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TIRANA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- "Gulf" oil company, one of the biggest oil firms in Albania, is under investigation for fraud scheme of selling coupons worth 1.5 million euros (1.85 million U.S. dollars)a few days before closing its activity, local media reported on Saturday. Tirana prosecution office is investigating.
MEFA Minister Ditmir Bushati underlined that the signing of this agreement was another key moment of the positive contribution of Albania to the region, as well as part of Albania's commitment and determination for the Europeanization of the region within the framework of the Berlin Process.

The Vjosa begins life as the Aoos in Greece's Pindus mountains, where it crosses into Albania, winding through the Balkan mountains for 169 miles, before dispersing into the Adriatic. It is at the centre of what is known as the Blue Heart of Europe, where the river's 2,500 square miles of basin paint the ...
TIRANA, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Albania and Belgium will work to strengthen cooperation on measures against illegal immigration, Albanian Deputy Interior Minister Rovena Voda said Thursday in a joint press conference with visiting Belgian State Secretary of Asylum Policy and Migration Theo Francken.
TIRANA (Albania), April 13 (SeeNews) – Albania's finance ministry will offer 8.2 billion leks ($77.8 million/63.1 million euro) of one-year Treasury bills at an auction on April 24, according to data posted on the website of the country's central bank. The finance ministry raised 9.7 billion leks at the last auction ...
BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, said Friday that it has extended a currency swap agreement with Albania. The agreement allowed the two sides to swap two billion yuan (318 million U.S. dollars) for 34.2 billion lek, the PBOC said on its website. The move ...

TIRANA, April 13 – Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says it has turned down a decision by Albania's Football Association that stripped Skenderbeu of their 2015-2016 Superliga title over lack of legal basis in imposing sanctions at a national level following UEFA punishment over match ...
Building strong bridges in Albania-Greece relations. Tirana Times. By Tirana Times April 13, 2018 10:26. Building strong bridges in Albania-Greece relations ...
Editorial: Albania's broken democracy needs constructive and inclusive action. Tirana Times. By Tirana Times April 13, 2018 10:28. Editorial: Albania's broken democracy ... Albania's democracy is broken, an annual report by Freedom House tells us this week. But those who closely follow Albanian affairs are not surprised.
“Albania's president, Ilir Meta received today in a meeting the US ambassador to Albania, Donald Lu and discussed the excellent relations between the two ... “As part of the European integration of Albania, the two personalities stressed the importance of the implementation of the justice reform and shared ...
Born in 1938 as an "Italian-Albanian club", the building that now houses the National Theatre was one of the first architectural interventions by Italians in Albania. The goal of the future occupiers – Italy invaded the country only in April 1939, after several years of economic and cultural penetration – was to ...
TIRANA (Albania), April 4 (SeeNews) – The direct contribution of Albania's tourism and travel sector to the country's economy is expected to grow to 9.3% by 2028, from to 8.5% in 2017, the World Travel&Tourism Council (WTTC) said. Albania's tourism and travel sector contributed directly 134.1 billion leks ...
Pukri family was expecting a diversity visa, but the parents were detained. The father is in jail and the mother has to wear an ankle bracelet. Anne-Marie Caruso/NorthJersey.com. Vitor Pukri, a father of three who had lived in the United States for 17 years has been sent back to Albania. Now his wife could ...
Two infants, aged four and eight months, have lost their lives in the latest outbreak of measles in Albania, a disease long forgotten that reappeared in the country last January. Measles had not been present in the country since a massive vaccination campaign was conducted a decade ago – until January, ...
Albania's Socialist government faces more protests on Tuesday after dozens of people arrested following a violent protest on Saturday are expected to appear in court accused of violence and arson. The protest started after the government started implementing a concessionary agreement that includes ...
Tolls are a practice known internationally and can be used to benefit the taxpayers, but starting a concession with a price that is very high for the market while there is no real alternative to the road that is being tolled could ultimately do more harm than good. As such, Albania's government should consider ...
TIRANA (Albania), March 30 (SeeNews) – The Albanian Securities Exchange (ALSE) is expected to help attract foreign investors and improve the business climate in the country, the head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania, Mark Crawford, said on Friday. No major American company has ...

UEFA's ethics and disciplinary body has banned Albania's top soccer team Skenderbeu for ten years and fined it a million euros after finding it guilty of running a large-scale betting scam following a two-year investigation. The March 21 ruling was supposed to be secret but was leaked to the Albanian ...
"False perceptions, obsolete stereotypes and unfounded prejudices should be buried once and for ever. We are two sovereign countries, two neighboring nations with distinct historic and cultural identities –each one proud of its own-, allies in NATO, with a perspective of becoming partners in the EU, with ...
The Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras is expected to hold his visit to Albania in summer. This was announced by the Albanian Foreign minister, Ditmir Bushati on Thursday, following a meeting that he had with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias. “Due to a delay in terms of the talks with Greece, this visit ...
Enver Hoxha was a great admirer of comrade Stalin. When the Soviet dictator's 30 years of rule came to an abrupt end with his death in 1953, his Albanian counterpart ordered a massive display of public mourning. Residents had to gather in the largest square in the capital city of Tirana to demonstrate their ...
TIRANA, March 22 – For the first time this year, Albania was represented by five authors in its book stand at the Leipzig Book Fair. The Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro, who participated in the event, said the Albanian book stand is one of culture. “When we speak about European integration, it is culture ...
Albania. Since 2 March, Shkodra prefecture has been affected by extensive flooding caused initially by the melting of the fallen snow due to warm winds and gradually increasing temperatures. Intense rainfall over subsequent days, combined with the increase in discharge from hydro power plants (HPP) in ...
Not only the integration process of Albania into the European Union, but the integration process of the entire Western Balkans into the European Union is not a favour we make, it is a matter of self-interest for the European Union itself. I know that in these times we talk a lot about geo-strategic, geo-political ...
Albania's EU integration race is first and foremost with itself -- in developing and maintaining European standards in rule of law, education, healthcare and human rights -- as well in achieving full economic development and building a strong democratic society -- basically, building hope for the future. Serbia ...
Sofia. The red lines and the ground for some potential compromise in the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece are to be drawn during the Greek foreign minister's visit to Skopje, but there will be no solution in the short term, former Bulgarian ambassador to Albania and Kosovo Bobi Bobev ...
At the first hearing of the Independent Qualification Commission of Albania, better known as Vetting Commission, in Tirana on Wednesday, Fatos Lulo, a member of the Constitutional Court, was accused of concealing several hundred thousands euros for which no legitimate source exists. Commission ...
Russia's embassy in Tirana on Thursday criticised Albania's Foreign Ministry for issuing a statement directly blaming Russia for the chemical attack on a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury, England, on March 4. Posting a print screen of the statement on its Facebook page, the embassy ...
West Hartford — Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Lumaj, who came to the United States as a refugee from Communist Albania about 30 years ago, said Monday night that he rejected an offer from the Trump administration to return to Albania as the U.S. ambassador. “I was offered a job to be the ...
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has revealed its design of the National Theater of Albania in the capital of Tirana. Designed with a bow-tie form, the building will replace the existing theater venue and provide three new auditoriums, a rooftop amphitheater, and a public plaza. The 100,000-square-foot space's ...
A veterinarian, farmer, and producer, Corrado has been taking part in the development cooperation project headed by the NGO Reggio Terzo Mondo (RTM) for a few years, both visiting the north of Albania and welcoming the groups of Albanian farmers who, in the slopes of the Reggio Apennines, find a ...
Several hundred protesters in Albania have brawled with police over the introduction of tolls on the country's main motorway link to Kosovo. Police said 14 officers were injured after protesters pelted them with stones and burnt down toll booths near the Morina border crossing. Local media outlets reported ...
Albania expelled two Russian diplomats on Monday, as the EU aspirant country joined the UK, the EU, the US and Canada in a coordinated response to the nerve agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence official, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury England. Foreign Minister Ditmir ...
Tirana: Albanian police arrested 39 people on Saturday including four police officers on charges of having smuggled some 1000 Albanians to Britain, the United States and Canada, and are looking for a dozen others, including two Bulgarians. Since Albania embraced democracy in 1990, many Albanians ...
The European Commission has said it wants to open talks with Albania and Macedonia to allow the two countries to join the European Union. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the two countries had made significant progress in implementing the reforms demanded by Brussels and that they ...
In a statement summarizing the meeting between the two defense leaders, White said Mattis praised the significant contributions Albania has made to global and coalition operations, including nearly 300 personnel serving in four major NATO operations. “He thanked Minister Xhacka for Albania's strong ...
The European Commission is recommending that the EU launch membership talks with Albania and Macedonia, even as enthusiasm for enlargement of the 28-nation bloc wanes. The EU's executive arm, which monitors reform progress among countries hoping to join, said Tuesday that the two are on the ...
The start of the implementation of the judicial reform in Albania will further reduce risks for foreign investors, Rama said. He also said that the government is drafting an incentives package for investments in agro-tourism based on the Italian model of the early 90s. Italy remained Albania's main trading ...
In March 2017, during the visit of Premier Li Keqiang to New Zealand, a senior Chinese diplomat favourably compared New Zealand-China relations to the closeness China had with Albania in the early 1960s. It was a startling and telling analogy, one which disconcerted New Zealand diplomats. In the Cold War years, ...
TIRANA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Albanian government and the Royal Dutch Shell, an international leading hydrocarbon company, signed here on Tuesday an oil exploration deal which foresees major investments in Block 4 in southern Albanian mountain of Shpirag, Berat. Under this deal, Shell plans ...
The negotiations for the delimitation of continental shelf, as they are known, were reopened last year between the left-wing government of Albania and the Greek authorities, along with talks on other unresolved issues between the two neighbouring countries. Albania signed an agreement with Greece in ...
TIRANA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Albania sees 2018 as a golden opportunity to achieve its objective towards its European Union membership while it expects a recommendation for opening of accession talks in April, Albanian foreign minister Ditmir Bushati said Monday. "Albania expects the European ...
In a 2015 interview, Rama said that the joining of Kosovo and Albania was "inevitable and unquestionable." "The question is how it will happen," he told the Kosovo broadcaster Klan Kosova. "Will it happen in the context of the EU as a natural process and understood by all, or will it happen as a reaction to ...
The European Union has warned Albania against "interference" in neighboring countries and Serbian officials accused Tirana of wanting to build a "Greater Albania," after the Albanian prime minister said his country and Kosovo could one day have a single president. Addressing Kosovo's parliament to ...
TAP Project Manager for Albania, Karl Roberts, stated: “TAP is a key project part of the Southern Gas Corridor, enabling the future gasification of the Western Balkans and bringing a new source of gas to Europe. The micro-tunnel will be constructed using state-of-the-art technology with minimal human ...
This new progress with the court case come at a time when Albania is under pressure from the EU to make steady progress in areas Brussels has specified as prerequisites before EU accession talks can be opened with the 3.5 million Western Balkan nation:- including the battle against corruption, reform of ...
TIRANA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Albanian authorities launched Wednesday the implementation of the PAMECA V project, part of European Union (EU) Mission to assisting Albania's State Police, Ministry of Interior and Prosecution office. Albanian Minister of Interior Fatmir Xhafaj declared at a conference that ...
Albania is a frontrunner in the region, and the agreement will serve as a role model for similar arrangements we are negotiating with other partners in the Western Balkans. Closer cooperation between Albania and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency will allow us to be quicker and more flexible ...
Under the agreement, European border agency Frontex can deploy to Albania in case of a sudden wave of migrants. "Albania now has an historical window of opportunity to firmly bind its future to the EU," Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said after the signing. "This agreement will allow for the future ...
Two years ago, aged 21, she was at the end of her university career in Albania. She had been dating a fellow student, “Peter”, for several months, and was excited about an upcoming trip to see his family in Belgium. It would be the first time she would be leaving Albania, and the plan was to spend several ...


 

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