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Ahmetaj: Strengthening of Lek, a negative impact on Albania’s budget

The strengthening of lek and the increase of the amount of refunds are the two main reasons which have led to fewer revenues to be collected by the government in the first six months of the year. Finance and Economy minister, Arben Ahmetaj said that as a result of the strengthening of lek, the government collected 3.6 billion lek less. ...

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Bushati: Albania on the right track to a fairer and healthier democracy

Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati in an interview for Euroactiv has spoken about the postponement of the opening of Albania’s negotiations with the EU. Among other things, Bushati said that Albania is not ready to join the EU since there is still much work to be done. According to Bushati we have to continue the reform program that strengthens the rule ...

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Albania-UK: Memorandum of Understanding targeting the improvement of criminal justice

The Albanian Government and the United Kingdom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding targeting the improvement of criminal justice by investigating and preventing illegal activities in the respective territories through the exchange of information on criminal records. The Memorandum was signed by Justice Minister Etilda Gjonaj and Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj with the British Ambassador to Tirana Norman Duncan for ...

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Rama- Chinese PM Li Keqiang, agriculture, tourism and water infrastructure core issues

Prime Minister Edi Rama had a meeting with the Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in the framework of the 16 + 1 Initiative. The program of cooperation and projects in the sector of agriculture, tourism and water infrastructure were the core issues under discussion. “With Prime Minister Li Keqiang at the bilateral meeting in the framework of the 16 + 1 ...

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Rama: 28,324 more employees since May last year

Prime Minister Edi Rama, in a meeting with the Regional Employment Directorates stated that “all offices have accomplished the objectives, while some have moved ahead”. “Since May last year, we have 28,324 more employees. Over 14 thousand people have been employed through the Labor Office in this 6-month period “, the head of government said.”Those who want to verify these ...

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Kouchner: Rama influenced the establishment of a reformist government in Macedonia

Former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner praised Albania’s justice reform as a model for other countries in the region. He went even further when he declared that the influence of Tirana and Prime Minister Rama favored the election of a democratic government in Macedonia and the agreement reaching with Greece for the name. “Rama has influenced developments in the region. ...

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Rama and Tsipras to meet in London on 10th of July

Rama and Tsipras to meet in London on 10th of July Prime Minister Edi Rama and his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras are expected to meet in London, Independent Balkan News Agency reports, citing its own diplomatic sources in Athens. The meeting is expected to be held on the sidelines of the Western Balkans Summit which will be held on Tuesday ...

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Tirana struck by another earthquake

Another earthquake struck the capital.around 00.58. According to preliminary information from the Institute of Geo-sciences and Energy, 5 earthquakes have been recorded at midnight this morning, while another shaking was recorded in the early morning hours at 5:28 a.m measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Adriatic Sea, 16 km north of Shijak and 32 kilometers northwest ...

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Xhafaj: About 63% of citizens trust the Albanian police

“State Police is conducting operations and investigations in cooperation with law enforcement agencies of foreign countries,” the statement was made by Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj in the activity on “Force of Law in Action: Achievement and Challenge” “, held yesterday in Tirana, announcing the investigation of several criminal gangs. “These results we present today in this meeting need seriousness and sacrifice. ...

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Albanian actors protest as parliament backs National Theater demolition

  Albanian actors and activists rallied on Thursday to demand the government halt a project to demolish the National Theatre in Tirana, but the ruling Socialists pushed the plan through parliament. They protested in front of parliament as lawmakers debated a law allowing a private company to build a new theater on the site of the 78-year-old building and several ...

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