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Tirana and Rome strengthen strategic partnership

Tirana and Rome strengthen strategic partnership

TIRANA, Jan. 23 – Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama visited his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte at Rome’s Palazzo Chigi on Thursday, in context of rebuilding earthquake-damaged buildings in the country, as the EU’s official Donors' Conference for Albania’s earthquake is

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Think tanks from the region debate current EU integration process amidst expected developments

Think tanks from the region debate current EU integration process amidst expected developments

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – The Albanian Institute for International Studies, in cooperation with the European Policy Institute Skopje and the European Movement Serbia held on Wednesday a conference on the region’s European integration assessing whether the perspective is still realistic

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US diplomats broker Kosovo-Serbia airline

US diplomats broker Kosovo-Serbia airline

TIRANA, Jan. 20 – US diplomats brokered on Monday the signing of an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia on the reopening of the Pristina-Belgrade airline in a bid to improve economic ties between the two countries. The agreement was signed

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EC says it aims to open accession talks with Albania, N. Macedonia in March

EC says it aims to open accession talks with Albania, N. Macedonia in March

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – The European Commission aims to open accession talks with Albania and Northern Macedonia in March, according to local media reports.  While on an official visit in Tirana, Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said during a press conference

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Albanian PM files defamation lawsuit against Kosovo counterpart

Albanian PM files defamation lawsuit against Kosovo counterpart

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – The ‘Oath of Justice’, a program prepared by the Kosovo Institute of Justice, reported that Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has filed a lawsuit against outgoing Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, alleging he has defamed him

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Majority and new opposition reach electoral reform agreement

Majority and new opposition reach electoral reform agreement

TIRANA, Jan. 15 – The country’s main political forces reached an agreement on Tuesday to carry out the electoral reform by March 15.  A group of four members representing the three main parties – Damian Gjiknuri, Rudina Hajdari, Oerd Bylykbashi

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Gov’t decares two more Iranian diplomats as ‘personae non gratae’

Gov’t decares two more Iranian diplomats as ‘personae non gratae’

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – Albanian authorities announced on Wednesday that they have ordered the expulsion from Albania of two Iranian diplomats who have been declared personae non gratae (unwanted persons). The decision was announced by Acting Foreign Minister Gent Cakaj

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Another Turkish citizen caught fleeing Albania faces court

Another Turkish citizen caught fleeing Albania faces court

TIRANA, Jan. 14 – Another Turkish national arrested by Albanian authorities after attempting to travel to Canada on a fake visa, began facing court proceedings on Tuesday.  He was arrested on the same day as his compatriot Harun Celik, who

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Court drops charges against opposition leader for lack of evidence

Court drops charges against opposition leader for lack of evidence

TIRANA, Jan. 14 – The court of Tirana dismissed on Monday for lack of evidence the case of document falsification against the leader of the opposition Democratic Party Lulzim Basha and two other former officials near him. The charge of

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OSCE supports President in protecting media freedom

OSCE supports President in protecting media freedom

TIRANA, Jan. 14 – Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) representative for the Press Harlem Desir said on Monday that he is ready to work with Albanian authorities to improve the media law, especially the provisions related to

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