Goal – A popularly elected government free of corruption and functioning efficiently and transparently enough to guarantee economic freedom to individuals and support equitable property markets
Core Question: Does the country have free and open elections for the leadership and can citizens engage in free enterprise?
Strong, however Albania‘s democratic institutions have not yet achieved the effectiveness and stability required for European Union membership.
3.1.1 Voice & Accountability (Strong)
188.8.131.52 Are citizens able to elect their government and do they enjoy freedom of expression, association and a free media?
Strong – Percentile Rank 55; Trend ↑
Governance Matters 2014, World Bank – http://info.worldbank.org/governance/wgi/sc_chart.asp
184.108.40.206 Are citizens free to form political and civic organizations free of state interference and surveillance?
Weak – Rank 88 out of 167; Score 7.35 out of 10
Citizens are free to form civic organizations and political parties without state interference.
The Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index 2014 https://www.eiu.com/public/topical_report.aspx?campaignid=Democracy0115
3.1.2 Public Information (Strong)
Overall Score 74 out of 100 (2010)
220.127.116.11 Are there regulations governing conflicts of interest in the executive and legislative branches of government?
Yes – Weak – Executive Score 80 out of 100 – Strong; Legislative Score 65 out of 100
18.104.22.168 Can citizens access legislative processes and documents?
Yes – Strong, Score 81 out of 100
Global Integrity Report 2010 https://www.globalintegrity.org/research/reports/global-integrity-report/global-integrity-report-2010/
3.1.3 Market Intervention (Strong)
Overall Freedom Ranking – 63 out of 165 Trend ↓
22.214.171.124 To what extent does the government intervene in the private sector including state owned industries?
Score 76 out of 100 with a higher score indicating less intervention.
126.96.36.199 To what extent does the government control prices?
Score 81 out of 100 with a higher score indicating less control – Strong.
Index of Economic Freedom 2015– Heritage Foundation www.heritage.org/index
Core Question: Is the public sector transparent and free of corruption?
Weak, government interference and regulatory control continue to limit dynamic investment and overall economic efficiency. Corruption is an impediment to growth.
3.2.1 What is the perceived level of corruption in the country?
Ranking – 100th out of 178; Score 36 out of 100 – Weak Formal Sector, Trend =
Corruption Perception Index 2014, Transparency International http://www.transparency.org/cpi2014/results
Integrity Mechanisms (Very Weak)
3.2.2 A National Integrity System is a framework where the principle institutions that contribute to integrity, transparency and accountability in a society can address corruption in a systematic way. Does a National Integrity System exist?
National Integrity System Assessment, Transparency International http://www.transparency.org/whatwedo/nis/
Extralegal Payments (Weak)
3.2.3 How often do companies report that officials and/or companies expect additional payments to “expedite” services or gain business?
79th out of 140, Score 3.7 out of 7 – Weak, Trend ↑
The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, World Economic Forum
Core Question: Are quality services and qualified civil servants available to the public through the efficient use of public money?
Strong, however deeper structural reforms to diversify the economy and improve labor market flexibility remain critical for more broad-based economic development.
Size of Government (Strong)
3.3.1 What is the size of government relative to GDP?
Government spending is 28.2% of gross GDP and public debt is 67% of GDP.
Index of Economic Freedom 2015, Heritage Foundation
Civil Service (Strong)
3.3.2 What is the quality of the civil service?
Score of 74 out of 100
Government Effectiveness (Strong)
3.3.3 What is the overall effectiveness of the government?
Percentile Ranking 52; Trend ↑
Governance Matters 2014, World Bank