Rama proposes common energy market in the Western Balkans Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama proposed creating a common energy market in the Western Balkans, something that will reduce costs and facilitate energy for all the region’s countries. Speaking in the 10 anniversary of the Energy Committee, this year headed by Albania, Rama insisted this common market is a must.
Vienna Summit, Rama calls for strategic Europe approach for Western Balkans The Balkans needs a strategic approach from Europe. This was the main message, Albanian prime Minster Edi Rama told participants in the first day of the Vienna Summit during a Civil Society Forum, where leaders from western Balkans and EU discussed together regional challenges and EU integration process.
Museum on Mother Theresa birth house proposed The Albanian Spiritual and Cultural Heritage Institution in Macedonia proposed on Wednesday to establish a museum dedicated to Mother Theresa in the center of Skopje, in the same place where once laid her birth house. The initiative was made public on the Albanian humanist 105th birthday and is expected to be delivered soon at the Macedonian government.
Government project to provide free books for poor kids Some weeks before the start of the new school season, Albanian government decided to allocate 2.2 million euros in a project intended to provide free books to the poor children who cannot afford them. According to Education Minister Lindita Nikolla beside this category, the project will also help families with a large number of children.
“Crown Agents” rejects opposition corruption claims British company “Crown Agents”, accused by the opposition for failure and corruption in handling Albanian customs, says the results achieved are a success story. The company declares that in the first half of the year it managed positive results in two directions: stopping smuggling and increasing revenues, and also fighting corruption inside the customs own staff.
Basha condemns government role in drug trafficking Democratic Party Chairman, Lulzim Basha, is convinced that without the intervention of the Italian authorities, drug trafficking with airplanes would have remained isolated in the Divjaka plane that crashed two years ago. According to him, the latest operation uncovered by Italian police is yet another testimony of the ruling coalition leaders Rama and Meta connections with organized crime.
FM Bushati explains Vienna Summit goals Balkan countries high representatives gathered today in Austria to take part in the Vienna Summit, a second step after the Berlin initiative, organized under the tutelage of Austrian and German Chancellors, Faymann and Merkel. Infrastructure and political development, as well as migration and war against extremism will be the main topics of this summit.
Greece warns of harsh reaction to Dhërmi church demolition Athens promptly reacted after the Dhërmi church demolition by Albanian authorities, comparing the action to ISIS destruction of world heritage sites in Iraq and Syria. Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman, Konstandinos Kutras, said this action will have repercussions for Albania in bilateral and international relations.
DP insists PM Rama should resign over refugees’ crisis The Democratic Party insisted on Tuesday that Prime Minsiter Edi Rama should resign, because his government is incapable of resolving the refugee crisis. Speaking to medias, Gert Bogdani repeated the request of the opposition for the government to take the necessary measures in order to stop the massive exodus of asylum seekers from Albania to Germany and other EU countries.
Gjosha dismisses threats for visa reinstatement European Integration Minister, Klajda Gjosha, hopes for a positive progress report feedback from European Commission in two months’ time, and reassures Albanians there is no chance of visa reinstatement because of the wave of asylum seekers in recent months.
Tahiri tells Germany to end incentives that encourage Albanian asylum seekers Germany should abolish all incentives that have served as e motif for a high number of Albanians to request asylum in the country, Internal Minister Saimir Tahiri said during a press conference. He told reporters he requested his German counterpart, Thomas de Maiziere, to classify Albania as a safe country of origin, in order to stop the asylum seekers.
Dhërmi Church, locals against demolition Dhërmi inhabitants expressed their disapproval of the demolition of e local church in the village, which was crumbled by authorities as an illegal building. Accompanying the church priest they said they will protect it because it was built by them back in 1994, in the same place where communist regime destroyed the old one.
Tirana Municipality prepares list of fines for public property abusers Tirana Municipality will publish tomorrow a list of fines and other penalties for those who inflict damage on public property, harm the environment or occupy public spaces. Mayor Erion Veliaj announced the new measures while presenting Arian Hamiti, the new manager of the branches of the Municipality.
Suburbs villas robbers caught by police Three people were arrested on Monday accused for e series of thefts on some villas in Farkë, on the outskirts of Tirana, the city’s police said. Durim Rama 27, Ardian Suti 31 and Armend Krosi 45, were stopped by authorities who suspect they entered 9 villas during the last two months in the area.
Former Prime Minister Berisha slams government approach to Vienna Summit The Albanian government is avoiding strategic projects by sending in the Vienna Summit those who have zero feasibility, former Prime Minister Sali Berisha said in a media interview. Berisha said that one of the most important projects to be sent for approval is the Milot-Prizren railway, that will connect Albania and Kosovo and put both countries in the regional infrastructural map.
Tax Authority Chairwoman defends September operation against informality Tax Authority Chairwoman Brisida Shehaj is the last government representative to deny any battle against Albanian businesses in the September action against informality. Talking to reporters she said the sole goal of this action is protecting taxpayers and contribute to the state budget in order to afford salaries increase and investments.
Prime Minister Rama talks to followers on Twitter and Facebook The government action against informality, due to begin in September, was among the most frequent topics followers of Prime Minister Edi Rama on Twitter and Facebook asked him today, in an open discussion on social networks. As has been the case lately, Rama strongly denied that this action is going to hurt mostly the poor, saying that this is a battle to protect them and honest businesses that regularly pay taxes.
Ahmetaj: Economy growth has accelerated
Economic growth in Albania has accelerated despite the unfavorable environment and the situation with neighboring countries, Arben Ahmetaj, Minister for Economic Development said on Saturday. He emphasized that lack of lending opportunities have not halted the Albanian economy, which is being pushed by three main reasons.