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ODIHR starts monitoring mission for Albania’s May 14 administrative elections

TIRANA, March 8, 2023 – International observers of ODIHR, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, have started the mission of monitoring Albania’s local elections of May 14 with a press conference. The mission will be led by Ambassador Audry Glover, who has been in charge of international …

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PM pitches large public sector wage increases, leading to concern over costs, political use 

TIRANA, April 8 – Albania’s government is preparing to approve large wage increases in the public sector that could lead to the average salary going up 60 percent by 2024, Prime Minister Edi Rama has announced.  According to the government, the new system of public sector wages will bring the …

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Albanian PM Threatens to Quit International Arbitration Body

Premier Edi Rama reacted angrily to a decision by a World Bank-funded international arbitration body to grant around 110 million euros in compensation to an Italian businessman who claimed he was politically persecuted in Albania. Original post Here

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Op/Ed: The Quad: Searching for purpose in yet another new regional constellation

By ALBA CELA Last week, the Foreign Affairs ministers of Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo launched the “Western Balkans Quad – 100% alignment with EU Common Foreign Security Policy” as a platform to address CFSP in the sensitive geopolitical context brought about by Russian aggression in Ukraine. All countries …

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CEC introduces electronic platform on political parties’ funding monitoring

Central Elections Commission (CEC) has introduced Wednesday the Electronic Platform for Financial Reporting, which aims at strengthening the monitoring of the financing of political parties and the transparency of campaign funds. During the working table, the Head of the CEC, Ilirjan Celibashi, said that this platform will contribute to efficient …

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Colombian woman busted with drugs in Rinas airport

A Colombian citizen has been arrested this Wednesday at Rinas airport, after a quantity of cannabis was found in her handbag. Law enforcement revealed that the citizen with the initials C.J, 26 years old, who was traveling from Colombia to Albania was discovered during the control at the second line. …

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Two arrested and two wanted as drugs group dismantled in Fier

Police of Fier have finalized this Thursday the coded operation “Unique”, where quantities of narcotics heroin, cocaine and cannabis were seized. During this operation, the citizens, Klejdi Çela and Zhanri Hajdari, were arrested, while the citizens, Marsel Korreshi, previously convicted for the same criminal offense, and Selim Koçi were declared …

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Assets of Fushe-Kruja brothers seized by SPAK order

Special Prosecution against Corruption and Organized Crime (SPAK) seized this Thursday 5 assets of two brothers from Fushë-Kruja, Bardhok and Kastriot Shota, residents in the village of Derven. These two citizens have been investigated and are being tried by the Belgian authorities, as within a structured criminal group they have …

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PM promises dignified salaries for armed forces representatives

Prime Minister Edi Rama has vowed this Thursday morning that representatives of Albania’s Armed Forces will have dignified salaries and a pension in accordance with their ranks, as he invited the youths to join the army. During the military promotion ceremony of the Olympic champions, the head of the government …

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Gerdeci case/ Mediu in court, family members of the victims are also expected to be present

Today, the preliminary hearing for Fatmir Mediu is expected to take place at 14:30. The former Minister of Defense, Fatmir Mediu, is accused of abuse of duty and abuse of office under the military code. The prosecution asks the court to continue the trial. The last session was postponed after …

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The hearing session for former Prime Minister Berisha is postponed

The hearing session for former prime minister Sali Berisha has been postponed again. The former prime minister requested the lifting of the arrest measure. Meanwhile, it is learned that the next session will be held on March 8, 2024. The former prime minister is accused by SPAK of corruption in …

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The hearing session for Jamarber Malltez is postponed again

The court session for the son-in-law of former prime minister Sali Berisha, Jamarber Malltezi, is postponed. ABC News has learned that the hearing will be held on March 8. According to SPAK, in order to commit corruption, Malltezi is accused of having cooperated with one of the highest authorities of …

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NATO base in Kucova opens today

NATO airbase in Kucova will be opened this Monday. The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, with a post on his official page on “Facebook”, has shared a video from the moment of the assembly of the “Bayraktar” drones, which, as he says, will make their first flight at the …

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NATO base/General Staff of the Armed Forces: Important role in protecting threats from the east

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Albania, Arben Kingji, at the inauguration of the NATO air base in Kucova, said that this base is necessary more than ever to respond to threats coming from the east. “The inauguration of the Kucova base is a significant event for the AF …

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NATO, success story”/ General Sanchez De Lara: Albania is ready for the protection of peace

NATO base in Kucova, a base with modern infrastructure for Alliance aircraft, was opened today. Present at this ceremony, General Pablo Sanchez De Lara praised Albania for its contribution to the Alliance, while adding that NATO has shown that it offers security and peace despite the challenges. He also underlined …

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NATO base beyond the borders of Albania”, Rama: Important for the entire Balkans

An important base for the entire Western Balkans, this is how Prime Minister Edi Rama considered the opening of the NATO base in Kucova, this Monday. In his speech, Rama said that Albania proudly welcomes its allies and partners today. “Seeing a part of those present here as representatives of …

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Powerful explosion in Lushnje, one of the injured leaves the hospital

One day after the tragedy at the warehouse construction site in Lushnje, the injured are leaving the hospital. Sources from the Lushnje hospital inform that a 17-year-old left for his apartment during the night hours after receiving the necessary medication. He had received superficial injuries and the doctors saw fit …

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Lezha celebrates the 580th anniversary of the Covenant

Within the framework of the 580th anniversary of the Treaty of Lezha, a number of activities have been organized in the city. Dozens of citizens have gathered to commemorate one of the most important dates in history. Some young people are dressed in folk clothes, while a man dressed as …

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Begins the investigations for the explosion in Lushnje

The investigative team from the Fier prosecutor’s office has “landed” at the place where the explosion occurred in Lushnje. that killed two people and injured seven others. Journalist Ermal Vija reports that there are also police officers and OSHEE engineers at the scene to determine the cause of the explosion. …

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Bayraktar drones, Peleshi: Defense capability increases

Bayraktar drones have arrived in Albania. Through a post on social networks, the Minister of Defense, Niko Peleshi, says that since two days, the assembly has started and at the same time, the installation of the supporting infrastructure for their operation and control is being carried out. According to Peleshi, …

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The hearing session for former Prime Minister Berisha is postponed

The hearing session for former prime minister Sali Berisha has been postponed again. The former prime minister requested the lifting of the arrest measure. Meanwhile, it is learned that the next session will be held on March 8, 2024. The former prime minister is accused by SPAK of corruption in …

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The hearing session for Jamarber Malltez is postponed again

The court session for the son-in-law of former prime minister Sali Berisha, Jamarber Malltezi, is postponed. ABC News has learned that the hearing will be held on March 8. According to SPAK, in order to commit corruption, Malltezi is accused of having cooperated with one of the highest authorities of …

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NATO base in Kucova opens today

NATO airbase in Kucova will be opened this Monday. The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, with a post on his official page on “Facebook”, has shared a video from the moment of the assembly of the “Bayraktar” drones, which, as he says, will make their first flight at the …

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NATO base/General Staff of the Armed Forces: Important role in protecting threats from the east

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Albania, Arben Kingji, at the inauguration of the NATO air base in Kucova, said that this base is necessary more than ever to respond to threats coming from the east. “The inauguration of the Kucova base is a significant event for the AF …

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NATO, success story”/ General Sanchez De Lara: Albania is ready for the protection of peace

NATO base in Kucova, a base with modern infrastructure for Alliance aircraft, was opened today. Present at this ceremony, General Pablo Sanchez De Lara praised Albania for its contribution to the Alliance, while adding that NATO has shown that it offers security and peace despite the challenges. He also underlined …

News

NATO base beyond the borders of Albania”, Rama: Important for the entire Balkans

An important base for the entire Western Balkans, this is how Prime Minister Edi Rama considered the opening of the NATO base in Kucova, this Monday. In his speech, Rama said that Albania proudly welcomes its allies and partners today. “Seeing a part of those present here as representatives of …

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Powerful explosion in Lushnje, one of the injured leaves the hospital

One day after the tragedy at the warehouse construction site in Lushnje, the injured are leaving the hospital. Sources from the Lushnje hospital inform that a 17-year-old left for his apartment during the night hours after receiving the necessary medication. He had received superficial injuries and the doctors saw fit …

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Lezha celebrates the 580th anniversary of the Covenant

Within the framework of the 580th anniversary of the Treaty of Lezha, a number of activities have been organized in the city. Dozens of citizens have gathered to commemorate one of the most important dates in history. Some young people are dressed in folk clothes, while a man dressed as …

News

Begins the investigations for the explosion in Lushnje

The investigative team from the Fier prosecutor’s office has “landed” at the place where the explosion occurred in Lushnje. that killed two people and injured seven others. Journalist Ermal Vija reports that there are also police officers and OSHEE engineers at the scene to determine the cause of the explosion. …

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Bayraktar drones, Peleshi: Defense capability increases

Bayraktar drones have arrived in Albania. Through a post on social networks, the Minister of Defense, Niko Peleshi, says that since two days, the assembly has started and at the same time, the installation of the supporting infrastructure for their operation and control is being carried out. According to Peleshi, …