Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration
The main beneficiary institution of RENA in Albania is the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration.
Albania is a Potential Candidate Country for EU accession following the decision of the Thessaloniki European Council of June 2003. On 18 February 2008, the Council adopted a European Partnership with Albania. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the country was signed on 12 June 2006 and entered into force on 1 April 2007. Albania submitted its application for EU membership on 28 April 2009. The Commission advised the Council in November that it should consider granting Albania Candidate Country status.
In the area of environment, over the past period the progress was mostly made in the sector of horizontal legislation, waste management, water quality and nature protection.