Geographically surrounded by European Union (EU) Member States, the Western Balkans region bears strategic importance for the peace and prosperity of the European continent as a whole.
International IDEA supports the aspirations of the countries of the Western Balkans to join the EU, and works with key national and international partners to speed up reforms for democratic consolidation.
We do so by supporting Election Management Bodies (EMBs), policy makers and civil society to improve election standards through expertise, best practices, BRIDGE trainings, and Electoral Risk Management tools.
In addition, we regularly track and analyse democracy trends in the region, engaging with civil society and foreign partners to mainstream democracy in the EU accession process of the region.
In Albania, together with the Rule of Law Centre of Finland, we co-implement the project Integrity and Trust in Albanian Elections: Fostering Political Finance Transparency and the Safe Use of Information and Communication Technologies.