Environmental cooperation with Albania Swedish EPA signed an agreement on cooperation with Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment at the end of 2017. The purpose of the agreement is to support the Ministry in Screening and Negotiations process for the EU-accession within the Chapter 27 – Environment. svenska Share Contact Listen Cooperation with Albania is new for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Swedish EPA), however the region (Western Balkans) and the area of cooperation (support in EU-accession) – are familiar fields. The first half of 2018 was dedicated to set up a team in Albania and have it up and running right after summer. Autumn was dedicated to the series of workshops where Swedish and international experts were explaining the process of EU accession, what it means for the country and the needs and requirements it brings. A variety of Albanian governmental organisations and agencies participated in the workshops where experts from Sweden, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia presented several of the EU directives and explained what they include and how to work with its implementation. Specific workshops were dedicated to NGO's involvement in the EU accession process as well as investments and planning preparations. In 2019, the goals will be to get acquainted with other EU directives included in Chapter 27, conduct a gap analysis of the existing situation in environmental legislation and its implementation, prepare for the Explanatory Screening meeting with the European Commission in Brussels in May 2019 and future Bilateral Screening.