Gov't to extend state of natural disaster until June 23

Gov't to extend state of natural disaster until June 23

TIRANA, April 23 – The Albanian parliament approved the government's proposal to extend the state of natural disaster in the country until June 23. During Thursday's plenary session, 91 MPs voted in favor of the extension while 5 voted against

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Kosovo's LDK party nominates first candidate to lead new gov't

Kosovo's LDK party nominates first candidate to lead new gov't

TIRANA, April 23 – The Democratic League of Kosovo have proposed Avdullah Hoti as its first nominee for Prime Minister of the new government of Kosovo, shortly after President Hashim Thaçi requested a name for a possible nominee. Avdullah Hoti,

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The world needs both China and the US

The world needs both China and the US

Exclusive interview with H.E Ambassador of the People's Republic of China Zhou Ding To combat both the pandemic and restore growth multilateralism must prevail Your Excellency, thank you for the opportunity to have your interview in Tirana Times.Q1: I would

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Coronavirus, EC proposes €180 million loan for Albania

Coronavirus, EC proposes €180 million loan for Albania

April 22 – The Commission has adopted a proposal for a €3 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) package to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them to limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Out of the proposed sum,

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President Meta decrees Criminal Code changes

President Meta decrees Criminal Code changes

TIRANA, April 22 – President of Albania Ilir Meta decreed the changes to the Criminal Code which were approved on Thursday by the Parliament, regarding the harsh prison sentences for violators of COVID-19 measures. Meta announced his decision through a

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Kosovo's energy network gains independence from Serbia

Kosovo's energy network gains independence from Serbia

A new agreement was signed on Tuesday between the Kosovo Energy System and the European Network of Electricity Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), paving the way for the independence of Kosovo's energy system. A statement from the Kosovo Electricity System, Transmission

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Albania drops two places in Reporters Without Borders World Press Index 2020

Albania drops two places in Reporters Without Borders World Press Index 2020

TIRANA, April 21 – Albania fell two places in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Index 2020, ending up at the 84th rank. According to the report, the drop from the 82nd rank in 2019 is linked to a decrease

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Kosovo's Prime Minister accuses U.S. Special envoy of pushing toppling of his gov't

Kosovo's Prime Minister accuses U.S. Special envoy of pushing toppling of his gov't

April 20 – Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused U.S. special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Richard Grenell, of being involved in the toppling of his government last month. PM Kurti held an online press conference with international journalists

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Gov't to send capital amnesty draft law to Parliament

Gov't to send capital amnesty draft law to Parliament

TIRANA, April 20 – The Albanian government is planning to send the draft law on capital amnesty to the Parliament this week, which could be approved in May. Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on Monday that the amnesty could last

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Albania sends 60 more nurses to assist Italy in fight against COVID-19

Albania sends 60 more nurses to assist Italy in fight against COVID-19

TIRANA, April 20 – Another group of 60 Albanian nurses were sent to Italy in order to assist the neighboring country's medical staff in the fight against Covid-19. The nurses arrived in Rome on Monday afternoon, where they were welcomed

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