Defence Directive 2023

The Covid-19 pandemic, which the world faced for about two years, as well as Russia's armed and unjustified aggression against Ukraine, have drastically changed the security environment and its perception among citizens.

Russian aggression on Ukraine is also reflected in the Balkan Region, where ethnic divisions, unconsolidated democracies, political crises, etc. can be considered important factors for destabilization and creating conflicts. And while armed conflicts reappear after a long time on the borders of the EU, new threats to security have already materialized, including cyber attacks, hybrid threats, terrorism, disinformation, climate change, the economic and energy crisis or even artificial intelligence .

During 2022, the Ministry of Defense and the Albanian Armed Forces showed a high level of responsibility and professionalism. There were significant financial and legal developments directly related to the treatment of military personnel, ranging from a significant increase in their salaries to a more comprehensive financial and logistical treatment for civilian and military personnel of the MoD and AAF. We made significant progress this year also in the field of modernization with the expansion of the capacities of the AAF, starting with the addition of aircraft, as well as the increase of maritime and air space detection capabilities.

For 2023, our challenges and commitments will continue to be at the same intensity, following with absolute priority our commitment as a NATO member country as well as continuing the presence in UN and EU missions. An important part will be the national response and the contribution always made in support of the civilian population, in possible cases of natural disasters or other civil emergencies.

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Defence Directive for 2023

Defence Directive 2022

The strategic environment today is characterized by the era of strategic competition where the aggressiveness of traditional threats intertwines with new hybrid, environmental, technological and information threats, causing serious challenges and concerns to the security.
The Western Balkans region, despite being on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration, remains fragile and under constant external pressure as a result of the growing influence of Russia and China. The Republic of Albania, despite the security granted by the status of being a NATO member country, is not immune to the security risks and threats.
These trends are expected to continue and in this regard, the work outcomes for 2022, in which we will measure our success, include: the improvement of the financial treatment, conditions, and health care for the military personnel and their families, as well as their integration into society after their transition to the reserve status; the modernization through the equipment of the Armed Forces with the necessary capacities to face future challenges; the education, consolidation of the reform in the Armed Forces Academy, as well as the commencement of the projects for an Academy and a Defense College of high standards; the risk reduction stemming from disasters and emergency situations, as well as strengthening the specialized civil defense capabilities in the Armed Forces; the proactive contribution to the regional operations and engagements; the cyber security of our military systems; increase of the defense capabilities, through technology and innovation.

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Defence Directive for 2022

Defence Directive 2021

The threats and challenges that characterize the current security context are complex and transnational in nature, consequently they are beyond the capabilities of individual countries, but must be addressed through a comprehensive approach and joint actions. The strong Euro-Atlantic perspective that our country has is also reflected in the Defense policy, which looks to NATO, the EU, and partner countries for the pillars of our alliance system, to ensure the security and defense of the country.
The situation caused by COVID-19, changed the lives of Albanian citizens, as well as the economic perspective of the country. It is currently difficult to predict how long the emergency situation will last, and its exact implications for economic and social stability are not yet understood, but it is clear that we will feel its effects for a long time.

Defence Directive for 2021

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