The action aims at bringing forward the effects of the reforms in the field of anti-discrimination and combating hate speech. It supports the alignment with European standards to better protect the rights of vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities, further strengthening diversity and equality in Albania.

The action is implemented within the joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” running from December 2023 until January 2026.

What is the goal of the action?

The main goal of the action on “Advancing the protection from discrimination in Albania” is to improve protection of minorities and other vulnerable groups in Albania, from discrimination and hate speech/hate crimes, in line with the European standards.

Who benefits from the action?

The action beneficiaries are the public institutions in the field of antidiscrimination, local stakeholders and most importantly the people in Albania. By providing technical assistance and raising awareness of public institutions and related actors in the field, the action brings forward the effects of the reforms in the field of anti-discrimination and combating hate speech as well as advancing the overall protection of human rights for the people of Albania and in particular for the vulnerable communities.

How will the action work?

This action offers assistance in improving the record of fighting discrimination, racism, hate speech and hate crimes in Albania.

The support is provided as part of the EU accession process while the action offers capacity building initiatives, adapting methodologies of the Council of Europe in the field and exchange of best practices, to foster co-operation among partners and the dialogue between stakeholders;

Awareness raising on diversity and anti-discrimination towards other constitutes an important component of the action.

What do we expect to achieve?

Notably, the action will ensure that:

  • Policy makers better address discrimination and hate speech;
  • Public institutions and Civil Society Organisations improve responses to ensure fight against discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes;
  •  General public in Albania becomes more aware and contributes to counter intolerance, hate crimes and racism for a more cohesive society.

What is the budget of the action?

The total budget of the action is 850,000 Euros. Albania is also benefitting from the regional action on Promoting equality and combating racism and intolerance in the Western Balkans, worth 700,000 Euros.

The budget allocated to the overall Horizontal Facility programme amounts to ca. 41 Million EUR (85% funded by the European Union, 15% by the Council of Europe)

About the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye

The “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” is a joint initiative of the European Union and the Council of Europe that enables the Western Balkans Beneficiaries and Türkiye to meet their reform agendas in the fields of human rights, rule of law and democracy and to comply with the European standards, which is also a priority for the EU enlargement process.





This webpage has been produced using funds of a joint project between the European Union and the Council of Europe. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.


Iva Çoku
Senior Project Officer

+355 44 540 208

Elsa Delishaj
Project assistant

  00355 4 45 40 217

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