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Kosovo is given the green light to clear customs goods in Albania

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By   3 days ago

Kosovo businesses will be able to clear goods imported through Albania in Durres. Ministries of Finance of both countries agreed in Tirana to open a new joint customs point. “We have decided to open a new joint customs point in Durres for goods that are destined to Kosovo”, said the minister of Finance of Kosovo, […]

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Albania licences its first 70 guides 

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By   1 week ago

  The classification of accommodating structures starts as well In Albania, the sector of tourism remains in its first stages for many services that are offered, but the government is trying to improve standards in several domains. For this, the ministry of Economy and Tourism has given the green light for the certification of the first […]

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Program of economic reforms 2017-2019 discussed with donors

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By   2 weeks ago

The Albanian Ministry of Economy has drafted the “Program of Economic Reforms 2017-2019” of Albania, a document which once it is approved by the government, it will be handed to the European Commission. This ministry held meetings today with donors and representatives of the main international institutions that Albania collaborates with. Deputy Minister of Economy, […]

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Albania may be affected by bird flu

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By   2 weeks ago

Albanian authorities say that they are on high alert, as bird flu is approaching. At the moment, this flu is present in Greece, in Croatia, in other Balkan countries and also in the EU countries. Minister of Agriculture and Food, Edmond Panariti, said today (photo) that “we are doing everything we can to prevent it”, […]

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The new tax changes that enter in force in Albania

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By   3 weeks ago

The new Tax Package has entered in force in January 2017 and this package includes several changes in taxes. In contrast to other years, the 2017 changes are almost insignificant. The government has taken care in order not to increase the tax burden for businesses. New facilitating measures have also been taken for domestic production […]

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Albanian exports increase by 17.4% compared to a year ago

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By   3 weeks ago

Exports in the month of November grow by 17.4% compared to the same period last year and around 5.4% compared to the month of October. This indicator has been published by INSTAT’s last report on the performance of Foreign Trade for the year up to November 2016. Exports of goods amounted to 23 billion ALL […]

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Business in Albania is against the growth of minimum wage

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By   3 weeks ago

A debate has started in Albania on the growth of mandatory minimum wage, based on which the contributions of employees can be paid. The government’s incentive to increase minimum wage by 1000 up to 2000 ALL doesn’t have the agreement of the business sector. Gjergji Gjika, head of the Albanian Chamber of the Textile Industry, […]

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Albanian government postpones the application of the law on gambling games for another two years

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By   1 month ago

Owners of gambling activities in Albania have no reason to worry until 1 January 2019, because nobody will displace their activities. The government’s draft went to Parliament and the Parliamentary Economy Committee approved the postponement of the enactment of the law on gambling activities for another two years. Thus, all businesses that operate in the […]

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“Legends of the city”, unique works by artists from Shkodra are exhibited in Strasbourg

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By   4 days ago

Albanian art this time reaches Strasbourg in a special selection of different artist from Shkodra, inspired by the legends and the city. These works were part of an exhibition that opened in the past few days in the French city and will remain open for a month. The exhibition “Legend of a castle” contains works […]

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The diva of Albanian music, Anita Take dies at the age of 83

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By   1 week ago

One of the best singers of Albanian soft music, Anita Take has passed away at the age of 83. Considered as the diva of Albanian music, Anita Take will long be remembered by Albanians for her sweet voice and the love that she passed on to the public. For nearly 55 years, she sang to […]

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Vienna concert comes in Tirana

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By   3 weeks ago

The Vienna Concert was held for the first time in Tirana on the evening of 2 January. A group of 36 members of the Ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which regularly participates in the Vienna Concert, which is held every 1 January, were present last night in the House of Congress in Tirana. Conducted […]

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Prominent actor Bujar Lako passes away

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By   4 weeks ago

Bujar Lako, one of the most prominent actors who gave life to the Albanian film and theater, has passed away on Monday as a result of a heart attack. Today, Lako was taken to his last abode. In the recent years, Lako avoided public appearances and that is how he left this life. On this […]

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“Collapse”, the same as in 1997

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By   1 month ago

If there has been a turbulent year in the past 7 decades for Albanians, this was 1997, when a moral, spiritual and financial collapse took place. A collapse that came as a result of the irresponsibility of the state and ignorance of the people, but also by the desire to have a better life. The […]

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Christmas brings “Vertograd” to Albania

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By   2 months ago

The Russian Folk Music Ensemble “Vertograd” comes for the first time in Albania. A professional ensemble created 11 years ago, “Vertograd” comes to Albania with its instrument players and singers to interpret the most favorite Russian songs in Albania, such as “Katjusha”, “Ochi Chernye”, “Moscow Nights”, “Kalinka” and many others. “Vertograd” has been established in […]

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The winner of X-Factor Albania dies in a tragic accident

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By   2 months ago

Along with the talented 22 year old, Ergi Dini dies another young man A tragic accident happened in the early hours of the day in the area of former Bllok in Tirana. Two boys of 22 years old found death as the motorbike that they were riding on, lost control in a deadly manner. The […]

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“The Collapse”, a TV show based on the unrest of ‘97

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By   2 months ago

A TV show, the events of which take place in 1997, a year of unrest for Albania, has been shot and is ready to be broadcasted by the state owned TV network. “The Collapse” is a TV show directed by the prominent film director, Leka Bungo. The TV show talks about the terrible events of […]

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Albania will turn into an exporter of power supply

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By   3 days ago

Minister Gjiknuri in Singapore: Invest in Albania During a visit held in Singapore, as part of a delegation led by PM Edi Rama, Minister of Energy and Industry, Mr. Damian Gjiknuri addressed a speech in front of investors in the Forum of Trade and Investments Singapore-Albania. Stopping on the domain of energy, minister Gjiknuri said […]

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20 million euro loan for Albania-FYROM power line

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By   4 days ago

Albanian parliament has ratified the agreement between Albania and Germany for the funding of the energy line that connects Albania to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. According to this agreement, government of Germany enables the Albanian side to receive a loan from KFW bank at a value of up to 20 million euros. This […]

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“It is impossible for Bankers to declare a loss for 12 years in a row”

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By   2 weeks ago

The High State Audit in Albania says that it is absurd and unacceptable for the foreign company, Bankers Petroleum to declare a loss during the 12 years that it has exerted its activity in Albania. This is the company that has the biggest concessionary agreement for the oil sector in Albania. HAS has pointed out […]

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A Brit passionate about Albanian

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By   2 months ago

Alan Andon, known about the publication of his book called Xenophobe’s Guide, is a Brit who is very passionate about Albania. His real name is Andy Michajlovic and he is from Scotland, but he prefers to use a typical Albanian name, Alan Andoni. Alan has chosen to live in Albania, after discovering this country through […]

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Albania introduces a 33% duty tax on the current price of liquid gas

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By   2 months ago

In the recent years, use of liquid gas by cars in Albania had expanded significantly as the price of liquid gas is lower than other fuels, which have constantly increased in price. But, as of 1 January of next year, all users of cars working on liquid gas will face a fresh increase of the […]

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One dead and five wounded in an oil refinery explosion

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By   2 months ago

A powerful blast has taken place on Thursday evening in the oil refinery of Ballsh, causing a large scale fire. As a result, one person has lost his life and five others have remained seriously wounded. One of the wounded is fighting for life in hospital. They have sustained severe burns as a result of the […]

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Germany to finance the power line linking Albania to FYROM

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By   3 months ago

The Albanian and German government signed today the second part of the agreement for the funding of the project “Transmission line 400 kV Albania-FYROM”. In total, the low interest rate loan that the German bank KfW is funding for this project amounts to 50 million euros. The project strengthens interconnection lines with the region, enabling […]

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Supreme Court suspends the investigation on the minister of Energy for a 470 million euro affair

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By   3 months ago

Tirana, 24 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, the Supreme Court has overthrown the request of the High State Audit for what is known as the CEZ scandal, relating to the power distribution company, which for years was owned by the state owned Czech company. HSA had demanded a fresh inquiry to be opened […]

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Analysis/Confidence of Albanians in the economy grows

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By   5 days ago

Last year marked a pessimistic start for many Albanians. They were skeptic on the economic situation in the country. Businesses also had negative expectations. But the second quarter of 2016 changed things. Economic growth was evident and consumption saw an increase. Based on these facts, consumer and business confidence on the economy of the country […]

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Albania is expected to have the biggest economic growth in the Balkans, IMF says

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By   2 weeks ago

The International Monetary Fund says that the Albanian economy is growing fast and in a progressive way. According to IMF, in 2017, economic growth in Albania will not be lower than 2.7%, making it the country with the highest economic growth in the Balkans. The Albanian economy, which IMF considers as a developing economy, ranks […]

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The new tax changes that enter in force in Albania

leke ibna

By   3 weeks ago

The new Tax Package has entered in force in January 2017 and this package includes several changes in taxes. In contrast to other years, the 2017 changes are almost insignificant. The government has taken care in order not to increase the tax burden for businesses. New facilitating measures have also been taken for domestic production […]

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Albania is aiming to achieve a 6% economic growth rate starting from 2017

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By   4 weeks ago

Albania is aiming to reach a 6% economic growth a year. This ambitious declaration has been made by the minister of Finance, Arben Ahmetaj during a meeting held today with journalists to analyze the 2016 performance. Ahmetaj said that economy has made a serious correction and that it has returned into a positive cycle of […]

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IBNA Analysis/Expected outlook on economic and financial developments in Albania

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By   1 month ago

The Supervisory Council of the Bank of Albania reviewed and approved the interim Monetary Policy Report. In conclusion to the discussions on the most recent economic and monetary developments and the expected outlook, the Supervisory Council decided to keep unchanged the monetary policy rate at 1.25%. Additionally, the Supervisory Council decided to keep unchanged the interest rate […]

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Albania, the country with the highest level of NPLs in the Balkans

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By   1 month ago

Albania is considered the country with the highest level of nonperformance loans in the Balkan region. This is revealed in a confidential report that the financial international giant Moody’s has sent to the government of Prime Minister Rama, IBNA reports. The document considers NPLs as a threat to the banking system, as this system is […]

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Albanians prefer to keep their savings at home and not in the bank

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By   2 months ago

A large number of Albanians do not put their savings in the banks and are not yet accustomed to moving them in financial institutions. Among them dominate Albanians who do business, mainly trade. The majority of them do not keep their money in the bank, but at home. IBNA has looked into this phenomenon and has […]

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2017 budget approved in principle after a 16 hour marathon session in parliament

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By   2 months ago

Next year’s budget is voted only by the majority, opposition boycotts The parliamentary session, where the 2017 state budget was approved in principle, lasted for more than 16 hours. This session turned into a parliamentary marathon, where a part of it was accompanied by debates, while the rest was accompanied by speeches that saw a […]

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Albanian Foreign Minister visits Iran

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By   4 days ago

Albania’s Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati has visited the Islamic Republic of Iran in a very rare visit by a senior Albanian official in the country which has triggered a world debate in relation to nuclear weapons. Bushati said that he visited Teheran at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif. This is the […]

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The debate for the electoral process in Albania and suspicions for a boycott by the opposition

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By   4 days ago

Rumors have grown in the recent days within the left wing majority that the opposition is imposing big conditions for the parliamentary elections with the aim of boycotting them. This suspicion has been a cause for concern for international diplomacy. These rumors were denied in the recent hours by the chairman of the Democratic Party, […]

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Rama is expecting a deeper victory than 2013. With or without SMI?

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By   5 days ago

The socialist leader, Edi Rama says that the victory in the June elections this year will be much deeper than in 2013. The PM says that the SP “is today not only bigger in terms of numbers, but also the party in which Albanians believe the most”. Rama made these declarations in the 25th anniversary […]

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Former journalist and socialist MP is investigated for illegal assets

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By   6 days ago

One of the most prominent journalist and analyst in Albania, who has withdrawn from the media four years ago, was officially put today under investigation for illegal assets. The Socialist Party MP, Alfred Peza, who is also vice chairman of the Parliamentary Media Committee, is suspected to have accumulated a considerable amount of financial wealth […]

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Albanian politicians in president Trump’s inauguration

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By   1 week ago

Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama will not travel to Washington DC to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the new president of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the opposition has decided to participate with its leader, Lulzim Basha and the leader of the second largest party of the right wing coalition, […]

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Why was Albania involved in the pact of Albanian parties in FYROM?

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By   1 week ago

Albanian parliamentary parties the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) signed a document where they pledge for the right of state formation and full respect of the Ohrid Agreement. Tirana sees this document as a good basis to advance some of the obligations of the Ohrid Agreement which have not been delivered yet. It also […]

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ANALYSIS/Albania is against any nationalist alternative in the Balkans

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By   2 weeks ago

Speaker of the Albanian Parliament, Ilir Meta says that Albania will continue to work against any nationalist or populist alternative in the Balkan region. In an analysis for “New Europe”, Mr. Meta says that Albania is a trustworthy and solid partner for the european-atlantic agenda in the Balkans. He says that the EU must not […]

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“Albania is delivering the reform in justice while accession talks with the EU have not been launched yet”

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By   2 weeks ago

The EU rapporteur on Albania, Knut Fleckenstein, calls on the European Union to encourage expansion through a strategy, in which Western Balkans must become part of. The German MEP sees Albania as the example of an associate member country, to which the EU has offered considerable support for the delivery of a full judicial reform. In […]

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Teacher in Shkoder arrested for pro ISIS propaganda

Emine Alushi

By   3 days ago

State Police in Albania have arrested the former teacher of the “Haji Shah Shamia” Madrassa of Shkoder for instigating hate. The suspect has been filmed during a class where she debates with the students and makes statements in favor of the notorious organization ISIS and former head of Al-Qaeda terrorist organization,  Bin Laden. After interrogating […]

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A former Albanian minister falls off a residential bloc and dies

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By   5 days ago

The former Albanian Interior Minister, Vladimir Hysi found death in circumstances which are still unclear in the coastal city of Durres. Vladimir Hysi, former minister of Interior in the technical government led by Vilson Ahmeti in 1991, died in the near the beach of Durres, after he fell from the balcony of a new residential […]

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Critical situation with the flu in Albania, 8 people dead, two children among them

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By   5 days ago

Albanian authorities admit that a flu epidemics has erupted in the country, but the situation becomes even more worrying as there are victims and among them children. This morning, a 28 month old child from Tirana died as he had been suffering from flu during the past few days, the ministry of Health confirmed for […]

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Albania presents its music and culinary in the Stuttgart’s Expo

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By   6 days ago

Albania is being presented in the Stuttgart’s Fair, Germany, where participants and visitors have been amazed with what this small country in Southeast Europe, not very known to them, has to offer. Albania is being promoted in several dimensions: tourism, culture and culinary. The Stuttgart’s Expo is visited by 250 thousand visitors a week and […]

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Tirana’s administrative center changes

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By   2 weeks ago

Tirana’s administrative center will change. This is an important step, because all high state institutions will be moved. The mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj said today that the new administrative center will be moved to the new Boulevard of Tirana. In today’s ceremony of the construction works for this boulevard, which is progressing fast, Mr. […]

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Albania is presented for the first time in the Utrecht Expo in Holland

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By   2 weeks ago

Albania has participated for the first time in the international fair of tourism in “Vakantiebeurs” Utrecht, in Holland, which is taking place from 10 to 15 January. The main objective of this fair is to present tourist packages in one of the biggest markets of the world, for tourists who travel outside of their country. […]

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Two people die and tens of others in a critical condition as a result of the flu

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By   2 weeks ago

In Albania, the health situation has deteriorated for a large number of people who are facing different flu viruses. The most problematic one is the AH3N2 virus. Authorities claim that at least ten people have been affected by this virus. Eight of them are in a critical condition. Meanwhile, in the recent hours there have […]

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Plans to reform the Penal Code, conversion of prison days in payment

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By   2 weeks ago

In Albania, authorities are trying to develop a penitentiary system which is closer to European legislation and standards. The Ministry of Justice is proposing to change the Penal Code and the Code of Penal Procedure and for the first time, authorities are planning to introduce in Albania the “purchase” of prison days. According to the […]

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The Albanian world champion, Ymer Pampuri dies at the age of 73

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By   3 days ago

Albanian sport will be missing another great sport figure. Ymer Pampuri has passed away following a heart attack at the age of 73. He remains one of the most successful sportsmen in Albania, after winning the only Olympic medal. Ymer Pampuri is the only Albanian sportsman that has won a world champion title. In the […]

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The impact of the enlargement of the World Cup for the Albanian national football team

Ekipi Kombetar Shqiptar i futbollit ne Bergamo, Itali, perpara ndeshjes miqesore me Ukrainen pjese e fazes pergatitore per Euro 2016 qe do te zhvillohet ne France.  / Duka due De Biazi, intervista per mediat Italiane.
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In the past few days, FIFA has decided to change the number of teams from 32 to 48 in the World Football Cup starting from 2026. This decision is seen by the President of FSHF (Albanian Football Federation), Armando Duka as a positive development for world football in general, which according to him, encourages more […]

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Albanian football players in the international transfer market

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By   2 weeks ago

The best names of Albanian football are playing for different clubs from Europe and other continents. The national team’s players, including the 11 substitutes and the best players of football clubs of different cities of Albania, have been included in the international football transfer market. Professional training, talent development, better conditions, fervent fans and higher […]

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2018 World Cup, Albania’s fake glory

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By   3 months ago

Tirana, 10 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The Albanian national football team seemed as if was turning into the star of the group in the qualifying matches of the 2018 World Cup which will be played in Russia. Albania ranked first, but this was a fake glory which lasted very little. In a match against […]

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2018 World Cup, Albania wins 2-0 against Lichtenstein

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By   4 months ago

IBNA Special Report/How is Albanian football reaching its peaks. Russia 2018, the three points gained against Lichtenstein hold the red and blacks at the top of the group with full points after two matches played. We hear from coach De Biasi and the president of FSHF Tirana, 7 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison […]

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Albanian Football Association fined by FIFA for improper conduct

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By   4 months ago

Tirana, October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency FIFA has fined the Albanian Football Association with 50 thousand Swiss francs for improper conduct of Albanian fans during the match against FYROM, played on 5 September in “Loro Borici” stadium in Shkoder. According to FIFA, Albanian fans booed and whistled when the Macedonian anthem was played, they light […]

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Albanian Football Association postpones League B and C matches

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By   4 months ago

Tirana, 13 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, League B and League C matches have been postponed until further notice, following a decision taken by the Albanian Football Association. These leagues were scheduled to start on 10 and 18 September. The decision came following the fact that a part of the clubs has not paid […]

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The new stadium inaugurated with a draw between Albania and Morocco

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By   5 months ago

Tirana, 1 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency For Shkodra, the biggest city in the north of Albania, last evening was a special one. The city inaugurated the new stadium, “Loro Borici” and enjoyed the first friendly match that the Albanian side played against Morocco. Everything ended in a goalless draw, against a good team such […]

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