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17 Oct 16

Albania-Serbia Trade Grows From Modest Base

Trade between Albania and Serbia is growing steadily, albeit from a low base - and the disparity between what Serbia sells to Albania, and what Albania sells to Serbia, remains huge.

14 Oct 16

Joint Chamber Aims to Boost Serbia-Albania Trade

The launch on Friday of a joint Serbia-Albania Chamber of Commerce in Nis is intended to enliven currently weak economic ties between the two countries - but not everyone expects it to succeed.

22 Sep 16

Albanian Activists Mull Lawsuits to Stop Power Plants

Activists in northern Albania are preparing lawsuits to halt the planned construction of power plants that they say will wreck tourism in the Albanian Alps.

13 Sep 16

Albanians Dispute New Pipeline Compensation Rates

NGOs warn that Albanian families expected to give up their properties to make room for the Adriatic pipeline project, TAP, have not been adequately compensated, while some have faced threats of government expropriation.

26 Jul 16

New Power Line to Link Albania to Macedonia

A German bank loan of 50 million euros opens the way for the construction of 126km high voltage 400kV line from Elbasan in Albania to Bitola in Macedonia, designed to integrate the energy trade in the region.

20 Jul 16

Judicial Reform ‘Will Help Business in Albania’

The proposed judicial reform will help to improve the business environment because local and foreign investors often face corrupt or politically-influenced judges in property disputes, experts said.

10 May 16

Albanian Court Cuts Short Socialist MP's Mandate

Albania's Constitutional Court has ruled that the mandate of Socialist Party MP Koco Kokedhima is unconstitutional because a company of his won a public procurement contract after he was elected.

03 May 16

Chinese Investments Raise Eyebrows in Albania

Within the first four months of 2016, Chinese companies have acquired an interest in strategic sectors and significantly raised the level of international trade

01 Apr 16

Albanians Get to Fly from Second Airport

The government has reached an agreement with Tirana International Airport on ending its monopoly on flights, opening the way for an airport at Kukes in the north to open.

21 Mar 16

Chinese Buy Rights to Oil Fields in Albania

As Canada's Bankers Petroleum announces the sale of exploitation rights in Albania to the Chinese, experts are urging the government to carefully assess the new investor's potential.

04 Mar 16

Albania Lures Investors With Free Land Leases

Albania plans to boost the under-performing tourism sector by offering to lease land for development at a symbolic price of only one euro.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

A new report paints a broadly optimistic picture of economic trends in the Balkan region where growth rates in particular are picking up.

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

09 Jan 15

No Losers Under Albania’s Pension Reform

Politics and Society

26 Oct 16

Albanian Court Stalls Vital Judicial Reform Law

The constitutional court stalled a law on vetting judges and prosecutors – an important part of a judicial reform programme which is a condition for the EU to open accession talks with Albania.

25 Oct 16

Albania Experts Query PM's Promised Pay Hikes

Culture and Lifestyle

13 Oct 16

Albania's Edi Rama to Promote Book in Belgrade

The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is coming to Serbia on an official visit - where he will also promote his book, 'Sacrifice', to a Belgrade audience.

05 Oct 16

Albania Prepares for Historic Royal Wedding

15 Sep 16

Rapper Wounded in Albania-Kosovo Hip Hop Feud