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Dimitrov: Statements that may offend or cause concern to neighbors are not useful

“The friendship agreement with neighboring Bulgaria refers to a common history that connects the two peoples. “In the 21st century in Europe, the right to self-determination and self-expression cannot be questioned,” said Nikola Dimitrov, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, following a statement by Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov that Bulgaria would block the first…

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Meta hosts Selimi

The President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta, received today the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Kosovo, Selim Selimi. President Meta reaffirmed his full commitment to increase cooperation between Albania and Kosovo in all directions. The Head of State praised the coordination between the strategic partners for the EU-Kosovo-Serbia-sponsored continuation, emphasizing the…

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Schools to reopen in Albania

TIRANA, September 2 – Schools in Albania are expected to reopen on September 14 under strict regulations regarding coronaviruses. The Ministry of Education announced earlier in August that classes “will be conducted according to strict hygienic and sanitary protocols and preserving social distance”. In the meantime, several students who were unable to attend online classes…

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Meta: Albania is shrinking and aging at a dramatic pace

“Albania is shrinking and aging at a very dramatic pace, like no other country in Europe,” Albanian President Ilir Meta said on Tuesday. Meta also stated that, “in the research recently published by” Ekonomisti “, the worst case scenario predicts that, by 2100, the population of Albania will be only 860 thousand”. “The aging rate…

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The Democratic Party will do everything to keep young people in the country

The leader of the Democratic Party of Albania (PD) Lulzim Basha said on Monday that his political party would do everything possible to keep young people in the country. Referring to the latest Gallup report, Basha said today that one in three people leaving our country are young, while Albania is among the countries with…

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55% of foreigners with residence permits are for employment reasons

At the end of 2019, the number of foreigners with residence permits in Albania decreased by 4.6% from 2018, resulting in 13,507 people, according to INSTAT. According to statistics published by INSTAT, the number of applications for residence permits in Albania in 2019 was 8,241 applications. There are 2,753 foreigners from Italy, 1,730 from Turkey…

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The government does not support the business sector by reducing the tax burden

Albanian Minister of Finance and Economy Anila Denaj said that business support continues through the continuous reduction of the tax burden and a more favorable environment for business activity. According to Denaj, support for businesses derives from income tax, zero tax for small businesses with an annual turnover of 0 to 5 million ALL and…

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Meta re-tabulates the Law on Regional Development and Cohesion in Parliament

President Ilir Meta has decided to reopen the law on “Regional Development and Cohesion” for review in the National Assembly. In a statement, the Office of the President notes that “this law, with its approved content, can never become part of the legislation of the Republic of Albania”. “The law approved by the Albanian Parliament…

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Soreca: We support Albania in mitigating the financial consequences of COVID-19

The European Union has allocated 180m euros to Albania to improve the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The head of the European Union Delegation in Tirana, Lugi Soreca, said that “by providing 180 million euros in macro-financial assistance to Albania, we are helping the country mitigate the financial consequences of COVID-19”. “The European Union…

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President Meta ratifies the new election code

Albanian President Ilir Meta approved changes to the agreed electoral code in the June 5 agreement and voted on July 23rd, according to a statement issued by the Presidency. According to the announcement of the Presidency, today, President Ilir Meta decided without delay the approval of law no. 101/2020, as promised. “The amendments to the…

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Meta: Politics must follow in the footsteps of religious harmony

The President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta, on the occasion of the holy day of Eid, visited today the office of the Bektashi World Headquarters, where along with the leaders of the Albanian Catholic and Christian Orthodox religious communities, congratulated Mr. The Bektashi leader of the world, Haxhi Dede Edmond Brahimaj. Expressing the…

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Chief Negotiator with EU welcomes constitutional changes

The head of Albania’s EU accession negotiating team, Zef Mazi, today welcomed the adoption of the constitutional amendments to the Convention, emphasizing that it constitutes a further rapprochement between the country and the EU. “The approval by the Albanian Parliament today for some constitutional changes, after the parliamentary approval of July 23, for the implementation…

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Rama participated in the Atlantic Council for the Western Balkans

The Washington-based Atlantic Council held a teleconference with the leaders of the six Western Balkan countries, who discussed co-operation in dealing with the pandemic situation. The US Special Envoy for the region, Matthew Palmer, reiterated his support for the accession process of these countries, including the EU-Kosovo-mediated negotiation process. “We have the same views on…

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Parliament ratifies military agreement with Turkey

Albanian parliament approves military defense agreement between Albania and Turkey with 105 votes in favor, 4 against and 4 abstentions According to the Council of Ministers of Albania, the cooperation agreement aims to establish the principles of financial assistance to Albania for the purchase of 100% products and services produced by Turkey from Turkey and…

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United Opposition Also Demands No Delays in Ratification of June 5th Agreement

Today, the United Opposition issued a statement expressing its readiness to continue the debate and work in the Political Council on any issues and issues related to the elections, starting today, but without hindering or delaying the approval without changes, as soon as possible. if possible, the June 5 agreement. “The United Opposition reaffirms its…

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Meta calls for urgent approval of the June 5 Agreement

Albanian President Ilir Meta today thanked the MEPs for their support in launching negotiations with the European Union. Responding to a statement by MEPs issued by the European Parliament on the issue of the June 5 agreement and its conclusion, Meta stressed that the first condition was the urgent approval of the June 5 agreement.…

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EU is a driving force for the implementation of reforms in our country, says Gjonaj

Albanian Ministers of Justice Etilda Gjonaj and Infrastructure and Energy Belinda Balluku held an online chat today with Isabel Santos, the European Parliament Rapporteur for Albania, and Charlotte Ruhe, Executive Director for Central and South-Eastern Europe. Minister Gjonaj said that the discussion focused on the two main areas for EU membership, justice and energy. “Today…

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Greece: Varvitsiotis contacts Cakaj

The priorities of the Greek Presidency of the Council of Europe were at the center of the virtual meeting held today by Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis with Albanian Foreign Minister Gent Cakaj. During the video conference, the Deputy Foreign Minister informed the Albanian Foreign Minister about the priorities and program of the Greek Presidency,…