National Resource Center for Civil Society: Info-Sessions on EU Integration process of Albania and the role of CS in this process

In framework of National Resource Center for Civil Society (NRC) financed by the European Union, and implement by Partners Albania for Change and Development in partnership with European Movement in Albania and Albanian Center for Population and Development, 12 informative sessions will take place through the entire Albanian region. These activities implemented by EMA, where its representatives take part as experts and trainers, aim to increase information and capacity building of the civil society actors on the issues related to country’s European integration and the role that civil society can play in this process. They aim to increase information and increase capacity of the civil society actors especially at local level.

Session trainers are Mr. Gledis Gjipali, Executive Director of EMA and Mrs. Nirvana Deliu, Policy Researcher at EMA. The main topics of training sessions include discussed were: 1) History of EU-Albania relation: milestones of this process; 2) Comparison between Albania’s progress and other Countries of the Balkan regions – which are the frontrunners?; 3) A detailed overview of the institutional structure that will deal with the negotiation process in the country and the opportunities the civil society organization would have, focused mostly at the newly adopted structure: Platform of Negotiation.

Four training sessions have been concluded so far:

  • Training Session in Elbasan organized on 31 January 2020 in which around 20 participants from Civil Society and Youth organizations took part.  Participants discussed about the perspective of Albania in the European Union, how SCO can be engaged in order to support and facilitate the process of EU integration of the country
  • Training Session in Puka held on 23 January 2020, with participation of 20 of civil society representatives and local actors. Participants discussed about the role of civil society in this process while raising the issue of how to be really involved in this process, as they perceive it is a process concentrated only in the capital. There were questions regarding the opportunities on EU programs and projects under IPA Civil Society Facility.
  • Training session in Vlora held on 16 October 2019, with participation of 16 representatives of civil society. Participants discussed about the role of civil society in this process and which are those challenges that this sector faces, especially the local and small NGO-s. They showed interest toward integration process, especially on the reasons why Albania is taking so long with the negotiating process. They asked more on the ways they can be involved and contribute and wanted to know more information on which structures they can cooperate with.
  • Training session in Shkodër held on 9 September 2019, with participation of 15 representatives of civil society. Participants discussed about the role of civil society in this process and which are those challenges that this sector faces, especially the local and small NGO-s. They asked more on the ways they can be involved and contribute, focused on EU supported programs such as IPA programmes and IPA Civil Society Facility.