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Trade relations with Kosovo are driven by political decisions

Trade relations between Albania and Kosovo in the past few years have always been dictated by political decisions. While in principle, everyone claims that they want the best of economic relations between the two countries, figures have not always sustained this, except for cases when politics have favoured them. So, a 100% tax hike on Serbian imports was needed to ...

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Rapporteur for Albania in the Bundestag: We see Albania in the EU, but the situation in the country won’t help

Katrin Staffler, rapporteur for Albania in the Bundestag, says that in principle “we see Albania in the EU”. The CSU Member of the Parliament, who from the beginning of the year is the new CDU / CSU rapporteur at the Bundestag EU Commission in an interview for Deutche Welle, also states that reforms in Albania have reached a stalemate due ...

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Albania loses a position in FIFA rankings, Kosovo wins two positions

FIFA’s official ranking is expected to be released on April 4, but from a simple “Football Rankings” calculation, considering the matches played by the nationals which have already kicked off the qualifications for the European 2020, it turns out that Albania will descend with a position. In last month’s rankings, Albania was ranked 61st, while this time the national team ...

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US Embassy in Tirana: Albania a reliable friend and strong alley

The US Embassy in Tirana delivered a message on the 10th anniversary of Albania’s membership in NATO. In a status on the Facebook page, the embassy recalls the words of former US President George W. Bush in his visit to Albania, while assuring that Albania can rely on the United States as the United States can rely on Albania. “Albania ...

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Starting from 1 April, all pensions will increase by 2.8%

Starting from April 1, full-time old-age pensions, invalidity pensions, and family pensions will increase  by 2.8%. The decision approved  at the government meeting stipulates that from this  indexation will affect the pensions starting from April 1 onwards provided that the date of the beginning of the pension is 31 March this year. According to this decision, there will be growth ...

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Air travel in Albania increased significantly during the last years

The air transport sector in our country is recognizing an ever-growing trend of development, with passenger numbers, increased number of flights, or even direct lines. The Director of the Albanian Civil Aviation Authority, Krislen Keri, stated that “air transport in our country has started an upward trend since 2013, as from 2011 to 2013, the increasing performance of this transport was ...

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Italian Defense Minister:Albania, pillar of stability in the Balkans

Albania is a pillar of stability in the Balkan region and of the peace contribution in the world, “that is the statement issued by the Italian Ministry of Defense, Elisabetta Trenta, in her speech on the military parade demonstrated in Tirana on the occasion of Albania’s 10th anniversary in NATO. Trenta said that it is my pleasure to be in ...

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Soreca: Albania’s presence in NATO enhances the security, peace and stability of Southeast Europe and the European Union

European Union Ambassador to Tirana, Luigi Soreca, declared on the 10th anniversary of our country’s NATO membership that Albania in the Alliance increases security and peace. “Albania’s presence in NATO enhances the security, peace and stability of Southeast Europe and the European Union,” he stressed. European Union ambassador Luigi Soreca stressed that “NATO is a unique and essential partner for ...

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The US Embassy in Tirana reconfirms the full support for Albania in implementing justice reform

The U. S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Tirana spoke at the Urban Planning and Economic Development Conference, guaranteeing the Albanian citizens to be sure, as everything is progressing according to the new justice plan. “In the United States, we have the” American Dream “- the ideal with which opportunity and prosperity are available to all. Here, with you, we are building the ...

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10 years in NATO, Rama: The sun of Albania rises in the west

Prime Minister Edi Rama during his speech on the 10th anniversary of Albania’s NATO membership called on the alliance for Kosovo’s integration to avoid the influences of third countries. “Albania is preparing to launch an important work of the NATO base construction in Kuçova, which will be among the largest and modern works of the alliance in this region. It ...

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