Latest News from Albania

Germany, UK Reaffirm Commitment to Western Balkans

During their meeting in Berlin, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas signed a joint declaration in which, among other things, they reaffirmed their countries' commitment to the security, stability, prosperity, and full sovereignty of the six Western Balkans countries, as well as to their European and Euro-Atlantic paths.

Big Waste: Costs of Garbage Disposal in Durres Pile Up

The session was held online due to COVID-19 limitations and ended with a decision to ask the central government to finance the building of a transfer station and a subsidy to cover the invoice of the privately operated Tirana Landfill at Sharra for the waste of Durres.

Fit for 55 package in focus as Slovenia’s EU presidency starts

Brussels – Slovenia presented to reporters in Brussels on Tuesday the priorities of its presidency of the Council of the EU with the Fit for 55 legislative package attracting the most interest. Slovenian representatives also said Slovenia would strive for breakthrough in terms of EU accession progress of North Macedonia and Albania.

Speaker advocates accelerating enlargement process in Brussels

Brussels – National Assembly Speaker Igor Zorčič said Slovenia would seek to accelerate the enlargement process during its EU presidency as he took part in the summit between the European Parliament and parliamentary speakers from the Western Balkans in Brussels on Monday, which noted the role of parliaments in the enlargement process.

EU Enlargement is a Strategic and Shared Interest

After successfully enlarging to the south and to the east, the EU is in the process of integrating the Western Balkans, located at the very heart of our continent.

Football Club’s Disputed Sell-Off Exposes Rot in Albanian Sport

A month later, the privatisation of the century-old Vllaznia, beloved by the people of Shkodra, is bogged down in legal wrangling, claim and counter-claim concerning the transparency and fairness of the auction process.

Romania updates list of countries in COVID-19 red, yellow, green areas

Romania's National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) updated on Friday its list of countries or areas with high COVID-19 epidemiological risk. "The classification of the countries/areas by the cumulative rate of COVID-19 cases in order to sort the persons arriving in Romania accordingly and subject them to quarantine is hereby approved," reads CNSU Decision 39.

Bulgaria to EU Council: National Assembly Resolution on Republic of North Macedonia Is in Effect

At a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Rumen Alexandrov confirmed that the support for the European perspective of the Republic of North Macedonia, expressed by the Bulgarian National Assembly in 2019, remains in effect, Bulgaria's Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels said on Tuesday.

"EU could lose Western Balkans"

On the sidelines of the meeting of EU affairs ministers in Luxembourg, Szijjrt said that the enlargement policy is one of the most important EU policies, reports MTI.
According to him, the Union will pursue "policies contrary to its interests" if it fails to speed up accession talks with Serbia-Montenegro and if it delays the start of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania.

US, EU Monitors Urge Dismissal of Tirana’s Top Prosecutor

The International Monitoring Operation, created to oversee a vetting process in Albania launched under EU and US pressure in 2017, issued a decision saying Tirana chief prosecutor Elizabeta Imeraj "has significantly jeopardised public trust in the judicial system" and should be removed from the post.