the head of AITPP and one UI consultant. Along with the establishment of AITPP office and recruitment of staff other people of AITPP have been constantly involved.
The document and the handouts are available in the URI office.