About Us

ACA President

The ACA President: Dr. Arian Starova



Education


June 1978 , Graduation of Philosophyat the Faculty of Political Sciences and Law, University of Tirana , Albania ,

October 1988 , ‘Doctor’ degree in Philosophy,

January 1998 , Graduation of Lawat the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana , Albania , 27 August - 10 September 2005 – Graduation of the Senior Executive Seminar in George C. Marshall Center , Garmisch-Partenkirschen , Germany ,

Working Experience


September 1977 – August 1978 , Teacher of Humanities in the Secondary School of the village Funar, in the District of Elbasan , Albania ,

March 1979 - August 1979 , Teacher of Humanities in the Part-Time Secondary School of the “Metallurgical Combine” in Elbasan , Albania ,

August 1979 - August 1981 , Teacher of Philosophy in the Secondary School “Dhaskal Todhri”, Elbasan , Albania ,

August 1981 - September 1990 , Lecturer of Philosophy at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Law, University of Tirana , Albania ,



September 1990 - January 1991, Chair of Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Law, University of Tirana , Albania ,

January 1991 - May 1992 , Chair of the Department of Ethics and Aesthetics at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Law, University of Tirana , Albania ,

December 1991 - May 1992 , Vice Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Tirana , Albania ,

May 1992 - March 1997 , Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania ,

June 1994 - Member of the Steering Group of the “Albanian Atlantic Association” (AAA), today’s “Atlantic Council of Albania”,

May 1995 - June 1998 , Vice Chairman of the party Social-Democratic Union of Albania ,

March 1997 - August 1997 , Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania ,

September 1997 -October 2001,Head of the Board of the “Albanian Institute for International Studies”

June 1998 – January 2005Vice Chairman of the party Liberal Union of Albania , From September 2001 -Member of the Parliament of Albania ,

From July 2002 - President of the “Atlantic Council of Albania ” (former “Albanian Atlantic Association”), since July, 2002,

From February2003 – Member of the Advisory Board of the Szeged Center for Security Policy ( Hungary ) ,

From January 29, 2005 – Chairman of the party “Liberal Democratic Union ” ,

From September 2005 – Secretary of the Parliamentary Commission on Foreign Affairs,

September 29, 2005 – 11 November 2008 - Vice President of the international organization “Atlantic Treaty Association” (ATA),

From September 29, 2006 – Member of the European Strategy Forum, Ponte de Lima , Portugal ,

19 April 2007 – Award of the title “Ambassador for Peace” by the “Universal Peace Federation” (UPF), Seul , Korea ,

12 February 2008 – Member of the Board of Trustees of the “Balkan Mosaic Foundation”,



Activities:


Participant and speaker in numerous international conferences in Albania and abroad Active participation in the political developments in Albania , since the January of the year 1991.



Foreign Languages:
English, Italian, French, Russian.



Publications


Over 1000 articles, research studies, speeches, interviews and other publications on domestic and foreign policy, regional security issues and other political problems on the Albanian and international press.



Author of the following books in Albanian
“Mbi Kosovën, çështjen kombëtare të Shqiptarëve” (2000) (On Kosova, the Albanian National Question); “Ndihmesë modeste për demokracinë” (2002) (Modest Contribution in Democracy); “Në hapësirat e politikës së jashtme e të diplomacisë, 1992-2004” (2004) (“In the Field of Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy, 1992-2004”).



Translated Books in Albanian


Karl Popper , “Vepra të Zgjedhura” (“Selections”), (1998),

Walter N. Vickery , “Pushkini, Vdekja e një Poeti” (“Pushkin, Death of a Poet”, (2000),

Lester R. Brown, Christopher Flavin, Hilary French , “Bota në Vitin 2000” , (“State of the World 2000”), (2002),

Joshua S. Goldstein , “Marrëdhëniet Ndërkombëtare” ,(“International Relations”), (2003),

Avgustina Tzvetkova, Anna Vasileva, Dessislava Hristova , “NATO - Vështruar në mënyrë të përmbledhur”, (“NATO in Brief”), (2006),

Kenneth Waltz, “Teoria e Politikës Ndërkombëtare” (“Theory of International Politics”, (2009)



Home address : Rr. S. Pasha, P. 92 /1, Ap. 10, Tirana , Albania

Tel. : + 355 4 240 887 , Fax. : + 355 4 230 961

E-mail : liberalu@albmail.com ,

Office Address: Liberal Democratic Union ,

Bul. Zhanë D’Ark, pranë ish Klinikës Nr. 1, Tiranë , Albania ,



Tel and Fax: +355 42 51068

E-mail: libdem@albmail.com

Atlantic Council of Albania

Pranë Pallatit të Kongreseve, Kati II, Tiranë , Albania

Tel and Fax: +355 4 225 225

E-mail: atca@albaniaonline.net

Tirana, December 13, 2008.
STAFF

Vice Presidents:

Mr. Aldo BUMCI, Former Minister of Justice

Mr. Luan RAMA, Former Minister of Defense and former Minister of Interior, now Adviser to the Vice Prime Minister

Mr. Musa ULQINI, Former Member of Parliament

Mr. Petrit KARABINA, Former Deputy Minister of Defense

Mr. Glori HUSI, Security Adviser to the Prime Minister

Executive Director:




Col.(R) Kristaq BIRBO, former Adviser to the President of the Republic of Albania .



President of the YATA Albania:




Mrs. Juxhina Gjoni(Sotiri), Director in the Ministry of the Environment


The ACA History and Statute

Altantic Council of Albania

History




The Atlantic Council of Albania (ACA), previously known as The Albanian Atlantic Association, is a non-profit organization, founded on June 4th, 1994 by a group of Albanian intellectuals from various fields of activities.

The first President of the Atlantic Council of Albania was Mr. Alfred MOISIU in the period 1994-2002. On 2002 Mr. MOISIU was elected President of the Republic of Albania for the years 2002–2007.

From July 2002, the President of the Atlantic Council of Albania is Dr. Arian STAROVA, who has been a Member of Parliament in the years 2001-2008, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania and former Deputy Minister of Defense. The Executive Director of the Atlantic Council of Albania is Colonel R. Kristaq Birbo, former Advisor to the President of the Republic of Albania, 2002- 2007. The President of the Youth Atlantic Council of Albania is Ms. Juxhina Gjoni ( Sotiri ), graduated from the State University of Tirana with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a profile in Politics and Government.

The Steering committee of ACA is made up from 40 members.

The Atlantic Council of Albania has got a Scientific Board with 9 members.

The main activity of the Atlantic Council of Albania is its annual international conference. The 20 th conference was held on May 2017.

On November 14 th to 16 th 2011, the Atlantic Council of Albania was the hosting organization of the 57 th General Assembly of Atlantic Treaty Association for the first time in Albania, in which participated delegations from about 40 countries.

The Atlantic Council of Albania has got extensive experience in undertaking studies over different issues of security. The ACA has organized three polls on the public support of NATO in Albania.

The ACA has continuously organized as well as public lectures mostly with the youth. In the framework of the NATO campaign “WeAreNATO”, from the January to June 2018 the Atlantic Council of Albania organized lectures series on the topic “NATO’s today” focusing on university and high school students from across the country, as well as with young people groups in the remote areas of Albania.

Altantic Council of Albania

Statute




Introduction


The Albanian Atlantic Council (ACA), previously known as The Albanian Atlantic Association, is a non-profit organization (NPO) that is supported by civilian members and that was created on the 4th of July 1994 as an answer to the democratic developments in Albania in the post communist period.

The ACA accepts in its ranks people of different political beliefs and professional backgrounds who are brought together by the will to work towards national safety and the spread of Euro-Atlantic values. Its founders were wholly aware of and focused on the need to promote and defend the values of Euro-Atlantic democratic togetherness, political pluralism, free trade, rule of law, respect of human rights and of the common interests for peace and security in the world, all of which have been expressed in the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington in April of 1949. They created the Albanian Atlantic Society (now Albanian Atlantic Council) with the intention and goodwill of realizing and strengthening these values in the Albanian context through informing public opinion, inciting dialogue with the public, educating new generations, spreading information about NATO and its role in international security before and after the Cold War, creating the necessary will among Albanians to face the challenges of integration into NATO and finally, now after attaining membership, creating the necessary will to support an active Albanian membership.

One of the main goals of the Atlantic Council that has always motivated it was helping Albania integrate into NATO. This goal was successfully realized through complex domestic and international actions. However, the Atlantic Council is motivated by other goals as well. Some of these are: to provide liaison between Euro-Atlantic/South-Eastern European/Middle Eastern governments/populations/civil societies, helping reinforce democratic institutions and studying and researching the international role of NATO as a provider of peace and security.

The founders of the Albanian Atlantic Council have agreed to amend their Charter (approved in the year 1994 and amended after the General Assembly of 1995) in the following fashion:

Section 1
The Name



The organization that is supported by this Charter is called the “Atlantic Council of Albania” and is the offspring of the “Albanian Atlantic Association” founded for the first time on the 4th of July 1994.

Section 2
Mission



  1. The education and empowerment of the Albanian public and especially the Albanian youth regarding Euro-Atlantic values that stand as the foundation of NATO along with NATO’s role in defending these values.
  2. The development of close friendships and teamwork with all fellow Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) members.
  3. Interest in and encouragement of healthy working relations with Euro-Atlantic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern states.
  4. Encouragement of solidarity and teamwork between ex-communist European states that have become NATO members, with special emphasis on regional relations.
  5. The support of democracy and its main tenets through concrete action towards the reinforcement of democratic Institutions domestically, regionally and beyond.
  6. The support of the Albanian State or the independent opinions around it regarding issues related to the national interest in the region in accordance with the documents of the UN and/or NATO.
  7. As active as possible a support in informing the Albanian public opinion about the role of NATO in defending international peace and security and Albania’s role as its member.
  8. Ensuring that seminars, research and scientific exploration in the field of regional and international security as well as international relations as they are related to NATO and Albania’s role in it are executed.
  9. Ensuring that commercial information, print and educational material are spread to young people in particular and the population at large in general so that they may be aware of NATO activity relating to peace and security in the region and beyond. Keeping of regular contact with sister councils part of the ATA and the Public Diplomacy Bureau in Brussels.


Section 3
Membership


  1. A member of the Atlantic Council of Albania is citizen of Albania who accepts its program and charter. Mastery of the English Language is seen as an asset for members.
  2. To become a member of the ACA one requires submitting a written or oral request outlining the will and reason for joining as well as the type of help he/she is willing to offer to the council. The acceptance of the documents outlined in section 1, above, is also required.
  3. Membership will be proven through a “card of membership”.
  4. All members are required to pay a yearly quota that is to be assigned by the Steering Forum of the ACA.
  5. All members are entitled to take part in the different ACA actions, to elect or be elected into its leadership positions and to leave the council at any time he/she desires as long as he/she alerts those in directorial positions.
  6. Members will be ejected form the ACA if they are found to be guilty of breaking the laws of the state in a criminal court of law.
  7. All members are required to adhere to the program and charter of the ACA along with the different tasks required for its different day-to-day activities.


Section 4
Organization



The units of the ACA are: the Conference, the Board of Chairmen, the Bureau, the Executive Secretary, the Project Coordinator, the Youth Atlantic Council, the Head of the Youth Atlantic Council, the Domestic Atlantic Council, The Head of the Domestic Atlantic Council, the Secretary of the Domestic Atlantic Council, the Head of Finance and the Honorary Presidents. The Scientific Board will also act in conjunction with the ACA and will be chaired by its own President. Its members will not necessarily be members of the ACA, though they can be.

Section 5
The Conference



The Conference of the Atlantic Council of Albania is its highest unit. The members of the Steering Forum, three members from all the other Domestic Atlantic Councils outside Tirana, the current President and the Honorary Presidents all take part in it. The Conference meets once every four years or whenever the Steering Forum calls for its meeting. It can also meet at the request of the President of the ACA himself. The Conference has these fundamental rights:

  • To pass the Statute and/or the Founding Act of the ACA as well as any proposed amendments to them.
  • To discuss a report that is compiled every four-years about the activity of the ACA and decide new directions.
  • To assign the Steering Forum, the Bureau and the Scientific Board of the ACA.
  • To elect the President of the ACA.
  • To elect the Vice President of the ACA.
  • To elect the Honorary Presidents of the ACA.


Section 6
The Steering Forum



  1. The Steering Forum of the ACA is comprised of no less than 49-51 members, including the Chairmen, Vice President, Executive Secretary, Project Manager, Head of the Scientific Board and the Head of the Youth Atlantic Council.
  2. Members of the Steering Forum are elected from the Conference of the ACA for a four-year term with possibility of repeated re-election.
  3. If necessary, the Board of Chairmen can accept 2-3 new members into its ranks for a four-year term between Conferences, provided unanimous consensus is found among all current members.
  4. The Steering Forum assembles once every 6 months or as needed, by request of the President.
  5. The assembly of the Steering Forum cannot take place if more than half of its members are absent.
  6. The Steering Forum has authority over its branches outside of Tirana.
  7. The Steering Forum must defend its actions in front of the Conference of the ACA.
  8. The Steering Forum maintains ties with its equivalents in the Alliance, with the ATA in Brussels and with other central administrative units in Brussels.
  9. The Steering Forum organizes ACA assemblies in other cities and oversees relations with the Media.
  10. The Steering Forum oversees the Youth Atlantic Council.
  11. The Steering Forum has these fundamental rights:


    • To lead the ACA into action in accordance with its Statute in the periods between Conferences.
    • To propose and process candidatures for President before the Conference.
    • To select the Executive Secretary, Project Coordinator and the Head of Finance.
    • The President in turn proposes all of them to the Board.
    • To analyze the actions of the ACA domestically.
    • To iron out the future orientations of the ACA.
    • To approve the yearly plan of action of the ACA.
    • To approve the financial outlook of the ACA and oversee its financial actions.
    • To seek and find financial support for the ACA.
    • To oversee the Youth Atlantic Council.
    • To call into assembly the Conference of the ACA.


Section 7
The Bureau



  1. The Bureau of the Atlantic Council of Albania is an executive unit that oversees the day-to-day matters of the ACA.
  2. The Bureau is composed of 10 members, the President, the Vice President, the Executive Secretary, the Project Coordinator, the Head of the Youth Atlantic Council, and the Head of the Scientific Board and the Head of Finance.
  3. The Bureau is headed by the President of the ACA and meets no less than once a month.


Section 8
The Scientific Board



  1. The ACA Scientific Board is composed of no more than 12 members. These are: the President, the Executive Secretary, the Project Coordinator, the Head of the Youth Atlantic Council and other members that are proposed by the President and approved by the Steering Forum.The
  2. Head of the Scientific Board is chosen by the members by way of consensus.
  3. The Scientific Board leads all research into the activity of the ACA and suggests directions for it.
  4. Those who are not members of the Atlantic Council can be members of the Scientific Board.


Section 9
The Vice President



  1. The President of the ACA is elected by the Conference for a four-year term and can be re-elected.
  2. The Steering Forum proposes the President’s candidature.
  3. The President of the ACA has these rights and duties:
    • To represent the ACA in his actions inside and outside the state.
    • To keep relations with the media inside and outside the state.
    • To oversee that all necessary duties are duly completed within the ACA.
    • To lead the Conference and the Steering Forum of the ACA.
    • To keep contact with sister organizations abroad and coordinate common action with them.
    • To keep contact with the ATA, centred in Brussels, and the Public Diplomacy Bureau of NATO.
    • To call to a meeting the Steering Forum and the Bureau.


Section 10
The Vice President



  • The Vice President’s candidature is proposed by the President or any member of the Steering Forum and approved by the Conference for a four-year term with possibility of re-election.
  • In the absence of the President, one of the Vice Presidents authorized by the president must head the Conference and the Steering Forum of the ACA while also leading its domestic and international activities.
  • The Vice President must exercise his power in close collaboration with the President of the ACA.
  • The can be more than one Vice President of the ACA.


Section 11
The Honorary President



  1. The Honorary President is chosen without a voting procedure for an indiscriminate amount of time during the Conference of the ACA by proposition of the Steering Forum and former experienced members.
  2. The Atlantic Council of Albania can choose more than one Honorary President.


Section 12
The Executive Secretary



The Executive Secretary ensures the execution of day-to-day matters of the ACA in accordance with the Statute, financial regulations, and the decisions of the Steering forum and under the supervision of the President.

Section 13
The Project Coordinator



The Project Coordinator is responsible for the drafting, financial support and adherence of the projects through which all activities of the ACA take place.

Section 14
The Domestic Atlantic Council



The Domestic Atlantic Council can come to a meeting in different areas of the country and is made up of no less than ten to fifteen members. Its head is the Secretary of the Domestic Atlantic Council.

Section 15
The Youth Atlantic Council



  1. The Youth Atlantic Council of Albania (YACA) is an organizing unit of the ACA and is made up of no less than 25-27 predominantly student members between the ages of eighteen to thirty-five.
  2. The YACA is acts and is organized independently, but is inspired in its actions by the fundamental ideas of the Statute of the ACA.
  3. The President of the YACA is elected in accordance to the rules and statute of the YACA.


Section 16
Funds and Their Correct Use



  1. The Atlantic Council ensures it has adequate funding through its membership payments, private firm investments, gifts and support it receives for its projects by agencies, institutions and foundations of different types.
  2. Day to day financial activities of the ACA that are executed by the Executive Secretary are overseen by the Head of Finance.
  3. The financial means and income of the ACA that are gained from its actions must be used only to achieve the goals that are set out in the Founding Act or Statute and by direction of the Steering Forum.
  4. The financial income or means of the ACA must be deposited in Albanian banks or foreign banks operating in the Republic of Albania.
  5. The financial year of the ACA is the same as the calendar year.


Section 17
The Head of Finance



  1. The Head of Finance leads the financial actions of the ACA in accordance with the appropriate laws of the land and the financial rules of the state.
  2. The Head of Finance presents the financial data related to the financial planning and future of the ACA in a correct manner in front of the Steering Forum.


Section 18
The Voting System



  1. Voting in the Conference and Steering Forum of the ACA takes place when more than half of the members of each are present.
  2. Decisions in the Steering Forum or Conference are taken by means of a simple majority of votes (50% plus 1 vote).
  3. Decisions in the other organizational structures of the ACA are taken by the same simple majority way.


Section 19
Lawful Status and Other Details



  1. The Atlantic Council of Albania is a legal person registered in the Greater Tirana Area Court.
  2. All actions of the ACA are supported by its Statute and the Constitution of the Republic of Albania through Law # 8788, dated 07/05/2001: “On Non-Profit Organizations.”
  3. The Atlantic Council of Albania is independent of the State.


Section 20
Location



The Atlantic Council of Albania is located in the capital of Albania: Tirana.

Section 21
Stamp and Logo



The stamp and logo of the ACA, or changes made to them are to be outlined by decision of the Steering Forum and contain within them elements of the NATO logo.

Section 22
Legal Representation



The legal representation of the ACA is carried through the President. In his absence it is to be carried through the Executive Secretary, who has the right to name other legal representatives for different tasks in the courts, as long as the Steering Forum approves these.

Section 23
General Rules



All decisions related to:
  • The longevity of the ACA,
  • The way of unison, division or dismissing of the ACA,
  • The way of legal representation of the ACA,
  • The care of ACA funds during activity and division of those funds after dismissing or division,
  • The patching up of any disagreements within the ACA,
  • And all other actions not predicted in this Statute


Are to be taken by the Steering Forum and the Conference of the ACA in accordance with Law # 8788, dated 07/05/2001 “On Non Profit Organizations” and the Civil Code of Albania.

Section 24
Approval



This Statute was approved by the Conference of the ACA on the 5th of June 2010 and was filed in the Registry of Non-Profit Organizations in the Court of the Greater Legislative Area of Tirana.

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Translated by: Aleks Dhefto