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Frontex to expand in the Balkans, German government praises mission at Albanian-Greek border

The operation of the European Border Protection Agency contributes by “supporting the Albanian authorities in their work on border protection, as well as the application of EU standards in this regard,” reads the response of the German government to the request filed by the  “LEFT” party parliamentary group, reports the “dpa” news agency. Currently, at the Albanian-Greek border, 66 border ...

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Von der Leyen: EU should give Albania its hand, as Europe itself can be damaged if doors are closed

EC’s newly elected President Ursula Von der Leyen voiced  her pro-opening stance of membership negotiations for Albania and Macedonia. Speaking for “Spiegel,” Von del Leyen said the EU should give Albania its hand, as Europe itself can be damaged if doors are closed. “I am in favor of opening negotiations. We should open accession negotiations with the countries once the ...

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Ramush Haradinaj resigns, summoned to be questioned by the Special Court as a suspect.

Ramush Haradinaj resigned from the position of Prime Minister of Kosovo. At the end of the government meeting, he announced that he has resigned irrevocably. Regarding the reasons for this decision, Haradinaj said he had been summoned to be questioned as a suspect by the Special Court, which is investigating crimes committed during and after Kosovo war. ” I resigned ...

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Parliament approves important draft-laws on reforms in justice system

Two important draft-laws on reforms in the justice system were approved in the Albanian Parliament. It is about the draft law on the governing bodies in the justice system, and on the status of judges and prosecutors. The opposition in Parliament joined the votes with the majority. With 106 pro, 1 against, 1 abstention, the bill was passed for the ...

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Xhaçka: A major transformation is happening on Civil Protection law

Defense Minister Olta Xhaçka addressed a speech in the Parliament about the draft law on Civil Protection. Xhacka said that through this law a major transformation is expected to occur, as she also mentioned cases of urgent intervention.”A major transformation is happening. We have a draft law on Civil Protection. We have faced fires, earthquakes and other calamities, from north ...

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Xhafaj: US-EU, guarantee that justice reform is unstoppable

SP deputy, Fatmir Xhafaj, on the verge of July 22, welcomed the key contributors who drafted and supported the implementation of the justice reform. One of them is OPDAT Legal Advisor resident in Tirana, US Judge Jon Smibert, who assisted the entire reform process. The former Chairman of the Special Commission on Justice System Reform, through a post on the ...

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Meta: Indispensable, urgent return of the country to the rails of democracy and the rule of law

The President of the Republic, Ilir Meta, received today in a meeting the General Director of the Western Balkans in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, Ambassador Andrew Page with whom he discussed about the country’s crisis as well as developments in the region. President Meta praised the bilateral relations between Albania and the United Kingdom, with ...

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US diplomat appealed for the resolution of the crisis within the constitutional framework

The Albanian political situation continues to bother the American diplomacy. US Assistant Secretary of State for Eurasia Philip Reeker during a conference of the Atlantic Council has stated that Albania should use its institutions in order to resolve the political crisis it has been plunged into. According to the US State Department official, the boycott was unexpected for them. That’s ...

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RTSH and RTK to cooperate in joint programming projects

The General Director of RTSH, Mr. Thoma Gëllçi received in a meeting the General Director of Kosovo’s Public Broadcaster, Ngadhnjim Kastrati. A special attention was dedicated to the further cooperation between the two institutions, especially regarding the joint programming projects. According to Director Gëllçi, the joint productions will include various themes, not only for the audience of RTSH and RTK ...

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USA supports the opening of negotiations of Albania with the European Union.

Although the polemics regarding the functioning of the Justice Reform in Albania have been intensified by the internationals, the assessment from the USA is entirely positive. This was declared by the Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Gent Cakaj , who met with the  Acting Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs, Mr. Philip Reeker. ‘’Based on the incomparable ...

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