Date: April 27th– 29th 2018, Vlora

Focus: Values and Roots of Social Democracy

Trainers: Ms. Anne Graumans and Mr. Thijs Kirckhoff from the Max Van der Stoel Institute


On April 27th 2018, the “Qemal Stafa” Foundation organized the second Regional Political Academy in Vlora district.

Under the care of the Executive Director of the “Qemal Stafa” Foundation, Ms.Teuta Vodo and with the cooperation of the Max van der Stoel Institute, this time the Academy trained young people about the values and roots of social democracy.

Coaches Anne Graumans and Thijs Kirckhoff from the Max van der Stoel Institute offered their experience to train the youth of Vlora on the basic concepts of social democracy such as freedom, justice, equality and solidarity.
Anne Graumans is engaged in politics and manages her own company.
Thijs Kerckhoffs is a good connoiseur of the policies of the European Parliament, employment and social affairs policies and served as an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands.

During the Political Academy, Mr. Fatmir Velaj, Vlora’s MP, shared his perspective regarding the integration of Albania into the European Union and Mr. Shpat Kolgega, the Deputy Minister of Education Youth and Sports, motivated young people to giving a glimpse of his career as a young man in politics. He accentuate that the Foundation it’s a good start and an opportunity to enter in the political world, when it’s exploited with passion, will, and devotion.

The trainers conducted lectures on policy making process, defining problems and appropriate ways of managing the problems towards a better European approach.

At the third and last day of the training, a discussion on the reasons why Albania should be part of the European Union, was developed. This discussion was made through a group work, which two of the groups represented the interests of the European Union and the other group the Albania’s interests in the involvment in the European Union.

At this day Ms. Vodo held the ceremony of the distribution of the certificates for the participants.

In conclusion, an exam was carried out to check the knowledge obtained during the Political Academy.
The best students will be offered a study visit to Brussels in the European Parliament in the coming months.