Albania

Strategic co-operation between the Council of Europe and Albania has been carried out in the framework of the Programmatic Co-operation Document 2015 - 2017, adopted by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in April 2015.

The overall strategic objective is to support the reform agenda in different sectors thus contributing to the fulfilment of Albania's outstanding accession obligations and commitments as a Council of Europe member state and further progress in the European Union integration process. Protection of human rights and anti-discrimination, the fight against corruption and organised crime, reform of the judiciary, freedom of media, free and fair elections in line with European standards, strengthening good governance and democratic participation constitute the core priorities.

The Council of Europe’s Office in Tirana is currently implementing nine projects, out of which eight are co-funded by the European Union (seven are part of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey) and one by the Swiss Co-operation Office in Albania.

Since 2012 the Council of Europe has been working in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation to reinforce local and regional government structures and co-operation among local elected representatives. Albania also benefits from of four regional programmes in South East Europe: three Council of Europe/European Union joint programmes, which  provide regional support for promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level (ROMACTED), and support judicial expertise on freedom of expression and the media (JUFREX) as well as strengthen co-operation in the field of cybercrime by targeting crime proceeds on the internet (iPROCEEDS) and one financed by the Human Rights Trust Fund providing human rights education for legal professionals (HELP Programme).