Latest News from Albania

Commission Renews Call For Albania's EU Candidacy

In a progress report issued on Wednesday, the European Commission said Albania has continued to implement and consolidate EU-related reform measures, in particular those relating to candidate status.

EC recomends Albania be granted candidate status

EC recomends Albania be granted candidate status

TIRANA -- The European Commission has recommended granting Albania candidate status for membership in the European Union.

The EC "recognizes Albania's progress and urges it step up its reforms before and after the decision of member states later in June," Reuters reported.

EU doors "open to all Western Balkan states"

EU doors "open to all Western Balkan states"

VIENNA -- Austria's FM Sebastian Kurz has said that 100 years since the beginning of the First World War "we must work together to create a common European future."

World Bank Warns Albania of Need For Reform

The report entitled "Albania’s Public Finance Review," underlines that Tirana’s fiscal deficit is largely structurally driven, and says reforms in tax, administration, pensions and energy could significantly enhance its fiscal sustainability.

Kurz: We need to work on common European future

VIENNA - Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna Tuesday that today, 100 years since the beginning of World War One, we must work together to create a common European future, stressing that the EU enlargement was of great importance not only to countries that aspire to become EU members, but also to its member-states.

Albania President Pressed Over Roma Property Rights

A group of Roma and human rights organizations gathered on Monday in front of the president’s office and presented a petition with 6,000 signatories, calling on the head of state to return the legislative amendments to parliament.

Serbian patriarch visits Albania, nationalist protest

Serbian patriarch visits Albania, nationalist protest

TIRANA -- Leaders of Orthodox Christian churches - including a delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) headed by Patriarch Irinej - were in Albania on Sunday.

They consecrated the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in the country's capital, Tirana.

Albania increases anti-drug trafficking measures

Albania increases anti-drug trafficking measures

The government acts after an airplane carrying drugs crashed and reports surfaced of potential misuse of military airports by drug traffickers.

Large slabs of concrete that block the runways at three military airports are the latest tool to slow the flow of illegal drugs in Albania.

Orthodox patriarchs visit Tirana

TIRANA - Leaders of Orthodox churches - including a delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church headed by Patriarch Irinej - consecrated the Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana on Sunday.

The consecration service - a major event for all Orthodox churches - was led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Albania's Balkanweb reports.

Bulgaria Best Balkan Country to Invest in, Foreign Policy Magazine

Bulgaria ranks 28th in the Foreign Policy Magazine's "Baseline Profitability Index", measuring countries' attractiveness for foreign investors.

Among the countries of the Balkan peninsula, Bulgaria is the highest ranked. Right behind, in 29th place, is ranked Macedonia. Romania is 43rd, Albania 53rd, Serbia 55th, Slovenia 74th, Turkey 79th, Croatia 90th, and Greece 101st.

Albania Eyes Gasification Via TAP Pipeline

Albania’s inter-institutional commission for cooperation with the TAP pipeline on Monday said Albpetrol had launched a bid in the first booking phase for the pipeline on May 14.

The TAP AG, the consortium that controls implementation of Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project, is expected to review the application.

Albanians Promised Jobs for Votes, Study Finds

“About 43 per cent of respondents declared they were aware of cases in which votes were promised in return for favours,” IDRA said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Voting ‘to keep their current job’; to 'get a job after the elections’; and ‘in return for money or gifts’, are mentioned as frequent phenomena encountered by more than a third of the respondents,” it added.

Reunion of JHA ministers of SEECP countries in Bucharest

Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) ministers of the countries participating in the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) reunite on Wednesday and Thursday in Bucharest at the Parliament Palace to tackle the regional cooperation on illegal migration and human trafficking, police collaboration, fight against corruption, and enhancement of judicial cooperation.

Albania’s Beaches Dirtiest in Europe, Report Says

The report, entitled European Bathing Water Quality in 2013, said 8.2 per cent of the bathing waters in Albania were classified non-compliant with minimum standards.

"Albania’s rate of non-compliance is comparable to when other countries reported their bathing water quality for the first time," the EEA noted.

Eurosceptic Victories Cause Concern in Albania

Officials in Albania are mulling the results of the European Parliamentary elections, which saw anti-EU, anti-establishment, parties triumph in Britain and France and poll strongly in some other countries.

As a result, parties opposed to the European project have roughly doubled their seats in the assembly.