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Building on mechanisms to effectively and sustainably implement readmission agreements between Albania, the EC and concerned third countries (April 2006 - April 2009)


The project aims at assisting the Government of Albania (GoA) to fully and successfully implement the obligations that stem from the EC/Albania Readmission Agreement (RA), ratified by the Albanian Parliament on May 1, 2006. In particular, it facilitates the strengthening of the Albanian institutions to implement the third country clause of the RA, which will come into force in 2008. The implementation of the Readmission Agreement is considered a priority under the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) concluded between Albania and European Commission on 12 June 2006 and the Albanian National Action Plan for implementation of the SAA. The project also supports Albanian authorities regarding the issue of return migration within the context of migration management, as envisaged by the National Strategy and Action Plan on Migration, approved by GoA in May 2005.


The project gives assistance to Albania for being able to fulfil the future requirements of the EU standard Readmission Agreement, as well as to foster the capacity of Albania to exchange information and best practices concerning the implementation of readmission agreements with third countries, through improved knowledge and expertise of Albanian counterparts.This project runs from 2006 to 2009.
Project outcomes:
The main result of this project will be the establishment of the mechanisms for the implementation of the EC-Albanian Readmission Agreement as a best-case example in the framework of the implementation of the readmission agreements, as well as the preparation for the coming into force of the third country clause of the Agreement in 2008.

The project has three main components as follows:

  1. Capacity building and provision of training and legal support to Albanian authorities and administration;
  2. Cooperative approaches to information exchange between administrations in the implementation of readmission agreements;
  3. Developing mechanisms for managing the implications of return, mainly improving the reintegration of returning migrants in Albania, as well as reinforcing the capacity and action of the national institutions involved in this process.



The beneficiaries of this project will be the line Ministries for migration management, in particular the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, the Ministry of European Integration as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Hellenic Ministry of Interior as project leader, responsible for the overall project management and coordination, for IOM, for the Hellenic Migration Policy Institute and for the Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government.

Albanian Ministry of Interior; the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; the Ministry of European Integration; as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


European Union and the project partners under the AENEAS Programme.