Gov’t indebted to local branches by 116 million euros

Gov’t indebted to local branches by 116 million euros

TIRANA, Oct. 27 – In its audit report, the Albanian Supreme State Audit Institution (KLSH) revealed that the central government owes an amount of 116 million euros to the local government. Based on legislation, if not fully spent within a

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Durres officials arrested under illegal property privatization charges

Durres officials arrested under illegal property privatization charges

TIRANA, Oct. 25 – A large group of former directors of the Durres Property Registration Office, former employees of the same office who have covered various functions or other persons, were involved in an illegal benefit scheme of at least

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High Prosecutorial Council vows to establish special anti-corruption unit within a month

High Prosecutorial Council vows to establish special anti-corruption unit within a month

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – Albania’s High Prosecutorial Council (KLP) decided on Friday to launch procedures for the appointment of the first eight members of the Special Prosecution Office and Special Court against Corruption, otherwise known as SPAK.  Procedures are expected

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Woulda, coulda, shoulda*

By Sidonja Manushi   Last week, France and its President Emmanuel Macron vetoed against Albania and Northern Macedonia – two of the Western Balkan candidate countries still to open accession negotiations – receiving a green light to their European path. 

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Police identifies Iranian terrorists operating inside Albania

Police identifies Iranian terrorists operating inside Albania

TIRANA, Oct. 23 – Albanian police announced on Wednesday that they have uncovered the functioning scheme and identified members of an Iranian terrorist cell that was targeting attacks on the Iranian opposition movement Mojahedin-e-Khalq, or People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK),

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Opposition begins independent electoral reform

Opposition begins independent electoral reform

TIRANA, Oct. 24 – Albania’s opposition Democratic Party prepared on Thursday proposals on two of the main themes of electoral reform related to campaigning and the financing of political parties, as well as the administration of the electoral process.  A

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High Prosecutorial Council fails again to establish special anti-corruption unit

High Prosecutorial Council fails again to establish special anti-corruption unit

TIRANA, Oct. 22 – The High Prosecutorial Council (KLP) failed again on Monday to establish the Special Prosecution Office and Special Court against Corruption, a vital body of the ongoing justice reform commonly referred to as SPAK.  The meeting, which

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Electricity distributor’s budget at risk due to lack of rainfall

Electricity distributor’s budget at risk due to lack of rainfall

TIRANA, Oct. 22 – The lack of rainfall led the Electricity Power Distribution System Operator (OSHEE) to increase  the requests for funding through the state budget. The Ministry of Finance and Economy predicted that financial support to the OSHEE may

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Concessions are spiraling out of the state’s control, Supreme State Audit reports

Concessions are spiraling out of the state’s control, Supreme State Audit reports

TIRANA, Oct. 22 – In its 2018 Factual Budget report, the Albanian Supreme State Audit Institution (KLSH) stated that “so far, the monitoring process of concessionary contracts has been out of the state’s control and has faced many complications, questioning

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Domestic VAT income declined by 48 percent due to TAP finalization

Domestic VAT income declined by 48 percent due to TAP finalization

Tirana, Oct. 22 – The finalization process of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project sparked issues for the economy in the country. Official data by the Ministry of Finance and Economy, show that domestic VAT income, a direct indicator of

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