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
 
 
 
 
   
 

22 December 2008

The Assembly of the Republic of Albania approved at a majority of votes on the 22nd December 2008 the law “On Legal Aid”, proposed by the civil society. This law was a fruit of the project organized by the Free Legal Service, Tirana, in co-operation with the Women Advocacy Center, the Albanian Helsinki Committee, Office of Citizen Protection, National Advocacy Center, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labor, the High Council of Justice, General Prosecutor’s Office upon the assistance of Soros
Foundation. The aim of the project was to:

- establish a structured system of legal aid;
- promote this system and access to justice to the people in need;
- built efficacy in legal aid and human rights protection.  

The free legal aid has started operating in Albania since 1997, coming to the assistance of the population strata in need, namely the veterans, the disabled and to all those persons who have no possibilities to face the financial implications of the various justice system chains. The project implementation was divided in three phases. The first phase included a round table focusing on discussions on the new “Legal Aid” draft-law. The draft-law was written taking into account the ten-year-old Albanian practice, the hitherto approved laws, a special UNICEF report as well as the CoE recommendations. It is in the same phase that monitoring of the Judiciary Budget Administration Office, General Prosecutor’s Office and of some court took place. Study visits were also organized in Bosnia and Romania, countries that have drafted legal aid laws, and a final report was also submitted.

The second phase contained some expert round tables focusing on improvement of the draft-law, and its preparation of the final draft. The third phase contained some TV features, special radio programmes, publications of media supplements, public awareness raising and other activities. The entirety of these activities led to the approval of the law by the Assembly of Albania in December of 2008.