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

26 February 2007

A Memorandum of Understanding involving civil society monitoring of the Albania-EU relations was singed on 26 March among the Ministry for European Integration and four civil society organizations: the Open Society Foundation for Albania, the Albanian Helsinki Committee, the Institute for International Studies and the European Center.  During the ceremony, representatives of both the government and the civil society affirmed their commitment to foster civil society monitoring of the country’s progress toward European integration processes. Mrs. Arenca Trashani, Integration Minister, appreciated the participation of civil society in the integration processes and expressed the readiness of the Integration Ministry to make available and share all necessary information and data.  Capajev Gjokutaj, Executive Director of the Soros Foundation, stressed the importance of civic monitoring as instrumental in improving the government’s performance, increasing access to information and enhancing the active role of stakeholders towards substantive progress of EU-Albania relations. Increase of civic participation is among the recommendations made by EU in the context of the European Council Decision of 30 January 2006. Part of the efforts to honor the European Partnership is also Albania’s task to institutionalize cooperation of governmental with non-governmental structures.

The project of civic monitoring of the implementation of the SAA is undertaken by the four organizations mentioned above to strengthen the representation of the civil society in the oversight of the steps to implement integration policies. This project is specifically designed to:

  • Increase the responsibility of government and governmental agencies
  • Increase civic participation
  • Institute open and transparent governance processes                and
  • Identify problems and arrive at the most effective solution.

While they commit to offer expertise while retaining their objectivity and neutrality, these organizations will follow closely the steps taken by the government and will make available to the public periodically the results of the monitoring up to the publishing of the complete report at the end of the one-year monitoring period. The monitoring process will concentrate on progress in two main integration directions involving:

  1. Fields of special importance for the country’s social and economic development (for example fair competition, fiscal policies, MSE development and other spheres of economic progress);
  2. Fields of direct impact on the lives of citizens and areas that relate to the good governance and efficient administration of instruments affecting civic life and civil society in general (for example rule of law, free circulation of citizens, human rights, minority rights, media policies, access to information, ICT policies, etc.)