At a glance
The Presence assists the Albanian national security authorities and institutions in three main areas: strengthening the professionalism of the State Police to meet international standards; improving the Border and Migration Police’s capacities in border management; and supporting the Ministry of Defence in implementing its demilitarization action plan. In its activities, the Presence works in close co-operation with all other interested stakeholders and plays a crucial part in the international consortium that gathers all national and international actors involved in law enforcement and rule of law.
Based on the results and achievements thus far, as well as on a joint needs assessments with police authorities, the Presence continues to deliver support to the State Police in its fight against organized crime, drug-plant cultivation, and domestic violence through community-policing initiatives. Tailored training is under way on a variety of topics, including diversity, leadership, management and forensics. One area of special focus are issues related to internal oversight.
The Presence supports the Border and Migration Police by facilitating and strengthening border management. It works to further enhance the implementation of international standards for border procedures through training, harmonization of external border controls, and cross-border police and judicial co-operation. The Presence provides assistance to support and facilitate projects related to the establishment of joint information exchange centres and training to identify and interview irregular migrants.
Through the Forum for Security Co-operation, the Presence continues to work with the Ministry of Defence and support demilitarization of the Albanian Armed Forces in order to reinforce regional stability and security. These activities include the destruction of surplus conventional ammunition and small arms and light weapons, and the disposal of hazardous chemicals stored in military premises. Funding for these projects is currently provided by several participating States, including the Czech Republic, Germany, and Turkey.