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German Minister of State for Europe Roth makes an appeal to Albanian politics to take over responsibilities

German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth paid a visit to Tirana. During a joint conference with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, Mr. Roth congratulated Albania and its government on the reforms undertaken to bring the country closer to the EU. He stated that Albania is on the right track towards the European Union. a�?Albania has ...

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Soft and gentle polyphonic songs of Piluri and Himara

Polyphonic songs of Piluri and Himara are soft and gentle.A�VlorA�A�in the southwest has perhaps the most unusual vocal traditions in the area, with four distinct parts (taker, thrower, turner and drone) that combine to create a complex and emotionally cathartic melody. This polyphonic vocal music is full of power that “stems from the tension between the immense emotional weights it ...

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Kosovo-Albania Interior Ministers sign cooperation protocol for the summer tourist season

A�Albania and Kosovo signed a cooperation protocol for the summer tourist season. The agreement was signed by Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj and Minister of Internal Affairs of Kosovo, Bejtush Gashi. The protocol aims to further intensify relations to strengthen co-operation between the police of the two countries through the planning and implementation of joint measures in the area of a��a��border ...

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Peleshi: Food safety according to the Irish model

The ambition of the Albanian government is that the standards of food safety in our country are to be measured against the standards of European Union countries. Agriculture Minister Niko Peleshi stated during an online interpellation with the interest groups that, alongside the suggestions of the European Commission, the food safety sector in Albania will have as its point of ...

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Bushati in Budva: Enlargement process must be accompanied by instruments that help political, economic, social recovery of Western Balkans

In the framework of the Adriatic Trilateral, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati attended yesterday the third meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Montenegro and Croatia, which took place in Budva. This platform that launched last year, serves the common efforts for consolidating the cooperation in Adriatic Europe, now transformed into Adriatic NATO and for a common ...

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Za Fest Revives Legends with Music and Poetry in Theth

The second edition of Za Fest returns to the rugged peaks of the Accursed Mountains in Theth on 20-21-22 July to dust off old legends and old stories. Folktales, music, hiking, local food culture, poetry, movie screenings, and yoga, are the highlights of the event that aims at enlivening the cultural and natural heritage of Thethi. Artists from different Albanian ...

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Onufri, the greatest Albanian iconographer of the 16th century

OnufriA�is the most distinguished Albanian painter. He was an OrthodoxA�iconA�painter andA�ArchpriestA�ofA�Elbasan, active in the 16th century in southernA�AlbaniaA�and south-westernA�Macedonia. His works are characterized byA�post-ByzantineA�andA�VenetianA�influences. He also paintedA�portraits,A�landscapes, and churches. He became one of the most eminent representatives of this art. One of the most striking features in his works is the realistic elements that come to mollify in their own ...

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Ahmetaj: Public debt sees drop in the first three months

The public debt of our country, according to the latest European Commission report for candidate and potentially candidate countries, including Albania, has decreased. Minister of Finance and Economy, Arben Ahmetaj referring to this report responded to the accusations of the opposition in the parliament which said that the public debt has increased. “Public debt has dropped year-on-year and is going ...

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Transparency International chair acclaims the justice reforms in Albania

Minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj, attended the Open Government Partnership (OPG) Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia. A�She had a meeting with Delia Matilde Ferreira Rubio, the chair of Transparency International. Ms.Rubio acclaimed the justice reform and the mechanisms used to fight corruption in the Albanian justice system. “Albanian government initiatives at the political level to address corruption issues include those of ...

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RuA�i praises the messages delivered by President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Parliament Speaker Gramoz RuA�i praised today the relations between Albania and Croatia and the cooperation between the two countries as excellent. On behalf of the political forces, members of the parliament and the Albanian citizens, the head of the Assembly RuA�i expressed gratitude to President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.A�He stated that the visit of the Croat’s PresidentA�is a reconfirmation of ...

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