Latest News from Albania

CeSID and several foreign observers to monitor elections

BELGRADE - The Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) is the only domestic organization that requested and got accreditation from the national electoral commission (RIK) for monitoring early parliamentary elections, while foreign observers showed greater interest in that.

Bulgarians Among Most Frequently Expelled from Belgium in 2012

The Bulgarians were among the foreign nationals who were expelled from Belgium most frequently in 2012. 

The five countries, topping the list, according to frequency of expulsions are Albania, Morocco, Romania, Bulgaria and Brazil. 

Albania 'Sold Off' Parts of Butrint, Watchdog Says

Documents obtained by the Forum for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, a watchdog based in Tirana, show that 1,360 hectares of land inside the park were restored to property claimants in 2006.

Fule Urges Albanians to Unite Over EU

“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

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]

Arrests aid terrorism fight in Albania

Arrests aid terrorism fight in Albania

The arrests of five suspects bring a long-desired relief from a terror group's actions.

Albanian officers conduct an anti-terrorism exercise. Security experts have urged the country's law enforcement agencies to work jointly to prevent acts of terrorism. [AFP]

IMF to help Albania make reforms

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

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]

International Fair of Tourism to open on Thursday

BELGRADE - The International Fair of Tourism will be held in Belgrade from February 27 to March 2, bringing together over 1,000 exhibitors from 54 countries across the globe.

Albanians Fighting Abroad Face 10 Years' Jail

The amendment initiated by the ministry of justice follows reports that a growing number of Albanian citizens have joined radical Islamist groups fighting in the Syrian civil war.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Arjan Dyrmishi, a security expert with the Albanian Institute of Democracy and Mediation told Balkan Insight.  

Montenegro Bows to Gusinje’s Municipal Ambitions

Montenegro is to get a new 23rd municipality after parliament verified a government decision adopted last December to grant municipal status to Gusinje.

The small town in northern Montenegro, near Albania, which has only around 2,000 inhabitants but a large diaspora in the US, is mainly home to ethnic Bosniaks and Albanians.

PM attends EBRD conference in London

PM Ivica Dačić participated in a high-level regional forum organized in London on Monday by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

He presented Serbia's results in the creation of favorable business and investment environment, emphasizing that no project can be implemented without stability of the region.

Albania Govt ‘Failed to Uphold Pre-Poll Promises’

Out of the 17 electoral promises made by the centre-left government of Prime Minister Edi Rama that Mjaft evaluated as part of its Truthometer project, seven were realised, seven were not realised, one was judged to be unmeasurable and two others were only party fulfilled.

Rama’s government took office in September, promising to usher in a ‘renaissance’ for Albania.

More Macedonians Seek Asylum in Germany

The German Federal Service on Migration and Refugees said that 9,420 people from Macedonia lodged asylum applications in Germany in 2013, Deutsche Welle reported.

The figure represents a sharp increase from 2012, when almost 6,900 Macedonians sought asylum in Germany, and from 2011, when there were 1,750 applicants from the Balkan state.

Macedonia Launches Construction of Key Motorways

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski announced over the weekend the start of work on the two new motorway segments financed by a loan of 574 million euro from the Chinese Export-Import Bank.

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