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71,000 Albanians spent their holidays in Turkey during January-July 2019

During January-July this year, 71,000 Albanians landed in Turkey as tourists according to official data derived from statistics from the Ministry of Tourism in Turkey. Albanian tourists increased by 11 percent compared to 7 month-period of 2018 and 23 percent compared to 2017. Turkey confirmed that this year had an unusual increase in the number of tourists from Europe who ...

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Gjonaj: The proposed amendments to the Criminal Code aim at combating criminality

The Minister of Justice, Etilda Gjonaj, while present at the Committee on Laws, where President Ilir Meta’s decree on the return of the law on amendments to the Criminal Code was reviewed, explained the reasons why such changes should be made. Minister Gjonaj said the proposed amendments to the Criminal Code aim at combating criminality. “The proposed amendments to the ...

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Cakaj: June local elections legitimized; dialogue on electoral reform

Two days after the publication of the OSCE-ODHIR report on the June 30th elections, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Gent Cakaj gave a press conference, highlighting the legitimization of the June local elections, being indicative of dialogue on electoral reform for the elections of 2021. “The report evidenced the electoral process was orderly, democratic and internationally recognized” Cakaj stressed out ...

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Key recommendations of OSCE/ODIHR about elections in Albania

Following Albania’s local elections on 30 June 2019, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has published its final report. While voting was conducted in a generally peaceful and orderly manner, the elections were held with little regard for the interests of the electorate and, in a climate of a political standoff and polarization, voters did not have ...

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Jani Ristani, one of the most famous Albanian photographers of the last century

Jani Ristani, one of the most famous Albanian photographers of the last century, was born in the village of Lliar, Zagoria, on December 16, 1913. He is distinguished for his long and varied activities, particularly documentary and historical activities. After finishing the elementary school in his birthplace, at the age of 14, he moved to Turkey (Istanbul), where his father ...

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Cakaj: Preliminary confirmation for Albania on accession negotiations opening

Acting Foreign Minister Gent Cakaj, had a meeting with experts and students on integration showing Albania’s so far steps made on its path to integration with the European Union. Focusing on the achievements in the field of justice and the removal of corrupt prosecutors and judges from the justice system, Cajkaj stressed out that this is one of the essential ...

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Meta: Mother Teresa, an inspiration that drives us to opening news horizons of hope and happiness

President Ilir Meta shared a message on social networks on the occasion of the day of the consecration of the Albanian humanist Mother Teresa. Meta states, among other things, that this is a day of celebration for the entire Albanian nation, the Catholic world and humanity. “Through the grandeur of her simplicity, St. Mother Teresa is the inspiration that drives ...

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Government supports projects to increase greenhouse production

Six hundred and forty three projects to increase greenhouse production are supported by the government, where through standardized business models the investment amounts to ALL 377 million. The figures have been made public by the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency, which says the latter has supported 643 projects over the years to boost greenhouse production through state subsidies. The highest ...

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“Mother Arberia”, a concert to commemorate Mother Teresa

World-renowned soprano Inva Mula is holding a concert on September 5 in “Vittorio Emanuele” square, Piana Degli Albanesi to commemorate Mother Teresa on the occasion of her sanctification anniversary. Along with soprano Inva Mula there are also renowned Albanian and Italian artists who will perform a specially selected repertoire for the occasion. Minister of Diaspora, Pandeli Majko says that this concert ...

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Kostelancik conveyed US strong messages to the Albanian politicians

The political crisis in Albania has brought to Tirana the new Director of Central and Southern Europe at US  Department of State, who during his one-day visit held several meetings with opposition leaders, Parliament Speaker Ruci, Secretary General of the Socialist Party and finally Prime Minister Rama.David Kostelancik did not come to Albania as a negotiator for the crisis, but ...

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