School of Magistrates deadlocked as parliament fails to approve legislation

School of Magistrates deadlocked as parliament fails to approve legislation

TIRANA, July 23 – Legislation changes that would allow the enrollment of new students in the Magistrates School and the appointment of the graduates, were suspended on Monday after Albania’s opposition rejected the government’s Socialist-led proposals. While the opposition’s Socialist

Read Full Article
Alleged airport concessionaire’s abusive charges under probe

Alleged airport concessionaire’s abusive charges under probe

TIRANA, July 23 – The Albanian government is looking for a consultant to carry out a review of the concession contract it has with the Tirana International Airport, the country’s sole airport with a de facto monopoly on international flights

Read Full Article
Two Albania clubs progress to second qualifying rounds

Two Albania clubs progress to second qualifying rounds

TIRANA, July 20 – Kukes and Laçi are the only two Albania clubs that managed to progress to the second qualifying rounds of European competition this week following lackluster performances and rather lucky qualifications on away goals that do not

Read Full Article
Editorial: From the fall of the justice system to the fall of justice in Albania

Editorial: From the fall of the justice system to the fall of justice in Albania

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL For all intents and purposes, day after day, we are currently witnessing the fall of the justice system in Albania. This is happening through the removal from office of the majority of officials in key judicial institutions

Read Full Article
Joint state border patrols to guard the new, Balkan migrant route

Joint state border patrols to guard the new, Balkan migrant route

TIRANA, July 20 – Border police of at least eight Balkan countries and beyond are cooperating with Albanian border police on a mission aiming to limit the number of refugees coming in at the Albanian-Greek border of the Gjirokastra district.

Read Full Article
ICMP launches project to identify communism victims in Dajti Mt. and Ballsh

ICMP launches project to identify communism victims in Dajti Mt. and Ballsh

TIRANA, July 19 – The International Commission on Missing Persons signed a cooperation agreement with the Albanian state for the identification of a group that was victimized and buried in Dajti and Ballsh during the communist regime of 1944-1991. The

Read Full Article
Rare, 500-year-old maps exhibited at Tirana’s Center for Openness and Dialogue

Rare, 500-year-old maps exhibited at Tirana’s Center for Openness and Dialogue

TIRANA, July 18 – An exhibition of maps belonging to Kosovarian collectionist Afrim Ethemi and dating back to from the 15th to the 18th century opened at the Center for Openness and Dialogue. The exhibition is titled ‘European Cartography and

Read Full Article
Klaivert Dervishi: The 17-year-old Albanian eSports world champion

Klaivert Dervishi: The 17-year-old Albanian eSports world champion

TIRANA, July 19 – Seventeen-year-old Albanian Klaivert Dervishi was part of the duo that impressed audiences in Valencia’s DreamHack venue, by winning the Fortnite gaming competition, which granted the winning team €5,000. In what looks like a hobby to some,

Read Full Article
Credit to private sector recovers when corrected for exchange rate, NPL effects

Credit to private sector recovers when corrected for exchange rate, NPL effects

TIRANA, July 19 – Credit to Albania’s private sector was officially below zero in the first five months of this year, but Albania’s central bank says lending grew by an annual of about 5 percent when corrected for exchange rate

Read Full Article
Croatian president holds official two-day visit to Albania

Croatian president holds official two-day visit to Albania

TIRANA, July 19 – Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic came to Tirana on Wednesday for a two-day visit hosted by Albanian counterpart Ilir Meta, to discuss a possible future strategic cooperation between the countries. On Wednesday, Meta welcomed Kitarovic with a

Read Full Article