The Right of the Military to be Organized in Professional Associations

Departament: 
When: 
Thursday, 1 January, 2009 to Friday, 30 April, 2010
Project Description: 

Donor: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Albania)
Partner: EUROMIL (European Organization of Military Associations), Albanian Defence Academy and the Albanian Ombudsman

The initiative follows a similar action undertaken by IDM in the previous period to establish the Police Association, which is now fully operational as a body that protects the rights of police officers. The project was designed to increase sensitivity among Albanian key actors and institutions on the need to encourage the establishment of professional associations within the armed forces. This initiative, in the framework of modernizing the Albanian army, becomes even more indispensable with Albania's NATO membership. Through this event, IDM’s purpose was to encourage the debate and present the legislative and policy challenges on the necessity of professional organizations which support the rights of the military and to bring forward best European experiences (German, Italian but also Bulgarian as closer to the Albanian reality) as presented by the EUROMIL representative, the Italian Delegation of Experts and the NATO representative in Albania.