Sole bidders win tenders worth €13.7 mln with municipalities

Sole bidders win tenders worth €13.7 mln with municipalities

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – Public tenders with a sole bidder continue getting a considerable number of contracts and huge amount of money from Albania’s local government units even more than a year after a territorial reform merged a previous 373

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Total tax rate at 36.5% of profit, one of the region’s highest

Total tax rate at 36.5% of profit, one of the region’s highest

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – Albania’s total tax rate as percentage of commercial profit remained unchanged at 36.5 percent in 2016, being one of the highest among EU aspirant Western Balkans countries, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business report. At

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Pre-electoral wage hike could put public finances back in trouble

Pre-electoral wage hike could put public finances back in trouble

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Oct. 25 – With the general elections drawing closer every day, the ruling Socialist Party-led Albanian government has announced plans for a considerable wage and pension increase, a partial tax amnesty and easier tax procedures accompanied

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Editorial: The risky start of a very long electoral campaign

Editorial: The risky start of a very long electoral campaign

The electoral campaign has started although the elections themselves are at least 8 months away. Parties are rallying up supporters with their typical and tedious ‘youngster becoming new members’ events and with party meetings handing tasks to MPs and minister

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Albania losing doctors at alarming rate, says former health minister

Albania losing doctors at alarming rate, says former health minister

TIRANA, Oct. 25 – Albania is facing a massive doctor shortage and losing specialists at an alarming rate as emigration and retirement rates soar, says an Albanian former health minister, Tritan Shehu. “It’s getting worse every day. Albania is running

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Ruling majority’s persuasive power put to test by waste bill

Ruling majority’s persuasive power put to test by waste bill

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – Albania’s ruling Socialist Party-led coalition has shown signs it is buckling under pressure from civil society and political opposition following a recent decision by President Bujar Nishani to veto a controversial waste import bill. The Socialists

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Albania’s social protection below newly estimated €115 subsistence level

Albania’s social protection below newly estimated €115 subsistence level

TIRANA, Oct. 25 – Albanian economy experts have calculated 16,000 lek (€115) per capita as the subsistence level in Albania, an indicator which Albania has been lacking for years, proves that current minimum wages and pensions are too small to

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Union of Judges calls for the abrogation of vetting bill

Union of Judges calls for the abrogation of vetting bill

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – The Constitutional Court has approved a request by the Union of Judges in Albania asking for UJA to be accepted as an interested third party in the process of reviewing the vetting bill part of the

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Decoration of nationalists brings back WWII historical debate

Decoration of nationalists brings back WWII historical debate

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – Albanian President Bujar Nishani has faced criticism over the decoration of 67 Albanians killed by communist partisans under the command of Mehmet Shehu 73 years ago over their alleged affiliation with the National Front Party, better

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Albania-bound cocaine found at Italian port

Albania-bound cocaine found at Italian port

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – An Italian law enforcement agency, Guardia di Finanza, said this week it seized a shipment of 19 kilograms of pure cocaine bound for Albania. The drugs were hidden in a container carrying frozen chicken coming from

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