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Business investment in property in 2017; increase in land purchase for construction of buildings

Business investment in the real estate sector last year focused on land purchase as investments in construction have declined. According to INSTAT data on the business investment portfolio during 2017, companies all over the country have purchased ALL 13.3 billion or EUR 103 million, with a 43 percent increase over the year as compared with 2016. Businesses in the construction ...

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Jagland: The right of assembly and demonstration should be exercised peacefully

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, commented about the decision of the opposition to renounce the mandates as members of the parliament.”In a democracy, the legislature is the first step where political issues affecting the whole country must be debated and solutions need to be sought. Albanian opposition should not abandon parliament “. said Jagland. Focusing on the ...

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Tirana Mayor Veliaj meeting his Macedonian counterpart Petre Shilegov

Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj had a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart, Petre Shilegov, with whom he discussed about the strengthening of  relations and exchanging positive experiences for citizens of both cities. In the name of friendship, Veliaj handed over to the Macedonian counterpart “Clock Tower”. After the meeting, Veliaj said that Tirana and Skopje have the potential to walk ...

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Press release of High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn

In view of the protests in Albania today, we reaffirm the right of citizens to engage in peaceful demonstrations as an essential feature and a core value of democracy, but we strongly denounce any rhetoric by political leaders calling for violence. Furthermore, the decision by the opposition to relinquish their mandates seriously hinders the functioning of democracy in Albania. The Parliament ...

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Minister Cakaj meets with the rapporteur for Albania at EP, Fleckenstein

The acting minister for Europe and foreign affairs, Gent Cakaj started his official visit in Brussels and will have meetings with high representatives of the European institutions. Cakaj started his series of meetings with the rapporteur for Albania at the European Parliament, Knut Fleckenstein. During the meeting it was discussed the latest developments in Albania and the efforts of the ...

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OSCE strongly criticizes the relinquishment of mandates by the opposition MPs

The OSCE has strongly criticized the relinquishment of mandates by the opposition MPs as well as the violent protests. Through a media announcement, OSCE calls this act as a deviation of responsibilities. The institution in question expressed regret that DP and SMI did not hear international partners. On the other hand, the OSCE says it is an undemocratic pressure. “The ...

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Ruci: Opposition’s renunciation of mandates blows up negotiations with EU

Following the decision of the National Council, the Democratic Party MPs have signed renunciation of the mandates. They have signed a statement to the Assembly of Albania expressing their irrevocable resignation. The opposition is expected to hold tomorrow the next protest in front of the Assembly. That is the reason why the Speaker of parliament Gramoz Ruçi canceled Thursday’s session. ...

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Italy is the main buyer of Albanian livestock, agricultural and agro-industrial products

Italy is the main buyer of Albanian livestock, agricultural and agro-industrial products. The export value is estimated at ALL 8.6 billion during 2018 and in quantity 22.3 thousand tons of products is traded in this country. But despite being ranked first, exports to this country have fallen slightly compared to 2017. Here is a list of 10 major countries exporting ...

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EU ambassador Soreca met with the leader of DP, Basha

After meeting with Pm Edi Rama two days ago, the ambassador of EU in Tirana, Luigi Soreca paid a visti to the premises of the Democratic Party and met with the head of DP, Lulzim Basha.  Prior to this meeting, it was the German ambassador Susanne Schutz that met with Basha. Soreca discussed with Basha the possibility of retreating the ...

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Constructors in alarm, pace of population growth in Tirana downward trend

As Tirana is involved in a wave of construction primarily for housing, figures for the pace of population growth in Tirana are not very optimistic. According to INSTAT data, the net population of Tirana for 2018 was only 7,193 inhabitants, almost half of the people who chose to live in the capital in 2017 (the net population of Tirana was calculated ...

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