National Theatre bill becomes reality, as last week’s deal is forgotten

National Theatre bill becomes reality, as last week’s deal is forgotten

TIRANA, July 4 – Despite last week’s announcement by Tirana’s Mayor Erion Veliaj that the government reached an agreement with the artists regarding plans to build a new National Theatre building as part of a high-rise complex in Tirana’s centre,

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Temporary GP passes vetting, re-appointed amid raised eyebrows over hearing absence

Temporary GP passes vetting, re-appointed amid raised eyebrows over hearing absence

TIRANA, July 5 – Temporary General Prosecutor Arta Marku was re-appointed by the Independent Qualification Committee on Thursday, although her absence during the hearing a day earlier was negatively commented and her professional skills were questioned. Head of the IQC

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As Albania, Greece get closer to sea border deal, concerns over transparency grow

As Albania, Greece get closer to sea border deal, concerns over transparency grow

TIRANA, July 5 – Three rounds of negotiations have concluded over the last month between Albania and Greece to reach a new maritime border agreement that will finally divide the naval space shared by the countries.   The latest meeting

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Letter to the editor: The double standards in Albania’s diplomatic service

Letter to the editor: The double standards in Albania’s diplomatic service

Shortly after the Socialist Party came to power, they decided to change the law on diplomatic service. A group of Albanian diplomats with a long history in foreign diplomatic service whose names were better left unknown then and are still

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Editorial: With transparency concerns, Albania-Greece sea border deal enters danger zone

Editorial: With transparency concerns, Albania-Greece sea border deal enters danger zone

Concerns over transparency in negotiations between Albania and Greece on a new maritime border agreement are growing to the point that when a new deal is reached, it might be so contested domestically in Albania, it could become dead on

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Thousands more businesses switch to passive status

Thousands more businesses switch to passive status

TIRANA, July 5 – Thousands of businesses switched to passive status in the first half of this year, at a much faster pace compared to last year, in a situation apparently triggered by an increase in the tax burden for

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High transfer costs blamed for 40% of remittances flowing informally

High transfer costs blamed for 40% of remittances flowing informally

TIRANA, July 5 – Migrant remittances continue to have a huger than officially reported role in Albania’s economy, but high transfer costs and complicated procedures lead to about 40 percent of them flowing into the country through informal channels in

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Stronger Albanian lek delays central bank’s inflation, monetary policy targets

Stronger Albanian lek delays central bank’s inflation, monetary policy targets

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, July 5 – A much stronger national currency against Europe’s single currency during the first half of this year has delayed the central bank’s inflation target expectations and its easier monetary plans. Governor Gent Sejko says

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Albania bans non-biodegradable plastic bags

Albania bans non-biodegradable plastic bags

TIRANA, July 4 – New rules on businesses involved in the production, trade and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags came into force this week under a ban Albania is imposing in a bid to protect the environment from one of

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Albania’s electricity distribution operator suffers drastic cut in profits

Albania’s electricity distribution operator suffers drastic cut in profits

TIRANA, July 4 – The prolonged drought that Albania faced last year had a severe negative impact on the finances of the state-run OSHEE distribution operator in 2017, with costly imports forcing the country’s largest company to hardly make a

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