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The minister said Albania had already “consolidated legal framework on the environment, but criminal sentences for those who break the law should be increased.
“The current measures are not enough,” he told an international conference on the environment held in Tirana.
Five Serbian cities make list of Europe's top 10
The cities were chosen based on categories including human resources and life and business environment. Also in business news: Cyprus appoints Georghadji as new central bank governor.
Zajecar, Serbia, was chosen as one of Europe's top 10 cities of the future. [AFP]
Credit Suisse considers Albania a lower middle income country in 2013, with a per capita wealth per adult estimated $9,450 (€6,796).
According to the Swiss bank's research arm, in mid-2013 every adult Albanian per capita had $1,780 (€1,280) in financial wealth $8,390 (€6,034) in non-financial wealth and $647 (€465) of debt.
BELGRADE - The representatives of non-governmental organizations from the region of the Western Balkans and Turkey signed on Friday the Belgrade Declaration on Development of Social Entrepreneurship, with an aim to draw attention of the decision-makers in the EU and other countries to the steps that need to be taken for further development of social economy.
BELGRADE - This year's 44th international Music Youth piano contest will be held in Belgrade from March 21 to 29, organisers told a press conference on Thursday.
BELGRADE - Serbia gained surplus in trade with the CEFTA countries amounting to USD 89.7 million in January 2014, reads a statement by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (RSZ) on Wednesday.
The exports to the CEFTA countries in January amounted to USD 153.7 million, while the imports were USD 64 million, and the export- import ratio equaled 240 percent.
“Albania’s future is in the EU… but the political parties need to work together and efficiently,” Stefan Fule said in a joint press conference with Albania's centre-left Prime Minister, Edi Rama, on Thursday.
“The culture of confrontation does not help Albania’s EU integration process,” he added, referring to the country's history of fierce political disputes.
War crimes verdicts improve Kosovo-Serbia relations, experts say
The Belgrade court decisions on war crimes committed in Kosovo will help improve the relationship between Albanians and Serbs, experts and citizens said.
Future verdicts by the Belgrade High Court War Crimes Chamber could help improve relations between Serbia and Kosovo. [AFP]
IMF to help Albania make reforms
A loan from the IMF will help Albania undertake economic reforms. Also in business news: Turkey wants to increase its 20 percent stake in the Trans-Anatolia Gas Pipeline project to 30 percent by April.
The pension system in Albania will be reformed with the help of an IMF loan. [AFP]
Kosovo, Albania sign employment deal
The bilateral agreement establishes a common labour market between the two countries.
Erion Veliaj, Albania minister of youth and social welfare (left) and Nenad Rasic, Kosovo minister of labour and social welfare, sign a memorandum of co-operation in Tirana. [Albania Ministry of Youth and Social Welfare]