18 June 2009
George Soros gives $100m
gift to Europe

8 June 2009
Coalition of local observers initiated: 2500 election reporters ready

26 May 2009
Party expenses monitoring crucial during electoral campaign

7 May 2009
Projects on facing consequences from Gerdec disaster submitted

4 May 2009
“I vote” report on the Albanian legislative activity published

21 March 2009
International Conference on challenges of the constitutional system

22 December 2008
Civil Society Law “On Legal Aid” passed by Parliament

1 November 2008
Report on Albania’s progress monitoring in the European integration process

24 October 2008
Third state budget monitoring report issued

4 September 2008
Encouragement of cooperation between local government and central institutions onwards

10 july 2008
Interim SAA monitoring report issued

4 july 2008
Transformation of “Besa” Foundation underway

27 june 2008
National conference organized on community organization issues and models

26-27 june 2008
Training seminar held with local government bodies on profits from EU funds

17 june 2008
First report on government efforts to re-build Gërdec issued

13 june 2008
Second 2008 state budget monitorin report published

10 june 2008
Regional project on visa facilitation for Western Balkans introduced

6 may 2008
Round table on transparency in education and promotion of
teacher code of ethics

22 april 2008
Round table on state budget monitoring

14 april 2008
Cooperation practices between business and civil society promoted

29 march 2008
Free legal aid for the inhabitants of Gërdec

20 march 2008
Aid to individuals displaced due to
Gërdec tragedy

13 march 2008
Lobbying on the law on the right to information under way

15 february 2008
Public presentation of the recommending document on the electoral reform

26 january 2008
Lobbing and advocacy on encouragement of social inclusion

November 2007
Training courses on participatory governance

5 November 2007
Third report on monitoring the Assembly activity presented

2 November 2007
American University in Bulgaria evening with high school students

1 November 2007
Monitoring of commitments
deriving from the SAA

18 October 2007
Survey on European Integration issues

15-19 October 2007
Team training and supplement production on European Integration

15 October 2007
International Conference on public urban spaces in Albania

12 October 2007
National conference on strategic privatizations

5 October 2007
New draft-law against discrimination proposed

15 September 2007
Dialogue required on government-proposed amendment to law on non-profit organizations

14 September 2007
Activities on the draft-law on electoral reform

3 August 2007
Students and public life

20 July 2007
Debating the law regarding publishing and the copyright

11 July 2007
Debating some amendments of the law on the right for information

10 July 2007
Presentation of the project for a sharing budget

29 June 2007
Increasing the management capacity of the municipality and involvement of citizens in the decision-taking process

25 June 2007
Amendment proposal for the law 8503 regarding the right for information

21 June 2007
The employment of students graduated abroad in the public administration

30 May 2007
Dialog civil society - government aiming at the reduction of informality

11 May 2007
Second report on the activity of Albanian Parliament is published

4 April 2007
Memorandum of the farmers for exports complying European standards

29 March 2007
Monitoring of the parliamentary process of drafts law debating

28 March 2007
The civil society is in favor of the creation of a state committee against blood feud

16 March 2007
Monitoring of the migration strategy

26 February 2007
Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding

18-20 February 2007
Parallel counting of votes

13 February 2007
The Civil Society demands the relaxation of conflictuality of the election campaign

3 February 2007
Local elections 2007 online by the MJAFT Movement

30 January 2007
Seminar on “Improving public transportation in the region of Tirana”

23 Janauary 2007
Memorandum of civil society to protect its own constitutional rights

18 January 2007
Call of the civil society for a civilized election campaign

22 December 2007
Winners announced for the “Public-private partnership” contest

19 December 2006
Workshop "Albania's Interim Agreement with the EU and its effects on the Albanian Business"

1 December 2006
Debate of the civil society about
the new draft law concerning the State Police

21 November 2006
Presenting the findings of the survey “Albania and the EU – Perceptions and Realities”

18 November 2006
The Conference “Albania and Greece – Mutual perceptions”

6-10 November 2006
Seminar on the challenges of European Integration

3 November 2006
Debate about book policies in the countries of Western Balkans

3 November 2006
AUBG closes recruitment ceremony with fourth-grade students of high schools in Tirana

1 November 2006

Organization that builds school
wins case against Albanian government

14 October 2006
Standards in pre-university education


10 October 2006

Presentation of the monitoring report ivote.com - January-July 2006

16 September 2006

Historical turns and the return of memory
 
 
 
 
   
 

Financial Times
By Stefan Wagstyl in Warsaw

June 18 2009

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5e340c12-5c27-11de-aea3-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist, is giving $100m to central and eastern Europe to counter the impact of the economic crisis on the poor, voluntary groups and non-government organsations.
Mr Soros disclosed the planned gift in an interview with the FT in which he urged the European Union to boost its aid for the region to finance increased welfare spending and tackle rising political extremism.
“The political risk is very severe and the rise of the chauvinistic, xenophobic far right is a disturbing development,” said Mr Soros, in a reference to the advances made by extremist parties in the recent European parliament elections, including Jobbik in Hungary, the Slovak National Party and the Greater Romania Party.
“The EU must do more in terms of providing support, including financial support. The International Monetary Fund programmes [launched in Hungary, Ukraine, Latvia and about five other countries] are very severe in terms of cutting budgets. The EU must solidify support for EU values,” said Mr Soros.
The Hungarian-born businessman, who has given over $3bn to the region since the fall of Communism, urged Brussels not to limit its assistance to EU members, such as Poland, but to support countries further afield, especially Ukraine.
“The region has suffered a setback through no fault of its own as this is a crisis that fundamentally originated in the west, and central and eastern Europe turns out to be hardest hit”.

Mr Soros’s gift will be concentrated on countries facing the severest recessions, including Ukraine, the Baltic states, the Balkans, and parts of central Asia and the Caucasus. The funds will target charities working with children and the young, and NGOs, some of which may have suffered declines in local donations.
Mr Soros has for over a decade concentrated his philanthropic work in the region on support for think tanks and similar organizations. But he said it was time to return, for a while, to the humanitarian aid he gave in the early 1990s. The gift follows a $50m donation he made recently to a New York charity.

See also: http://www.soros.org/newsroom/news/europe_20090618