European Union and Council of Europe logoFollowing the expression by the government of Albania of its commitment to proactively implement an anti-corruption strategy as part of the National Strategy for Development and Integration (NSDI) and the adoption of an ambitious and cross cutting strategy for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption and for Transparent Governance 2008-2013, with the funding from the European Commission under IPA 2008, the Council of Europe has launched since 1 September 2009 a new technical assistance Project against corruption in Albania (PACA). The project’s duration will be of 30 months The total amount of funds of the project is 2,130.000 Euro (93.90% EU funds and 6.10% COE funds).

PACA’s overall objective is to contribute to democracy and the rule of law through the prevention and control of corruption. The project’s specific objectives are the following:

  • To enhance the implementation of anti-corruption policies and strategies (Anti-corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2007-2013) in line with GRECO and MONEYVAL recommendations and European Partnership commitments;
  • To contribute to the prevention of corruption in the education sector by improving transparency, accountability and social participation in the education system.

PACA will deliver these objectives through the provision of targeted expertise and training by international and national experts, and through outreach to all relevant stakeholders and civil society on the expertise acquired.

Project News

Conference "Conclusion of the 3-year Albanian Government - Council of Europe – European Union Cooperation on Combating Corruption" (Tirana, Albania, 8 November 2012)

8 November 2012 Tirana, Albania

The conference, which was part of the Albanian Government’s programme of activities during its Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, was held on 8 November 2012 in Tirana. In the last three years PACA has been the leading large scale project assisting anti-corruption reforms in the country, and...

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Constitutional Amendments on Restricting the Immunities Regime Adopted

18 September 2012

On 18 September 2012 the Albanian Parliament voted on the draft constitutional amendments aiming to restrict/abolish the immunity of MPs, judges and other high level officials. The draft submitted to vote was a joint Democratic Party (DP) -Socialist Party (SP) parliamentary groups’ proposal...

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Immunities reform

21 july 2012

During July 2012, draft constitutional amendments aimed at restricting or abolishing the immunities of certain categories of officials were submitted by the Democratic Party (DP) and Socialist Party (SP) parliamentary groupings (on 6thand 20th July respectively). Both of the drafts were largely...

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Contact in Headquarters (Strasbourg)

Economic Crime Cooperation Unit (ECCU) 
Department of Action against Crime 
Directorate of Information Society and Action against Crime
DG I - Directorate general of Human rights and Rule of Law
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 26 29
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 05

Project Manager 
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 29 76 
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 05
Email: Lado.LALICIC [at]

Project Assistant 
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 32 27 
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 05
Email: Astrid.WERTENSCHLAG [at]

Project team in Tirana

Team Leader 
Mr Quentin REED 
Mobile:  +355 672084083
Email: Quentin.REED [at]

Local Project Officer 
Mr Arben LILA
Mobile: +355 672084081
Email:Arben.LILA [at]

Council of Europe/PACA Project Office Council of Minister’s Building
Bulevardi “Dëshmorët e Kombit” Nr.1
1000 Tirana, Albania
Tel: +355 42247080
Fax: +355 42248940


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