Latest News from Albania

Chief Prosecutors of Bulgaria and Albania Signed Memorandum of Cooperation

Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov and Albania's Chief Prosecutor, Arta Marku, signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the two Prosecutor's Offices on 26th of September in Sofia.

The Memorandum provides for cooperation in the area of international legal assistance and mutual exchange of information, the Prosecutor's Office said.

Anti-EU Rhetoric Risks Swaying Serbian Public, Experts Say

Recently amplified anti-EU rhetoric by a number of Serbian government ministers could potentially affect public opinion about the EU, amid a deep division over Serbia's potential EU membership, experts say.

High-Profile Albanian 'Gangster' Trial Delayed Again

A hearing in the trial of Emiljano Shullazi was postponed on Tuesday because a defence lawyer was dismissed on the spot, two defendants claimed to be sick and another defence lawyer said he had just learned that his father had fallen ill.

German corvette crosses Corinth Canal

A Braunschweig class corvette F260 is towed through the Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece, Monday. The international maritime exercise NAIAS was conducted in the Aegean Sea from September 14 to 22 with the participation of Greece, the US, Egypt, Albania, Romania and vessels of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2. [ANA-MPA]

Bulgaria to Launch Campaign to Attract Chinese Tourists, Says Bulgarian Tourism Minister

Sofia. China is very important for the European tourism, we seek to promote Bulgaria as a tourism destination in the Chinese market. We are preparing a marketing campaign to attract visitors from China, which we plan to launch next year. Bulgaria's official tourism portal will be available in Chinese after its upgrade in 2019.

Albanian Prosecutors Disciplined over Gangland Trial Row

The trial of the notorious alleged underworld figure Emiljano Shullazi is nearing its end, but a lack of a lead prosecutor has prevented the Serious Crime Prosecution Office from delivering its closing arguments for the past seven weeks.

US Report: Balkans Lack Resources to Fight Terror

The US State Department's 2017 terrorism country reports, released on Wednesday, show that many European countries remain concerned about returning foreign terrorist fighters, while the main issue in the Balkans appears to be a lack of resources.

"Serbia to sign Frontex agreement - today"

Avramopoulos, who arrives in Belgrade this Thursday, explained to the daily Blic that the EU-Serbia agreement on the activities carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) will enable the agency's to deploy teams in Serbia to control and the border crossings along with members of the Serbian border police.

Berlin "skeptical about border correction"

Speaking in Tirana, Albania, Maas said that "there exists the fear of a domino effect," Beta agency reported, citing AP.

According to the report, "Serbian and Kosovo presidents have indicated they are ready to discuss border changes in the negotiations for a solution to the Kosovo issue."

Balkan Crime-Busting Operation Yields Drugs and Firearms

A major police action involving 8,300 police from 28 countries and designed to curb crime orginating from the Balkans has resulted in almost half a million people, vehicles and premises being checked on the ground, Europol said on Friday.

Albania Opposition Keeps up Unofficial Boycott of Parliament

It was expected to be an eventful political season when Albania's parliament reopened earlier this month, with an agenda of reforms needed to open the way for the start of EU membership negotiations next June.

After the Council of Europe postponed a decision on this issue last June, reforms that need cross-party agreement, such as electoral reform, have become a matter of urgency.

Security council talks disrupted over agenda

A meeting on Wednesday between party representatives to discuss Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias's proposal for the creation of a National Council on Foreign Policy was disrupted after New Democracy's Giorgos Koumoutsakos stormed out in protest that other foreign policy topics were not included on the agenda.

EU is weak, can't expand to W. Balkans - Slovenian president

According to the British Express, Pahor said the EU "could not hope to take on the likes of Serbia, Montenegro and Albania as new members in its current state."

"A weak EU will not be able to expand to the Western Balkans," he told during a forum in Bled on Tuesday, in the presence of European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

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