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De Raho: Strengthen cooperation in combating organized transnational crime

The nationalAi??anti-mafia Prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho paid an official visit to Tirana targeting the strengthening of the cooperation in combating organized crime and drug trafficking.Ai??He had a meeting with Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj. Both interlocutors discussed about concrete issues of great interest regarding the bilateral co-operation in the fight against transnational, sophisticated organized crime, and the ways to crack ...

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Juncker to Meta: Reforms must continue with determination

Albanian President Ilir Meta received today the European Commission’s delegation in Tirana, chaired by the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, with the participation of the Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn. Mr. Juncker stated that “Significant steps have been made by Albania, but reforms must continue with determination. Progress towards the EU is based on merits, ...

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Borissov: Western Balkan countries are “excellent students”

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, whose country holds the EU rotating presidency backed up today the EU membership of the six Western Balkan countries at a time when European Commission President Juncker is on a tour in the region. Boyko Borissov assessed the neighboring countries of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia as “excellent students”, without forgetting to say the same for ...

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Albania-EBRD Memorandum to Foster Lending in Lek and Capital Market Development

The Governor of the Bank of Albania, Gent Sejko, signed on behalf of the Bank of Albania the Memorandum of Understanding for promoting cooperation on the use of the national currency and the development of the local capital market in Albania, between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) The Bank of Albania and the Ministry of Finance and ...

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Rama in London: EBRD important to Albania

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development welcomed the prime ministers of six Western Balkan countries in London, including Prime Minister Edi Rama. In an interview given before this summit, Rama said he was very pleased to attend this summit and have the opportunity to express in front of everyone what Albania has done so far and what it will ...

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Bitter cold with snow engulfs Albania

Cold snap sweeps across Albania. Heavy snow and rainfalls have engulfed many areas of the country, while the situation appears problematic in some road axes. The snow has covered every height above 700 meters. The Albanian Road Authority has made a general overview of the situation in the road axes, where many problems have been created due to the heavy ...

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Jaho and Pirgu, the Albanian glitter in New York and Barcelona

Two Albanian artists are upwardly excelling in two of the most prestigious world theaters. Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho has met with laud applause at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with one of her most beloved and best performing roles, namely Cio Cio San at Madame Butterfly Opera. Jaho has had two performances in February and some others in March, ...

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EUR 440 million for the gasification master plan

Albania is preparing to install the gasification network after the introduction of TAP, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. So far, 70 percent of the works have been completed. The first cities that will benefit gas are Vlora, Fieri and Ballshi. The recently approved gas master plan foresees the extension of the gasification map to other important landmark sites, from north to ...

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EBRD: 35 mln Euro for Tirana-Rinas-Durres railway construction

The Albanian government has approved the grant agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for financing the rehabilitation project of the Tirana-Rinas-Durres railway line. The investment grant from the European Western Balkans joint fund amounts to 35.4 million. The Railway Directorate is expected to open at the end of February a 100m-euro tender for the reconstruction of ...

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Juncker: Impressed by the undertaken reforms

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker is paying an official visit to Tirana. Mr. Juncker had a meeting with Prime Minister Edi Rama. Both interlocutors gave a press conference. EC President stated that he was impressed by the reforms undertaken by the Albanian government but did not come to Albania to give an exact date for launching talks with the ...

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