integration is the major challenge of the Albanian society. The
process has achieved considerable progress at the technical level
of negotiations. At the practical level involving progress with
concrete reforms, no remarkable achievements have been forthcoming.
Among main issues associated with the
situation described above, mention can be made of:
- focusing attention and energy on the technicalities of the negotiating
process and not on carrying out real political, economic and social
reform which account for EU integration;
- putting the responsibility for the process in a handful of few
governmental actors and pushing into the margins other powerful
and more competent actors within and without the government.
A good part of OSFA potentials and resources
are geared towards supporting the NOSA three year strategy to increase
understanding and awareness of the citizens of the European integration
processes towards increasing their involvement into the monitoring
of EU integration reforms. The main objectives of this program field
• Clarifying the real costs and
benefits to be derived from integration in order to transform integration
processes from political rhetoric into tangible reality for all;
• Encouraging the civil society, business communities, local
authorities, the media, etc., into action to provide input and oversight
of integration processes
• Increasing implementation capacities through the provision
of expertise, both foreign and local.
To attain these objectives OSFA works
in consortium with its NOSA partners such as the Albanian Institute
for International Studies, the Center for European Studies, etc.
In the East-East Program OSFA supports
projects which serve to strengthen cross border and regional exchanges
among the various stakeholders in the process in order to gain from
success and failure stories in other countries involved in EU integration