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15 May 15

Smugglers Evade Higher Taxes in Albania

Albania is trying to curb smuggling in cigarettes and fuel after higher taxes appear to have caused an alarming increase in smuggling rather than higher government revenue.

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04 May 15

Albanians Work Longer for Less Pay, Survey Says

The average employee in Albania works 2,100 hours per year but is paid less than the average worker in Bulgaria and Macedonia, Europe’s next worst-paid nations, a new survey says.

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30 Apr 15

Missed Targets Leave Hole in Albanian Budget

Deputy Finance Minister Irena Beqiraj has confirmed that government revenues are not meeting expectations, which may mean budget cuts later this year.

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22 Apr 15

EU Hails Balkan Transport Network Deal

Leaders of six Western Balkans countries meeting on Tuesday in Brussels agreed on plans for a regional transport network, to which the EU has pledged 130 million euros.

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13 Apr 15

Graft and Grey Economy Hindering Balkan Business, EBRD

A new survey from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD, shows that corruption, competition with the informal sector, complex taxes and lack of access to bank loans are the chief complaints of business leaders in the Balkans.

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20 Mar 15

Switzerland Helps Albania Build Gas Market

Switzerland has granted Albania 6.6 million euro to build up its infrastructure so that it can 'reap the benefits' of the new Trans Adriatic Pipeline running from Turkey to Italy.

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17 Mar 15

Chinese to Build Albanian Highway to Macedonia

Albania aims to fast-track procedures to give the China State Construction Company the concession to build a highway running from Tirana to Dibra/Debar in western Macedonia.

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16 Mar 15

Albania Seeks 550 Million Euros of Credit

The finance ministry has opened an international bid for a 250 million euro partially-guaranteed loan and is seeking to reissue about 300 million euro of sovereign bonds to tackle the budget deficit.

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13 Mar 15

Albanian Oil Production Registers Peak in 2014

Revenues for the oil extraction industry in Albania soared to $583 million (€544 million) in 2014, although falling international oil prices suggest the upward trend is now over.

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11 Mar 15

Balkan Economies Falling Behind, IMF Warns

The Western Balkan are lagging behind other former Communist transitional countries and need to complete the transformation process that began two decades ago, an IMF report says.  

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04 Mar 15

UK Firm's Aid Fails to Boost Albania's Customs

The Albanian government has admitted in a letter to the IMF that its contract with a British adviser, Crown Agents, has not yet resulted in the expected rise in customs revenues.

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02 Mar 15

Albanian Public Debt Reaches New Heights

Government-held debt increased by 622 million euro in 2014, while debt as a percentage of GDP reached 69.1 per cent, the highest figure in more than 15 years.

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23 Feb 15

IMF Releases 53 million Euro Loan to Albania

The Ministry of Finance says that the IMF has approved the release of the loan after several months of difficult negotiations and increases in tax and electricity prices.

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17 Feb 15

Falling Oil Price Hits Albanian Petroleum

Albania’s main petroleum extraction company has announced further cuts to its investment programme, blaming the fall in oil prices worldwide.

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03 Feb 15

EBRD Helps Albania Finance Vlora Bypass

Albania on Tuesday signed an agreement with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, EBRD, for the financing of the Vlora bypass road in southern Albania.

Politics and Society

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29 May 15

US State Department Hails Vucic Visit to Albania

US State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke congratulated the Serbian and Albanian leaders for managing the Serbian PM's “historic” visit to Tirana.

Culture and Lifestyle

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19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.