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23 Feb 16

Balkan Leaders Discuss Energy, Transport at Summit

Transport links and energy projects were high on the agenda as Balkan premiers met at an investment summit in London organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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29 Jan 16

Albanian Plan to Privatise VAT Payments Queried

A government plan to hand business VAT payments over to the private sector to administer is causing controversy. 

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24 Dec 15

Albania Claims Deal Will Allow Low-Cost Flights

Officials claim they have reached an agreement with Tirana airport's shareholders to end their monopoly on international flights - but some experts are sceptical.

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27 Nov 15

Tirana and Skopje Agree ‘Veggie War’ Deal

Albania and Macedonia take steps to resolve fresh produce 'trade war' after Tirana raises the issue at a regional free trade meeting.

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23 Oct 15

Albania Offers Rewards to Tax Fraud Spies

Albania is setting up a fund to reward citizens who report on fiscal evasion as part of the government campaign against the informal, cash economy.

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14 Sep 15

Albania Oil Company Seeks Tax Dispute Mediation

The main petroleum extraction company in Albania is hoping that an independent auditor will help to resolve a tax bill of $57 million (50 million euros).

albania-open-procedures-on-a-second-hydropower-plant-on-the-last-wild-river-in-europe--09-09-2015
09 Sep 15

Albania Power Plant Approval Angers Greens

Breaking his promise to not allow any new hydropower plants on the Vjosa River, Albania's Prime Minister has approved a Turkish company's request for a concession, angering environmentalists.

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02 Sep 15

Auditors Query Albania Electricity Firm's Data

The refusal of independent auditors to give a verdict on the accuracy of the financial statements of the electricity distributor has shed light on the poor state of bookkeeping in Albania's state-run companies.

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01 Sep 15

Albania PM Declares 'War' on Fiscal Evasion

Under pressure from the IMF over falling fiscal revenues, Prime Minister Rama has pledged to engage 600 teams to fight the widespread evasion of the use of receipts for goods - although many see the threat as empty.

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31 Aug 15

Europe to Fund Balkan Transport, Energy Projects

Following the Vienna summit, the Western Balkans has been promised 200 million euro in co-financing for 10 transport and energy projects, to improve growth and energy security.

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10 Aug 15

Albania Plan to Raise Taxes Causes Outrage

The Ministry of Finance shelved a draft law that was to introduce taxes on low wage-earners after strong criticism from the media and from some of the ruling coalition's MPs.

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05 Aug 15

Albanian Government Cuts State Budget

The Albanian government used emergency measures to cut its expenditures by four per cent for this year to keep its budget deficit unchanged despite disappointing revenues.

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03 Aug 15

IMF Mulls Suspending Agreement with Albania

IMF representative Jens Reinke said Albanian state budget revenues are well below target and suggested further tax hikes, while the government promised a crackdown on tax evasion.

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24 Jul 15

Private Electricity Production Booms in Albania

The annual report from the regulator shows that private electricity production reached a peak over the past year, with private companies now producing a fifth of the country's electricity.

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06 Jul 15

Balkan States Weigh Impact of Greece’s ‘No’

Officials in the Balkans are weighing up the potential impact of the Greek referendum result on their countries amid warnings that a deepening of the crisis could damage economies in the region.

Premium

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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

europe-s-new-balkan-strategy-gets-dynamics-all-wrong-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

Culture and Lifestyle

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01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

New Year’s Eve was celebrated in true Balkan style across the region, with cities from Zagreb to Tirana putting on extravagant firework displays and open-air events, which saw regional and international stars performing to the swathes of jubilant crowds that came out to mark the beginning of 2018.

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018