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We are pleased to announce that the application of Dimal Municipality in partnership with CRLDS as a facilitator of startups that will be supported by the government with grants has been successful among more than 350 applications presented. The winning applicants managed to score over 80 points, and the committee approved the funding level for the applications of 23 startups and 29 startup facilitators.

Such a competition is being held for the first time in our country,  with a grant of 10 million euros, based on some elements international models, which are considered the capitals of the world in terms of startups, in support of new initiatives that have as the goal of technological development in the country.

On the 6th of May, CRLDS held its final local stakeholders meeting of the ACHIEVE project.

In the framework of ALDA General Assembly and side events (5-8.05.2022), CRLDS, in the capacity of ALDA member is participating in the Final Conference of the GEM IN Project, which is taking place today on May 5, 2022, from 09:00 - 17:00 in the premises and Maison de la Région Grand-Est, Strasbourg, in hybrid format.

The aim of the project "Game to embrace intercultural education" - GEM IN is to support intercultural education in school and in informal youth environments as a tool to promote social inclusion, intercultural dialogue and active citizenship by promoting European values.

We are pleased to to announce  you that CRLDS - Center for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local  ( together with NOA Microfinance ( from Albania side signed the  Memorandum of Understanding with  BEF - Balkan Economic Forum ( and Prime Point Partners ( from North Macedonia side.


Final event  of the project ACHIEVE (Awareness of Common History for Identifying and Extending the Values of Europe):   “Bored of Borders” took place from the 4th to the 5th of April in Vicenza, Italy. Organised by Istituto Rezzara, the meeting was held in a hybrid mode allowing all the partners, 14 from 13 different countries, to join the event. 

CRLDS is pleased to invite you to a workshop on European Values, National and European Identity

This meeting takes place in the framework of the Achieve Project, funded by the Europe for Citizens Program.

The activity is conceived in the form of a presentation by Dr. Elira Luli and the discussion with the audience on the arguments presented on the topics addressed.

The activity will be moderated by Dr. Edlira Titini.

Below you have the link to register and follow this activity.

To register you can write to us at, in order to send you the activity link.

The presentation will be held in Albanian with a summary in English


 CRLDS - Center for European Policy Studies for Local and Regional Development, has the honor to announce its appointment as a new Associate Member of EUCED - European Economic Interest Grouping and Official Representative Institution of EU Interest.

With great enthusiasm, the EUCED Governing Board, its team and staff welcomed our center as a new Associate Member.

 We are also pleased to announce that EUCED has appointed Luiza Hoxhaj, our Executive Director, its new Representative in Albania as Regional Vice President.

 We take this opportunity to cordially thank the EUCED Board - European Institution for Economic Cooperation for the positive assessment of our request.

Last week was intense for the European Policy Study Center for Regional and Local Development.

It started with the development of the online seminar, held on 29.03.2022: "Education for global and sustainable citizenship", by Luiza Hoxhaj, in the framework of the Achieve project, funded by the European Commission, under the Europe for Citizens Program .

In the current system, a paradigm shift is needed. There is a need for personal interests to converge towards the collective interest; it is necessary to combine criticism with the practice of transformation, that is, to act to transform reality.

3rd International Event of the Project

 ACHIEVE “Awareness of Common History for Identifying and Extending the Values of Europe” Project partners (CRLDS is one of the partners) meeting will take place in Peja, Kosovo*.

On the agenda: meeting with Mayor Gazmend Muhaxheri; workshops among partners on several topics, from updates of the project itself to “Euroscepticism” and more.

The even will take place on 05-07 December 2021.

We are ready to start the second edition of the Institute for Women and Girls in Security and Peace. Participants were selected and represented by women and girls from civil society, Albanian and international institutions as well as from academic institutions.

The Institute for Women and Girls in National and International Security Policy seeks to promote a more sustainable, peaceful and just world by focusing on the important role that women play in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies and addressing threats. global issues such as climate change and violent extremism.

For the developments of this institute follow us on FB, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram, to learn more from our posts on the days of its development from 5-8 October 2021.

Today, 14/02/2020, with the senators of the Kemal Ataturk High School of Vlora, will be the closing activity of the first phase of the series of local activities developed in the framework of the ACHIEVE Project.

The preliminary results of the national and European identity survey will be in focus.

From the 19th to the 21st of February in the Big Hall of the National Minorities House in Prague the second international activity of the Achieve Project was held, where CRLDS was part as partner.

 On the first day of the meeting, one representative of each country made a brief presentation of the territory consisting of three aspects: general characteristics of the territory, elements representing the territory's identity related to art, history, music, dance, gastronomy , typical products, religion, and how the cultural heritage of the territory is recognized by their own inhabitants.

Dr. Svetlana Titini introduced about three representative elements of our identity: Folklore, Food and Religion.

As we come to the end of 2019, it is the right time of year to reflect and start planning for a new year ahead. It would be precisely this objective of the working breakfast, organized by CRLDS with its Board of Directors, the Staff, Associates and Partners, today in the premises of CRLDS headquarters. The meeting had festive and reflective colors at the same time.

Dear all, it is the right time of year to reflect and start planning for a new year ahead.
2019 It has not only been a year full of great achievements for our center, but more importantly, it has been a year of extraordinary relationships and beautiful connections. None of this could have been possible without you all.

CRLDS Albania participated in the JPI Urban Europe AGORA Workshop "Dilemmas of Public Space" held in Riga from November 20 to 22, 2019.

On November 19th, we started AGORA's activities in Riga with a kindly Tour / WALKshop around the city of Riga, with a particular focus on public space projects implemented in the city of Riga and in the peri-urban areas, organized by local hosts.

On the second day of the event, 20 November, Mrs. Luiza Hoxhaj presented the paper "Management of Cities and Public Spaces, the Case of Albania".

The Latvian Ministry of Education and Science and the Latvian State Education Development Agency, the hosts of activity, invited the participants of Agoras for a joint dinner on November 20th.

On the fourth day of the “Institute for Girls and Women in National and International Security Policies” 15 trainees selected to participate in the program, after attending all training sessions, took an active part in them and fulfilled all the obligations of the program. presented in front of a committee comprised of members of the CRLDS organizing team, academic teaching staff and a senior representative from the US Embassy in Tirana their in-depth work. Level of presentations, variety of topics chosen by them, individuality and thematic complementarity, thus complementing a wide range of topics that will be part of future research projects designed by them were impressive. 

We all know that a deep knowledge and comprehension of history, both from a local and a global point of view, is fundamental to understand the present world and to walk towards a better tomorrow. What is equally important is the awareness that, apart from national narrative, very often different countries share much history in common, in terms of social, political and cultural processes.

Today, on First October 2019, in the premises of the Hotel Doro City, Tirana, held the opening session of the first “Institute for Women in National and International Security policy.”

At the Inagural Session honor with their presence Chargé d’Affaires    of the US Embassy in Tirana a.i Leyla Moses-Ones, Ms. Ermonela Felaj, Chairperson of the Committee on National Security at the National Assembly of Albania in the Assembly of Albania, Mr. Petro Koci , Vice. Minister of Defense, Mr. Galentin Georgiev, Head of OSCE Department of Security Affairs, Presence in Albania.

1- 4 Tetor 2019

Leksione dhe seminare me profesorë dhe ekspertë shqiptarë e të huaj.

E hapur për:
studente të ciklit të dytë të studimeve (master)
studiuese të reja të doktoruara në Shkenca Politike, Marrëdhënie Ndërkombëtare, Studime Rajonale politike
Aplikoni: Dërgoni aplikimin tuaj në këtë adresë e-mail

Lexo me shume

Title: “What future for Western Balkans? A vision from local and regional perspective”
Date: 30 November-2 December-2017
Location: University Ismail Qemali of Vlora

The main objective of the forum is to promote a european approach on regional and local development  through foster the exchange of ideas, reflections and prospects encouraging academics to get more comprehensive information on "real world" issues and policy makers using what emerges from the academic debate as well as trough foster the participation of citizens and civil society to social, political, economic and scientific life as a tool for a better shared future in Western Balkans countries.

The Center for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local Development is giving its possible participants at 2nd Forum on Regional and Local Economic Development until the 15rd of November for the new researchers to send their proposals for its call for papers and for good practice at national, western balkanic, european or world level.

The evaluation commission of the proposals for the Logo of the Second Forum on Regional and Local  Economic Development, after reviewing the submitted proposals, selected as the winner the work of Mrs. Lea Fushekati, an Albanian-Belgian designer, born in Tirana and resident in Brussels.


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several ways to become a partner at the Second Regional and Local Economic Growth Forum - FoRLED 2017, Vlora (Albania), 24-27 October 2017 and to link the name of your organization, institution or company to its cause, exchange of knowledge and experience in the area of regional and local economic development policies, thanks to the role and synergy of all actors present in the territory such as: public and private institutions, the academic world, civil society as well as tourism, cultural heritage, new economy, digital economy, smart developments etc., with an important role in this process of development as well as Presentation, Promotion and Benefit.

Junior Session of the Forum on Regional and Local Economic Development, II Edition: 24-27 October 2017

"Territorial Strategies for New Production and Development Models".

Organized by: Qendra për Studime të Politikave Evropiane për Zhvillimin Rajonal dhe Lokal - CRLDS Albania- in collaboration with European Academy of Regions

We invite you to submit a paper to present to Junior Session of 2017 Annual Forum on Regional and Local Economic Development.

The Logo of the Second Forum for Regional and Local Economic Devolpment is sponsored by Cardone Consulting bvba, Brussels.

The competition for the official logo of the Second Vlora Forum on Regional and Local Economic Development, in the Western Balkans countries, to be held in Vlora on 24-27 October 2017, was launched today on 28 August.

The Forum is organized by the Center for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local Development and the European Academy of Regions, with the support of the Vlora Municipality, the Vlora Region and the Government of Flanders. 

Like today, on 25 March 1957, the representatives of six states Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherland and, at that time, West Germany, signed two treaties in Rome, establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM).

Treaties of Rome represent the cornerstone of the modern Europe. On one hand, a common market has been created, symbolised by four freedoms: free movement of people, goods, capital and services. On the other hand, joint research in the field of atomic energy for peaceful use began. As a result, the citizens of the European Union enjoy one of the highest living standards and, most outstandingly, live in a peaceful area.



Venue: University of Arts of Tirana

Time 9:30-12:30



Venue: Hotel Doro City

Time: 9:30- 13:30

This workshop, based on active participation by attendants, will introduce you to the correlation between the activities undertaken in the early phases of a development project and the likelihood of delivering change or solutions, which will be embraced by the users or the market. During the workshop, you will have time to discuss and work with:

The Center for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local Development-CRLDS is pleased to invite you in the Workshop on the topic:

"Design Practice in an Era of Disruption”, by Steinar Valade-Amlande"

Time: 19/01/2017, 10:00-13:00

Venue: University of Arts of Tirana, Tirana

The Center for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local Development-CRLDS is pleased to invite you in the Workshop on the topic:


Time: 18/01/2017 10:00 – 14:00 a clock

Venue: Hotel Doro City, Tirana

The workshop: addressing to anyone in charge of or engaged in development of products, services or initiatives – public or private – and which focuses on how design thinking can contribute to better results ;

Kronike e TV 6+1 Vlora mbi "Forumi i Zhvillimit Ekonomik Rajonal dhe Lokal", Vlore me 14/10/2016:

CRLDS Albania becomes official Albanian partner of EAR-AER

Posted on October 10, 2016 by nelu neacsu  

On a joint board meeting between EAR-AER and CRLDS (Center for Regional and Local Development Studies Albania), held in Tirana on October 10th, both organisations agreed that CRLDS will from now on represent the European Academy of the Regions in Albania.

The EAR-AER Albania team will be lead by Mrs. Luiza Hoxhaj, president of CRLDS.

Vlora, 14 October 2016

CRLDS Center is preparing the first edition of the Forum of Regional and Local Economic Development , international activity, a welcome by the Municipality of Vlora and the Region of Vlora, on October 14, 2016, preceded by a tour of meetings in Tirana, Elbasan and Berat from date 11 to 13 October, with the participation of all stakeholders in the development and territorial cooperation that want to share their experiences and participate in the reflection on the effectiveness of local economic development as the main tool to meet the challenges of Agenda Post-2015 on local development.

The Voice of America TV reflects the activity of our Center: Public Lecture: "Mother Teresa": Challenges of the study before and after the canonisation by

Dr Gezim Alpion, Birmigham University. UK.

For more follow the link below: gezi.../3350153.html

The Center CRLDS develop on 26 May 2016 in Hotel Tirana International, in Tirana the Public Lecture: "Mother Teresa: Challenges of the study before and after the canonisation ", by Dr Gezim Alpion, of Birmingham University, UK.

This activity, as part of the "Heaven is in our hands", part of the section : International Lecture of the Center (Cail), in a combination with its "Meet AlbTalents Project", and brings for the second time In Tirana Dr Gezim Alpion, after the first Public Lecture: "Why Albania needs for the public intellectuals?".

On this public lecture, referring to the fact that it is for a major figure like Mother Teresa, comes combined with other elements such as:

CRLDS Center invites you to participate in:

Open lecture: Michel Foucault: Biopolitics - Between power and ethics, by Prof. Alexander Carnera, Copenhagen Business School, De.

The lecture is in two parts as follows:

The first 45 min. 1. POWER OVER LIFE:

Birth of biopolitics –

Society of self-management.
Next 45 min: 2. LIFE AS POWER

Ethics, imagination and how to take seriously the values (the good life)

Questions & Answers

Target group: This lecture is directed to anyone who has an interest in the topic, with particular students and professors of political science, philosophy, architecture, design, art and any person exercising a public function.


Four years ago, on 04/05/2012, the Centre for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local Development started officially its journey. Within these four years, the Center has grown, has expanded operations and associates. It has established partnerships with key stakeholders, at national and international levels, from the public and private sector, from the academic world or from the field of research and in the field. We have become part of various European programs such as "Europe for Citizens", "Erasmus +", "Territorial Cooperation", "Interreg Europa", ect ,. We have participated or we have been part, as partner, in organizing various international conferences, in various scientific and cultural seminars or events.

It is a great pleasure for us to announce that the project called "Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation", funded by the European Commission, under the Program: Europa for Citizens has won approval.

As already is written in the program of activities of the project the first event will be the "Saint George Days Festival", between April 22-24 in the Saint George City, there will be various cultural events, arts and craft fairs and Cultural Garden. The program will also include the national and international performers. The event of Saint George days will to be a community celebration.

Today on 02.11.2016 was signed in Tirana, in the grounds of CRLDS, the Cooperation Agreement between EiPass Albania and CRLDS. The agreement was signed by Mrs. Luiza Hoxhaj in the name of CRLDS and  by Ms. Anila Gusho for EIPASS. In this way CRLDS Albania joins the EIPASS innovative entrepreneurship in beautiful journey towards innovation and the spread of digital culture, a process that is at the center of the "Europe 2020 Strategy" and "National Digital Agenda". Providing certificates EIPASS, further from CRLDS is a sure passport, which enables to be an integral part of intelligent development in our country.

Social and economic development of a country is closely related to information and communication technologies (ICT), known as the technology of general interest. ICT and broadband technologies offer the potential to overcome many unique challenges and constraints that characterize traditional rural economy. TIK is increasingly playing an important role in economic and social development of the country.

At the conclusion of the proceedings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) (Developed in Tirana on 18-19 February 2016), was held a bilateral meeting  between the Centre CRLDS Albania, represented by Luiza Hoxhaj and CSE Crescendo Milan ( PAM's adviser), represented by Cesare Sarcedoti (CEO of CSE). At this meeting they discussed the further advancement of our three-year collaboration, which already rose to the level of partnership.

We are happy to share with you the pleasure of signing, today in 01/26/2016 of the Cultural, Educational and Scientific Memorandum of Understanding between CRLDS Albania and Sustainable Development Management Institute, France.

The center will take part in the fourth event Docpie Project, in the quality of partner organization....

Albania is in an on-going decentralization process. More and more responsibilities are being shifted to regional and local levels...

CRLDS Albania in cooperation with Vlora Youth Centre, organised, yesterday, dated 09.15.2015, in Vlora, under the project Docpie...

In the framework of the Docpie project is being organized  survey on European identity. Our center in the capacity as partner in the project invites you to be part of this survey. 


Center announces the next event of Docpie Project, where our center is a partner:


Public lecture:  Why does Albania need “public intellectuals”?

The CRLDS Center Albania is pleased to announce and to invite you to its next activity:

The center will organize Workshop on the topic: Promoting effective VET/AE/LLL approaches aiming at employability in strategic investment projects

A final evaluation of the RDP is being carried out by independent evaluators, as foreseen in the work plan of the RDP. The evaluation began mid-January and its final report will be available by the beginning of March 2015.

Rationale of the Workshop: Our center organizes in the dates 19-20 December workshop with the theme: "The Role of Social Partners in Establishing a National Qualification Framework for TVET/Life Long Learning" 

CRDLS Albania International Lectures (CAIL) jane nje cikel leksionesh per te sjelle ne Shqiperi  protagoniste te medhenj te botes shkencore dhe financiare nderkombetare.

March 28-29, 2014   Vlore “Talent is the passion to reach the dream, it makes a person happy and the progress more actual…that is why we have to run without falling and to walk without stopping, with our head high and our mind leading us”.