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// Albania

EU accession

| The Albanian Government is serious about

change. Modernisation of the agricultural sector and public

authorities is moving forward at full speed. As an official

candidate for EU accession, the country must continue

developing its public administration and governance systems

so that they converge with European norms. At the same

time, entire industries need to be aligned with European

standards. Funded by the EU and the Albanian Govern-

ment, GIZ has been advising the Albanian Ministry of

Agriculture on its reforms since 2012. These activities are

part of the Economic Development and Employment Pro-

motion Programme that GIZ is implementing on behalf of

the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation

and Development (BMZ). In ‘trial run’, public officials are

already applying the European rules and procedures in real-

life situations and awarding funding to enterprises in the

food sector according to EU criteria. The beneficiaries of

these subsidies are producers and food processing enterprises

such as dairies, canning factories and abattoirs. They are

allowed to receive investment subsidies of up to

65 per cent – for instance for low-consumption irrigation

systems, new machinery or animal welfare. Funding

applications for almost EUR 5.5 million have already been

approved. Albanian agencies are thus demonstrating that

they can independently manage EU funding – which is one

of the prerequisites for EU accreditation. So the country is

killing two birds with one stone: introducing EU standards

in its public authorities while modernising a key sector of

its economy – agriculture. 


A country on the move


Election observation

| For young democracies, holding fair

and free elections can be a major challenge. One cornerstone

of their success are election observers. In order to recognise

irregularities, observers must have the required know-how.

Together with a consortium, GIZ is supporting the European

Commission in improving training for European election

observers. GIZ is organising round tables on topics such as

non-transparent party funding, election campaigning and

media reporting. E-learning activities and a manual have also

been developed to provide important information for election

observers, for instance on legal frameworks, as well as practi-

cal checklists. And we are training future election observers

on how to monitor important factors such as voter registration

and security. This is designed to ensure that all observers

apply the same standards when monitoring and evaluating

the entire election process – from preparation through to

vote counting and recording results. GIZ is also holding

workshops to support regional organisations such as the

African Union and the Arab League in using regional net-

works to share lessons learned, exchange information on

election observation methods and establish international



// Worldwide

Look out – more democracy on the way




| Employers in Germany are wringing their

hands to find them, yet in their home countries they are

often unemployed. We are talking here about highly qualified

young people. On behalf of German employers, the Federal

Employment Agency’s International Placement Services

(ZAV) and GIZ are recruiting international nursing staff.

This ‘Triple Win’ pilot project benefits not only the nurses

themselves but also German hospitals, care homes and nurs-

ing services. GIZ supports the nurses among other things by

providing German language courses in their home countries

and an orientation course called ‘Living in Germany’. It also

coordinates their outward journeys and helps them obtain

recognition of their foreign qualifications. So far this has led

to some 280 nurses from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,

and the Philippines beginning work in Germany.

Furthermore, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry

for Economic Affairs and Energy, a group of 100 Vietnamese

men and women have been training as geriatric nurses in

Germany since late 2013, having previously completed a

state-funded German course in Hanoi. The successful pilot

project was extended in August 2014, when a second group

of 120 people began a twelve-month German course in prep-

aration for their vocational training. This project is supported

by the Vietnamese Government, which also expects the trans-

fer of expertise to deliver long-term benefits for Viet Nam.

These kinds of benefits for the country of origin are

also being promoted by the Centre for International Migra-

tion and Development (CIM). As part of the mobility part-

nership between the European Union (EU) and Georgia,

CIM is pursuing a circular migration approach. In a pilot

measure commissioned by the EU and the German Federal

Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

(BMZ), 28 experts from the nursing sector and the hotel

and catering industry were brought to Germany for further

training. With their expertise they will go on to contribute

toward Georgia’s development.

On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, job-seeking engi-

neers from Tunisia are being given career prospects as part

of the German-Tunisian Mobility Pact. In 2015, up to 150

young professionals will first of all receive language and

intercultural training before starting internships in Germany.

This is intended to smooth the path into their professional

careers. The opportunity for the two sides to ‘check each

other out’ is certainly helpful in this respect, as the figures

from the previous project show. Following their internships,

over 75 of the 100 experts received a permanent contract of



// Europe, North Africa, Asia

Everyone’s a winner







for around EUR


million already


GIZ Integrated Company Report 2014



Managing migration