Artists-gvt reach agreement: new National Theatre building, minus the high-rise towers

Artists-gvt reach agreement: new National Theatre building, minus the high-rise towers

TIRANA, June 27 – Tirana’s Mayor Erion Veliaj told local media on Tuesday an agreement was finally reached between the government and the actors who have been protesting against the National Theatre’s replacement with a modern building, part of a

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Albania claims first Mediterranean Games medal at Tarragona 2018

Albania claims first Mediterranean Games medal at Tarragona 2018

TIRANA, June 29 – Luiza Gega has claimed Albania’s first medal at the 2018 Mediterranean Games that are taking place in Spain’s Tarragona, winning gold for Albania at the women’s 3000m steeplechase. The 29-year-old Albanian middle distance runner completed the

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One hour with Vladislav Bajac

One hour with Vladislav Bajac

By Sidonja Manushi   Vladislav Bajac looks as if he could have been anything he wanted in life – painter, rock and roll star, zen master…anything; but he decided to be a man of the written word and eventually found

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Public universities generous with luxury spending, stingy with research

Public universities generous with luxury spending, stingy with research

TIRANA, June 28 – Albania’s public universities spend more on luxury reconstruction and purchases rather than research and scholarships, a report examining transparency and financial management in three of Albania’s main public universities has found. Monitoring conducted by the local

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Trial on ex CEZ officials accused of fraud affair restarts in Tirana

Trial on ex CEZ officials accused of fraud affair restarts in Tirana

TIRANA, June 26 – The court process on the former heads of the CEZ electricity distribution company Josef Haisek and Jan Ivan, who are both accused of fraud in Albania, restarted on Tuesday. During the process, the two Czech citizens’

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EU calls for dialogue between gov’t and owners to solve property issues in Albania

EU calls for dialogue between gov’t and owners to solve property issues in Albania

TIRANA, June 22 – EU officials in Albania called for the government and land owners to commit to a dialogue that will resolve the country’s property issue in a sustainable manner on Friday. Head of the European Commission delegation Romana

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Police find over 400 kg of drugs inside Italian’s car in Saranda

Police find over 400 kg of drugs inside Italian’s car in Saranda

TIRANA, June 27 – Over 400 kg of narcotics were found inside the car of Vito Baruceli, 36-year-old Italian citizen, at the Qafe Bote border point, in Saranda, on Wednesday. The narcotics found in the Italian’s caravan roof included 383

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Heavy rainfall damages National Library books, highlighting need for better standards

Heavy rainfall damages National Library books, highlighting need for better standards

TIRANA, June 28 – The weekend’s heavy rainfalls in the capital damaged books, magazines and school texts published over a timeframe of fifteen years that were stored in one of the National Library’s underground rooms. The head of the National

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Editorial: Albania and the EU: A tougher road ahead

Editorial: Albania and the EU: A tougher road ahead

The European Union has decided to postpone a decision on whether it will open accession negotiations with Albania — neither supporting nor rejecting the European Commission’s recommendation for an unconditional opening of these negotiations. The European Council, made up of

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Egypt pledges to boost centuries-old ties with Albania

Egypt pledges to boost centuries-old ties with Albania

TIRANA, June 28 – Egypt has reconfirmed its commitment to boost centuries-old ties with Albania with a new focus on economy. The confirmation came this week as the Egyptian embassy in Tirana marked Egypt’s National Day dedicated to the July

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