Latest News from Albania

Dacic to attend foreign ministers' meeting in Kotor

BELGRADE - Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic will participate in the Informal meeting of the Western Balkans Foreign Ministers in Kotor, Montenegro, on Thursday.

Albania Private Universities in Line For Public Cash

Prime Minister Rama has endorsed a report into higher education, which he said was “a guarantee for higher education in Albania to move forward”.

According to Rama, work was already underway, ranking Albanian universities, both public and private, and those found to be lacking in academic standards will be closed.

Italy: EU enlargement strategic priority

Italy: EU enlargement strategic priority

BRUSSELS -- EU enlargement to the Western Balkan countries and Turkey is among Italy's strategic priorities during its EU presidency.

This is contained in a document presenting the country's program that was published in Brussels on Thursday.

Italy: EU enlargement-strategic priority

BRUSSELS - EU enlargement to the Western Balkan countries and Turkey is among Italy's strategic priorities during its EU Presidency, reads the document presenting the country's program that was published in Brussels on Thursday.

Construction Begins on Kosovo-Macedonia Highway

Construction on the ‘Arben Xhaferi’ highway - named after a late Albanian politician in Macedonia - started on Thursday with a ceremony inaugurated by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and state officials from Macedonia in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje.

“Today is a special day for Kosovo, it is a blessed day,” Thaci said after symbolically beginning work on the 60-kilometre highway.

Albania Holds Suspects for Bank CEO Murder

Police spokeswoman Laura Totraku announced on Tuesday that two brothers with a criminal background suspected of being connected to the murder had been arrested in the town of Fusha Kruja.

“The arrest of the two suspects was made after police gathered information on their links to the murder and their past criminal background,” Totraku said.

Verbic: Horizon 2020 chance for small, medium enterprises

BRUSSELS - The European Horizon 2020 programme opens up great opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises, Serbia's Minister of Education, Science and Technology Srdjan Verbic said on Tuesday as Serbia joined the programme, aimed at encouraging innovation and scientific development.

Serbia PM to Hire Former Tony Blair Ally

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reported on Monday that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksander Vucic is to offer veteran British politician Mandelson an advisory contract.

“He’s is one of the brightest guys I’ve ever met,” said Vucic, according to the Daily Mail.

Albanian Judiciary 'Prone to Political Interference'

According to the report published on Friday by the Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption, the Albanian judiciary is weaker than other branches of government.

Balkan countries co-operating to stop weapons trafficking

Balkan countries co-operating to stop weapons trafficking

New initiatives are in place to slow the flow of illegal weapons.

Balkan countries are co-operating to slow weapons trafficking as the region becomes a final destination for illegal weapons in addition to being a transit route to European and other markets, experts said.

Vucic congratulates Albania on winning EU candidate status

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent a note of congratulations to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Saturday concerning Albania's success to win the EU candidate status.

Serbian-Albanian ties to be improved for Balkan stability

BELGRADE - The key to stability in the Western Balkans is to promote Serbian-Albanian relations, and stability has been reached in Kosovo-Metohija, it was stated on Friday at a conference dubbed "Safety aspects of normalization of relations between Belgrade, Pristina and Tirana", which saw the presentation of the report on the integration of police in north Kosovo.

Albanian Banker Murdered in Mafia-Style Hit

Police spokeswoman Alma Katragjini said in a statement that 58-year-old banker Santo was shot at 9.30am local time outside his office in the central Blloku neighborhood of Tirana.  

Katrigjini said that the motive for the murder was unclear; a group of investigators has been assembled to probe it.

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