EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA
H.E. Mr. Ilir BOÇKA
Prior to arriving in Belgrade, Ilir Boçka served as Director General for Bilateral Relation at the Albanian Foreign Ministry and Albania’s Head of Mission in New Delhi (January 2008- September 2010), Ambassador of the Albanian Mission to NATO and Representative of the Republic of Albania to the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) from November 2000 until July 2007, and from May 1998 to August 2000 he served as Deputy Minister of Defence.
Boçka joined the Albanian MFA in 1981, serving as Head of the MFA’s Press and Information Directorate. From 1986 to 1990 he served as Ambassador to the former East Germany, after which he was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister. Following Albania’s first free elections, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Provisional Government (December 1991 – April 1992).
A Law graduate from University of Tirana (1975), Boçka worked as journalist with the Albanian News Agency (ATA) prior to joining the Albanian MFA. A married father of two sons, he is fluent in German, French, English and Italian.
Ilir Boçka (born in Gjirokaster January 10, 1950) is an Albanian career diplomat. He is currently the ambassador in Belgrade, Serbia. His last post before that (January 2008 – September 2010) was as Charge D’affaires of the Republic of Albania in New Delhi, India, where he oversaw the establishment of the first Albanian embassy in the country. He served as Ambassador of the Albanian Mission to NATO and as the Representative of Republic of Albania to Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) from November 2000 until July 2007. During the period May 1998 – August 2000 he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Defense, responsible most particularly for Albania’s Euro-Atlantic Integration and the country’s preparations for NATO membership. During the previous years, from 1972 to 1980, Ilir Boçka worked as journalist with the Albanian News Agency (ATA). Ilir Boçka joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 1981, when he was appointed as the Head of the Press and Information Directory at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the period from 1986 until 1990, Ilir Bocka served as the last Albanian Ambassador to the former German Democratic Republic. After the democratic changes during the period from June 1991 to December 1991, he was appointed as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the first free elections held in Albania he was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Provisional Government ( December 1991 –April 1992). From 1992 to 1997 he worked as a lawyer and adviser of National and International Law for the private sector. From October 1997 until May 1998 Mr. Boçka served as the Director of Information and Media Department at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Ilir Boçka graduated with a Law Degree in 1975 from University of Tirana.