Our new project in Albania, implemented under the EU for Good Governance programme, is aimed at contributing to a more capable and responsive public sector, oriented towards the needs of citizens and businesses, as well as advancing progress with EU integration.  The specific project objectives are wide-ranging and include strengthening the Government’s capacity in policy making and implementation, including integrated and efficient planning, budgeting and coordination of policies; implementation of the public internal financial control policy; supporting the improvement of EU- related governance and delivery of public services by central agencies and municipalities; improvement of participatory governance and civic dialogue, including public consultation, improvement of transparency and accountability for reform implementation through Government and related independent institutions.  The project is financed by the European Commission and we are leading a consortium with partners, Ecorys (Netherlands) and Particip (Germany).