Albania

Population 2.9 million

Albania is a candidate country for EU membership. The EU is Albania’s primary political and economic partner, and its largest donor and investor. To help the country progress on its EU path, the EU provides financial assistance in a wide range of areas – from agriculture to transport, green energy to support for entrepreneurs, and much more.

 

This goes hand-in-hand with support for improvements that are necessary to meet EU standards, in areas like the judiciary and public administration. In this way, EU is contributing to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Albania’s citizens.

Opportunities

Culture and youth, Democracy and fundamental rights

BIRN Albania opens call for documentary film

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Albania invites local production companies from Albania to send proposals for a feature-length documentary on the topics of demographic change, migration and youth. The documentary can explore the three topics in the Albanian context seperately or together, depending on the artistic perspective of the director and screenwriter.

Funding opportunities
Journalists & media organisations, Other
26/09/2021
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Connectivity, Environment

Coal regions exchange programme

The coal region-to-region exchange programme is an opportunity for regions from the Western Balkans and Ukraine and counterparts in the EU to start direct, one-to-one dialogue and to connect with a range of stakeholders. As part of the programme, participants can benefit from opportunities to share experiences including study visits and knowledge exchange, with expert support.

Training courses & educational programmes
Civil society organisations, Public sector bodies, Researchers, Other
30/09/2021
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Latest news

Albania
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EU digital COVID certificate equivalence for Albania

23 September 2021
Albania + 5
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Working together to protect marine life: #EUBeachCleanup Albania

20 September 2021
Albania + 5
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€14.2 billion to help accession countries implementing EU-related reforms

16 September 2021
Albania + 5
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“The Future is on Tracks” Western Balkans Rail Summit

16 September 2021
Albania
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EU award for investigative journalism in Albania

13 September 2021
Albania + 5
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Join the 2021 European Researchers’ Night

13 September 2021
Albania + 5
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EU-Western Balkans meeting on fight against firearms trafficking

9 September 2021
Albania + 4
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COVID-19: EU travel restrictions lifted for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia

1 September 2021
Albania
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Works start on electricity interconnector between Albania and North Macedonia

1 September 2021
Albania + 5
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Young European Ambassadors celebrate first birthday

25 August 2021
Albania + 2
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Youth from Western Balkans cooperate for peace

25 August 2021
Albania + 5
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Vote for the next group of Young European Ambassadors!

23 August 2021
Albania
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Forest fires: The EU continues to mobilise assistance for the Western Balkans

12 August 2021
Albania + 4
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EU supports workshop on writing stories on war crime victims’ experiences

6 August 2021
Albania + 5
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EU expertise now available as TAIEX webinars

23 July 2021
Albania + 2
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Open call for youth exchange in Western Balkans

21 July 2021
Albania
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Youth from Albania and North Macedonia break down prejudices

16 July 2021
Albania + 5
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EU allocates €13.5 million for civil society in the Western Balkans

13 July 2021
Albania
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COVID-19: EU sends 200,000 vaccines to Albania and North Macedonia

13 July 2021
Albania + 5
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The deadline for a new call for Young European Ambassadors extended to 30 July

12 July 2021
Albania + 5
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YEAs go to EXIT Festival

12 July 2021
Albania
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BIRN launches call for EU Investigative Journalism Award for 2021 in Albania

9 July 2021
Albania
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New call for Albania-Montenegro cross-border projects

9 July 2021
Albania + 5
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Young people create regional youth agenda for the Western Balkans

9 July 2021
Albania + 5
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EU funded PowerUP programme announces winners of Western Balkan Excellence Award

6 July 2021
Albania + 5
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Berlin Summit: Western Balkans strengthen regional cooperation and foster closer ties with the EU

6 July 2021
Albania + 5
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The Western Balkans becomes a roaming free zone

1 July 2021
Albania + 5
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Western Balkans Youth Forum 2021 kicks off today!

29 June 2021
Albania + 5
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The pandemic reshapes TAIEX and Twinning

26 June 2021
Albania + 2
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EU adds Western Balkans countries on its “Green List”

24 June 2021
Albania + 5
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Commissioner Várhelyi at Tirana Summit with the Western Balkans leaders

11 June 2021
Albania + 5
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New call for Young European Ambassadors

9 June 2021
Albania + 5
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Political agreement on €14.2 billion Pre-Accession Assistance Instrument

4 June 2021
Albania + 5
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The RCC presents winners of the BALKATHON 2.0 competition

2 June 2021
Albania + 5
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Young designer from Albania wins Berlin Process logo competition

2 June 2021
Albania + 5
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Training programme for CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey

2 June 2021
Albania + 4
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Grants for promoting digital agenda for Western Balkan CSOs

28 May 2021
Albania
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New call for cross border projects Albania-Kosovo

28 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Open call for storytelling workshop for young people

28 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Over €2 billion from EU to support culture, including Western Balkans

28 May 2021
Albania + 5
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EU invests an additional €40 million to help ease impact of COVID-19 crisis

20 May 2021
Albania
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BIRN launches call for investigative stories in Albania

20 May 2021
Albania
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ETF unveils Green Skills Awards finalists

20 May 2021
Albania
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Authors from Albania and Serbia among winners of the EU Literature Prize

19 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Western Balkan Youth Talks: how can the EU connect better with youth?

11 May 2021
Albania + 4
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EU Cohesion policy: EUSAIR kicks-off its 6th Annual Forum

11 May 2021
Albania + 5
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#EuropeDay – the EU throws open its virtual doors!

7 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Commissioner Várhelyi travels to the Western Balkans as first EU funded vaccines arrive

3 May 2021
Albania + 5
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EU Open Data Days – Shaping our future with open data

30 April 2021
Albania + 5
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EU and EFSE unleash additional €40 million in response to the pandemic

30 April 2021
Albania + 5
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TAIEX flagship event: taking the European Green Deal beyond EU borders

29 April 2021
Albania
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EU Prize for Literature announces 2021 shortlist

23 April 2021
Albania + 5
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The EU supports Western Balkans with a new project on prevention of radicalisation

23 April 2021
Albania + 5
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The EU and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

23 April 2021
Albania
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EU helps an Albanian organic food store to improve sustainability

14 April 2021
Albania + 5
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The Power of a Hashtag – Online Youth Activism Event

13 April 2021
Albania + 5
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Balkan Trafik festival celebrates its 15th anniversary online

13 April 2021
Albania
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EU disburses €90 million in macro-financial assistance to Albania

5 April 2021
Albania + 5
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Erasmus+ brings over €26.2 billion to support mobility and cooperation

31 March 2021
Albania + 5
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New Youth Newsroom for young journalists in South East Europe and Turkey

17 March 2021
Albania + 2
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Albania, Montenegro and Serbia set to benefit from additional support to fight pandemic

11 March 2021
Albania
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EU donates CT scanner to Mother Theresa Hospital in Albania

10 March 2021
Albania + 5
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EFSE facilitates prizes and visibility for women entrepreneurs in tech

5 March 2021
Albania + 5
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EU and UN Women address the violence against women in the Western Balkans

5 March 2021
Albania + 5
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RCC webinars on tourism products for new markets

5 March 2021
Albania + 5
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RCC awards six innovative digital solution projects on tourism in the Western Balkans

2 March 2021
Albania + 5
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Skills gap growing in EU neighbourhood

24 February 2021
Albania
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Young Albanian entrepreneur wins Mediterranean award

23 February 2021
Albania
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RYCO and EU fund new projects in Albania

23 February 2021
Albania + 4
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European Research Council kicks off Horizon Europe for 2021

22 February 2021
Albania + 5
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EU supports vaccination efforts in the Western Balkans

19 February 2021
Albania + 5
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RYCO and EU fund new project in Montenegro

18 February 2021
Albania
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Anniversary of “Together for Albania” International Donors Conference

18 February 2021
Albania
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Migration: EU Commissioner Johansson in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania

16 February 2021
Albania + 5
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Applications now open for 2021 EU Award for Roma integration

8 February 2021
Albania + 5
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The EIB Group boosts financing for the Western Balkans in 2020

3 February 2021
Albania
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EBRD and EU support improvements to Albania’s railways

3 February 2021
Albania
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CEB supports employment in Albania

2 February 2021
Albania
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EFSE supports the financing of small-scale farmers in Albania

1 February 2021
Albania + 5
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Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) launches the 2021 Social Cohesion Award to recognise outstanding social action in Europe

22 January 2021
Albania
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National civil society conference discusses the sector’s challenges in Albania

22 December 2020
Albania
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The EU4Schools and EU4Culture programmes respond to the November 2019 earthquake in Albania

22 December 2020
Albania + 4
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The Regional Cooperation Council and UNDP launch Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

10 December 2020
Albania
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EU Ambassador Soreca presents the EU Green Agenda for the Western Balkans

19 October 2020
Albania
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EU launches €40 million programme to rebuild Albania’s cultural heritage after the earthquake

29 September 2020
Albania
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Team Europe: fighting the pandemic and infodemic in the Western Balkans, including Albania

6 August 2020
Albania
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EU approves €100 million for post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania

17 July 2020

Key milestones

Swipe right

2009

April

Application for EU membership

Entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

2010

December

Entry into force of visa liberalisation

2014

June

EU candidate country status granted

2018

April

Commission recommends opening of accession negotiations

2018

June

The Council sets out the path towards opening accession negotiations

2020

March

EU decides to open accession negotiations

2020

July

Presentation of the draft negotiating framework to the Member States

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