Moisiu visits Rome

TIRANA, Nov. 20 – Albanian president Alfred Moisiu held a two-day visit to neighboring Italy where he met with his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano and the Parliament Speaker Fausto Bertinotti. The visit did not start well with the place taking

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Bilateral conference addresses Albanian-Greek relations

TIRANA, Nov.18 – “Albania and Greece: two neighboring countries that share problems and values,” was the topic of the conference organized in Tirana on November 18, by the Institute for Dialogue and Communication (IDC) and The Greek Embassy in Albania.

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Police arrest goup of car thefts

TIRANA, Nov. 21 – Police said Tuesday they had arreste five persons in the last 24 hours accused of stealing car in the capital. Five of them were arrested while committing such a crime at Irfan Tomini street trying to

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Interior Minsitry signs memorandum of understanding with USA

TIRANA, Nov. 20 – The Interior Minsitry signed Monday a memorandum of understanding with the United States embassy in Tirana for their further cooepration in the training of human resources. The agreement was signed from the Intrioer Minister Sokol Olldashi

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Italian AEM To Provide Training for KESH Employees

TIRANA, Nov.10 – Italian energy company AEM launched a program to train the employees of Albania’s power utility KESH. The program will include “on job training” of KESH and OST employees in Italy. The Italian government has provided financial support

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Soccer violence escalates

TIRANA, Nov. 11 – Sulejman Mema, head of the referees’ department of the soccer federation, was attacked violently in Burrel by one of the local soccer managers and was later taken to military hospital in Tirana in a coma. He

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European anti-trafficking coalition visits Vlora

VLORA, Nov. 11 – A delegation of the European Anti-Trafficking Coalition visited the port city of Vlora on Saturday and met with all the top local officials. Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Bujar Leskaj said that the government had achieved

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Parliament commissions pass important draft laws on anti-trafficking

TIRANA, Nov. 14 – Parliament commissions passed Tuesday important draft laws for Albania’s integration efforts into international institutions. The commission on national security passed the convention of the Council of Europe on the steps against human trafficking. Albania had signed

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NATO membership is top priority

TIRANA, Nov. 16 – Albania’s top government officials met Thursday with the ambassadors of the NATO member countries in Tirana. Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Defense and Foreign ministers assured the ambassadors that Albania’s membership into NATO was a top priority

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Judiciary targeted from all sides

TIRANA, Nov. 14 – President Alfred Moisiu created Monday a task force with representatives from the Judicial Conference, Supreme Court and the High Council of Justice in an effort to check what other reforms are needed to bring judiciary back

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 20 - Albanian president Alfred Moisiu held a two-day visit to neighboring Italy where he met with his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano and the Parliament Speaker Fausto Bertinotti. The visit did not start well with the place taking Moisiu to Ciampino was deviated to Fiumicino because of a bomb threat. "It is like our phone calls at the Petro Nini high school," Moisiu joked with reporters who accompanied him. The two presidents highly evaluate the excellent relations between the two countries and expressed their joint will to intensify the ties in the future. Albanian immigrants wh9o live in Italy are an important factor to link the two countries. They are also added with a considerable number of Albanian students following studies in Italy. Albania's integration into the European Union and NATO was another topic of discussion. Moisiu hoped that Italy would be among the first countries of the European Union that would ratify Albania's Stabilization and Association Agreement it signed with the bloc in June. Moisiu also spoke about the Albanian government's efforts to create a good climate for foreign investors and also urged Italian entrepreneurs to widen their presence and investment in Albania in such fields of joint interest like infrastructure and tourism. Napolitano expressed Italy's goodwill and support to Albania's integration efforts into the EU. He also repeated his country's support in the economic sphere. Napolitano spoke about an intensification of the relations between the businesses of the two countries. He also appealed to the Albanian authorities to create the required legal basis for further increase. There was likely mentioned the case of the Italian petrolifera in the southwestern port city of Vlore which has yet to start despite the initial contract. Balkan developments and the Kosova final status was the other topic of discussion. There was mentioned a warmer climate of talks and relations in the region. Moisiu repeated Albania's stand that a fast solution of the Kosova status would avoid the reactivization of the extremist elements from both sides there. Moisiu said that an independent, sovereign, multiethnic and democratic Kosova would serve regional peace and prosperity. Moisiu also met with Parliament Speaker Fausto Bertinotti discussing ways of strengthening the already very good relations between the two neighboring countries. Albania is Albania's main economic partner with the greatest percentage of imports and exports made to and from this country. The president also took part at the opening of an exhibition named Friendship between Albania and Italy: past, present and future. Moisiu also met with important Italian businessmen who are holding their activity in Albania.

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov.18 - "Albania and Greece: two neighboring countries that share problems and values," was the topic of the conference organized in Tirana on November 18, by the Institute for Dialogue and Communication (IDC) and The Greek Embassy in Albania. The event was sponsored by the SOROS Foundation in Albania. The aim of this conference was to bring together diplomats, scholars and experts of different fields in order to discuss the relationships between Greece and Albania, by going beyond the stereotypical images of conspiracy and hostility. The clich고and folk theories about the relationships of the two neighboring countries presented a fertile ground for serious and intensive discussion. The event was opened with the salutary comments of the Head of IDC, Piro Misha, Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj and Constantinos Kokossis, Ambassador of Greece. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 21 - Police said Tuesday they had arreste five persons in the last 24 hours accused of stealing car in the capital. Five of them were arrested while committing such a crime at Irfan Tomini street trying to steal a Mercedes car. Police managed to identify many other cases of theft committed from the suspects. At their houses police also found a considerable number of rounds of bullets. Police said Wednesday that they had arrested Gezim Biba, 29, who had deceived a person and taken 10,000 euro as if he would assist him to take medical care in the Czech Republic. Fieri police arrested Sunday Petrit Kamberi, 49, accused of murder and illegal weapon possession. Kamberi was a well-known businessman in the sphere of construction. He is accused of killing Maksim Lamce a year ago.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 20 - The Interior Minsitry signed Monday a memorandum of understanding with the United States embassy in Tirana for their further cooepration in the training of human resources. The agreement was signed from the Intrioer Minister Sokol Olldashi and the U.S. Ambassador to Tirana Marcie B. Ries. Based on that program tehre will continue the ICITAP mission.  Based on the program there will be further assistance from the mission for the update of the albanian police professionalism. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov.10 - Italian energy company AEM launched a program to train the employees of Albania's power utility KESH. The program will include "on job training" of KESH and OST employees in Italy. The Italian government has provided financial support of two million euro ($2.6 million) for AEM to provide technical education to employees and workers of KESH and its electricity transmission unit OST for 30 months, AEM said in a statement posted on its website. The program has been developed in partnership with Italian electricity transmission and dispatching company Terna. The company's website announced last week that it had been assigned a 2.9 million euro project to provide technical assistance and management training to KESH and OST. The website reported the company's win of a tender for the project entirely funded by Italy and involving a 30-month commitment. Terna's assistance will cover four main areas. First, it is aimed at completing the unbundling process of the activities of Albania's electricity supply chain at technical and managerial level. This includes improving the economic and financial terms. Second, Terna will help the power utility to design efficient future plans for the development and renovation of the existing infrastructure. Third, it will assist KESH to integrate the country's national electricity system in the regional and the European markets. Finally it aims at the introduction of value creation management criteria.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 11 - Sulejman Mema, head of the referees' department of the soccer federation, was attacked violently in Burrel by one of the local soccer managers and was later taken to military hospital in Tirana in a coma. He later recovered. Mema was in the northern town as the federation's delegate to the game between Burrel and Erzeni of the second category. FSHF has threatened the suspension of the championship if the violence continues. After the Burrel - Erzeni match, which ended 1-1, when the teams were heading for the locker room, Mema was hit in the head with unspecified objects. Police arrested Shpetim Ndreu, 38, member of Burreli sport club, who kicked Mema after the match. Police also accompanied and questioned 15 other persons for violating the public situation and throwing hard objects onto the soccer pitch. Incidents occurred at the end of the match. The club officially asked for a pardon on Monday when its managers and officials from the local authorities met with federation secretary-general Roland Mici.
In another case, players and a vice-manager of Bylis were physically attacked when they played in Polican for the second category championship. They said pistols were shown to them before the match and they also accused the town mayor of participating in this violence against them. Bylis has declared they may boycott the championship.
The federation said they would soon present a new package of rules that would be very harsh on violence in the pitch or stadium. Referees decided to boycott the matches of Burrel and Polican for one year. Burreli was banned from the championship for one year and would start the next season at a lower grade. The club would also pay a 450,000 lek fine. While Polican would not play for a year in its stadium, it would also pay a fine of 300,000 leks.
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                    [post_content] => VLORA, Nov. 11 - A delegation of the European Anti-Trafficking Coalition visited the port city of Vlora on Saturday and met with all the top local officials. Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Bujar Leskaj said that the government had achieved important results in the fight against human trafficking during its more than one year of being in power. He said the government aimed at presenting Albania as a safe and secure area, along with its efforts of integration into the European Union.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 14 - Parliament commissions passed Tuesday important draft laws for Albania's integration efforts into international institutions. The commission on national security passed the convention of the Council of Europe on the steps against human trafficking. Albania had signed it in December last year in Strasbourg. Albania had been an important country of origin and transit for trafficking, but it has been excluded from that level for some years. Fighting human trafficking, among other things, remains top priority for the government and a pre-condition set by NATO and the European Union for Albania's membership.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 16 - Albania's top government officials met Thursday with the ambassadors of the NATO member countries in Tirana. Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Defense and Foreign ministers assured the ambassadors that Albania's membership into NATO was a top priority in the work of the government and that they expected to become a full NATO member at the next enlargement summit in Washington, U.S. In 2008. Berisha made a brief account of the government's efforts in about a year and a half telling them all the actions against organized crime and corruption and the army reforms. Berisha said that besides participation with small units in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq Albania was considering increasing the number in Afghanistan. Berisha also said that Albania was considering sending an army unit in Lebanon.
"Albania's membership into NATO is an expression of the highest interest of our nation to return and rejoin the family of your countries with which we share joint values of freedom, democracy, rule of law, security," said Berisha. Berisha said that Albania's membership would serve stability and security in the region and also the consolidation of democracy in the country "making our citizens safer and freer than ever before." "The Albanian government is strongly working to deepen political, economic, institutional, legal and overall reforms and also those reforms for restructuring and modernizing the armed forces," he said. "I assure you that the government will take any decision and will make any efforts to deserve the invitation hoping that the Riga summit will give to us a positive signal in that direction"
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 14 - President Alfred Moisiu created Monday a task force with representatives from the Judicial Conference, Supreme Court and the High Council of Justice in an effort to check what other reforms are needed to bring judiciary back on a normal track following accusation from the European Commission progress report for 2006. Judiciary was considered to be the weakest and most corrupted institution in the country.
Prime Minister Sali Berisha launched another harsh attack following recent clashes the government has had with the above-mentioned institutions, including the president. "The government of justice is a bastion of corruption and organized crime in the country, it is a factor of punishment for the nation," he told reporters Tuesday. "Those who have been caught from head to foot from corruption cannot reform the system of justice," he said. Berisha considered the situation as very grave and added they would soon present a draft law on the investigation of prosecutor-general Theodhori Sollaku. 'that prosecutor is totally caught from crime."
In a government meeting Thursday Berisha did not spare harsh words toward Sollaku and the High Council of Justice accusing them of lack of will to fight corruption and crime and of being part of crime. He stressed that the government audit of the institutions should be stepped up against corrupted practices. "There is a shameful pact with grave consequences for the nation, of the kleptocrats of the HCJ and prosecutor office," said Berisha at the meeting. "I guarantee Albanians that with legal and democratic tools this group of usurpers will take the deserved place."
The Ministry of Justice publicly accused the prosecutor office for not starting cases of corruption and appealed to prosecutors to separate themselves from their head. The ministry also published statistics for the first half this year on corruption cases. It said it would make the same thing every three months. That is more another attack on Sollaku. It results that prosecutor office and courts have not been 'powerful' toward penal case of corruption and abuse of posts, according to a statement, adding that many cases involving senior officials have been suspended. "The Ministry of Justice expresses its concern for the stressed lack of starting penal cases from the prosecutor office," it said. "We hail any initiative in the fight against corruption while we are skeptical on the President's initiative because he has had the possibilities to fight such a phenomenon before," Justice Minister Aldo Bumci said Tuesday at a news conference.
Prosecutor-General office responded Thursday saying that the executive had filed no complaint or opened any case against corruption during the first half this year. The spokesman also said that there were many irregular figures in what the justice minister said a day earlier. "The institution of prosecutor office believes that major issues for the country's fate, like those linked with the fight against corruption, cannot be solved with mediatic and demagogic statements," said a statement.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 20 - Albanian president Alfred Moisiu held a two-day visit to neighboring Italy where he met with his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano and the Parliament Speaker Fausto Bertinotti. The visit did not start well with the place taking Moisiu to Ciampino was deviated to Fiumicino because of a bomb threat. "It is like our phone calls at the Petro Nini high school," Moisiu joked with reporters who accompanied him. The two presidents highly evaluate the excellent relations between the two countries and expressed their joint will to intensify the ties in the future. Albanian immigrants wh9o live in Italy are an important factor to link the two countries. They are also added with a considerable number of Albanian students following studies in Italy. Albania's integration into the European Union and NATO was another topic of discussion. Moisiu hoped that Italy would be among the first countries of the European Union that would ratify Albania's Stabilization and Association Agreement it signed with the bloc in June. Moisiu also spoke about the Albanian government's efforts to create a good climate for foreign investors and also urged Italian entrepreneurs to widen their presence and investment in Albania in such fields of joint interest like infrastructure and tourism. Napolitano expressed Italy's goodwill and support to Albania's integration efforts into the EU. He also repeated his country's support in the economic sphere. Napolitano spoke about an intensification of the relations between the businesses of the two countries. He also appealed to the Albanian authorities to create the required legal basis for further increase. There was likely mentioned the case of the Italian petrolifera in the southwestern port city of Vlore which has yet to start despite the initial contract. Balkan developments and the Kosova final status was the other topic of discussion. There was mentioned a warmer climate of talks and relations in the region. Moisiu repeated Albania's stand that a fast solution of the Kosova status would avoid the reactivization of the extremist elements from both sides there. Moisiu said that an independent, sovereign, multiethnic and democratic Kosova would serve regional peace and prosperity. Moisiu also met with Parliament Speaker Fausto Bertinotti discussing ways of strengthening the already very good relations between the two neighboring countries. Albania is Albania's main economic partner with the greatest percentage of imports and exports made to and from this country. The president also took part at the opening of an exhibition named Friendship between Albania and Italy: past, present and future. Moisiu also met with important Italian businessmen who are holding their activity in Albania.

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