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05 Nov 14

Albania Plans to Hike Taxes to Curb Deficit

Albanians will have to pay more in taxes on tobacco and petrol next year, as well as higher income tax, the draft 2015 budget indicates.

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29 Oct 14

Balkans Do Better in 'Doing Business' Report

Most Balkan states have improved their positions in the World Bank's latest “Doing Business” report - some much more than others.

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07 Oct 14

Albania Hopes New Lottery Will Curb Tax Cheats

In a new effort to curb the extensive "grey" informal economy - and boost its own revenues - the Albanian government is planning to launch a new lottery based on receipts for purchases.

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06 Oct 14

Albania’s Growth Slumps in Second Quarter of 2014

Albania's GDP fell by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2014, the National Institute of Statistics said, frustrating government expectations of higher growth.

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02 Oct 14

Albania Raises Taxes on Cigarettes

Albania's cash-strapped government raised the duties on cigarettes on Wednesday, arguing that the measure was necessary to protect public health.

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29 Sep 14

Balkan States to Cut Mobile Roaming Charges

Following the EU's example, regulators in four Balkan countries have finally agreed to reduce mobile phone roaming charges, which are much higher than in western Europe.

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23 Sep 14

Air Serbia Launches Flights to Albania

Tirana International Airport, TIA, inaugurated a new route between Tirana and Belgrade on Tuesday through Serbia’s national carrier, Air Serbia, which will operate the route three times a week.

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11 Sep 14

China Pledges to Help Albania Build Highway

Albania Prime Minister Edi Rama and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang discussed plans to build a new highway from Tirana to the Macedonian border.

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09 Sep 14

Kosovo Loses Hope of Getting Adriatic Sea Port

The government in Tirana said that an Albanian port on the Adriatic Sea which had been promised to Kosovo could now be leased to a Chinese state-owned company.

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03 Sep 14

Balkan Economic Competitiveness Makes Uneven Progress

The latest World Economic Forum report on global competitiveness ranks Bulgaria as the best in the Balkans and Albania as the worst, just behind Serbia.

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01 Sep 14

Sky-High Roaming Charges to Go in Balkans

Regulatory agencies in the Balkans have finally agreed to phase out mobile phone roaming charges, which are much higher than those in Western Europe.

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28 Aug 14

Balkan Leaders in Berlin Pledge to Work Together

Balkan economy and finance ministers meeting in Berlin have agreed that their countries must jointly resolve economic issues that trouble the region.

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15 Aug 14

Albanian Bank Chief Wins Board’s Confidence

The board of the Central Bank has supported the governor, following calls that he should resign over the recently discovered bank theft.

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25 Jun 14

Corruption Hinders Balkans Energy Sector Progress

Rampant corruption has raised costs, wasted opportunities for sustainable energy and distorted the market, says a new report by a group for environmental NGOs.

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24 Jun 14

Albania Settles Czech Power Company Dispute

The Albanian government has settled a costly dispute with the Czech energy giant CEZ over the ownership of a local power utility, CEZ Shperndarje.

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12 Nov 14

World Bank Financed Power Plant Threatens Albanian Canyon

A hydropower plant, which the Austrian company ENSO is building in the Lengarica River in southern Albania with financing by the IFC, threatens to ruin a famous canyon, BIRN can reveal.  

Politics and Society

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25 Nov 14

Opening of Cold War Bunker Divides Albanians

The opening to the public of a large Cold War-era bunker, built in the 1970s to survive nuclear attacks, caused some Albanians to complain that the Communist past was being rehabilitated.

Culture and Lifestyle

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21 Nov 14

Vienna’s Albanians Get in on the Mozart Act

Impersonating Wolfgang Amadeus is big business in Vienna - but these days many of the men in wigs are not Austrian but Albanian.