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Victory Day, Europe Day marked

Victory Day, Europe Day marked

BELGRADE -- The marking of Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II started late on Thursday with a ceremonial artillery salute fired from the Belgrade Fortress.

Young Jobless Albanians Abandon Hope of Work

An online survey carried between June and April 2014, including 7,555 respondents from across Southeast Europe, show Albania has the lowest number of unemployed young people actually seeking a job.

Only 36 per cent of the respondents in Albania said they were actively seeking employment, followed by Macedonia and Montenegro, where the figures were 38 and 39 per cent.

Cash-Strapped Balkan States Miss Eurovision

The semi-finals of the Eurovision, which started on Tuesday in Denmark, will include only six participants from the Balkan region - Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Greece.

Viewers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey will only watch Eurovision from their TV sets.

Council of Europe resolution to foster minority rights, languages in Albania

Council of Europe resolution to foster minority rights, languages in Albania

A law on nationalities would help clarify Albania's policy, and other steps also are needed to address remaining discriminatory practices against minorities.

A new Council of Europe resolution requires Albania to provide education to minorities in their native languages. [AFP]

Corruption Hindering Albania’s War on Terror, US Says

“While Albania has the political will to cooperate with countries in the region on counterterrorism initiatives, it lacked the capacity to implement effective controls,” the US State Department said.

“Corruption coupled with a poorly functioning judicial system continued to hinder Albanian efforts in law enforcement,” the report added.

Kosovo Police Arrest 11 Over Privatization Deal

Kosovo police announced they had arrested 11 people suspected of abusing official authority and economic authorization, and of fraud, related to the privatization of a company.

Baki Kelani, police spokesperson, said the arrests concerned the privatization of Fan, a company based in Podujeva/Podujevo.

The company was sold off by the Privatization Agency of Kosovo, PAK.

Albanian Ministry's Ad Cash Enriched One Agency

The data, obtained through a freedom of information request, FOI, show that the Ministry of Interior held six major TV ad campaigns and produced one spot in four years for a total 85,389,780 lek (€610,000).

The seven contracts awarded for the production and transmission of the adverts all went to one advertising agency, Promo Sh.p.k.

EU 'to Extend' Southern Gas Corridor from Azerbaijan

The EU would extend the route for supplies through the Southern Gas Corridor and its pipes will make their way further into Europe's mainland, according to reports.

Russia's Vedomosti, which cites sources from the European Commission, suggests that pipes could lead into France and Spain and this could increase the amount of Azerbaijani gas received from the Union.

Albania Spy Agency Denies Army Drug Trafficking

“We are extremely concerned about the wave of media and political speculations over the publication of a classified document, which is being abused and damages our work and the interests of the country,” the State Information Agency, SHISH, said in a statement on Saturday.

International conference on World War One begins

BELGRADE - An international conference on World War One is being held in Belgrade on Friday, with the goal to objectivise the truth abou that great conflict.

The conference started on Thursday and includes distinguished scientists, historians and military experts from 20 countries in Europe and Asia.

EBRD Director for Bulgaria Learned of Dismissal "from Media"

Stafka Slavova, former Alternate Director of the EBRD, Poland, and Albania, learned about her dismissal from media reports.

In an interview for, she said the decision had been taken with no debate and arguments, and was not even part of a meeting at the Council of Ministers.

Albania MP Urges New Probe Into Costly Kosovo Highway

“The highway will be remembered for years to come as the most expensive road ever built by the Albanian government,” Balla wrote on his Facebook page.

Balla accused current Albanian centre-right opposition leader Lulzim Basha, who signed the contract for the construction of the highway in 2006, of abuse of power, damaging to state to the tune of €190 million.

Burkhalter to visit Serbia on Thursday

BELGRADE - President of Swiss Confederation and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter will pay an official visit to Serbia on Thursday when he will meet with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and other top officials.

Kosovo MPs Approve New War Crimes Court

The proposal to establish the new tribunal was passed by 89 votes to 22 in parliament on Wednesday, although Prime Minister Hashim Thaci called it “the biggest injustice and insult which could be done to Kosovo and its people”.