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Vucic to initiate trilateral meeting with Italy, Albania

ROME - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday he would initiate a trilateral meeting of Serbia, Italy and Albania that would be aimed at forging closer ties and at participation in joint projects.

Concluding an official visit to Rome, Vucic told reporters he would discuss the idea with Albanian PM Edi Rama first.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister is on a Working visit in Serbia

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva begins today a visit to Serbia and will also visit Albania, reported '24 chasa' Newspaper.

During her talks she is going to present the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU in 2018 which will prioritize among other things, the European future of the Balkan states.

Private Stock Exchange Aims to Fill Gap in Albania

A new privately run stock exchange is due to open in Albania in October, after three years of the country not formally having such an institution.

The Tirana Stock Exchange, TSE, opened in 1996, first as a department of the Albanian Central Bank and later as a joint-stock company.

Kosovars Warned About Using First Bitcoin ATM

Kosovo will soon become the 57th country in the world - and the first in the Balkan region - to operate a virtual money ATM, according to Albvision Ltd, the company that delivered the machine.

In a press release distributed in Kosovo and Albania on July 17, the company said that Tirana and Skopje will be the next two destinations where these kinds of ATMs will be placed. 

US Report: Balkans Need Resources to Fight Terror

Faced with a global surge in terrorism that has included radical Islamist elements in the Balkans, most countries in the Balkan region have visibly improved counter-terrorism policies, but some still have difficulties with lack of capacities, experience, and resources, a US State Department report said.

Albania Hopes Japanese Embassy Will Boost Ties

Albanian authorities hope that the new Japanese embassy in Tirana will help economic exchanges between two countries grow and encourage Japanese businesses to invest in Albania.

The ribbon-cutting ceremonial opening of the embassy was performed by the Albanian Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati, and by Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nobuo Kishi, on Monday.

Macedonian Police to Help Patrol Albanian Resorts

The number of Macedonian citizens holidaying in Albania for the summer has grown to the point where Albania has asked Macedonian police to help patrol the resorts.

Following an agreement between the Interior Ministries of Albania and Macedonia, this summer, for the first time, police from neighbouring Macedonia will help Albanian police tackle not only road policing but also crime.

Dacic: Single economic zone no substitute for EU membership

TRIESTE - Serbia welcomes the Berlin Initiative as Belgrade believes it demonstrates that the EU is maintaining the enlargement agenda, Serbian FM Ivica Dacic said in Trieste Wednesday, adding that consent on a single economic area in the region was a good thing but that the concept could not be accepted as a substitute for EU membership.

Die Welt: EU wants to create mini-Yugoslavia

Reporting about the Western Balkans Summit in Trieste, German newspaper Die Welt writes that "the EU wants to create a new mini-Yugoslavia in the Balkans."

This is according to Croatia's Index website, that said the summit brought together "the countries of the Western Balkans, as well as the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic."

Italy warns EU must keep door open to Balkan members

Italy warned Wednesday that the European Union must keep its doors open to eventual membership for Western Balkan countries or risk allowing Russia and other global powers to increase their influence in the region.

Albanian ex-dictator’s grandson jailed for smuggling cocaine

 

An Albanian court has sentenced the grandson of former communist dictator Enver Hoxha to ten years in jail for smuggling cocaine, a statement said on Wednesday.

Ermal Hoxha is part of a nine-member group, which includes two Columbians, whose were served prison terms from 10 to 13 years on Tuesday, a Tirana court said.

Rama Shames Albania's 100 Least Helpful Officials

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Wednesday published a list of 100 names of people holding positions in the public administration and the judiciary - all accused of not being very helpful to ordinary citizens.

Political Crisis Slowed Down Economic Growth in Albania

In Albania, the political crisis slowed down economic growth. This is the conclusion of the latest report of the European Commission on the associate member countries and potential associate member countries of the European Union, according to the Independent Balkan News Agency.

Angela Merkel: 'Political stability of the Western Balkans Means Political Stability For Us as Well'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the European Union is committed to bring the Western Balkans region "slowly but surely" to EU membership, reported BGNES.

"Political stability in the region means political stability for us as well. We know this from the past experience, "she said at the European Forum for the Western Balkans in the Italian city of Trieste.

EU Ready to Finance Rail Link Between Bulgaria and Macedonia

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations has told Deutsche Welle that the EU would finance the construction of a railway linking Bulgaria and Macedonia, which is part of a Pan-European Corridor 8, stretching between the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and the Adriatic coast of Albania, quoted by BGNES.

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