Latest News from Albania

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.

Corruption Hinders Balkans Energy Sector Progress

The report published by SEE Change Net on Wednesday says that tens of millions of euro have been lost by south-eastern European countries due to high-level corruption in the energy sector.

EBRD: EUR 500 million for region's flood recovery

LONDON - In a move designed to boost long-term lending to local businesses and private borrowers in the Western Balkans and Croatia, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending up to EUR 500 million for on-lending to partner banks.

EC president to visit Serbia on Sunday

EC president to visit Serbia on Sunday

BRUSSELS -- European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso will visit Serbia on Sunday, the EC said on Wednesday.

Barroso will meet with senior officials in the Serbian government, a statement said.

Bulgarian President to Attend SEECP Summit in Bucharest

President Rosen Plevneliev will take part in the meeting of the heads of state and government of the South East European Co-operation Process (SEECP) countries on June 25.

This is the highest level of political dialogue in the region in this format, according to the President's press office.

The SEECP was launched on Bulgaria's initiative in 1996.

EU Grants Albania Candidate Status

Albania has been granted an EU candidate status on Tuesday, during the meeting of EU ministers in Luxembourg.

"Albania congratulations on candidate status just agreed by ministers: acknowledgement of reform efforts, encouragement for more”, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele wrote on Twitter.

EU sets Albania on road to membership

The European Union set Albania on the road to membership on Tuesday, agreeing to give the small Balkan state the status of candidate to join in recognition of the government's recent reform efforts.