Fuel companies warn of strike action over newly proposed licence fees

Fuel companies warn of strike action over newly proposed licence fees

TIRANA, Feb. 28 – Fuel trading companies have warned a new government initiative to increase license fees on fuel and gas stations by several times risks causing problems in the fuel market and even lead to suspension and closure of

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Transport sector faces hike in passengers, freight decline

Transport sector faces hike in passengers, freight decline

TIRANA, Feb. 28 – Air and maritime transport of passengers increased in 2016 but transport of goods by sea and rail freight suffered as the country’s exports struggled to recover affected by a slump in commodity prices with a negative

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Budget deficit hits two-decade low

Budget deficit hits two-decade low

TIRANA, Feb. 28 – Albania’s budget deficit hit a two-decade low in 2016 as revenue moderately recovered and the government applied a tight spending policy to bring public debt down to 71 percent of the GDP, following a five-year rising

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Economic, political uncertainties threaten debt reduction targets

Economic, political uncertainties threaten debt reduction targets

TIRANA, Feb. 27 – Albania’s public debt ended a 5-year upward trend to register a slight drop in 2016 after hitting a record high of 72.6 percent of the GDP in 2015 when it emerged as a key barrier for

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Albanian jumper crowned Balkan champion

Albanian jumper crowned Balkan champion

TIRANA, Feb. 27 – Albania’s Izmir Smajlaj has been crowned a Balkan long jump champion at a Belgrade event ahead of European Indoor Championships in Serbia. The 23-year Albanian athlete jumped 7.98 metres to claim gold for Albania at the

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Cannabis trafficking from Albania to Italy tripled last year, Italian prosecutor says

Cannabis trafficking from Albania to Italy tripled last year, Italian prosecutor says

TIRANA, Feb. 25 – Italy’s nationwide anti-mafia prosecutor, Franco Roberti, who visited Albania last week, said that cannabis traffic from Albania to Italy tripled last year. In a press conference after a meeting with Albania’s chief prosecutor, Adriatik Llalla, Roberti

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Calling for caretaker gov’t to protect free elections, opposition continues protest

Calling for caretaker gov’t to protect free elections, opposition continues protest

TIRANA, Feb. 23 – Albania’s opposition is continuing its indefinite protest in front of the prime minister’s office and opposition leaders said the Democratic Party will not return to parliament until a caretaker government takes over to guarantee free and

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Saranda poised to register strong increase in cruise ship tourists

Saranda poised to register strong increase in cruise ship tourists

TIRANA, Feb. 23 – The southern Albanian port of Saranda is poised to register a strong boost in its emerging cruise ship tourism as some major ships have placed Turkey off the itinerary on security grounds and replaced it with

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‘Around’ photo exhibition opens at Zeta gallery

‘Around’ photo exhibition opens at Zeta gallery

TIRANA, Feb. 23 – Photographer Ervin Berxolli is being showcased at Tirana’s Zeta gallery with his “Around” series. Curator Ardian Isufi says “Ervin Berxolli’s memory is like going for a curious walk through nature and its traces and getting involved

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Elections at risk from €2 bln gained from drugs, says Borchardt, OSCE’s head of presence

Elections at risk from €2 bln gained from drugs, says Borchardt, OSCE’s head of presence

TIRANA, Feb. 23 – Massive amounts of money money are circulating in Albania from drug cultivation and trafficking and some of it could be used to buy influence, candidates and votes in the upcoming June 18 parliamentary elections, the head

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