This paper constitutes the editorial of a special issue of the Italian Journal of Geosciences dedicated to Albania, as a follow up of an international conference of the Task Force on Sedimentary basins of the International Lithosphere Programme held in Tirana on November 7–12, 2010. As such, this introductive chapter provides a summary of the main geological and geodynamical features of Albania, as well as the main topics addressed in the other chapters of this special issue.

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