European / international actors and programmes
Albania is part of the Regional Programme for Cultural and Natural Heritage of Southeast Europe (2003)50, a joint programme between the EU and the Council of Europe. It aims to enhance cooperation among nine countries of the region in the area of preservation and rehabilitation of cultural and natural heritage by promoting sustainable development. The programme is composed of 3 Strands (A, B, C) and the Albanian Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sport participates through the Institute of Cultural Monuments in the first two components. Strand A is related to Institutional Capacity Building (ICBP) and is focused on increasing management skills to run projects or design strategies and policies on further development of cultural heritage. Furthermore, Strand B implies the Integrated Rehabilitation of Architectural and Archaeological Heritage (IRPP-SAAH), where the main aim is to fund the rescue of certain archaeological and architectural sites in Albania. This project is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, through former president Romano Prodi in the framework of CULTURE 2000.
Albania signed the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on 24 September 2006.
Albania is a full member of the Council of Europe and UNESCO, while, as a candidate country, it has been benefiting from EU programmes. The Ministry of Culture signed the Creative Europe Agreement51 on March 22, 2016 with a maximum amount of the grant contribution to the programme of 48,00.61 euro.
Albania is also a country member of the Francophonie Community, benefiting from direct and indirect support from the French government.