EU recommends govt’ should ensure “fair competition” for new theatre building

EU recommends govt’ should ensure “fair competition” for new theatre building

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – It seems the Albanian government will have to withdraw its new National Theatre bill, as a letter by the European Commission suggested it launches an open call for the area’s urban construction and development. The letter

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Albania monopoly ordered to revise abusive rents hitting consumer prices

Albania monopoly ordered to revise abusive rents hitting consumer prices

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – Albania’s competition watchdog has ordered a monopoly company managing the country’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesale market to revise its abusive warehouse rental prices that are sharply increasing consumer prices. The decision by Albania’s Competition Authority

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New EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca takes office

New EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca takes office

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – The new EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca took office on Tuesday and held the first official meetings related to his duty, as well as was introduced to the staff of the EU delegation in the

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Lower VAT threshold increasing tax evasion, big businesses warn

Lower VAT threshold increasing tax evasion, big businesses warn

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – A lower value added tax threshold that the Albanian government introduced this year in a bid to formalize the market has apparently increased tax evasion among small businesses and created problems for big companies amid growing

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Hike in euro inflows only partly explains stronger lek

Hike in euro inflows only partly explains stronger lek

TIRANA, Sept. 10 – Foreign direct investment, travel income and migrant remittances registered moderate hikes in the first half of this year, partly explaining the strengthening of Albania’s national currency against the euro whose slump in the first six months

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Opposition publishes constitutional changes to vet politicians

Opposition publishes constitutional changes to vet politicians

TIRANA, Sept. 9 – The country’s opposition Democratic Party published on Friday its proposals for changes to the Constitution, which, according to its representatives, will strengthen control over the figure of politicians and public officials. The constitutional amendments addressed to

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Former head prosecutor’s ousting hampers establishment of High Prosecutorial Council

Former head prosecutor’s ousting hampers establishment of High Prosecutorial Council

TIRANA, Sept. 10 – The Independent Qualification Committee ousted Durres prosecutor Bujar Hoti on Monday, after the latter failed to pass the vetting process under the country’s judicial reform. Hoti belonged in the IQC’s priority vetting list due to his

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Nations League: Albania face Scotland after opening hard-earned win over Israel

Nations League: Albania face Scotland after opening hard-earned win over Israel

TIRANA, Sept. 10 – Albania take on Scotland tonight in their second Nations League encounter following a hard-earned 1-0 home win against Israel last weekend in their opening competition game. The Red & Black will be facing Scotland on Monday,

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Albania mobile operators suffer drastic cut in active subscribers

Albania mobile operators suffer drastic cut in active subscribers

TIRANA, Sept. 7 – The number of active mobile phone subscribers suffered a sharp double-digit drop during the first half of this year, registering the first such slump since mobile services were launched in the country in the early 2000s.

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Police hits suspected Shkodra criminal groups under ‘Force of Law’ operation

Police hits suspected Shkodra criminal groups under ‘Force of Law’ operation

TIRANA, Sept. 8 – On the second day of the ‘Force of Law’ police operation, currently taking place in Shkodra against the city’s criminal groups, state police announced the arrest of four persons as suspects of involvement in criminal activity,

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