December 1, 2021

Following the Brussels European Council of June 2014, Albania became the European Union candidate country.

The candidate status was the result of Albania’s reform efforts in recent years, and it represents the acknowledgment on behalf of the EU for the progress Albania made on its accession road.

The European Commission continues to work closely together with Albania to support its reforms and prepare it for the next step in the integration process, namely the opening of accession negotiations.

The EU Delegation in Albania provides recognition and support to civil society actors actively working for the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Albania, including funding opportunities and public awareness activities. In this regard, the EU Delegation provides financial support to civil society organisations under a number of instruments. Information on funding opportunities in the field of human rights and strengthening of civil society is regularly published on the website of the EU Delegation.