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IPA II – EU for socio-economic development (as alternative to drugs cultivation and trafficking) phase 2 – 2022

The National Action Plan against the cultivation and trafficking of cannabis 2017-2020 (NAPC) is to prevent, fight, and eradicate the phenomenon of cultivation, trafficking and use of cannabis. By recognising that organized crime, economic inequality, and under-development have some level of correlation, the Plan envisages a significant number of measures aiming to improve the socio-economic situation of the population affected by the discontinuation of illicit cannabis cultivation, along with the fight against illegal activities.

2.1 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors All sectors
Regions Candidate countries, European Union

The actions must take place in Albania.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To support the implementation of economically viable alternatives to cannabis cultivation, with a focus on young men and women
  • To support selected municipalities to deliver public services and increase public awareness against cannabis cultivation and trafficking, with particular attention to vulnerable groups


  • Priority 1 – Support socio-economic alternatives in selected Municipalities, to prevent the risk of involvement in illicit activities and cannabis cultivation in particular of vulnerable groups (persons formerly affected by cannabis cultivation and those at risk of harm, neglect and social exclusion), as well as build their resilience
  • Priority 2 – Strengthen the capacities of the municipalities increase public awareness on the issue, and to increase access and deliver inclusive services, in particular for vulnerable groups

Among financed actions

  • Support capacity-building activities for public authorities, local civil society organisations, and business associations
  • Public investments, including revitalization of municipality properties/infrastructures for the benefit of the citizens
  • Support models and innovation practices on economic empowerment of women as a measure to preventing violence against women and with a special attention to vulnerable women and women in rural areas
  • Support social enterprises initiatives undertaken by women, young people or other groups
  • Support youth initiatives through youth centres, community centres or other innovation ideas that promote resilience and prevention of young people toward drugs and cannabis cultivation
  • Design and implement communication plans and utilize media attention, improving the performance of the responsible municipalities’ communication offices
  • Promote and support housing and education programmes
  • Promote employability of groups at risk of engaging in criminal activity of cannabis cultivation, such as members of marginalized communities, youth, orphans, female-headed households, persons with disabilities, especially in the field of off-farm activities, agro-tourism, and environmental protection
  • Build awareness of citizens on the legal consequences in engaging in the criminal activity of cannabis cultivation
  • Support capacity-building for local communities, including support to organisations of informal workers

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: between 18 and 36 months


  • Be one of the selected municipalities in the Republic of Albania
  • Total budget of the call: 2.1 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 300,000 and 500,000 euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 95% of the total eligible costs

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