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EBRD: Albania should pursue reforms in key sectors

Albania should pursue reforms in key sectors, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on its Transition Report 2018-2019. According to the Bank, short-term the priorities are to further liberalize the market, enforce payment discipline in state-owned companies, and improve the regulatory framework to ensure cost-reflective tariff-setting. Another key priority is related to the transparency of infrastructure projects. ...

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INSTAT: Albanian birth rates decline as compared to death rates, a blow expected to be given to the economy

According to the recent report published by the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) there has been a downward trend in the fertility rate across Albania during the third quarter of 2018. The death rate has surpassed the birth rate, resulting in fewer births. Under these circumstances the Albanian government will offer cash incentives in the coming year to parents in order ...

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Business and consumer confidence in the economy fall

Citizens of this country have less confidence in the economy. Both consumers and businesses are proving to be less optimistic about the future of their finances. Such is the conclusion of the Bank of Albania in the Consumer and Business Confidence Report. “Confidence in the economy has seen a drop of 4% in the third quarter of this year”, the ...

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Foreign minister Bushati comments the technical details of the agreement with Greece for the first time ever

Albanian Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati has spoken for the first time on Monday evening about the technical details of the maritime agreement reached with neighboring Greece. Mr. Bushati published the maps that show the division of the sea border. Nevertheless, Bushati said that there’s still no official agreement, but that there aren’t any obstacles either for the agreement to be ...

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Mid’hat Frashëri’s remains brought to Albania

The remains of the prominent personality of Albanian culture and men of letters, Mid’hat Frashëri are brought to Albania. For the return of Mid’hat’s remains, chairman of the Congress of Manastir from the US to his birthplace, the Council of Ministers allocated a fund of 3,239,400 ALL for the organization of necessary inter-state burial procedures.Homages for Mid’hat Frashëri were held ...

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Mid’hat Frashëri, an Albanian diplomat, writer, politician and activist of the national issue

Mid’hat Frashëri was an Albanian diplomat, writer and politician. The son of Abdyl Frashëri, one of the most important activists of the Albanian National Renaissance in 1908 he participated in the Congress of Monastir. In 1942 he became the president of the National Front and collaborated with German forces while his cousin became the prime minister of the puppet government of Albania. Frashëri was one among others, a father of Albanian ...

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Meta, guest of honor at the International Conference held in Marseilles on “The Mediterranean of the Future”

Albanian President Ilir Meta was a guest of honor at the International Conference held in Marseille on the topic “The Mediterranean of the Future”. In his address to this International Conference, President Meta expressed gratitude for the invitation and appreciation. He stressed that Albania is a candidate country for the EU and now benefits from many European programs aimed at ...

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Vetting of the Albanian politicians, Venice Commission to be convened in December

Albanian politics will have to wait in mid-December to learn the Venice Commission’s decision on the opposition’s demand for Vetting in politics. The Venice Commission responded by stating that the dates were already set when the document, which is considered essential for political decision-making in Tirana, will be discussed. “The opinion is part of the agenda of the Venice Commission ...

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Council of Europe conducts a monitoring visit at the Assembly of Albania

A group of representatives from NPM Observatory a holding a two day visit in the framework of a monitoring mission for the institution of the Ombudsman. The monitoring visit is done in close cooperation with the Council of Europe and serves as a preliminary phase of the main monitoring visit that will be held in 2019, and afterwards a report ...

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Budget on education, Minister Nikolla: The focus is the quality

A deep reform, especially for the quality of the educational system – this is what foresees the budget for the Ministry of Education and Sports for 2019, that will be higher than the previous year , according to Minister Lindita Nikolla. The budget for education for 2019 foresees the delivery of free text books for 190 .000 pupils of the ...

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