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12 Oct 17

Pledge to Extend VAT Worries Albania’s Small Businesses

Government plans to extend VAT to small businesses – to curb the informal economy – have left many of them fearful about the future. 

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06 Oct 17

High-Rise Boom Transforms Albanian Capital's Skyline

Prime Minister Edi Rama is getting closer to realising his dream of dotting the skyline of Tirana with a forest of skyscrapers - whose economic need is questionable, critics say.

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27 Sep 17

Albania Unions Demand Hike in Minimum Wage

Unions in Albania are calling for a significant rise in the minimum wage, saying the current amount is too little to cover the basic cost of living. 

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08 Sep 17

Albania, Montenegro Eye EU Funding for Gas Pipeline

Albania's Energy Ministry on Friday presented a feasibility study for a 618-million-euros gas corridor between Albania, Bosnia and Croatia, which it hopes the EU and US will support.

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29 Aug 17

Albanian Business Welcomes Joint Balkan Market

A top Albanian businessman says the EU-backed plan to form a common market in the Western Balkans is good in principle - as long as businesses are included in the drafting of the plan. 

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02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours

Western Balkan countries have united in condemning Croatia's tax increase on imports of fruit and vegetables, with some hinting at possible counter-measures in response.

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24 Jul 17

Private Stock Exchange Aims to Fill Gap in Albania

The first private initiative stock exchange in the country is due to open in October - and hopefully fill an important gap in the country's economic and financial architcture.

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21 Jul 17

Kosovars Warned About Using First Bitcoin ATM

Kosovo is about to get the first virtual currency ATM in the Balkans - but the central bank has warned potential users that they cannot expect much protection from the law.

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18 Jul 17

Albania Hopes Japanese Embassy Will Boost Ties

As a Japanese embassy opened on Monday in Tirana, Albanian experts expressed hope that closer ties to the Asian economic superpower would now develop. 

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03 Jul 17

Turkey Stays Top of Albanian Holiday Destination List

Albanians are continuing with their decade-long habit of holidaying in Turkey, though the Greek islands have started to become popular as well.

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05 Apr 17

Albania, Kosovo Struggle to Boost Low Trade Levels

Exports from Albania to Kosovo dropped in 2016, which small and medium-sized businesses blame on difficulties with high customs fees.

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04 Apr 17

Albania Aims To Build on Boom in Tourism

Albania earned a record 1.5 billion euros from tourism in 2016, well up from the figures recorded the previous year - but officials say the country must do much more if it is to keep those figures growing.

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31 Mar 17

Albania Spies Gold in Projects Linked to TAP

Energy experts say the country stands to benefit hugely from major energy projects linked to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, which will run bring Caspian Sea gas to Europe across Albania.

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21 Mar 17

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

Kosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.

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15 Feb 17

Albanian PM Accused of Breaking Jobs Promise

Prime Minister Edi Rama’s government has failed to keep the promise made during his 2013 election campaign to develop a business climate that would create 300,000 jobs, economists said.

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17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

The Gulf states have turned into a dream destination for many young Albanians whose career paths were blocked back home.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

09 Jan 15

No Losers Under Albania’s Pension Reform

Politics and Society

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13 Oct 17

Turkey Presses Albania To Extradite Key 'Gulenist' Suspect

Albania is under pressure to deport a 39-year-old detained in Durres, who Turkish media link with a Twitter account that infuriated Ankara with its leaks of state secrets.

10 Oct 17

Albania Commemorates Communist Killing of MPs

Culture and Lifestyle

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09 Oct 17

Controversial Drone Stars in Albanian Football Doc

The notorious drone that flew over a sports stadium in Belgrade bearing a map of greater Albania in 2014 takes centre stage in a new documentary on the Albanian football team that will be premiered in Warsaw.