An updated cultural policy profile for Albania is now available, thanks to the enormous efforts of our Compendium experts Blerina Berberi and Kevin Tummers.
Below you can find some highlights of recent developments of cultural policy in Albania:
- For the first time since 1990, Albania has a National Strategy on Culture 2019-2025.
- In 2021, a new agency was tasked with centralizing all government information and public relations, as well as monitoring interactions with the media and social media.
- Fostering cultural and regional cooperation is one of the priorities of an Action Plan 2021-2024 for the 6 Western Balkan countries.
- Significant disruptions to cultural activity caused by a large earthquake damaged 14 000 buildings, including historic fortifications and other national monuments.
- The European Commission donated grants of 40 million euros for rehabilitating culture and heritage as well as 75 million euros for the repair and reconstruction of schools following the earthquake in 2020.
- Digitising efforts were accelerated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic with the need to offer access to culture through various online tools and platforms, such as an online 3D version of the National Gallery of Arts.
- Monthly expenditure per family on entertainment and culture increased by 54% from 2018 to 2019.
- Albania is one of seven countries to benefit from 14.2 billion euro of EU pre-accession financial assistance to be allocated between 2021 and 2027.
- The new National Institute of Cultural Heritage is challenged by a lack of Ministerial decision-making and legal basis for its functioning.
- The National Books and Reading Centre and the Inspectorate for Market Oversight signed a memorandum of collaboration against piracy to protect intellectual property and agreed to organise collaborative projects.
- In early 2021, Albania signed separate agreements with Switzerland and Turkey on copyright cooperation.