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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.

chinese-investments-raise-eyebrows-in-albania-05-02-2016
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

albania-to-open-flights-from-kukesi-airport-04-01-2016
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.

chinese-company-to-take-over-oil-fields-of-albania-03-21-2016
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.

albania-leases-free-land-for-big-tourism-investors-03-03-2016
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.

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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.

albanian-experts-slam-foreign-company-vat-administration-01-29-2016
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. 

albania-aims-to-liberalize-international-flights-12-23-2015
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.

government-lures-albanians-to-spy-tax-frauds-10-22-2015
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.

bankers-seeks-international-mediation-over-tax-dispute-09-14-2015
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.

albania-government-starts-major-crackdown-against-fiscal-evasion-09-01-2015
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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25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

Balkan countries are weighing up the likely impact on trade, banks, currencies and investment if Greece is forced out of the eurozone.

09 Jan 15

No Losers Under Albania’s Pension Reform

Politics and Society

lazarat-raid-fails-to-deter-albania-s-cannabis-growers-06-24-2016
29 Jun 16

Lazarat Raid Fails to Deter Albania’s Cannabis Growers

Two years after the high-profile Albanian police raid on the southern outlaw village of Lazarat, the crackdown on cannabis cultivation remains an unfinished business.

24 Jun 16

Balkans Shaken as UK Chooses EU Exit

24 Jun 16

Fears Grow For Hijacked Albanian Fishermen

24 Jun 16

Albania Plans Memorial to Communism Victims

Culture and Lifestyle

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16 Jun 16

Lights Return at Last to Remote Albanian Villages

Although Albania was electrified in the mid-1970s, three villages in the Burrel area lost their power years ago - and have only just got it back.

02 May 16

Albania Shifts Hopes From Hunting to Tourism