Institut National du Service Public (INSP)
University of Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum (co-applicant)
Emilia-Romagna Region (co-applicant)
University of Applied Sciences Kehl (co-applicant)
National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (associate
participating in the action)
National School for Public Administration (associate participating in the action)
Beneficiaries: The target group consists of Albanian civil servants of Category III and
Category IV of the state administration, independent institutions and local
government units that have from 3 to 8 years’ experience in the public
administration, and who underwent an impartial, transparent, and merit-based
selection process. The Action will build on the success of the selection process
of the pilot phase by setting up an independent panel for each stage of the
process. The latter shall focus on assessing the knowledge, skills, motivation,
personal background, experience, and foreign languages knowledge of the
The first target group represent a maximum of 25 people, whose profiles remain
horizontal to support reform needs and priorities of the Albanian government.
The gender-balanced composition of the group and the fair social and
geographical representation will be a major focus of attention.
The second target group consists of the home institutions of the young civil
servants participating in the programme. Albanian citizens and businesses will
indirectly benefit from better, more transparent and fair services reached
through the support of the administration.
The Action will improve the professional capacity and expertise of a batch of
25 civil servants in key sectors of the Albanian public administration, by
providing them with the opportunity to undertake practical training,
mentoring sessions, study visits and internships in EU Member States
schools and public administrations. The practical knowledge and skills that
these civil servants will gather will enable them to contribute fully to the
Albanian Government’s endeavour to meet the obligations and challenges
arising from the EU Integration Process.
Summary of the Project
From February 2023 onward, the French National Institute of Public Service
(INSP) (ex-ENA) will implement, together with its academic European partners,
a cooperation project funded by the European Commission aiming for the
modernisation of the public service in Albania.
The objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of a professional, efficient, and transparent public administration in Albania, through
the development and implementation of a traineeship programme dedicated to
young Albanian civil servants.
Training courses are organised in Albania, in preparation for the trainees’
internships. As the programme aims to address the needs of the Albanian
government, the courses include modules on EU Integration, legal
approximation techniques, project or strategic management, HRM and
leadership. Language training classes in French, German, Italian and
Croatian are set up, with the support of the diplomatic posts and in
collaboration with the ASPA. Furthermore, terminology workshops and
administrative culture courses are organised, as well as mentoring sessions
with the future internship tutors and, with the alumni of the YCSSS pilot
phase willing to participate in the project, and alumnis from MS public
The consortium will also set up a one-week study visit for all participants to
France and Germany on the theme of administrative reform, performance-
oriented HR management and European public policies and other relevant
issues for the modernisation of the civil service. A second one-week study
visit to Italy on topics such as multi-level governance and European
structural aid will be set up. The study visits will follow a 10-week
internship period either in France, Germany, Italy and Croatia.
Finally, technical assistance missions on career development, performance
evaluation, attractiveness of the public sector will also be carried out. The action will build a comprehensive framework on HR management and
coordination of HR policies. This holistic approach implies to work on the
needs’ assessment and career development phase, while developing a
structured monitoring and evaluation methodology.
The project aims to produce three outputs:
Priority 1 – The selection and recruitment of candidates is organised based on a
competitive and merit-based procedure.
Priority 2 – Young civil servants participate to the YC Scheme by following
tailor-made trainings in Albania and internships and study visits in EU MS
institutions and public administrations.
Priority 3 – Sustainable career development mechanisms are put in place,
enabling the highly trained and professional civil servants to implement PAR in
the context of the EU Integration process.