New law change benefits foreign companies

New law change benefits foreign companies

TIRANA, June 13- A change in the fiscal package of 2019 which reduces dividend tax at 8 percent from 15 percent with retroactive effect even for previous years, remits large foreign businesses that run business in our country at least

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Economy in Brief

Economy in Brief

Average salary increases 4.9 percent During the first quarter of 2019 the average gross salary for an employee is  51.531 lek (422 euros), experiencing an increase of 4.9 percent compared to the same period last year. The average gross salary

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Majority of CEC rulings are illegitimate, OSCE report says

Majority of CEC rulings are illegitimate, OSCE report says

TIRANA, June 16 – The OSCE, in its domestic report on local elections in Albania, published on June 14, has confirmed that the Socialist Party is currently the only party running in the 31 municipalities of the country. This means

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Deadlock escalates as political sides clash on local elections’ date

Deadlock escalates as political sides clash on local elections’ date

TIRANA, June 16 – Albanian President Ilir Meta reiterated on Saturday that his decree canceling June 30 as the local election date is compulsory to be implemented by all. Meta’s comments came a day after the parliament passed a resolution

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Opposition leader says Tirana Prosecution charges against him are illegal

Opposition leader says Tirana Prosecution charges against him are illegal

TIRANA, June 15 –  Head of the opposition’s Democratic Party Lulzim Basha did not appear as a defendant to the Tirana Prosecution call that would charge him on the issue of the DP’s lobbying contracts in the US before and

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The Netherlands rejects opening EU accession negotiations for Albania in 2019

The Netherlands rejects opening EU accession negotiations for Albania in 2019

TIRANA, June 13 – The Dutch parliament made the Netherlands the first EU member state to officially announced on Thursday it will object to the opening of accession negotiations with the EU for Albania, while approving it for North Macedonia.

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Albanian parliament begins proceedings to dismiss President

Albanian parliament begins proceedings to dismiss President

TIRANA, June 13 – Albania’s parliament debated a no-confidence motion during Thursday’s session against President Ilir Meta after he canceled upcoming municipal elections, while a vote is expected later in the day. On Saturday, Albanian President Ilir Meta said he

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Editorial: Albania’s crisis: End this battle now to win all future ones

Editorial: Albania’s crisis: End this battle now to win all future ones

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL The wise and often misunderstood Albanian diplomat and politician, Mit’hat Frasheri, wrote confidently almost a hundred years ago that “Albanians will win all the battles that the future holds for them once they are done fighting the

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Albania’s crisis – the way out

Albania’s crisis – the way out

By David L. Phillips   Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama threatened to fire President Ilir Meta for postponing local elections. Meta is justifiably concerned that a ballot in today’s volatile climate could cause violence and further undermine Albania’s EU candidacy.

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Only 17 percent of Albanian youth trusts parliament, study finds

Only 17 percent of Albanian youth trusts parliament, study finds

TIRANA, June 13 –  The Civic Resistance commissioned by Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Albania Office, conducted a National Survey on the Attitudes and Issues of Young People on the Political System, finding that the youth of Albania see themselves distanced

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