Conference Tirana

Conference on countering corruption - Tirana, Albania - 23-25 September 2014

The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies conducted a regional conference on countering corruption in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense of Albania held in Tirana 23-25 September.   The three day event titled “Countering corruption- Effectiveness through Interagency and Multi-Sectoral Approaches” brought together more than 60 professionals from Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.

The conference focused on the impact of corruption on national security, regional stability and economic and social development.  The main objectives of the conference were to cultivate concepts that support a comprehensive whole-of-government and societal approach towards countering corruption, increase awareness of international anticorruption programs and explore best practice solutions for countering corruption in the Southeast Europe region.

The Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Minister of Defense of Albania Mimi Kodheli, U.S. Ambassador to Albania Alexander Arvizu, German Ambassador to Albania Hellmut Hoffmann, and U.S. State Dept. Senior Anti-Corruption Coordinator George Kent each addressed the conference. The Marshall Center’s Dr. Valbona Zeneli led and moderated the three-day conference.

The prestigious role of the Marshall Center in the region was appreciated by all keynote speakers and participants. The Prime Minister Edi Rama publicly praised and thanked the GCMC for its support in the drafting of the Albanian National Security Strategy. The event received extensive positive electronic and print media coverage.

Specific topics addressed included Corruption as a National Security Threat, the Georgian Experience in the Fight against Corruption, Interagency Cooperation to Counter Corruption, Criminal Justice Tools to Fight Corruption, Fighting Corruption in the Judiciary, Economic Cost of Corruption, Leveraging Contributions of International Organizations, the Role of Civil Society and Media in Fighting Corruption, and Regional Perspectives. 

Participants and speakers agreed that political will and individual / personal efforts to fight corruption in all discussed sectors are the only effective ways to tackle the problem.

Among the distinguished speakers at the conference were: Professor Joseph Vann, Mr. Giorgi Baramidze, Deputy Speaker of the parliament of Georgia, Mr. Peter Ainsworth from US Department of Justice.