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Heavy showers break out across Albania through the week

The Balkan Peninsula will be influenced by atmospheric low-pressures. Albanian territory and Kosovo are set to be ravaged by heavy rainfall through the whole week. The beginning of the week of 08 April 2019 will be with heavy showers and thunders in the Southwest. The wind will be North-West (NW) at a speed of 10-15 m / sec at the ...

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Dutch Immigration Minister visits Tirana

Illegal  immigration and rising asylum applications will be the topic of talks  for the visit of the  Dutch Immigration Minister Mark Harbers, that he will conduct in Tirana. Dutch Minister Harbers will meet with Minister of Interior, Sandër Lleshaj and the General Director of Police, Ardi Veliu,  regarding the number of Albanians applying for asylum in the Netherlands and those ...

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Ruci in Doha meeting the emir of Qatar, in the 140 IPU session

Speaker of the Parliament, Gramoz Ruçi, attended the 140th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Doha and met with the Emir of Qatar. During the second day of his stay in Qatar, Parliament Speaker Gramoz Ruçi and the Albanian Parliamentary Delegation participated in the 100th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which works in Qatar’s capital, Doha. The session brought together ...

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Kocijancic: Albania has achieved tangible results in all areas

At a time when of a growing concern about the escalating political turmoil which could hurt Albania’s efforts to enter the EU, European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told VOA that despite current political tensions, “Albania has achieved tangible results in all areas.” But she added that the opposition’s decision “to relinquish the mandates, seriously hampers the functioning of democracy in ...

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Palmer: Albania worthy alley of the US

During his stay in Washington, the incumbent Acing Foreign Minister Cakaj held a meeting at the US Department with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew Palmer. During this meeting, the acting Minister Cakaj and Palmer exchanged views on the latest developments in the Western Balkans, the role of Albania, its relations with neighboring countries, and ...

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INSTAT: Huge gap between desire and reality of having children

The ideal family for an Albanian adult over 15 years of age is to have more than two children, according to an INSTAT survey conducted last year, but there is a higher gap between desire and reality. In 2017, the average fertility rate was 1.48 children per woman, from 1.54 a year earlier. 94% of married women with four or ...

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WB: Foreign and fiscal imbalances improved, job growth boosted the workforce, and public debt declined

Albania has had an economic growth of over 4 percent in 2018 and the economic outlook for the period 2019-2020 is stable. Confirmation for the success of the Albanian economy comes from the World Bank in the Regional Economic Report for the Western Balkans. According to the World Bank, economic growth reached to 4.2% in 2018, from 3.8 in 2017. ...

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Quadruple expansion of exports in fishing sector increases employment

The quadruple expansion of exports in fishing sector in five years has also increased employment in this sector. Official figures from the Ministry of Agriculture show that the number of employees in the fishing industry went from 2,200 people in 2013 to about 8,200 people in 2018. Growth has been significant, especially in recent years, where fish processing factories have been under increase. The ...

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Head of International Monitoring Mission visits Albania

Prime Minister Edi Rama held today a meeting with the Head of the International Monitoring Mission (IOM) in Albania, Genoveva Ruiz Calavera. The focus of this meeting was the discussion on the progress of Justice Reform and other key priorities, taking into account the report of the European Commission. Present at this meeting was the EU Ambassador to Albania, Luigi ...

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French Foreign Minister Le Drian: France appreciates the reforms undertaken by Albania

Acting Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Gent Cakaj held a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian during the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Ministerial. During this meeting, Acting Minister Cakaj informed Minister Le Drian on the progress of the reforms as regards the five key priorities set by EU and the Albanians’expectations for receiving a positive recommendation from ...

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