For the great values as a personality with distinguished contributions for Peace in the Balkans, Diplomatic Mission Peace And Prosperity proposed to Academy of Universal Global Peace the title Dr. Honoris Causa for International Diplomacy for Mr. Ilir Meta, Chairman of LSI, former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania. The board of directors of Academy of Universal Global Peace after taking into consideration this proposal, honored Mr. Ilir Meta with this Honorary Degree. Dr. Madhu Krishan, Founder & Chairman of Academy of Universal Global Peace, came for an official visit in Albania and among the others, also to accord the Honorary Degree of Doctor of International Diplomacy to Dr. Ilir Meta.
The Distinguished Personality – Ilir Meta
Ilir Meta was born on March 24, 1969 in Skrapar, Albania. He graduated in Political Economy at the Faculty Economics, University of Tirana, where he also concluded his postgraduate studies.
Ilir Meta is currently a member of Parliament, founder and President of the Board of Directors at the Institute for Peace, Development and Integration, and member of the International Commission on the Balkans.
Ilir Meta has an intensive political activity, staring from 1990 as an active participant in the students’ movement that brought the fall down of the communist regime. Since 1992 he has been elected Member of Parliament in all legislatures, and member of several Parliamentarian Commissions. From 1996 to 1997 he was deputy chairman of the -Foreign Affairs Commission of the Parliament.
Ilir Meta is one of the co-founders of the Forum of the Euro-socialist Youth of Albania (FRESH), contributing to its accession to the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY). Ilir Meta held important leading positions within the FRESH as Deputy Chairman (1992-1995), and Chairman (1995-2001).
His political activity within the Socialist Party of Albania is quite intensive. He has been a member of the Party’s Steering Committee from 1992 and a member of the Party’s Presidency from 1993 up to the day he resigned (July 2003), after presenting to the Party’s leadership pressing issues such as the lack of transparency, failure to deliver progress, and commitment to reforms from the Party’s Chairman and Prime Minister, Fatos Nano.
Ilir Meta was Chairman of local branch of the capital city, Tirana (1997-1998). From 1993 to 1996 he held the important position of Party’s Deputy Chairman and International Secretary, a time when relations with many socialist and social-democrat parties across Europe, European Socialist Party and the Socialist International were established.
His political activity marked significant progress during a successful prime-minister ship (November 1999 – September 2001), and after a victory in the summer General Elections, He won a second mandate (September 2001 – February 2002). These are the years that central governance in the country reached its most impressive results. Macro-economic parameters were stabilized, many state owned companies in strategic sectors of national economy were successfully privatized, and law and order was re-established throughout the country. In February 2002, he resigned to avoid a political crisis within the majority.
Ilir Meta has also served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (July 2002 – July 2003), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Coordination (October 1998 – October 1999), and State Secretary for European Integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (March – October 1998).
In the parliamentary election of June 2009, the coalition led by the Socialist Movement for Integration, called the Alliance for Integration, won four seats in the new parliament. Soon after, an offer for collaboration was extended by Prime Minister Sali Berisha of the Democratic Party of Albania (his former opposing) after which Ilir Meta was appointed to the post of Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs in the new government. He resigned as minister of Economy, Trade and Energy on January 14, 2011.
Recently, Ilir Meta was elected member of International Commission on the Balkans, chaired by former Italian Prime Minister, Giuliano Amato.
Ilir Meta is a visiting lecturer at the Economic Faculty of Tirana University. He also lectured in some renowned universities and academies overseas, such as Harvard University, and European Academy in Berlin.
He has published several articles and analyses on national and international issues.
He speaks English and Italian.
Ilir Meta is married to Monika Kryemadhi and they have two daughters and a son, Bora, Era and Besar.
On 27 May 2012, he Mr. Meta was accorded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of International Diplomacy by Academy of Universal Global Peace.