International Assistance and Cooperation


National arrangements on how to receive and deliver international assistance Requests for international assistance to Albania will only be made when it is decided that the level of needs cannot be met from national resources and capacities. International Appeal is prepared by IMC (Inter Ministerial Committee) and procedures are implemented by Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence. International assistance can be solicited, or offered, as financial contributions (earmarked or non earmarked cash contributions), in kind donations (food, tents, blankets, medical supplies etc), or specialist services (Search and Rescue Teams, logistics handling teams etc). The Head of Operations, Inter Ministerial Committee, closely supported by the General Director of Civil Emergency will determine the requirements for international assistance.
The Inter Ministerial Committee will be ensure to donor agencies that emergency assistance is utilized according to the guidelines of each contribution, and a report on provided according to the terms and conditions of that contribution.

Some unsolicited assistance may arrive in country spontaneously and without being requested. This needs to be managed correctly in the same method as the requested relief assistance. 
Non-acceptance of unsuitable or unnecessary national and international assistance is the responsibility of IMC/ MoI advised by the Head of Operations and the general Directorate of Civil Emergency.
The effective coordination of international assistance places a huge burden on the national response system. Assistance in this coordination can be requested from the United Nations Agencies, EU structures, NATO and from the countries.

If the request for international assistance is made, Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Border Services of Albania are to be advised immediately. The ease of entry into Albania of international assistance personnel must be facilitated. In particular, the fast entry of international Search and Rescue Workers, their rescue equipment and rescue dog teams are a priority. Additionally, tax and duty free clearance must be facilitated for all donor assistance marked “Humanitarian Assistance” or received for “Disaster Relief Purposes.” This may also include similar exemption for goods purchased locally with disaster relief funding and clearance for agricultural or hazardous material imports if destined for humanitarian purposes.
The Head of Operations/ Civil Emergency Management Team is responsible for providing information on expected donor assistance to the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Services to facilitate this process at entry points. This information will include as much detail as possible on the type, quantity, source, means of transport, arrival point and estimated time of arrival. If an UNDAC team has been requested and deployed, it can provide significant additional support in this area. In the case of an emergency in neighbouring countries, involving displaced people crossing the border, the customs, immigration, quarantine must be prepared to facilitate the appropriate measures of the State.
An agreement on bilateral cooperation for civil emergency support is in force with Austria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Turkey and agreements are under development with Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.