EU appoints Miroslav Lajčák as Special Representative for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

EU appoints Miroslav Lajčák as Special Representative for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

TIRANA, April 3 – The European Council officially appointed Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajčák on Friday as its Special Representative for talks between Pristina and Belgrade as well as other Western Balkan issues. In a press release, the European Council stated

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UPDATE: COVID-19 claims 17th victim in Albania

UPDATE: COVID-19 claims 17th victim in Albania

TIRANA, April 3 – A 75-year-old man infected with Covid-19 died on Friday, bringing the death toll to 17 victims in Albania. According to the Ministry of Health, the man was admitted to the hospital in critical condition and suffered

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Gov't imposes rent freeze for small businesses and families affected by COVID-19

Gov't imposes rent freeze for small businesses and families affected by COVID-19

TIRANA, April 2 – The Albanian government announced a rent payment freeze for families and small businesses which have stopped working due to the coronavirus measures, based on the order of the Ministry of Health. The announcement was made by

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Coronavirus, gov't gradually easing restriction measures

Coronavirus, gov't gradually easing restriction measures

TIRANA, April 2 – The Albanian government is gradually beginning to ease the COVID-19 measures, as work on building sites in some rural areas of Albania will resume, provided that the safety distance between employees is respected. Prime Minister Edi

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277 total COVID-19 cases confirmed in Albania, 16 victims

277 total COVID-19 cases confirmed in Albania, 16 victims

TIRANA, April 2 – A 78-year-old man from Durres who tested positive for the coronavirus died on Thursday in Albania, bringing the number of victims to 16. According to the Public Health Institute, he had been intubated for 3 days

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COVID-19, gov't suspends procurement procedures

COVID-19, gov't suspends procurement procedures

TIRANA, April 1 – The Albanian government has suspended all procurement procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice, excluding those directly related to the crisis. The decision was announced by the Public Procurement Agency on Wednesday in a

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EU Delegation and U.S. Embassy praise Albanian gov't for repatriation of citizens

EU Delegation and U.S. Embassy praise Albanian gov't for repatriation of citizens

TIRANA, April 1 – The repatriation of citizens by the Albanian government was praised by the European Union’s Ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca and the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, after over 70 EU citizens and 64 U.S. citizens flew home

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Kosovo lifts all tariffs on Serbian imports

Kosovo lifts all tariffs on Serbian imports

TIRANA, April 1 – Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti lifted all tariffs on imports from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday, while introducing reciprocity measures toward Serbia. "This decision remains in force until June 15, during which we will

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COVID-19, Albanian economy among the most vulnerable

COVID-19, Albanian economy among the most vulnerable

TIRANA, April 1 – Albania is likely to suffer significant losses in the tourism sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to S&P Global Rating's Stress Scenario. The analysis, based on three scenarios from 'limited' and 'extensive' to 'extreme', ranks

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Editorial: Accession negotiations- don’t pretend to ignore the long list of conditions!

Editorial: Accession negotiations- don’t pretend to ignore the long list of conditions!

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL The important decision of the Council of the EU to finally give the green light to Albania and North Macedonia regarding the opening of accession negotiations was received with some degree of nonchalance by the Albanian majority.

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