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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.

energy-and-transport-dominate-ebrd-s-balkan-summit-in-london-02-22-2016
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.

tirana-and-skopje-agree-veggie-war-deal-11-26-2015
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.

auditors-fails-albania-electricity-utility-financial-data-09-02-2015
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.

eu-to-financially-support-western-balkans-08-28-2015
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.

leaked-plan-to-raise-income-tax-cause-outrage-in-albania-08-10-2015
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.

albania-government-cuts-state-budged-due-to-poor-revenue-performance-08-05-2015
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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balkan-economies-brace-for-impact-of-grexit
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

albanian-politician-sentenced-for-murder-arrested-in-netherlands-04-29-2016
29 Apr 16

Albania Confirms Fugitive's Arrest in Netherlands

After nine months on the run from his life jail sentence, Albanian police have confirmed at Arben Frroku is under arrest in Holland.

27 Apr 16

Rama Tells UK to Leave Albania out of EU Fight

26 Apr 16

Albanian Court Closes Case on Protest Killings

22 Apr 16

Albania Ex-PM Slated for Making Call to Arms

Culture and Lifestyle

albania-debates-over-renting-its-monuments-03-25-2016
28 Mar 16

Albania Experts Dispute Plan to Lease Historic Sites

A goverment decision to lease heritage sites to the private sector has worried experts who fear that historic monuments could end up damaged and stripped of their identity.

22 Mar 16

Old Jam Makers Taste Sweet Success in Albania

29 Feb 16

Albanian Gays Party to Defeat Isolation

31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

31 Dec 15

Albanians Pine For Old-Time New Year's Eve