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Tax on property in Albania changes

By   3 weeks ago

Albanian authorities are trying to change taxes on real estate with the aim of harmonizing them with the real value on the market. In order to come out with a final map of the property taxes in the country, the government has negotiated with the IMF for the past two years. The sides have agreed […]

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Businesses with 1-4 employees keep the economy “alive”

By   4 weeks ago

They employ 4 people at most. Mainly relatives and friends. But if they are added up, they make up for 33.2% of the total number of people employed in active businesses in the country. Here, we’re referring to those businesses which employ only 1-4 people, but which in fact are an added value for the […]

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Business sector in Albania against the tax amnesty

By   4 weeks ago

The Albanian government has approved a financial package that grants amnesty for a number of taxes and other obligations that businesses owe to the state. This incentive was announced today by the minister of Finance, Arben Ahmetaj. He said that “the government has decided to grant an amnesty for a part of unpaid tax and […]

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A regional laboratory for farming products in the Balkan

By   2 months ago

Germany will support the creation of a regional laboratory for analyses of agricultural and farming products, which will cover all the Western Balkan countries. This laboratory will be assisted by a German reference lab, with the aim of avoiding delays and disputes on the hygiene of agricultural products in the customs points of the countries […]

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

By   2 months 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 

By   2 months 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

By   2 months 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

By   2 months 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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“Power of the chair” in the choreography of a ballet

By   3 weeks ago

The frightening transformation that money makes to a person comes through the play “Power of the chair”, which was followed by Albanian art lovers this weekend in the Academy of Arts in Tirana. “Power of the chair” and “Upside Down” are two choreographic plays produced by Rovena Dilo and choreographs Eltion Merja and and Enson […]

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The freedom of speech is on

By   1 month ago

  Our journey began four years ago. That’s when the Independent Balkan News Agency (IBNA), against all odds, embarked on a lonely and difficult journey during a tumultuous period. This was indeed a lonely road because IBNA was trying to do something which most thought was ludicrous; IBNA was going to bring the people of […]

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Unlawful excavations in Apollonia

By   1 month ago

The head of the Apollonia National Park in Fier has been arrested by police following the theft of 230 archaeological objects found in its territory. Along with the director, police have also arrested several people who have carried out unlawful excavations, but the inquest also includes the head of the park. Police confirmed that “a […]

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The father of Albanian literature dies at the age of 85

By   2 months ago

The Albanian nation has lost today one of its most prominent figures. Poet, writer and publicist, Dritero Agolli has passed away on Friday in Tirana at the age of 85 following a long lasting disease, the family informed. Dritero Agolli is considered as one of the greatest writers of all times of the Albanian literature. […]

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

By   2 months 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

By   2 months 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

By   3 months 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

By   3 months 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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Bulgarian President: More pragmatism needed in work of Southeast Europe Cooperation Process

By   2 weeks ago

  At a meeting with ambassadors from seven Balkan countries in Sofia on March 8, Bulgarian head of state President Roumen Radev called for more pragmatism in the work of the Southeast Europe Cooperation Process and in the co-ordination of projects carried out with EU funds. The meeting, the first with this group of ambassadors […]

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Three Chinese chief specialists disappear in an Albanian mine

By   2 months ago

Three Chinese chief specialists have gone missing for the past three days after they were blocked under the ground during a gas explosion in a mineral well in the mine of Bulqiza in the northeast of the Albania. The event took place on level 21 of the chrome mine in Bulqiza during the works taking […]

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Albanian government annuls the concession with “Transatlantic Albania”

By   2 months ago

The Albanian government has annulled the concessionary agreement with the oil company “Transatlantic Albania”. By annulling this concession, the government has taken two oil wells that Transatlantic Albania exploited and has transferred them to the state owned company Albpetrol. These are two wells located in the area of Gorisht and Cakran. The decision was taken […]

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“CEZ case”, testimony of the sun of former PM Berisha is required

By   2 months ago

The parliamentary committee which is inquiring on the privatization of OSHEE company by the Czech company CEZ, has requested a testimony from the family of the former Prime Minister. The committee has demanded to summon Shkelzen Berisha, son of former democrat PM, Sali Berisha, to testify. The head of the committee for the Privatization of […]

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Price of power supply for a number of businesses to increase in Albania

By   2 months ago

Some large and medium sized businesses in Albania are expected to face an increase of power supply charges next month. The expected rise for around 80 large businesses that use the 35 kilovolt network is 16%. These businesses have been included in the process of the liberalization of market and from now on they must […]

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Albania will turn into an exporter of power supply

By   2 months 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

By   2 months 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”

By   2 months 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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World Bank allocates 100 million USD for the Albanian government

By   1 week ago

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$100 million Financial Sector Development Policy Loan (DPL) to the Republic of Albania. The policy operation supports reforms aimed at strengthening the resilience of the banking sector and the regulation and supervision of nonbank financial institutions in Albania. Following the 2008 global financial crisis, Albania’s growth […]

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Pay increases or indexation for state administration in Albania?

By   2 weeks ago

On Wednesday, the government announced a decision for an increase in salaries from 7% to 38% for several public service employees. The Council of Ministers decided to increase salaries for public administration employees, several independent institutions, education and healthcare system by 10%. Minister of Finance, Arben Ahmetaj explains: “Salaries for teachers will be 10% and […]

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IBNA Analysis/Economic developments at the focus of Premier Rama

By   4 weeks ago

By Edison Kurani The Albanian Prime Minister is trying to “keep his feet on the ground”, while analyzing the economic developments in the country during the last three and a half years, since the left wing came in power. Rama compares several figures with the 8 years in office of the right wing and estimates […]

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1 billion USD worth of investments, PM Rama announced ahead of the elections

By   2 months ago

A few months before the holding of the 18 June general elections, the socialist PM, Edi Rama says that his government will soon start “a national program of 1 billion USD for reconstruction”. According to Mr. Rama, thanks to this new program and direct investments from the state budget “we will introduce a large volume […]

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Essential that Albania commits to maintaining its momentum of economic reforms, IMF says

By   2 months ago

IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement for Completion of Ninth and Tenth Reviews of Albania’s Extended Arrangement Economic program remains on track and has achieved its core objectives of correcting large macroeconomic imbalances and boosting economic growth. Overall, good progress in implementing structural reforms. Essential that Albania commits to maintaining its momentum of economic reforms. An International […]

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Analysis/Confidence of Albanians in the economy grows

By   2 months 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

By   3 months 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

By   3 months 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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Strong reactions by the Albanian Defence Ministry on the “Russian influence in the Balkans

By   22 hours ago

Security in the Balkans and NATO accession has brought to Tirana the Montenegrin Defence Minister, Predrag Boskovic, who has had a closed door meeting with the Albanian minister Albanian Minister of Defence, Mimi Kodheli has issued a strong reaction on what is being increasingly identified as the Russian influence in the Balkans. “Whoever wants to […]

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Senate Albanian Issues Caucus is relaunched

By   23 hours ago

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) announced they are relaunching the Senate Albanian Issues Caucus. This caucus is made up of a grup of republican and democrat senators. The Senate Albanian Issues Caucus will help to facilitate dialogue on critical issues facing the Albanian American community and countries in Southeast Europe with […]

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Albania is a contributor in the Coalition against terrorism

By   24 hours ago

All 68 members of the international coalition gathered in Washington upon the invitation of Secretary Tillerson, with the aim of growing and consolidating joint action. Since the creation of the global Coalition against ISIS, Albania has offered its active political and military contribution. From the USA, Albanian Foreign minister Bushati said that “we are determined […]

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IBNA Analysis/The president considers the political situation in Albania to be “very tense”

By   3 days ago

In an analysis that he makes to the political situation in the country, president of the Republic of Albania, Bujar Nishani, says that the situation is very tense. “The opposition is out of Parliament, in a public protest and at the same time, society is very polarized and this makes the political situation in the […]

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Albanian president against the minister of Interior proposed by the Prime Minister

By   4 days ago

In Albania, the President of the Republic declared on Sunday evening that he was against the appointment of Fatmir Xhafa for the post of the minister of Interior, adding that the Constitution forces him to decree this minister. “There have been concerning public accusations against the candidate for the post of Interior minister. He is […]

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Will Fatmir Xhafaj be Minister of Interior?

By   7 days ago

By Edison Kurani A debate has broken out in Albania about the new minister of Interior. The Prime Minister has proposed for this post the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for the Reform in Justice, the socialist MP, Fatmir Xhafaj. But his name has prompted reactions amid civil society, because he is accused of having […]

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IBNA FORUM/Politicians and analysts comment the changes in Rama’s cabinet

By   1 week ago

By Edison Kurani In the recent days, politics and public opinion have focused on the changes taken place in Prime Minister Edi Rama’s cabinet. Politicians and analysts offer their insights on these movements and the causes in this IBNA forum “A meeting to honor those who left” Prominent columnist and opinion maker, Ylli Dylgjeri believes […]

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Albanian opposition asks Russia to recognize Kosovo’s independence

By   1 week ago

A few months before the general elections, the leader of the Albanian opposition, Lulzim Basha, has launched an official agenda to convince countries such as Russia to recognize Kosovo’s independence. The democrat leader held on Tuesday a meeting with the ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr. Alexander Karpushin. During this meeting, Basha said that the […]

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OP-ED/ “Our identity is shaped by our past”

By   3 days ago

By Ambassador Bernd Borchardt* Albania has had a slow start in establishing a broader framework in which to engage in coming to terms with its communist past. At the moment, we can see the shifting from silence to an active engagement with the past in various fields. It is encouraging, given that it will ensure […]

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Social welfare pact signed by Albanian government, municipalities and international partners

By   4 days ago

Partners working in the area of social welfare commit to working together to improve social care services With the initiative of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth and support by the Swiss-funded UNDP project on social inclusion representatives of central government, municipalities and international partners attended a national conference on social services. Prime Minister […]

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“Albania is the main source of marijuana and a transit route for cocaine and heroin to the EU”

By   7 days ago

By Edison Kurani The US State Department has published in the recent hours the report on the fight against the production and trafficking of drugs for 2016, where it considers Albania as the main source country for marijuana and a transit route for cocaine and heroin in the EU countries. According to the State Department, […]

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Albanian paradox, out of 3 thousand people arrested for possession of weapons, not even half in prison

By   1 week ago

State Police in Albania has arrested in the past three years three thousand people who have been caught in possession of weapons without permit, but less than half of them have been sentenced. This paradox is also commented by the acting minister of Interior, Saimir Tahiri. He says that justice is not working and that […]

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Albanians shall live in harmony with nature

By   2 weeks ago

SPECIAL REPORT/The Constitutional Court rejects the motion to cancel the moratorium By Edison Kurani During the 20th century, 4 species of mammals have disappeared in Albania, while 17 species of birds no longer nest in the territory of the country. In the past 25 years, around 122 of vertebrae have lost more than 50% of […]

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Albania presents its touristic potentials in ITB Berlin

By   2 weeks ago

Albania is presenting its touristic potentials in the ITB Berlin International Tourism Fair, which will stay open from March 6 until 12 March 2017. This fair will see the participation of around 187 countries and nearly 6000 representatives of different prestigious media. The staff of the National Agency of Tourism, which presents Albania, has given […]

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Chemical wastes in Albania

By   2 weeks ago

SPECIAL REPORT/There are strong suspicions that around 40 thousand kg of radioactive wastes have entered Italy to Albania with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as final destination. We will have inputs from state officials, members of civil society and politicians By Edison Kurani In Albania, suspicions are mounting in relation to the arrival of […]

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Albania is the only country in the Balkans which doesn’t have a National Plan for the integration of women

By   3 weeks ago

Albania is the only country in the Balkan region which doesn’t have a National Action Plan for Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council. This was said by the head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt. He said today that the strengthening of the leading role for women requires real commitment. […]

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President of FSHF is a candidate for UEFA’s Executive Committee

By   1 month ago

Armand Duka is expected to be one of the members of the UEFA Executive Committee. In its meeting, the Executive Committee of the highest governing body of European football, has approved the candidacy of the president of the Albanian Football Association (FSHF). UEFA’s Executive Committee will be elected by the April 5 elections which will […]

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Albanian Cup matches

By   2 months ago

Yesterday, the quarter final matches of the Albanian Cup were played yesterday. Laci played against Skenderbeu of Korca and the match ended 1-1. In Shkodra, the home team Vllaznia defeated Teuta of Durres 1-0. In Vlora, Flamurtari was defeated by Beselidhja of Lezha 1-2. In the capital, Tirana won against Kukes 2-1. The Albanian Cup […]

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Albania achieves a convincing victory against Bulgaria in the European futsal championship

By   2 months ago

Albania is participating in the European Futsal Championship qualifiers, where the red and blacks have achieved a spectacular victory 7-1 against Bulgaria. The two teams are part of group D of this phase. Only the 7 winners of the groups are entitled to move on to the next stage. Tuesday’s match was completely controlled by […]

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

By   2 months 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

By   2 months ago

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

By   3 months 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

By   6 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

By   6 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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