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01 Nov 17

Balkan States Score Well in Doing Business Ranking

World Bank's latest global business ranking holds cheering news for some Western Balkan countries, such as Macedonia and Kosovo, but not for Bosnia, Croatia and Albania, which did not make it into the top 50.

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31 Oct 17

London Report Makes Upbeat Forecast on Albania Economy

London-based BMI Research has upgraded Albania's GDP growth forecast for this year and next, based on a favourable climate for investment and a rise in local consumption. 

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12 Oct 17

Pledge to Extend VAT Worries Albania’s Small Businesses

Government plans to extend VAT to small businesses – to curb the informal economy – have left many of them fearful about the future. 

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06 Oct 17

High-Rise Boom Transforms Albanian Capital's Skyline

Prime Minister Edi Rama is getting closer to realising his dream of dotting the skyline of Tirana with a forest of skyscrapers - whose economic need is questionable, critics say.

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27 Sep 17

Albania Unions Demand Hike in Minimum Wage

Unions in Albania are calling for a significant rise in the minimum wage, saying the current amount is too little to cover the basic cost of living. 

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08 Sep 17

Albania, Montenegro Eye EU Funding for Gas Pipeline

Albania's Energy Ministry on Friday presented a feasibility study for a 618-million-euros gas corridor between Albania, Bosnia and Croatia, which it hopes the EU and US will support.

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29 Aug 17

Albanian Business Welcomes Joint Balkan Market

A top Albanian businessman says the EU-backed plan to form a common market in the Western Balkans is good in principle - as long as businesses are included in the drafting of the plan. 

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02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours

Western Balkan countries have united in condemning Croatia's tax increase on imports of fruit and vegetables, with some hinting at possible counter-measures in response.

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24 Jul 17

Private Stock Exchange Aims to Fill Gap in Albania

The first private initiative stock exchange in the country is due to open in October - and hopefully fill an important gap in the country's economic and financial architcture.

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21 Jul 17

Kosovars Warned About Using First Bitcoin ATM

Kosovo is about to get the first virtual currency ATM in the Balkans - but the central bank has warned potential users that they cannot expect much protection from the law.

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18 Jul 17

Albania Hopes Japanese Embassy Will Boost Ties

As a Japanese embassy opened on Monday in Tirana, Albanian experts expressed hope that closer ties to the Asian economic superpower would now develop. 

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03 Jul 17

Turkey Stays Top of Albanian Holiday Destination List

Albanians are continuing with their decade-long habit of holidaying in Turkey, though the Greek islands have started to become popular as well.

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05 Apr 17

Albania, Kosovo Struggle to Boost Low Trade Levels

Exports from Albania to Kosovo dropped in 2016, which small and medium-sized businesses blame on difficulties with high customs fees.

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04 Apr 17

Albania Aims To Build on Boom in Tourism

Albania earned a record 1.5 billion euros from tourism in 2016, well up from the figures recorded the previous year - but officials say the country must do much more if it is to keep those figures growing.

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31 Mar 17

Albania Spies Gold in Projects Linked to TAP

Energy experts say the country stands to benefit hugely from major energy projects linked to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, which will run bring Caspian Sea gas to Europe across Albania.

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08 Nov 17

Resistance Grows in Albania to Rama’s Tax Reforms

Controversial reforms designed to curb the grey economy by forcing small firms to pay VAT, among other things, are coming under increasingly hostile scrutiny.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

Politics and Society

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14 Dec 17

Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and Abroad

Heightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.

04 Dec 17

Albania Braces for Fifth Day of Severe Floods

Culture and Lifestyle

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18 Oct 17

Agrotourism Brings Hope to Remote North of Albania

The small agro-tourism farm in the village of Kcire, built on the initiative of an Italian Catholic priest, has reduced local unemployment and made the remote community a beacon for visitors.