Europeanisation meets democracy from below: The Western Balkans on the search for new European and democratic Momentum (WB2EU)

The Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI) is a not-for-profit Albanian think tank established in 2000 and based in Tirana (Albania). Its work is organized under four program areas: regional development, social cohesion, public policy and European integration. Each program focuses on a number of core themes, with flagship initiatives and projects implemented to explore issues of particular importance. CDI employs six permanent staff and many external collaborators and researchers.

CDI is very active in the EU integration process, Berlin Process, focusing on connectivity, regional cooperation and growth in WB6.

Krisela Hackaj, Executive Director, CDI

First hand experience with EU Territorial and Cross border Cooperation programmes and projects (from programming, assessment, management, monitoring to evaluation); Very good knowledge of European funds legal framework & cooperation expertise with national, regional and local authorities, as well as different donors, in the area of good governance

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Stela Ademi, Project Manager, CDI

Inva Nela, CDI

Inva, former project assistant at CDI, works as external researcher at Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI). Her main fields of interest and research focus on socio-economic development of the South-East Europe region, rule of law, EU enlargement policy, and regional cooperation.

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Gresa Smolica, CDI

Gresa works as external researcher for the Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI) in Albania. Her main engagement falls within the programs of Youth and Society and EU and Connectivity Agenda. She has completed her Bachelor’s Degree on Political Science at the University of Prishtina, Department of Philosophy.

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