The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights under the Junior Project Lead Hannes Tretter is advising Albania on the subject of data protection as part of a twinning project. The aim is to align Albanian laws with the EU acquis and to strengthen the responsible institutions. In this recently published video, the project is briefly presented.
The kick-off meeting of the EU-funded Twinning project entitled “Strengthening the capacity of the State Bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to the victims of domestic violence” was held remotely on March 29, 2021. More than 60 experts from the participating countries Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Austria were informed about the national challenges in the field of domestic violence and the goals of the project.
The EU adopted the AAP 2016 (Annual Action Programme 2016), a plan that focuses on assisting Azerbaijan’s economic, financial and judicial governance, as well as increasing the country’s legal protection, safety and support of women and victims of domestic violence through an improvement in the capacity of local referral mechanisms and State bodies.
Following the Council’s endorsement to open accession negotiations with Albania in March 2020, the need to entirely align the Albanian law with the Union acquis has been highlighted. This Twinning project is designed to meet this requirement in the areas of personal data protection and digital rights. It builds on the Albanian Strategy on the Right to Information and Personal Data Protection 2018-2020 and supports the National Strategy for Development and Integration 2015-2020 that emphasises the right of information and personal data protection and the need to strengthen the capacities of the independent institutions in charge for the defence of human rights. At the same time, it is in line with the EU Revised Indicative Strategy Paper for Albania for the period 2014-2020 which focuses on public administration reform and good governance, with a view to promoting the accession of Albania to the EU.
On 30 June 2020 the European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan announced that Lithuanian institutions together with Austrian colleagues were awarded the contract to implement the EU Twinning Project "Strengthening the capacity of State bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence in Azerbaijan". Considering the restrictions on movement caused by COVID-19 pandemic the start of the project is foreseen from 1 September 2020.
On 14 March 2019, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) organised the panel discussion “HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: ‘Under construction’: How does the EU grow and develop with the help of the instrument ‘Twinning’ as an area of freedom, security and justice?”. The event was hosted by the Representation of the European Union in Vienna.