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Albania expected to open negotiations with the EU during Bulgarian presidency

Albania is expected to open accession negotiations with the EU in the first six months of 2018. The integration of Western Balkan countries is considered one of the top priorities of the Bulgarian presidency. In an interview with RTSH in Sofia, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, thinks Albania’s EU perspective is so close. “My country took the rotating presidency of the ...

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Bulgaria takes the EU rotating presidency

Bulgaria took the rotating EU presidency, the first time for a Balkan country. With the national motto “United We Are Strong”, the Bulgarian presidency is expected to focus on joining the union on migration policy reform and other issues. EU leaders agreed last December to find a compromise deal on how to reform the asylum system in the union. Bulgaria ...

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2018 very decisive for the Western Balkan countries

The European Union expects 2018 to be crucial to the Western Balkans and its rapprochement with Brussels. But there are really many problems. The year 2017 as regards the enlargement policy of the European Union ended as it had started – with great expectations! Throughout 2017 there were messages of support and encouragement from Brussels to the Western Balkans. European ...

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Kotzias: Law of war, historical blunder and should be abolished

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has expressed readiness of Athens to abolish the law of war with Albania. A�”The biggest problem the Albanians is that the state of war is not officially abolished, Greece will certainly react upon this, and there can be no formal obstacle or formal suspicion that the two countries are in a state of war. These ...

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New Year’s Day celebration in Albania

When December comes around, we see a festive atmosphere everywhere with decorated green trees in the Albanian homes, shop windows and town squares. Buildings wrapped in green, business areas decorated with lights and ribbons and all manners of decorations. A Happy New Year, that greeting is said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as New Year ...

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Rama: Teachers untouchable by politics and bureaucracies of educational directorates.

Prime Minister Edi Rama held a meeting with teachers from all over Albania, where he stated that the teachers were returned dignity and that the government will increase teacher salaries every year.In his speech, Prime Minister Edi Rama said it was important to further strengthen the professionalism among teachers, as teachers were neglected as a second category, which in fact ...

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Minister of Justice, Etilda Gjonaj with journalists

The priority of the government and the Ministry of Justice is the implementation of the Justice Reform and the attention towards the complaints of the citizens.A� This was the statement of the minister of Justice ,Etilda Gjonaj, during a meeting with the journalists. The meeting touched upon different themes ,but the keyword was the reform in the judiciary. a�?a�� Our ...

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Vetting of Police: Xhafaj, a priority

The topic of the Justice Reform and Vetting in the Police forces, gathered the minister of Interior, Fatmir Xhafa and heads of institutions and civil society on an important discussion in the premises of Ministry of Justice. Minister Xhafaj held a meeting with the head of the High Inspectorate of Declaration and Audit of Assets, Shkelqim Ganaj and Ombudsman, Erinda ...

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The most significant events of 2017 in Albania

The year 2017 has been another year of efforts on the road to European integration, a year of political debates, but also with results in several areas, both in economic and cultural terms, and in the consolidation of democratic institutions. Some of the most important dates of 2017 will be remembered since they are related to political and diplomatic efforts. ...

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Gjonaj: Priority to justice reform and citizens’ complaints careful treatment

The priority of the government and the Ministry of Justice is the implementation of the Justice Reform and the careful treatment of citizens’ complaints. This message was conveyed today by the Minister of Justice, Etilda Gjonaj during a meeting with journalists on the occasion of the year-end holidays. Several issues were discussed during the meeting, the most important of all ...

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