Horizontal FacilityThe European Union and Council of Europe signed Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (hereafter referred to as “Horizontal Facility”) on 23 May 2016. The Horizontal Facility builds on the Council of Europe and EU Policy priorities in the context of the Western Balkans and Turkey and on the Council of Europe expertise in standard-setting, monitoring and cooperation methodologies. It aims to improve implementation of key recommendations of relevant Council of Europe monitoring and advisory bodies in the areas indicated in the Statement of Intent signed on 1 April 2014 by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. Phase I of the Horizontal Facility begun on 24 May 2016 and lasted until 24 May 2019. It is succeeded by Phase II of the Horizontal facility which is planned to last until 24 May 2022. 

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Raising awareness of Albanian political advisers on integrity matters and ethics rules

12 - 14 December 2022 Tirana, Albania

Taking into account the strong impact of corruption on the rule of law, citizens’ trust in democracy and a country’s social and economic development, the Council of Europe has promoted the effective application of standards for ethical behaviour of officeholders, including by encouraging the...

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Advancing the skills of Albanian prosecutors and investigators on financial analytics and open-source investigations

17-18 November 2022 Tirana, Albania

On 17-18 November 2022, the Action against Economic Crime in Albania, a joint initiative of the European Union and Council of Europe, in cooperation with the School of Magistrate in Albania organised the training on “Financial analytics and use of open-source investigations”. 27 prosecutors,...

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Corruption proofing legislation – a powerful tool to prevent corruption – introduced in Albania

6-9 September 2022 Tirana, Albania

A total of 45 legal advisers of the Albanian Parliament, together with representatives of the legal services of selected ministries participated in the two consecutive trainings on corruption proofing of legislation convened by the Action on 6-9 September 2022 in Tirana, Albania. Corruption...

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Unit for Eastern and Southeastern Europe (E & SEE)

Contacts in Headquarters (Strasbourg)

Head of Unit
Phone: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 11
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 39 55
Email: Evgeni.EVGENIEV[at]coe.int



Contacts in Tirana, Albania

Senior Local Project Officer
Ms Ersida SEFA
Phone:  +355 (0) 4 45 40 219 
Email: Ersida.SEFA[at] coe.int 

Project Assistant
Ms Sindi LICA
Sindi.LICA [at] coe.int

Council of Europe Office in Tirana 
Sheshi Skenderbej Pallati i Kultures, 
kati i trete 
Tirana Albania


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