Analysis 19 Sep 17

Albanians Query Wisdom of Slimmed-Down Government

Edi Rama has honoured pledges to cut bureaucracy by radically trimming the size of the cabinet – but some fear the new ‘super-ministries are taking on more than they can handle.

Gjergj Erebara
'Rama 2' Government. Photo: Gent Shkullaku/LSA

With a mere 15 ministries, Albania’s new government, under its new/old Prime Minister, Edi Rama – which took office on 13 September – is the slimmest in recent history.

In its program for 2017 to 2021, which it presented last week, the government pledged to focus on the quality of public services in healthcare, education, the water supply, waste management, property registration and property titles.

While promising better public services, less bureaucracy and a more efficient public administration, some exerts suspect the latest attempt to overhaul Albania's infamously inefficient and highly politicized public administration will into the usual problems.

Mero Baze, a publisher, wrote on Sunday in the daily Tema that the ongoing overhaul was effectively “sending the executive power towards an unknown destination”.

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