Italy for the Western Balkans

People for people

My name is Stefania Vizzaccaro and since the end of 2021 I have represented the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) in the Western Balkans. The Agency I represent has the executive task of managing the cooperation initiatives financed by Italy in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia. Click here and read our latest Annual Report for more information on our activities.

Law 125/2014 which established the Agency, as technical cooperation agency of the Italian Government, gives a mandate of great responsibility to our staff. The first article declares: "International cooperation for sustainable development, human rights and peace, hereinafter referred to as" development cooperation ", is an integral and qualifying part of Italy's foreign policy. It is inspired by the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Its action, in accordance with the principle referred to in Article 11 of the Constitution, contributes to the promotion of peace and justice and aims to promote solidarity and equality between peoples founded on the principles of interdependence and partnership. " Click here to read the law 125/2014.

All our staff are aware that we represent some of Italy's highest values ​​in the Western Balkans. Our action is inspired by the criteria of effectiveness and administrative transparency. Working alongside the national Governments of the Western Balkans, we promote intergovernmental dialogue for the sustainable development of local communities, the promotion of peace and human rights, the European integration of the region. There are many initiatives underway. In identifying and completing the initiatives financed by Italy, the AICS Headquarters that I manage promotes the numerous institutional and private Italian excellences, which are recognized throughout the world.

In the Western Balkans, we have macro-areas of intervention on which we are active every day, people for people: such as Human Rights, Justice, Healthcare, Civil Protection, Culture, Education, Environment, Sustainable Tourism, Agri-food. The main purpose of the Italian cooperation commitment is the stability of local communities, for the maintenance of peace and the containment of the risk of emigration. A better quality of life in the Western Balkans, in line with European standards, is a certainty of development and stability in the medium and long term also for Italy and Europe.

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Stefania Vizzaccaro