Meeting: Environmental CSOs for Albania's integration into the EU

WhatsApp Image 2021 02 11 at 15.56.18On 10th of February 2021, EDEN Center conducted a consultative meeting - "Environmental CSOs for Albania's integration into the EU, Chapter 27. Integration of green principles in policy-making", held in a combined form, organised parallel physically and virtually via the Zoom platform.
Key stakeholders involved in environmental protection in the country became part of the meeting, such as experts, members and directors of environmental organisations, representatives from public administration, students from environmental field-studies, environmental activists – that came from 6 cities (Tirana, Berat, Librazhd, Tropojë, Kukës).

Moderated by the Executive Director of EDEN Center, Mrs Ermelinda Mahmutaj, the meeting started with the presentation and discussion of the environmental organisations group GREEN+27, on the country’s progress in the frame of Chapter 27 of EU negotiations for the integration of the country. The sub-chapters reviewed are Water Management (REC Albania); Waste Management (URI); Nature Conservation (INCA) and Horizontal Legislation (EDEN Center). An interactive Q&A session followed the presentation of the national report, where representatives of environmental CSOs suggested and gave their comments regarding the scope of the report.

Untitled designFollowing, the second part of the meeting continued with the presentation of Mrs Sonja Vukovic (from Slap Association, Croatia) on the purpose of the regional study and its findings on opportunities for developing the Green Economy in the region. Mrs Vukovic stressed the importance of the role of the Green Economy as an instrument in integrating the implementation of the European Green Deal in the region. At the end of the presentation, representatives of CSOs shared their contribution in promoting Green Economy in the country through their project activities and local initiatives. Besides, attendees briefly gave comments on the situation of supporting mechanism (incentives, policies, etc) to the green economy.

Despite the difficult condition due to Covid-19, we thank the speakers and attendees of this meeting that did not hesitate to share their insights and opinions, even though that the meeting was conducted combined virtually and physically.

The meeting “Environmental CSOs for Albania's integration into the EU, Chapter 27. Integration of green principles in policy-making" was conducted in the frame of the “ Green Economy for an Advanced Region (GEAR)” project and the Swedish-Albanian program on Support to Albanian Negotiations for Environmental Chapter 27 (SANE27).

EDEN part of ESC program

During the past 4 years, EDEN Center, in the frame of European Voluntary Service (EVS) program, has sent and host volunteers to/from different countries of Europe. Exchanges benefited from the EVSEuropean solidarity corps program, has allowed the organisation to enrich its working environment with skill sets, dedications and motivations of young Europeans. Besides, the EVS program has given the opportunity to its members and youngsters to work and operate in an intercultural environment.

Since 2018, the European Commission has upgraded the EVS program to a more expanded and multi-dimensional program, called European Solidarity Corps (ESC). The ESC provides volunteering opportunities for young people in community-based projects located in European countries.

Recently, the EDEN Center has regained the accreditation/approval (Quality Label), to access ESC programs, as a host and sending organisation. For further information, please read the profile of EDEN Center on the European Youth Portal. Meanwhile, to discover volunteering mobility opportunities, please click here.

 

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Job announcement - Local coordinator in Has, Albania

EDEN center in the framework of the project "GREEN CROSS – Towards Local Green Economies with Smart Investments" January 2020-May 2023, financially supported by the European Union under the Albania-Kosovo Cross-border Program under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) II, seeks to hire a Local Coordinator in Has, Albania, on a part-time basis.
The person will be contracted for the period: february 1, 2021 - May 15, 2023

Please download the Terms of Reference for this position here.

Only selected applicants will be notified. The interview will be physical in Tirana or online/telephone, also considering at time of the interview the health emergency and the austerity measures put in place due to the COVID-19 virus.
The interested person should send a CV and letter of interest in albanian language at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 January 2021 subject  "Local coordinator in Has".

European Week for Waste Reduction 2020 | Educational Chat

What is European Week for Waste Reduction? European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is the biggest campaign to raise awareness about waste prevention in Europe. Driven by local and regional public authorities, we bring together all sorts of other actors — citizens, schools, businesses, NGOs, associations — who organise activities to raise awareness about waste reduction.

 

Java evropiane per red mbetjeveIn the frame of EWWR 2020, on Friday, November 27th, EDEN Center conducted an educational chat on recycling and how to reduce waste by creating, with pupils of Avni Rustemi school, located in Tirana. Pupils were introduced to materials that are recyclable and not suitable for recycling. During the conversation, students share the practices they apply in daily life in order to reuse waste - such as: creating postcards made of used materials, reusing and painting bottles or glass jars, etc.

Besides, EDEN Center donated to Avni Rustemi school, 2 trash bin that were placed in the front yard of the school, where pupils will be encouraged to follow the instructions given and throw their waste in the bin.

We thank the teachers of ‘Avni Rustemi school’ for the cooperation!

 

Job announcement - Local coordinator in Has, Albania

EDEN center in the framework of the project "GREEN CROSS – Towards Local Green Economies with Smart Investments" January 2020-May 2023, financially supported by the European Union under the Albania-Kosovo Cross-border Program under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) II, seeks to hire a Local Coordinator in Has, Albania, on a part-time basis.
The person will be contracted for the period: November 1, 2020 - May 15, 2023

Please download the Terms of Reference for this position here.

Only selected applicants will be notified. The interview will be physical in Tirana or online/telephone, also considering at time of the interview the health emergency and the austerity measures put in place due to the COVID-19 virus.
The interested person should send a CV and letter of interest in albanian language at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 25, 2020 subject  "Local coordinator in Has".