Ditmir Bushati

Ditmir Bushati (born 24 March 1977) is an Albanian politician and diplomat who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2019. He previously chaired the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration.

Ditmir Bushati
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
15 September 2013 – 21 January 2019
Prime MinisterEdi Rama
Preceded byAldo Bumçi
Succeeded byEdi Rama
Chairperson of the Committee for European Integration
In office
Prime MinisterSali Berisha
Succeeded byMajlinda Bregu
Personal details
Born (1977-03-24) 24 March 1977 (age 44)
Shkodër, Albania
Political partySocialist Party
Spouse(s)Aida Bushati
Alma materUniversity of Tirana
Leiden University

Early life and educationEdit

Bushati was born in Shkodër, Albania on March 24, 1977. Bushati graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana in 1999 with the highest honors, and he received a master's degree in Public International Law (LL.M) from Leiden University in the Netherlands in 2001.[citation needed]

Bushati was a Research Fellow in Public International Law at TMC Asser Institute, in the Hague. He spent also one year as a TEMPUS Fellow in Greece at the European Public Law Centre of the University of Athens, specializing in EU Law, and has received a diploma from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and from the Academy of American and International Law, Dallas and Abo Academy University, Finland.

Bushati has lectured on European Law and the EU enlargement process at different institutions and universities in Albania and Kosovo. He has published numerous scientific papers and articles in areas related to the EU enlargement process, public international law and European law. He is fluent in English and Italian, and has good knowledge of French.[citation needed]


Civil society positionsEdit

Prior to his political career Ditmir Bushati was a civil society leader and a Founding Director of the European Movement Albania (EMA).

Bushati meeting with Sebastian Kurz in 2014

He is a member of European Council on Foreign Affairs and has also served as analyst for Freedom House (2007-2008) for the Nations in Transition Report, National Reporter for the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and National Coordinator of the Open Society Foundation’s project monitoring Albania's progress in the European integration process (2006-2008). He has worked as consultant for various projects of the EU, WB, USAID, GIZ, OSI, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, IOM, SNV.

Civil serviceEdit

Ditmir Bushati served as Director for Legal Approximation at the Albanian Ministry of European Integration. In that capacity he was part of the team negotiating the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union (SAA). Bushati worked as Advisor on European Affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister, as Legal Advisor to the Constitutional Court, the Office of the President of the Republic of Albania and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Political careerEdit

Standing as a candidate of the Socialist Party of Albania, Bushati was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the Tirana District in the 2009 parliamentary election. He was re-elected in the June 2013 parliamentary elections for the same district.

As an MP, he chaired the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration (2011-2013) and was a member of the Joint EU-Albania Parliamentary Committee (2009-2013). In November 2011, Bushati was elected as a Member of the Steering Committee of the Socialist Party.[citation needed]

He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from September 2013, when he replaced Aldo Bumçi, to December 2018, when he was replaced by Gent Cakaj.[1]

In August 2016, he met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at Zhongnanhai to discussion Albania-Chinese relations[2] In January 2017, he called for cooperation with Iran in matters concerning energy, agriculture, and tourism after a two-day stay in Tehran.[3]

Later careerEdit

In 2020, the government of Prime Minister Rama nominated Bushati as its candidate for the post as Representative on Freedom of the Media of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).[4]

Other activitiesEdit

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Aida Bushati and they have two children.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Albania: eight ministers leave in cabinet reshuffle". ANSAmed. 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Yang Jiechi Meets with Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati of Albania", Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Poland, August 26, 2016, retrieved March 23, 2017
  3. ^ "Albania calls for co-op with Iran in energy, agriculture, tourism", Tehran Times, January 15, 2017, retrieved March 23, 2017
  4. ^ Stephanie Liechtenstein (September 21, 2020), Exclusive: Eleven candidates considered for top OSCE posts Security and Human Rights.
  5. ^ Members European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Aldo Bumçi
68th Foreign Minister of Albania
15 September 2013–28 December 2018
Succeeded by
Edi Rama