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FINAL CONFERENCE FOR THE PROJECT CIVILISC HELD IN TIRANA, ALBANIA

17.09.2018

On September 14, 2018, in Tirana was held the final conference of the CIVILISC project – Civil Society Instruments against Corruption, funded by the EU Delegation to Albania. The 3-year action, implemented by the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (Tirana) and RiskMonitor Foundation (Bulgaria) aimed to improve the capacities and role of civil society in promoting good governance and the fight against corruption at local level. The conference brought together representatives of the EU Delegation to Albania, Dr. Stephen Stork, Head of Section for Rule of Law and Good Governance, the deputy minister of justice, Mrs. Teuta Vodo, the Ambassador of Bulgaria to Albania, H.E. Momchil Raychevski, IDM’s Executive Director, Mr. Sotiraq Hroni, and others. Snezhina Gabova and Pavlina Filipova, project coordinators from RiskMonitor, were also among the conference panelists.

The final conference was an important venue and meeting place for state and non-state stakeholders from Albania and Bulgaria which shared their extensive expertise in the fight against corruption in Bulgaria related to prevention and counteraction of corruption at local level. The speakers from Bulgaria included the Ombudsman of Sofia Municipality, Ms. Lilia Hristova, MsVanya Nusheva, Program Director at Transparency International – Bulgaria, Ms. Dessi Hristova from Citizens Participation Forum in Sofia, and Ilina Mutafchieva, head of the National Youth Forum in Bulgaria. They presented good practices and experiences from their work and offered advice and recommendations that both local governments and civil society actors in Albania should undertake to improve good governance at the local level. In his speech, Mr. Stork emphasized the impact of CIVILISC and the project’s contribution to creating an environment of cooperation and collaboration between stakeholders at all levels, in particular, in generating much-needed resources and space for newly established civil society organizations in the country. The project was deemed a “remarkable” success, thanks to a large extent to its grant-making program. Additionally, Mrs. Vodo appreciated the work of the civil society in the fight against corruption which is also aligned with Albania’s National Anti-corruption Action Plan. She encouraged CSOs to cooperate with government institutions in the monitoring process of this action plan.

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