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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EC monitoring committee sends 'anti-libel' package for Venice Commission to review

EC monitoring committee sends 'anti-libel' package for Venice Commission to review

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has approached the Venice Commission to seek an opinion on the so-called "anti-libel package" proposed by the Albanian government which has been widely criticized,

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Albania drops three places in Economist Intelligence's democracy report

Albania drops three places in Economist Intelligence's democracy report

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – Albania continues to be a hybrid democracy, says The Economist Intelligence Unit in the most recent report on democracy in the world, which analyzes 167 countries.  Among them, Albania ranked 79th for 2019, three positions lower

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Video surfaces of alleged Socialist mayor snorting cocaine in public

Video surfaces of alleged Socialist mayor snorting cocaine in public

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – Journalist Artan Hoxha published on Wednesday a video allegedly showing June 30 local elections' Bulqiza Mayor Lefter Alla snorting cocaine publicly.  The reporter said the footage was captured by security cameras and the moment was fixed

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MONEYVAL gives positive evaluation for Albania, but places it in

MONEYVAL gives positive evaluation for Albania, but places it in "enhanced follow-up"

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – MONEYVAL, the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, published its follow-up report on Albania, stating that the country has made progress towards strengthening its framework to tackle

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New draft law proposed by gov't stipulates abolition of pension tax for foreigners in Albania

New draft law proposed by gov't stipulates abolition of pension tax for foreigners in Albania

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – The Ministry of Diaspora in Albania recently proposed a draft law on the abolition of pension income tax for different categories of foreign citizens living in Albania. The draft law suggests the abolition of the pension

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Number of Albanian asylum seekers in Greece remains high

Number of Albanian asylum seekers in Greece remains high

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – According to the Greek Asylum Service, 3053 Albanian nationals lodged asylum applications in 2019. Based on data provided by these authorities, Albanian citizens rank fifth in regard to the number of lodged applications in Greece after

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Officials clash over delay of Ionian highway project

TIRANA, Jan. 21 – The Greek Ministry of Infrastructure's revision of the Ionian highway project which extends to the Kakavia border checkpoint, has sparked heated debate in the northern Greek region of Ioannina, bordered by Albania. Municipalities in the northern

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MIE announces international auction for construction of photovoltaic power park

MIE announces international auction for construction of photovoltaic power park

TIRANA, Jan. 21 – On Monday, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy announced the opening of the international auction for the construction of a photovoltaic power park with a capacity of 140 megawatts in Albania. The park will be built

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Former Attorney General becomes new High Justice Inspector

Former Attorney General becomes new High Justice Inspector

TIRANA, Jan. 20 – The Albanian parliament elected on Monday evening the High Justice Inspector, thus paving the way for the formation of another crucial new institution in the numbers of new institutions of the system envisioned by the Justice

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