16-26 MAY


Discover how the European Union is supporting Albanians in making their skills count!



The Europe week started in Dajti Mountain on the Europe Day on 9th May, continuing with main celebrations organized in Tirana, Dibra, Shkodra, Cerrik, Vlora, Korca and Gjirokastra.

Europe Week this year focused on promoting skills, jobs and growth that will bring Albania into the EU!

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Under the moto #YourSkillsYourFuture, Europe Week 2023 was set to embark on an exciting journey through Albania, showcasing the country's talented youth. As this is the European Year of Skills, we aimed to highlight the importance of skills development, while recognising the achievements of young people who have thrived with the support of the EU.


Across Albania, 24 events in 12 districts, in 10 days, were held, promoting the support of the EU in fields such as tourism, innovation, digitalization, food safety, culture & heritage, infrastructure and rural development and nature preservation.
The programme featured workshops on digital skills, traditional old crafts, culinary traditions, open talks with beneficiaries, movies and artistic exhibitions. Find out more!

Launching of the Europe week

Visitors' Centre, Daji Mountain

  • 09:45 - 10:00Arrival guests

  • 10:00Ms Aneida Bajraktari

  • 10.05Opening remarks by Ms Christiane Hohmann, EU Ambassador to Albania

  • 10:10Success stories of beneficiaries of EU funds, Mr Admir Pupa (Kantina Pupa/IPARD beneficiary), Ms Martina Dedaj (RuralYou) and Mr Soraldo Nebo (EU4Innovation/Challenge Fund)

  • 10:30 - 10:45Open discussion

  • 10:45 - 10:50Family photo at the amphitheater

  • 10:50 - 11:30Bike ride (Orges Noka/Bike Point) & launching of the #Video/Call-to-action “What’s your skill” digital campaign

  • 10:50 - 11:45Hiking trip (Mikela Kakeli and Enis Shehu - professional guides Tirana Rock Climbing)

  • 11:45 - 12:30Light food and refreshments - Visitors Centre Garden (outdoor)

Artistic Exhibition by Samer Harb 17.00

Europe House

  • 17:00Opening of the Exhibition

  • 17:00 - 17:10Welcoming remarks by Ms Christiane Hohmann, EU Ambassador to Albania

  • 17:10 - 17:15Video message from the Belgian Embassy

  • 17:15 - 17:20Remarks by Samer Harb, author of the Exhibition

  • 17:20 - 18:30Refreshments


  • 10:00Workshop: Building the XXI century artists, by piano professor Melisa Zaganjori

    University of Fine Arts in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain
  • 19:00 - 19:30Flash Dance guided by Enada and Gerd Vaso, and music by the West Side Family

    Skanderbeg Square
  • 19:20 - 20:00Revealing of the Mosaic of the National History Museum followed by photo exhibition on mosaic restoration

    Skanderbeg Square
  • 20:00Concert and mapping projection Kamela Islamaj, Orgesa Zaimi, Gjergj Kaçinari, West Side Family, Sardi Struga, Loré, DJ Vin Veli

    Skanderbeg Square

Tirana / Vlora

  • 10:00Mural Wall Display

    Europe House, Tirana In cooperation with Polis University students
  • 10:00Art for all - Inclusive education, activity for children with special needs

    Vlora University In cooperation with the Embassy of Greece
  • 19:00Screening “As I Was Looking Above, I Could See Myself Underneath”, in the context of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, followed by discussion on the inclusion of the LGBTIQ community

    Vlora University In cooperation with the Embassy of Greece
  • 19:00Theatre performance - Florence Viala, Associate of the Comédie-Française, will read "The rules of good manners in modern society" by Jean-Luc Lagarce

    National Experimental Theater, Tirana in cooperation with the Embassy of France


  • 10:00Rafting trip & sightseeing at camping site “Butterfly Camping” –Peshkopia

  • 12:30Mini Fair: Promoting local producers and exhibition on International Bee Day - Peshkopia Promenade

    In cooperation with the Embassy of Slovenia
  • 13:30Open Talk: Rural Tourism Development with local tour operators

    Tourist Information Centre, Peshkopia
  • 18:00Concert: Austrian Trio Alicia Edelweiss

    In cooperation with the Embassy of Austria - Peshkopia Promenade


  • 10:00Xhubleta Fest Fair. Preserving intangible heritage: the making of Xhubleta. Activity with students from the Professional Tourism School

    Shkodra, City Centre (in front of Shkodra Municipality)
  • 10:30Photo Exhibition of public figures wearing Xhubleta, by Roland Tasho

    Shkodra, City Centre (in front of Shkodra Municipality)
  • 12:30Biking Tour promoting clean rivers along the trail starting from Buna Bridge to Shiroka main square

    Buna Bridge, Shkodra
  • 13:00Photo Exhibition: Wildlife of the Shkodra region

    Shiroka, Shkodra


  • 10:00Vocational Education and Training Career Day - “Mihal Shahini” High School, Cerrik
    • Training on hard and soft skills with the youth in remote areas
    • Exhibition from the Embassy of Slovenia on the International Bee Day


  • 10:00Boat tour from Vlora to Sazan
    • Open discussion with tour operators on Sustainable Tourism and Job Creation
    • Masterclass on Culinary Traditions with the Master Chefs of Albanian culinary traditions: Chef Fariol Lila & Tan Balaj, Vlosh Wine producer, and students from the Vlora Professional Catering School

Tirana / Gjirokastra

  • 10:00 - 11:00Masterclass on Organic Urban Farming with Prof. Myzejen Hasani and Klaudja Piroli - a project supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

    Tulla Centre, Tirana
  • 11:00Masterclass: Stone Mace with Master Ermal Makri

    Qafa e Pazarit, Gjirokastra


  • 10:30 - 12:00Knitting School Competition with Ms Eva Tare, Head of the Knitting Association & Member of Roma Community & High School Students

    Komiteti Bar, Korça
  • 12:00Workshop: Digitalisation & Art Digitalisation of Paintings and Mapping Projection of Zengo Paintings - activities inspired by the arts of first women professional painters

    City Library, Korça


  • 10:00Launching event – EU for Innovation 2.0. – An EU-funded programme implemented by German GIZ and Swedish SIDA

    National Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Tirana
  • 11:30Masterclass on Biodiversity with Prof. Anila Paparisto

    Destil Hub, Tirana


  • 10:00Workshop with young female DJ: Music is my SuperPower! Learn, Create, and Perform with DJ - Rea Lemnusha of Technogirls

    “Elina” School, Kamza
  • 10:00Tour Visit at the Institute of Veterinary and Food Safety and Open Talk “One Health” on Food Safety

    Institute of Veterinary and Food Safety, Tirana

Closing event - The courtyard of the Polytechnic University of Tirana


  • 19:00Digital Fair with startups funded by the EU

  • 19:00Address by Ms Christiane Hohmann, EU Ambassador

  • 19:15Motivational Talk by EU4Innovation

  • 19:20Concert: Shkodra Elektronike, followed by: Urban Band, Anna Bushgjokaj, Niki Zaimi, Luna Çausholli, Blerta Dodaj


What's going on

Mosaic of the National History Museum

The Mosaic unveiling

Masterclass: Stone Mace with Master Ermal Makri