CEC eyes changes in MP number distribution

CEC eyes changes in MP number distribution

TIRANA, Nov.16 – Albania’s Central Election Commission has sent an official request to the Ministry of Interior Affairs demanding accurate data regarding the exact number of population in each of the country’s districts which will eventually help authorities to make

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EU official urges Albania to make progress in fight against corruption

EU official urges Albania to make progress in fight against corruption

TIRANA, Nov. 16 – Director General for Enlargement at the European Commission Christian Danielsson said in Tirana this week that the European Union expects from Albania more positive results in the fight against corruption. During his address at the conference

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Lawmakers fare worst in corruption index

Lawmakers fare worst in corruption index

TIRANA, Nov 17 – More than half of Albania’s citizens believe that their members of parliament are corrupt, a Transparency International survey has found. The report, People and Corruption: Europe and Central Asia, was released on Nov. 16. Albania ranks

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Police seize 1.8 tons of cannabis in southern Albania

Police seize 1.8 tons of cannabis in southern Albania

TIRANA, Nov. 17 – Gjirokastra police says it has busted six operations of production and sale of cannabis in Memaliaj, a small town in southern Albania. Police says it seized 1.8 tons of marijuana and arrested four people and announced

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New law to put child safety ahead of parental rights, proponents say

New law to put child safety ahead of parental rights, proponents say

TIRANA, Nov. 14 – A government-proposed bill now submitted to parliament aims to shift away from a long-standing policy on parental rights of neglected and abused children, providing the legal basis for the immediate termination of the rights of violent

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EU warns of fiscal risks ahead of next year’s elections

EU warns of fiscal risks ahead of next year’s elections

TIRANA, Nov. 15 – The European Commission has warned the upcoming mid-2017 general elections and the end of a 3-year IMF supported programme could put at risk the country's fiscal consolidation path. In its latest Autumn report, the EU’s executive

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WB: A third of population at risk of catastrophic expenditure for surgical care

WB: A third of population at risk of catastrophic expenditure for surgical care

TIRANA, Nov. 16 – Almost a third of Albania's population is at risk of catastrophic expenditure when surgical care is required, slightly above regional countries, but considerably below the average of 39 percent in other upper middle income countries, according

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Oil prices, VAT identified as threats to 2017 budget

Oil prices, VAT identified as threats to 2017 budget

TIRANA, Nov. 17 – The Albanian government has drafted a rather realistic budget for 2017 when the economy is expected to recover by 0.4 percent to 3.8 percent but several international and local developments could put the targets at risk.

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World Bank awards $71 mln loan to boost tourism

World Bank awards $71 mln loan to boost tourism

TIRANA, Nov. 17 – The World Bank has approved US$ 71 million in financing for the Integrated urban and tourism development project in Albania that will help create jobs, increase incomes, and support local economic development in selected areas in

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Fier waste-to-energy plant okayed amid protests by local residents

Fier waste-to-energy plant okayed amid protests by local residents

TIRANA, Nov. 16 – The Albanian government has concluded a contract deal with an Albanian joint venture over the construction of an urban waste-to-energy plant under a six-year concession amid protests by local residents worried over pollution. In an announcement

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