The Head of the Delegation of European Union to Albania, Mr. Luigi Soreca was received today in a meeting by the Information and Data Protection Commissioner Mr. Besnik Dervishi. The focus of the meeting was the activity of the Authority in the frame of supervision of both the legislations on the right to information and the protection of personal data; the integration process with respect to the alignment of the Albanian regulatory framework with the European law on data protection; and the planning of the 41st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioner, to be held in Tirana, on 21-24 October 2019.

Commissioner Dervishi pinpointed that the Authority was established as a reflexion of the willingness and support of the EU provided to Albania. He further introduced the main achievements and the focus of the work of the Commissioner’s Office over the last few years. He stressed that the entry into force of the Law No. 119/2014 “On the Right to Information” has ultimately changed the landscape of transparency of the Albanian Public Authorities, whereas the Law No. 9887/2008 “On the Protection of Personal Data” constitutes now a tested and reliable instrument in guaranteeing citizens’ privacy. The Commissioner’s Office will shortly start implementing a Twining Project in the frame of IPA 2017 “Institution-building for alignment with the EU acquis and enhanced ability to meet economic criteria in connection with data protection”. This project will provide for the complete transposition of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Police Directive (2016/680), thereby ensuring highest standards for the citizens in this area. Commissioner Dervishi introduced Mr. Soreca with the preparations conducted so far vis-à-vis the 41st International Conference (ICDPPC).

Ambassador Soreca acclaimed the activity of the Commissioner’s Office and confirmed Delegation’s full support for our institution in the future. He further highlighted that the protection of personal data contributes in itself to the rule of law in Albania. According to the Head of Delegation, the challenges of the digital era are diverse and the transposition of the new European legislation in this area in the Albanian regulatory framework is ultimately meaningful, hence the EU has approved the relevant project amounting to 400 thousand Euros. In addition, the Ambassador stressed the importance of the strengthening of cooperation among the Albanian justice and police institutions with their European counterparts. Mr Soreca further considered that the hosting of the 41st International Conference (ICDPPC) in Tirana next October reflects the consolidation of the role of the Commissioner’s Office both within the country and abroad.