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A regional laboratory for farming products in the Balkan

By   4 weeks 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   1 month 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

By   2 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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Albanian exports increase by 17.4% compared to a year ago

By   2 months 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

By   2 months 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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The freedom of speech is on

By   1 week 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 week 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   3 weeks 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 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   2 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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“Collapse”, the same as in 1997

By   2 months 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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Three Chinese chief specialists disappear in an Albanian mine

By   2 weeks 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   3 weeks 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   3 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   1 month 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

By   3 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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1 billion USD worth of investments, PM Rama announced ahead of the elections

By   3 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   1 month 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   2 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   2 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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Albania is aiming to achieve a 6% economic growth rate starting from 2017

By   2 months 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

By   2 months 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

By   2 months 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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Right wing opposition in Albania has launched an action to overthrow the government of the left wing Prime Minister Edi Rama

By   8 hours ago

The democrat leader, Lulzim Basha said today on the fourth day of the protest that “every day we are determined  until our condition is fully met: free and honest and a technical government alone could guarantee the free vote”. Basha said that he doesn’t withdraw from the condition for the creation of a technical government […]

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Brussels will not negotiate with the majority and opposition in Albania

By   8 hours ago

German MEP, Knut Fleckenstein has arrived to Tirana where he is holding meetings with political leaders and senior state officials. Fleckenstein said that his mission to Tirana is not to negotiate between the government and opposition, but to discuss with the sides for the process of the integration of Albania. The MEP said that “I […]

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Meta does not take a stand, political “gridlock” continues

By   11 hours ago

While the “ball” seems to be on the majority’s court, no clear movements seem to have been made to unblock the situation. Rama has asked his MPs to get ready for Thursday’s session, in spite of the opposition’s boycott, while Meta doesn’t answer if he accepts a technical government or not The leader of  SMI […]

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DP’s protest in the hands of Ilir Meta

By   11 hours ago

By Roland Qafoku The situation with the DP’s protest, which has entered its fourth day, is similar to this sentence which is in the form of an aphorism: All of Albania has set its eyes on the DP’s protest, but the DP’s protest has set its eyes on Ilir Meta. Not only because several representatives […]

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OP-ED/Motivation

By   12 hours ago

By Apollon Baçe According to the current leader of the Democratic Party, Basha, “Tirana has never seen such participation in a rally before” and according to yesterday’s chairman of the DP, Berisha, “over 500 thousand Albanians (participated) in the ‘redeath’ funeral”. Namely, twice as much as in Bucharest, which means that the expected overthrow of […]

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DP in Albania demands two left wing parties to join its cause

By   1 day ago

While today marks the third day of the opposition protest in a tent in front of the Council of Minister’s building, democrats are more determined on what they seek. This was said today by the democrat MP, Aldo Bumci. Bumci said that the only response that protesters and opposition expect from PM Edi Rama is […]

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Trump declares war on Media – What has changed

By   2 days ago

Barely a month into his duties as President of the United States, Donald Trump has declared war on the media accusing them of being liars and enemies of the American people. In recent years the media have been the target of various leaders, not only of authoritarian regimes but also of countries with deep foundations […]

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Soros and Gulen “enemies” of the Balkans?

By   2 days ago

With an article entitled ”Soros the Balkans’ favourite enemy” Deutsche Welle (DW) refers to the activities of the Hungarian-American investor in the Balkans and to the “strange” NGO’s active in the region and funded by him. According to DW Balkan countries are increasingly prone to totalitarianism. But the absurdity of the whole matter is not […]

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Prosecution in Albania requests finger prints for six MPs and three mayors

By   1 day ago

Based on the decriminalization law, which has been recently introduced in Albania, prosecution is pushing investigations forward, aiming to discover if people with criminal records are occupying parliamentary seats. The same request has also been delivered to CEC for 3 mayors who are subject to the decriminalization law. The names of the MPs who are being […]

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Six MPs and 3 mayors under criminal investigation by the Albanian Prosecution

By   6 days ago

In Albania, the General Prosecution Office is investigating six MPs and 3 mayors for different alleged criminal offenses. They are being investigated by the prosecution as part of the Decriminalization law. According to the prosecution, the list includes the following MPs: Armando Prenga, Artan Gaci, Mhill Fufi, Aqif Rakipi, Omer Mamo and Gledion Rehovica. Part […]

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A tragedy like Romeo and Juliet occurs in Fier

By   2 weeks ago

A tragedy similar to the famous scenario of “Romeo and Juliett” happened today in Fier, Albania. A boy and a girl have been found dead inside a car near the village of Shen Pjeter, IBNA reports. The victims are Drini Derveni, 32 years old, resident in Fier and Ermira Arapi, 29 years old, resident in Lushnja. […]

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2 million euros robbed in broad daylight in Albania, Interior Minister launches criticism

By   2 weeks ago

An armored vehicle which is believed to have been carrying around 2 million euros from a private bank in Tirana to the “Mother Teresa” international airport in Rinas, has been robbed on Thursday afternoon. The car was robbed in the middle of its journey by a group of armed people wearing masks. Different witnesses have […]

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Tirana becomes the first city in Albania with electronic bus tickets

By   2 weeks ago

Tirana will soon be the first city in Albania to introduce electronic bus tickets. In today’s meeting, the government delegated to the Municipality of Tirana the right to emit electronic tickets for city buses. The mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj said today that there will no longer be ticket controllers and physical exchange of tickets […]

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Albanian police offers 36 thousand euros for the capture of “Balkan’s Escobar”

By   3 weeks ago

The Albanian police have failed in a number of operations aimed at capturing the much wanted person, Kelmend Balili, therefore it seeks the help of the public. Through an official announcement, State Police have sought the help of the public saying that 5 million ALL or 36 thousand euros will be offered to those who […]

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First ambassador of Albania in the Vatican dies at the age of 91

By   4 weeks ago

The reintroduction of religion in Albania was a very important thing for Albanians at the beginning of the ‘90s. 25 years had gone by since former communist dictator, Enver Hoxha had outlawed religion in the Constitution. This led to the destruction of many religious sites. Year 1991 marked the reintroduction of religious Muslim and Christian […]

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Corruption Perception Index, Albania ranks 83rd

By   4 weeks ago

No country has a perfect score in the Corruption Perception Index 2016. This is the evaluation of the Transparency International report. In the 2016 report, Albania ranks 83rd out of 176 countries that have been examined. Prime Minister Edi Rama considers this new positioning as realistic and says that it is a clear indicator of […]

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

By   2 weeks 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   3 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 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   4 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   5 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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