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Albania looks to clear out bad apples from police force

Albania’s government is looking to clear out the bad apples among its police force. A draft law that the government approved Wednesday calls for the vetting of Albania’s 13,000 police officers. Deputy Interior Minister Julian Hodaj said that authorities want to look at the officers’ professional and personal backgrounds in order “to fire some individuals … elements involved in crime, ...

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Culturetrip.com: 11 most stunning beaches in Albania

Albania’s southern coastline, with its lovely traditional hamlets, cobble-stoned streets and small Orthodox churches, has plenty of beautiful beaches lapped by pristine waters, rivaling nearby Greece for half the price. And if you get your fill of coastal bays, you can head for the natural springs near Saranda or the lake shores near the Macedonian border a Albania has plenty ...

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Parliament approved candidate list for High Council of Prosecution and High Judicial Council

Albanian parliament approved a list of the selected candidates to be appointed to the High Council of Prosecution and the High Judicial Council, new bodies part of the justice reform. That was the third round of voting on the candidate list for the two new justice bodies and in case of failure to receive two thirds of votes, the candidates ...

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EU throws open door to Balkans, but essential changes must come from the region

The newly published EU Strategy for the Western Balkans puts emphasis on the regional cooperation and good neighborly relations as a key to the advancement of the Western Balkan economies along the European path. The strategy underlines the role of the Regional Co-operation Council (RCC) as a catalyst for dialogue. “I am very pleased that it is encouraging to see ...

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Meta reacts over Pavlopulos’ declarations

Albanian President Ilir Meta has reacted through the media to the statements of his Greek counterpart, Pavlopoulos, who considers it nonsensical to bring up the “Cham issue” for discussion at the time when Albania seeks European perspective. President Meta says these attitudes do not bring positive energy. According to the head of the Albanian state these statements are not in ...

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Situation in the north of Kosovo dominates the debates in the UN Security Council

The meeting of the UN Security Council has been dominated by debates on the murder of the Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic in Northern Mitrovica, Special Court and security in the region. The Serb Foreign minister, Ivica Dacic said that the situation in Kosovo is also a threat for the region, while the US ambassador in the United States, Vlora Ai??itaku, ...

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Rama:As long as the SP is ruling, there is no chance for the opposition to hinder the justice reform

The Assembly held discussions today on the motion about changing the attitude of the Albanian government as regards the vote of the UN resolution on Jerusalem in December last year. Ai?? Prime Minister Rama took the opportunity to declare his determination to continue the Justice Reform. According to him the opposition is seeking to hide behind the UN resolution against ...

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Korca, “Albanian Paris”

KorAi??a is one of the largest and most important cultural and economic centers of Albania, located in the southeastern part of the country. Ai??The total population is 75,994 in a total area of 805.99Ai??km2. The city is distinguished for its typical quarters, with low houses and villas, paved with cobblestones. KorAi??a is characterized by wide boulevards with many cafes where ...

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Government approves vetting bill: 13 000 police officers to be vetted

The government approved the bill “On the Vetting of the State Police, the Guard of the Republic and the Internal Affairs Service and Complaints”. The process will be subject to about 13,000 employees. The draft law sets out the principles, criteria and periodic evaluation procedures, standards, organization and functioning of evaluation bodies for the employees of the State Police, the ...

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Estonia backs Albania’s accession into EU

Estonia backs the opening of Albania’s accession negotiations with the EU as soon as possible, following the recommendation of the European Commission. That is the statement issued by Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser in a meeting with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati. According to the press release, the Albanian chief diplomat is conducting a working ...

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