Albania, as OSCE’s chair will simultaneously provide and seek democratic assistance

Albania, as OSCE’s chair will simultaneously provide and seek democratic assistance

By Veton Surroi On the first day of the upcoming year, Albania will assume the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). At the hand-over ceremony of the Chairmanship from Slovakia, one can imagine the former

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Higher excise taxes on tobacco would increase government revenues in Albania, according to study

Higher excise taxes on tobacco would increase government revenues in Albania, according to study

TIRANA, Dec. 17 – According to a study on tobacco taxes conducted by the ‘Institute for Health Research and Policy – The University of Illinois at Chicago’ in collaboration with researchers from the Balkans, an increase of excise taxes on

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Tender procedures for infrastructure projects to begin in 2020, according to EBRD

Tender procedures for infrastructure projects to begin in 2020, according to EBRD

TIRANA, Dec. 17 – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development recently announced that procurement procedures for the Vlora-Orikum and Shengjin-Baks-Rrjoll roads will begin during the first months of next year. The 50 million euros loan given out by the

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Businesses suffer millions of euros in damage after earthquake

Businesses suffer millions of euros in damage after earthquake

TIRANA, Dec. 13 – The November 26 earthquake has caused extensive damage to hundreds of small and large businesses in Durrës. Several business organizations have asked the government for disaster relief measures in order for people to return to their

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Profit repatriations by foreign companies hit record high

Profit repatriations by foreign companies hit record high

TIRANA, Dec. 15 – According to recent data published by the Bank of Albania in the Balance of Payments, the repatriated profits of foreign companies operating in Albania amounted to 380 million euros, increasing by 30 percent compared to the

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Helsinki Commission adviser: “Find common denominators to resolve internal conflicts”

Helsinki Commission adviser: “Find common denominators to resolve internal conflicts”

TIRANA, Dec. 13 – Helsinki Commission adviser Bob Hand said on Friday Albania’s assumed OSCE presidency should be used as an opportunity to encourage further progress in Albania and to see what can be done in different directions of reforms.

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State budget changes focus on reconstruction funds

State budget changes focus on reconstruction funds

TIRANA, Dec. 14 – On Friday, the Commission of Economy announced the new changes in the 2020 state budget from the initial plan, which will focus on coping with the earthquake damage of November this year. According to the report

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Albania withdraws from 5G technology project following U.S. Embassy criticism

Albania withdraws from 5G technology project following U.S. Embassy criticism

TIRANA, Dec. 11 – After continuous public criticism by the U.S. Embassy in Tirana over the introduction of the 5G technology, the Albanian government has decided to withdraw from the project. A Memorandum of Understanding with the US government on

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Kosovo expected to gain millions from joint power grid and interconnection highway with Albania

Kosovo expected to gain millions from joint power grid and interconnection highway with Albania

TIRANA, Dec. 11 – Kosovo anticipates several million euros in annual profits after eventually opting out from Serbia's power grid and joining Albania's power grid, according to outgoing Kosovo government officials and those of Kosovo’s transmission system operator (KOSTT). A

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Editorial: The multiple paradoxes of the Albanian OSCE chairmanship

Editorial: The multiple paradoxes of the Albanian OSCE chairmanship

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL Back in 1991, when Albania, still under the communist leadership of Ramiz Alia, became member of then then called CSCE, the development marked a significant departure from isolationism and a real sign of expected transformation. It gave

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