Opposition seeks sacking of vetting body member over alleged English skills lie

Opposition seeks sacking of vetting body member over alleged English skills lie

TIRANA, July 31 –  The opposition’s Democratic Party released on Monday documents alleging that Independent Qualification Commission member Lulzim Hamitaj falsified his English language certificate, thus demanding his resignation and the initiation of a penal investigation towards him by the

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Albania: source of victims of trafficking in persons, report says

Albania: source of victims of trafficking in persons, report says

TIRANA, July 31 – On the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the line for children’s counseling Alo 116 published a report stating that abuse and trafficking of Albanian children continues at alarming levels. The stream of denouncement calls to

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Albania rated top Balkan country to overuse controversial negotiation in public procurement

Albania rated top Balkan country to overuse controversial negotiation in public procurement

TIRANA, July 31 – About a third of all public procurement in Albania is carried out using the little transparent and limited competition negotiated procedure, making Albania the top Western Balkan country that overuses this procedure, according to a report

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High Court loses another judge to justice reform vetting, worrying experts

High Court loses another judge to justice reform vetting, worrying experts

TIRANA, July 31 – Shkelzen Selimi, another High Court member, was ousted on Monday by the justice reform’s Independent Qualification Commission for inappropriate ties with the world of organized crime. Although most judiciary figures have so far been ousted due

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Corruption remains top concern for potential U.S. investors to Albania, report shows

Corruption remains top concern for potential U.S. investors to Albania, report shows

TIRANA, July 31 – The U.S. State Department says Albania continues to remain a difficult place to do business with endemic corruption as the top concern that keeps potential American investors away from the country. In its 2018 investment climate

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ECB: Euro-denominated savings, credit increase by €100 mln

ECB: Euro-denominated savings, credit increase by €100 mln

TIRANA, July 30 – Albanians increased their euro-denominated credit and savings by around €100 million in 2017 when lending in the national currency continued gaining ground but yet remaining below half of the total credit, according to reports by the

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European Court for Auditors says 30 percent of public procurement lacks competition

European Court for Auditors says 30 percent of public procurement lacks competition

TIRANA, July 30 – The European Court for Auditors’ report said the Albanian government has developed about 30 percent of its public procurement procedures during 2017 through a negotiation process that doesn’t foresee publication of a contract notice. The ECA

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Police bust travel ID forgery group, nine arrested

Police bust travel ID forgery group, nine arrested

TIRANA, July 30 – Albanian police notified the arrest of nine people allegedly part of a criminal ring that issued fake identity documents that allowed others enter visa-requiring countries like the United Kingdom and the US. On Friday, the police

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Big hotels, restaurants handed 30-day ban for tax evasion

Big hotels, restaurants handed 30-day ban for tax evasion

TIRANA, July 30 – Big Albania seaside hotels and restaurants are facing temporary closure penalties for failing to comply with tax authorities during the peak tourist season as part of a nationwide campaign to tackle widespread tax evasion in the

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President vetoes National Theatre bill

President vetoes National Theatre bill

TIRANA, July 27 – Albania’s President Ilir Meta vetoed on Friday the bill foreseeing the demolition of the National Theatre building, listing in the presidency’s public announcement nine reasons why he considers the law approved by the parliament’s Socialist majority

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