Albanian President & First Lady ,Ilir Meta and Monika Kryemadh
THE Most Popular couple on National Social Networks
lbanian President Ilir Meta and First Lady Monika Kryemadh are among the top most popular people in the social networks where and they often apart from the different statuses, also share moments of daily life. The couple is also very popular among the people in the region. They are very active in supporting their people to resolve their issues at the earliest possible.
The couple has head of the state has brought about immense changes in Albanian economic and social sectors so now the European Union is also thinking about the to start accession talks with Albania. Meta hopes that the privatization of strategic industries will attract bigger investors from overseas. In banking this is already happening. Financial institutions from Italy and Greece are setting up shop. And now the country’s two remaining state-owned banks are on the block. We hope privatization will make the economy more efficient.
Considering the special significance held by the huge human, cultural, scientific and financial potential possessed by all the Albanians in the Diaspora which presents a powerful support to all the processes of democratic, economical and social development of Albania, Meta has taken the initiative of establishing the communication and cooperation platform among the Institution I head and all my compatriots and the organizations of the Albanian Diaspora wherever they are.
The this framework to announce the launching of this initiative through the opening of an especially dedicated to the Albanian Diaspora rubric in the Office of the President of the Republic of Albanian official website.
This rubric aims to evidence the most distinguished Albanian figures and organizations in the Diaspora and all the friends of Albania throughout the world and award them with different medals and orders while making them an example of the very positive image for our country.
Besides evidencing the achievements marked by the Albanians of our Diaspora in the integration field at the countries where they live and work, this rubric would help also in evidencing the main concerns and problems that require a concrete engagement from the Albanian state institutions to be resolved.
The Albanian state faces the very important task to harmonize and coordinate the multilateral potential possessed by the Diaspora Albanians and friends of our country by inspiring and enabling the establishing of the Friends of Albania Network in the world as a very precious support serving the interest of our country’s and nation’s progress.
All our co-citizens and compatriots are very welcomed to evidence and convey to this rubric the most successful persons and associations in all the fields. The rubric is open to all kinds of contributions that all the Albanian Diaspora representatives with no distinction are willing to provide.
In the quality of the President of the Republic I am fully committed to regularly contact and exchange as fruitful as possible views to meet and fulfill the objective of this initiative in all the official meetings abroad and other visits attending various events. Communication with the Albanians living all over the world is a constitutional obligation that is important not only for the present, but also for the future of our country and its positive image by serving as a concrete, open and sustainable platform of inclusive institutional communication and cooperation with you.
Ilir Meta began his political activity in 1990, as an active participant in the students’ movement. He was one of the founders of the Albanian Euro-socialist Youth Movement (FRESSH). During his membership in FRESSH, Ilir Meta held senior management positions as Deputy Chairman in 1992-1995 and Chairman of this Forum in 1995-2001.
The political activity of Ilir Meta in the Socialist Party structures has been intensive. He was elected member of the General Steering Committee at the June 1992 Congress and member of the Socialist Party Presidency from 1993 until July 2003, when he resigned. During the period 1993-1996, Ilir Meta held the position of the Deputy Chairman of the Socialist Party and from 1994 to 1996 the position of the Secretary of International Relations.
During this period, the Socialist Party, due to the contribution of Ilir Meta, established relations with many European socialist parties, left and social democratic parties, as well as with the European Socialist Party and the Socialist International. During the period 1997-1998, Ilir Meta was elected Chairman of the Socialist Party of Tirana. Ilir Meta, on 6 September 2004, founded a new political force in Albania, the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI).
In 2005 Ilir Meta was elected Chairman of LSI, implementing for the first time the “one member, one vote” principle. Ilir Meta was reconfirmed as Chairman of LSI in the elections held in October 2012 and in those held on 6 November 2016. He has been State Secretary for European Integration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March-October 1998 and then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Governmental Coordination (October 1998-October 1999).
During November 1999-February 2002 he has been Prime Minister of Albania, reconfirmed also after the 2001 parliamentary elections. During this period were achieved remarkable achievements and successes in the country’s governance, such as stabilization of macro-economic parameters, significant improvement of the country’s road network, successful privatization of some of the strategic sectors of the economy, establishment of order and law enforcement in the whole territory of the country, etc.
In February 2002, in order to avoid the crisis within the political and ruling majority, Ilir Meta resigned from the position of Prime Minister. Ilir Meta was then elected Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affaits (July 2002-July 2003).
During September 2009-September 2010, Ilir Meta served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and later on as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy (September 2010-January 2011). Since 1992 Ilir Meta is elected Member of Parliament in all legislatures of the Albanian Parliament. In September 2013 Ilir Meta was elected Speaker of the Albanian Parliament, a position he held until 28 April 2017, when he was elected President of the Republic of Albania.
In 2003-2004, Ilir Meta was member of the International Commission on the Balkans, headed by the former Prime Minister of Italy, Giuliano Amato. This Commission prepared the important Report on the Future of the Balkans Region and paved the way for the independence of Kosovo.Ilir Meta has been invited as lecturer in academic, political and diplomatic conferences and institutions both in Albania and abroad, such as in the Faculty of Economy in the University of Tirana, European Academy in Berlin, Harvard University, as well as several academies and universities in Europe and USA.
Ilir Meta was awarded the most positive personality in Foreign Policy for 2010” title (in March 2012) for his political activity, successful contribution in governance and his constructive role in the region.
The title was awarded by the International Institute (IFIMES) in Lubjana, by the honorary President of this institution, the President of Croatia, Stjepan Mesic. He was honored by several cities and regions of Albania with the title Honorary Citizen. Ilir Meta speaks Albanian, English and Italian. Ilir Meta is married to Monika Kryemadhi and they have three children, Bora, Besar and Era.
Monika Kryemadhi (born 9 April 1974) is an Albanian politician, member of Parliament and the leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration party. She is also the wife of Ilir Meta the President of Albania. Monika Kryemadhi refused the position of First Lady of Albania.
She was born on April 9, 1974 in Tirana. In 1992, she won the right to study in the Faculty of Natural Sciences in the Bio-Chemistry branch. In 1999, she performed studies at the George Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for regional security policies. In 2000-2002 carried out studies in the Master of Business Administration at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economy, in cooperation with the University of Nebraska. She has also performed other postgraduate studies and got her Phd at the Facuty of Economy of the University of Tirana.
Her political engagement began in 1991 when she was one of the founders of FRESSH. In January 1992 she was elected a member of the Presidency and in May of the same year, she was elected General Secretary of FRESSH’s congress I and II. She served as President of FRESSH until April 2002. From 1995 to 2000 she was elected Vice President of the Socialist International Youth IUSY.
Monika was a member of the Socialist Party from December 1991 to September 2004. During this time she was also a member of the Parliament of Albania from 2001 to 2005, and also was selected two times to the Tirana Municipal Council for which she was elected secretary of the local government delegation to the Council of Europe. In September 2004, she was one of the founders of the Socialist Integration Movement Party (LSI).
From July 5, 2017 Monika Kryemadhi is the leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration. She is the wife of the President Ilir Meta and she was expected to take the honorific position of First Lady of Albania, but she refused to take the position of the First Lady, conceding the post to her oldest daughter, with this decision she is the first wife of President who is also leader of a political party. She is currently also as a Member of the Parliament.