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Foreign investments, Government predicts increase in investments

The Albanian government predicts more investments during its second mandate.   According to budget indicators, an increase in capital expenses of 11.8 billion lek for next year has been predicted, in comparison to the year 2017.   These investments are …

Law on minorities, FM: The law will assist with the euro-atlantic integration process

Even though it is likely to be highly debated even after adoption, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, has commented on the new laws on minorities as an instrument to end speculation made to date.   Following a meeting …

Internationals on Tahiri, Hungarian ambassador: We are closely following and monitoring the process

The International partners are closely following the case against former minister of interior, Saimir Tahiri, who stands accused of being connected to drug trafficking.   Speaking from Shkodra, the Hungarian ambassador to Albania said that the process is being monitored …

Tahiri’s case, Chief prosecutor and minister of interior have different opinions on evidence

The Minister of Interior, Fatmir Xhafaj has strongly criticized the Head Prosecutor, Adriatik Llalla.   When asked by journalists regarding the Prosecution’s accusations, Xhafaj stated that the accusations are being used as political ploys.   Xhafaj looked at the documents …

Pm and Dp chairman on Tahiri,PM: Let’s wait for the word of justice. Basha: Rama defends his collaborator in crime

Prime Minister Edi Rama and chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha have clashed on social media.   The pair have been exchanging comments regarding the ongoing discussions by the members of the Commission of Mandates and Immunity for the …

Tahiri’s mandate, Council of mandates has not yet reached a decision

The Council of Regulation, Mandates and Immunity for Members of Parliament held a meeting today to decide on the Prosecution’s request for the removal of immunity and the arrest of the former minister of interior, Saimir Tahiri.   Yesterday, the …

Opposition front , DP and SMI demand the removal of the prime minister

The implication of the former minister of interior, Saimir Tahiri has led to the opposition parties joining a front to seek the removal of Prime Minister Edi Rama. After the meeting with the representatives of the opposition parties, the chairman …

PM on opposition’s request, Rama: The opposition doesn’t want serious government

Prime Minister Edi Rama is not considering the opposition’s appeal for him to resign. In a post on social media, the prime minister says that the opposition doesn’t want a serious state or justice, but only seeks to empower itself. …

Habilaj case, minister of interior: The issue belongs to italian justice

Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj spoke for the first time about the “Habilaj” case, where the name of the former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri was mentioned. Minister Xhafaj pointed out that this issue belongs to Italian justice. According to Minister Xhafaj, …

Drug trafficking, british ambassador: Seize assets from criminal activities

The British ambassador to Albania, Norman Duncan, has refused to comment on the latest wiretaps made by Italian justice, which allegedly link politics to crime. When asked by journalists, the British ambassador only said that the number of Albanians who …

VAT for small businesses, minister of finance: Some categories will be excluded

The Minister of Finance and Economy, Arben Ahmetaj has calmed down small business by promising that certain small businesses, like craftsmen, taxi drivers, or small traders will not be included in the VAT scheme. In a meeting with the representatives …

Environment, state supreme audit: There are many polluted places in Albania

The environment in Albania is heading towards destruction. After an audit carried out over the past years in this sector, the State Supreme Audit has reached the conclusion that destruction of the parks, pollution of rivers and destruction of biodiversity …

PM on Tahiri’s accusations , Rama: there will be no tolerance for anybody who chooses the path of crime

Prime Minister Edi Rama has demanded an immediate investigation regarding the accusations against the Former Minister of Interior, Saimir Tahiri. Via social media, Prime Minister Rama has said that Albania deserves to know the truth about this case and guarantees …

Basha to the PM: Arrest Saimir Tahiri, evidence is on your table

In an unusual conference held in the early hours of this morning, chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha said that Albania is facing the outbreak of a scandal of historical proportions regarding organized crime and its relation to the …

Tahiri on the accusations, former minister of Interior: I am open to any investigations

The former Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri commented on the accusations raised against him by the opposition, who are accusing Mr. Tahiri of being involved in drug trafficking. The Former Minister of Interior reacted after the release of the “Habilaj” …

Code of conduct, DP MP Halimi: MPS related to crime should resign

The Democratic Party has declared that it will set up a group which will work on the composition of a document for behavior of Members of Parliament and other officials related to crime. This was confirmed by the MP Eduard …

UNDP study, citizens’ perception that corruption occurs remains high

A recent study conducted by the United Nations Development Program, on the evaluation of the situation of local governance, it was highlighted that citizens’ perception that corruption occurs remains high. 12,000 citizens in 61 city halls were asked and the …

Energy sector, restructuring of the operator for distribution of energy

The Operator for the Distribution of Energy (OSHEE) will submit to a wide-scale restructuring. The OSHEE administrator, Ardian Çela announced that 11 directors of regional directorates have been dismissed. All interested parties are eligible apply for the new vacancies until …

DP on VAT, BASHA: Small businesses to be excluded from VAT

The chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha once again appealed to Prime Minister Rama to let go of provocations and to discuss with small business about the VAT. In his speech given at the meeting of the parliamentary group …

SMI against VAT, Vasili: VAT on small businesses will increase poverty

The Socialist Movement for Integration has also spoken against the government’s decision to include small business in VAT. Chairman of the SMI’s parliamentary group, Petrit Vasili said that the Prime Minister has forgotten what he said two years ago regarding …

PM Rama on Diaspora, the government presents the strategy for the years 2018-2025

The government presented the national strategy on the Diaspora for the years 2018-2025. The essence of the strategy is the possibility of allowing emigrants to vote and the absorption of investments by Albanians abroad. According to state minister Pandeli Majko, …

University of Tirana, The Dean of Faculty of Economy harshly reacted to the British report

The Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Dhori Kule has harshly reacted to a British report on the University of Tirana. Whilst the British report did provide accreditation to the university, the accreditation was only for a conditional one year …

BoA governor meets with IMF and WB reps, crediting and euro currency in the economy were discussed

The encouragement of providing credit, the reduction of problematic credit and the initiation of the removal of euros from the economy have been some of the subjects discussed during a meeting between the Head of the Bank of Albania and …

Cleaning road axes, 202 billboards have been removed in several axes

The National Road Authority and the National Inspectorate for the Protection of Territory continue with their operation to remove billboards from national road axes. The NRA and NIPT have published the results of the second week of intervention in the …

DP on crime situation, Basha: International agenda against crime

After the establishment of the commission on the electoral reform, the chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha says that the opposition’s priority is to decriminalize elections and to disrupt the relationship between politics and crime. Basha considered the removal …

Rama in Vlora, PM warns police officers of punishment

The second day of the government’s presence in Vlora began with a meeting between Prime Minister Rama and the directors of the Central Government Administration of the district. Prime Minister Edi Rama focused on the situation regarding criminality and warned …

Electoral reform, majority and opposition approved establishment of commission

After a long session with harsh debates on crime and its influence on politics, the Parliament has approved the bill for the establishment of the Commission for Electoral Reform with 116 positive votes. The Commission will comprise 18 members, with …

The law on minorities, DP and SP voted in favor of the law, SMI voted against

The Parliament has approved the law on minorities at the end of a long session that began at 8 o’clock in the morning. The heavily debated bill passed with 102 pro votes, 10 votes against and 1 abstention. Dule proposed …

Tax on residency, tax to increase according to market value

The International Monetary Fund has requested that the Albanian government implement the increase on property tax by January 1st. The IMF has also demanded the Albanian government to change the way the tax is calculated to ensure the tax is …

Debates on electoral reform, PM and DP chairman exchange accusations in Parliament

Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha clashed in today’s parliamentary session regarding the elections of June 25 and the need for a new electoral system. According to the Prime Minister, as long as …

Illegality , State Police announces measures

Following a case of illegal construction on the River Vjosa, state police have warned of punishment for all police structures that stay silent in the face of illegality. Via a media outlet, the Director of Order in the State Police, …

Former minister has died, Dritan Prifti suffered from a serious disease

vA final goodbye has been given to the former Minister and former Deputy, Dritan Prifti. Family, friends, politicians and colleagues have paid their respects in the homages held at the National Museum. Dritan Prifti passed away at the age of …

The fight against informality, Tax Directorate invites citizens to denounce violations

The Tax Directorate appeals to citizens to declare any violations they witness. Over the last two weeks, Albanian citizens have denounced 50 cases of informality, in this way assisting the work of the Tax Directorate. The Tax Directorate is now …

Measles, Experts of Public Health Institute call for parents to vaccinate their children

The measles disease is very close to Albania and as such, health authorities implore parents ensure their children are fully vaccinated. Measles is already present in neighboring countries and unfortunately, a person died of measles in Kosovo. A specialist of …

Tirana’s marathon, mayor Veliaj: 2500 runners from 40 countries around the world

2500 runners from 40 different countries around the world will participate in the marathon that will take place this Sunday in Tirana, under the certification of world organizations. Tirana’s Mayor Erion Veliaj held a meeting with the organizers of the …

Debates in parliament, assembly speaker excluded DP mp Noka for 10 days

Today’s plenary session was held amid debates between the majority and opposition’s members of parliament. Debates sparked immediately after the speech of former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who commented on the law on national minorities. The democrat MP Flamur Noka …

Law on minorities, Vangjel Dule expressed opinions against the government’s law

The law for the protection of minorities was severely contested in parliament by the chairman of the Unity for Human Rights Party, Vangjel Dule. Mr Dule argued that this draft doesn’t bring any new values, on the contrary it takes …

Electoral reform, European council: implement the recommendations

The European Council has asked for dialogue and consensus for the realization of electoral reform. The Chief of the European Council’s office asked the political parties for the implementation of recommendations handed down by the Venice commission and the OSCE/ODIHR. …

Former political persecuted, representatives ask for their compensation

A group of the former politically persecuted have protested in front of the former politically persecuted institution’s door under the pretenses that they have not received compensation. By chaining themselves to the door of the institution for the former politically …

Reform on public administration, state supreme audit conducted for period April-May 2017

The Department of Public Administration is hindering the implementation of the reform of the administration. The Supreme State Audit has conducted an audit for the period April-May 2017 and it found that only 55% of the data regarding employee qualifications …

Small businesses in VAT, economic experts say the initiative will add costs

The state administration does not have the necessary infrastructure to include small businesses in Value Added Tax. This concern was raised during a discussion between the Director of the Tax Institution and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The expert …

Small businesses in VAT, Association of small businesses opposes implication: It will increase costs

The Association of Small Businesses has warned of protests and hunger strikes if the government approves the establishment of Value Added Tax for small businesses. Small businesses oppose the imposition of VAT on the argument that costs will increase and …

DP on economy, DP Chairman: We will make proposals against the madness of the majority

The Democratic Party considers the inclusion of small business in Value Added Tax to be “madness”. During a special press release for the media Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha, said the Prime Minister does not care about the citizens because …

Visas liberalisation for Kosovo, President Meta: Albania citizenship is not a solution for Kosovar citizens

President of the Republic, Ilir Meta is on an official visit to Kosovo, where he was received by his Kosovar counterpart Hashim Thaçi. During the meeting held, the Kosovar president praised the contribution the Albanian president has given for Kosovo’s …

PM Rama in Italy, The Italian Prime Minister offers support for the opening of negotiations

The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, has started an official visit in Italy. The Albanian Prime Minister and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni held a meeting and a press conference is expected to take place after the talks. The …

Absence of psychiatrists, 1 psychiatrist for every 22,000 citizens; a small budget for this sector

Albania is suffering from an absence in psychiatrists; with the number of psychiatrists compared to the population being 1 for every 22,000 citizens. A recent report prepared by the ombudsman’s office has emphasized the absence of psychiatrists and also highlighted …

Food safety, Mayor inspected work for rehabilitation of a market in the capital

Having food safety as a primary aim, Tirana’s city hall is focused on improving the conditions of markets. The city hall has started its work for the reconstruction of the market for fruits and vegetables in administrative unit 5 of …

City hall’s projects, Mayor Veliaj announced the transformation of the pyramid

Tirana’s mayor today participated in an activity in the meeting room of the City Council, where 400 young people joined the initiative to recognize the work of the Municipality of Tirana in one day. The “One Day in the Municipality …

Small businesses to pay vat, Minister of Finances clarifies that the prices will not increase

The Minister of Finance and Economy, Arben Ahmetaj gave a press conference declaring that the inclusion of small businesses in Value Added Tax will not have any effect on prices and that fines will only be imposed on informal businesses. …

Food authority, 2 inspectors from Korça were arrested for dereliction of duty

Two inspectors from the National Food Authority in Korça were arrested today, charged dereliction of duty. A citizen crossing the border from Macedonia to Albania with a significant amount of industrial grapes was assisted by the inspectors who compiled a …

Mortgage offices, minister of justice announces a competition for appointment of 26 directors

Following the call by Prime Minister Edi Rama for the Directors of the Mortgage Offices to resign, the vacant positions will now be filled through a formal application process. The opening of the applications for the new directors of the …

Electoral reform, Vice chairman of DP: We will ask for the change of territorial map

The Democratic Party today expressed their will to collaborate in opposition with the Social Movement for Integration. Vice chairman Edi Paloka said that it is necessary to form an alliance not only with SMI, but with every citizen, against this …

Court session against shullazi, Former Minister of Interior gave his testimony

Former Prime Minister Sali Berisha will be one of the witnesses who will testify in the court session of Emiljano Shullazi and the four other gang members who stand accused of several crimes such as the threat made against the …

Electoral reform, PM asks the socialist MPs to hold constructive debates with the opposition

The electoral reform will be discussed in Thursday’s plenary session. During a meeting that the Prime Minister held with the Socialist Party’s parliamentary group, Mr. Rama asked for the socialist MPs to be prepared to hold constructive debates and avoid …

DP on electoral reform, Democratic Party will ask for the holding of additional session on Wednesdays

The Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha gathered the Democratic Party’s parliamentary group today. After the meeting, the DP chairman announced the strategy his party will follow during this Thursday’s plenary session. The DP chairman declared the majority will present a …

Monitoring of borders, Socialist Movement for Integration claims the radars do not function

The Vice Chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, Luan Rama expressed his concern today about the radars that monitor Albanian borders. After the meeting of the Socialist Movement for Integration’s parliamentary group, the vice chairman of the SMI declared …

Operation against informality, 100 unregistered businesses shut down

Only a week after the beginning of the government’s operation against informality, 100 businesses have been penalized throughout the country for failure to register their activity or failure to issue a voucher. The Vice Director of the Tax Directorate declares …

National food authority, PM asks for the removal of corrupt directors

Prime Minister Edi Rama held a meeting with the current directors at the National Food Authority, at which he warned of dismissals over cases of corruption. The Prime Minister said that political appointments will not be allowed and asked those …

City hall’s investments, Mayor inspected the construction of another park

Tirana’s Mayor, Erion Veliaj, today inspected work for the reconstruction of a new park at ‘5 May’ street in Tirane. An 11,000 square meter area, which used to serve as a place for urban waste collection, is now being transformed …