3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes
Albania is a full member of the Council of Europe and UNESCO, while, as a candidate country, it has been benefiting from EU programmes like Phare and CARDS.
Albania is also a country member of the Francophonie Community, benefiting from direct and indirect support from the French government.
The Albanian Parliament ratified the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on 24 September 2006. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture will be in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Convention.
Few Albanian cultural and education institutions have affiliations with international, transnational or European organisations. Tirana Arts Academy is a member of ELIA, while there is a national centre of the Madrid-based Mediterranean Theatre Institute.
There is no partnership between Albania and the Nordic Council or the Anna Lindh Foundation Networks.