Newly proposed Albania PPP raises concerns over transparency, oil price hike

Newly proposed Albania PPP raises concerns over transparency, oil price hike

TIRANA, Sept. 24 – A new concession that the ruling Socialists intend to award in the oil industry has come under fire from the main opposition Democrats and raised question marks whether the new public private partnership, the second in

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Police arrest 11 during action against Northern 'Bajri' criminal group

Police arrest 11 during action against Northern 'Bajri' criminal group

TIRANA, Sept. 24 – Albanian police and the Serious Crimes Prosecution announced on Monday the attack on one of the country's most dangerous criminal groups – the 'Bajri' group, which operated mainly in the North of the country but had

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Habilaj assets of several million euros seized by Serious Crimes Prosecution

Habilaj assets of several million euros seized by Serious Crimes Prosecution

TIRANA, Sept. 22 – The Serious Crimes Prosecution announced on Friday the court has accepted its request to seize 29 assets of various kinds from the so-called 'Habilaj Group', Albanian brothers from Vlora accused of being involved in narcotics trafficking

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Albania hopes to raise up to €500 mln next October in new Eurobond

Albania hopes to raise up to €500 mln next October in new Eurobond

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Sept. 21 – Ruling majority MPs paved the way for Albania's third Eurobond issue this week and expect the country to raise up to €500 million next October when it taps international markets. In a parliamentary

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Gov't-opposition clash over National Theatre bill amendments

Gov't-opposition clash over National Theatre bill amendments

TIRANA, Sept. 19 – Albania's Socialist majority in the Parliamentary Committee of Productive Activities voted on Tuesday for amendments in the law for the building of a new National Theatre building, opening a competition for the realization of this project

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For the EU, the Western Balkans always a geopolitical competition issue

For the EU, the Western Balkans always a geopolitical competition issue

By Alba Cela Jan Claude Juncker has come a long way in these few years from the first time he took over the Commission and delivered a Bush-patterned 'read my lips- no more enlargement' statement. In the latest EU State

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Parliamentary boycott continues, as opposition holds meeting in Vlora

Parliamentary boycott continues, as opposition holds meeting in Vlora

TIRANA, Sept. 20 – As the country's Socialist majority put on the vote President Ilir Meta's decree on the new National Theatre building accompanied by a few amendments on Thursday in parliament, the opposition marked its fourth absence since the

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German foreign minister says 2019 won't automatically open negotiations for Albania

German foreign minister says 2019 won't automatically open negotiations for Albania

TIRANA, Sept. 20 – Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that June 2019 doesn't mean automatic opening of accession negotiations for Albania, during his meeting in Tirana with Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati. "On June this year a heuristic decision was

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Editorial: Three theaters: the fake tragedy, the farce comedy and the horror story

Editorial: Three theaters: the fake tragedy, the farce comedy and the horror story

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL The controversial dispute for the demolition of the National Theatre and the building of a new modern one continues today in the Assembly of Albania. The hastily introduced law was returned by the President and needs to

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IMF: Albania receives only a tenth of region's FDI

IMF: Albania receives only a tenth of region's FDI

TIRANA, Sept. 20 – Albania has managed to attract only about a tenth of the inward foreign direct investment stock in the Western Balkans in an FDI race that is led by Serbia, the region's largest economy. IMF research shows

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