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Needs and challenges

in the area of Health and

Safety at work in Albania
Albania presentation
Capital name: Tirana (Tirane)
Population:3,600,523 (July 2007 est.)
Area total: 28,748 sq km
Frosina GJINO
Focal Point of European Agency for Safety
and Health at Work
State Labor Inspectorate
Director of Occupational safety and Health.

Blue eye (Saranda)

A short presentation of Albania

Albania is called in our Albanian language
Shqipria, and it means the country of eagle.
We have an eagle also in the state emblem.
Albanians are very old nation. Our history starts
from the prehistoric stage, with early records of
Ilyria in Greco-Roman historiography.
My country is a very beautiful country, with
sunshine most of the time, large seaside, high
mountains, lakes, forests, etc. We say in Albania
the God was prodigal when he created us.
Another thing that makes me proud is that
Albanian people are vital, dynamic, friendly,
hospitable, with humor sense but they were
unlucky for 50 years.
The Albanians dream is a better life in a new
democracy and integrated Europe.

The progress in OSH area

Albania has started a closer cooperation with EU, after the

communist regime collapse in 1990.
After signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with
EU in June 2006, we are included in Stabilization and Association
According to the occupational safety and health area, based in
(SAA) is done a good progress.
Albania has adopted the National Strategy for Occupational Safety
and Health and the action plan for implementing of this strategy.
The Occupational Safety and Health law is drafted according to the
European Framework Directive (89/391/EEC) and ILO
Conventions, it is in approving process by the Government and
The consolidation and revitalization of labour inspection is done and
we are implementing new labour inspection policies.
Cooperation between SLI, Trade Union and all the institutions that
make contribution in the OSH field is realized, following with
cooperation platforms.

Technical assistance projects,

implemented in SLI Albania

An important role for improving development of Labour Inspection

Services, comes from International technical assistance projects.
A cycle of trainings for labour inspectors was provided by GIP
International two years ago.
The National profile of Occupational Safety and health in Albania,
followed by an institutional assessment has been provided by ILO.
A cycle of trainings will be provided next month in Albania with
labour inspectors, by ILO experts.
Including Albania into the OSHA Agency network and providing
support by the Agency for the Focal Point, is as an open window for
Albania, through which we can learn how to work.
Implementation of project under the CARDS program
Strengthening Labour Market and Employment and Support to
Labour Inspection Services and Regional Labour Offices in Albania
bring us, a new philosophy of managing and inspection process
through many activities such as: Institutional assessment, building
of training system, development of SLI website, organization of
different workshops, development of posters for campaign, of
manuals, etc.

How to make the cooperation

more fruitful and efficient
Based in my modest experience, we must work in different ways to
make the cooperation more fruitful and efficient. For example it is very
important to develop the website, but it is very important too, to equip
Labor inspectors with computers.
Training of labor inspectors, is good to go with study visits, in developed
European countries.
Support for attending of international activities in OSH area, will help for
share information and will help for exchange mutual experiences too.
It is important, to realize regional cooperation through common projects
in OSH field. This will give impact in some directions;
The political class of Balkan will have chance to understand, that nations are
not enemies with which other.
It will help the emigrants , for a better integration in the labor market.
It will effect the Balkan to enjoy European Integration as a region.

The needs and expectations

from projects
The needs for a country like Albania, left in shadow for 50 years, are in many
aspects. Allow me please to mention some of them as following;
Trainings for different topics in OSH field.
Assistance for implementing of new OSH Law. There are many new concepts
and methods like Preventive Services, Risk Assessment, Workers
representatives, Council of Safety and Health at Work etc.
Translations of EU OSH Agency materials.
Continuation of support for National Focal Point.
Organization of national and European campaigns in OSH field.
Strengthening of social dialog.
Development of studies methodologies in OSH field.
Study for surveying of conditions of work in different industries.
Support for creating of regional network.
Developing a database for labour inspections (informatisation of inspection).
General equipments like computers, printers, vehicles etc. for Labour inspectors.
Personal equipments for labour inspectors
Study visits for labour inspectors in European countries.

Thank you for your attention