Rama I Cabinet

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The first Cabinet of Prime Minister Edi Rama is the 73rd Government of the Republic of Albania formed on 15 September 2013.

Rama I Cabinet
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Date formed15 September 2013
People and organisations
Head of stateBujar Nishani
Head of governmentEdi Rama
Deputy head of governmentNiko Peleshi September 2013-May 2017
Ledina Mandia
Member partyAlliance for a European Albania
(led by the Socialist Party)
Status in legislatureCoalition
PredecessorBerisha II Cabinet
SuccessorRama II Cabinet

Following the 2013 election, the Socialist Party-led Alliance for a European Albania won a majority of seats to Parliament and formed the government. There is a record, six women in the cabinet, which is a regional precedent as well. Rama said: "A team has been built with almost 90 percent of people sitting for the first time in the ministerial chair and probably with more women that all the governments of Albania have had all together in these 20 years."[1]


Amongst its first issues was a reshuffling of the domestic security infrastructure boost security and combat an increasing crime rate. In announcing the change, Rama said "We have inherited a security situation unthinkable for a country that is not in a state of war or armed conflict." The changes entailed a less centralised in order to be closer to the community. In this regard, the number of high-ranking officers was reduced from 811 to 255, the head of the General Directorate of Police Hysni Burgaj was replaced by former special forces commander Artan Didi and the heads of the police in the 12 administrative regions were also replaced, while units like the traffic police were disbanded.[2]

Looking to gain membership to the European Union, it has gained the support of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, he becoming an advisor to the government.[3] It has also gained the support of the multiple EU governments to help propel it forward towards EU integration.[citation needed]

On 16 October 2013 the European Commission released its annual reports on prospective member states which concluded that the Albanian election was held in an "orderly manner" and that progress had been made in meeting other conditions and as such recommended granting Albania candidate status.[4] On 5 December 2013 in an MEP meeting it was recommended that "...the Council should acknowledge the progress made by Albania by granting it candidate status without undue delay."[5] However, several states, including Denmark and the Netherlands, remained opposed to granting Albania candidate status,[6] and at a December 2013 meeting the Council of the European Union put off the decision until June 2014.[7]

As done during his tenure as Mayor of Tirana, Rama stresses the modernization of public services and has started the process of modernizing and restoring customs and also employed the English "Crown Agents", to help reform the customs.[8] Also done when mayor, the demolition of buildings by the NUCI, the National Urban Construction Institution, is an important matter for keeping the coast and Albania authentic.[9]


Office Incumbent Term began
Prime Minister
Edi Rama
15 September 2013
Deputy Prime Minister
Niko Peleshi
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Ditmir Bushati
Minister of Defense
Mimi Kodheli
Minister of Internal Affairs
Saimir Tahiri 2013-2017
Minister for European Integration
Klajda Gjosha
Minister of Infrastructure and Energy
Damian Gjiknuri 2013-
Minister of Education, Sports and Youth
Lindita Nikolla 2013-2019
Minister of Tourism
Milva Ekonomi
Minister of Justice
Nasip Naço 2013-2017
Minister of Culture
Mirela Kumbaro 2013-2017
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Edmond Panariti
Minister of Health and Social Care
Erion Veliaj
Minister of Innovation and Public Administration
Milena Harito
Minister of Finance
Shkëlqim Cani 2013-2017

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Albania Sets Gender Precedent In Region Eurasia Review". Eurasiareview.com. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ Besar Likmeta (3 May 2013). "New Albania Govt Restructures Police Force". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  3. ^ "BBC News - Tony Blair joins Albania's campaign to join European Union". Bbc.co.uk. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  4. ^ "EU enlargement: priorities for 2014". European Commission. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  5. ^ "ViEU integration: progress reports for Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Iceland". European Parliament. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Serbia Expected To Get EU Membership Boost; Delay For Albania". 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Council conclusions on Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process" (PDF). Council of the European Union. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "INUK vazhdon aksionin në Dhërmi - Lajme - Top Channel". www.top-channel.tv.