Policy Paper: Consultation process in Albania under EU integration – What role for Civil Society?, June 2022

The year 2020 and 2021 were difficult years for the Civil Society sector, as it was for all other sectors of the economy and society, due to Covid-19 pandemic implications and restrictions.

Even under these restraints either physical, or financial the Civil Society sector took all the necessary efforts in order to fulfill its functions and has been engaged in actions of tangible effects and targeted to support those groups that were mainly affected by the pandemic throughout this period. On the other hand, it is of importance, to underline that during this period no support in financial or technical level has given to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from the state institutions. Even though, the government of Albania offered financial support to business sector and to families in need to relief the financial burden, it left out from these financial schemes the Civil Society sector. Thus, CSOs sector and especially grassroot CSOs, faced major obstacles in a situation where all the social-economic and civic activities had been totally stopped or had been restricted.

This study was prepared by the European Movement in Albania (EMA) research team in the framework of the project “National Resource Centre for Civil Society in Albania”, with the financial support of the European Union through the Delegation of the European Union in Albania. The information and views expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

Consultation process in Albania under EU integration – What role for Civil Society? – EMA  June 2022