Archive for the ‘Albania’ Category

EU Conditions Albanian Membership on Reform

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

Albania will only be able to move forward towards EU membership when it starts showing more progress on its reform agenda, the Council of Ministers underlined on Tuesday.

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Albanian Muslims Grapple with Religious Identity

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

A Turkish brand of Islam now dominates the country’s religious institutions, as local Muslims struggle to find their own spiritual path.

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Balkan ‘Mini-Schengen’ Deal Signed

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

New agreement on border control-free travel between Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro brings Balkans closer to establishing EU-style Schengen zone.

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Key Evidence of Albania Riots ‘Destroyed’

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

Balkan Insight has learned that key evidence shot by security cameras in the Prime Minister’s office during the January 21 riots was destroyed in the aftermath of the protest.

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Albania PM Says Serbia Influenced Organ Trafficking Report

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has dismissed Dick Marty’s report on organ trafficking during the Kosovo war, saying it was influenced by Belgrade.

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Albania Warned it Risks Missing EU ‘Train’

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

MEPs from the joint EU-Albania Stabilization and Association Committee warned Tirana on Friday to speed up reforms or risk missing out on the integration process.

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Albania Parties Trade Blame Over EU Deadlock

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

Opposition and government point fingers after the EU Council of Ministers on Tuesday said Albania had made little progress towards membership.

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Romania, Albania discuss bilateral relations

Friday, March 21, 2014 Comments Off

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean stressed the need to intensify political dialogue and relations between the two countries in the future.

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Greece supports Albania’s EU road

Monday, February 24, 2014 Comments Off

Albania merits the EU candidate country status and Greece will continue its support and diplomatic efforts with European partners for Albania to achieve this goal in June. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Greece Evangelos Venizelos made the remarks in his meeting with President of Albania Bujar Nishani in Tirana on Friday.

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Lebanon, Albania discuss bilateral ties

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

In a meeting with his Albanian counterpart Thursday, Speaker Nabih Berri spoke of improving ties with the Eastern European country in terms of trade and transport agreements.

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Albanian PM to delay visit to Belgrade

Friday, February 14, 2014 Comments Off

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will postpone his visit to Serbia, planned for February. The media in Albania are quoting his office as saying that

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Bulgarian President visits Albania

Friday, January 17, 2014 Comments Off

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is on an official visit to Albania where he is to meet with Lulzim Basha, mayor of the capital city Tirana.

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EU calls on Albania to make more efforts for candidate status

Thursday, January 16, 2014 Comments Off

The European Union (EU) and Greece urged Albania on Wednesday to push ahead wide-ranging reforms ahead of the EU’s decision on whether to grant the Balkan state candidate status to the bloc. Launching the six-month presidency of the European Union by neighbouring Greece, the EU’s Ambassador Ettore Sequi said a decision on Albania’s candidate status, […]

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Albanian PM to visit Serbia in February

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Comments Off

Albanian Prime Minister of Edi Rama will visit Belgrade, most likely in February, as part of his regional tour, said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić.

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Bulgaria supports Albania’s EU road

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgaria will support Albania in its candidacy for the European Union, said Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. Vigenin met with Albanian Ambassador to Sofia, Petrit Karabina, who acquainted him with the most recent

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Romania supports Albania on its EU path

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Comments Off

Romania supports Albania’s efforts to join the European Union (EU), Romania’s parliament speaker said on Tuesday. “Progress of Albania in the fields of judiciary, parliamentary reform and public administration is a testimony that your

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EU reviews Albania for candidate country status

Friday, November 8, 2013 Comments Off

A senior Albanian official said Thursday a EU delegation will make a key assessment of the country’s readiness for EU candidate country status, which could be an opportunity for Brussels to know the Balkan country better. Albanian Minister of European Integration Klajda Gjosha made the remarks while meeting with the European Union’s Working Party on […]

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Romania, Lithuania reaffirm support for Albania’s EU path

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Comments Off

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, in his capacity as the holder of the EU’s rotating presidency, and Romanian Foreign Minister, Titus Corlatean, as holder of the Presidency of the South East European Cooperation Process, affirmed their support to Albania’s EU integration on Tuesday during a working visit to Albania.

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Leader of Albanian Socialist Party visits Turkey

Monday, August 5, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Premier Erdogan on Saturday met with the leader of Albanian Socialist Party Rama in Istanbul. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on

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Albania could get EU candidacy by December

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Comments Off

European Union (EU) Ambassador to Albania Ettore Sekui said, “General elections on June 23, was a step further towards Albania’s being part of EU family.” Sekui held separate meetings with outgoing premier Sali Berisa and winner

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France congratulates Albanian PM, but expressed concern about violent incidents

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

France on Thursday congratulated newly-appointed Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, whose Socialist-led coalition came to power after sometimes-violent Albanian legislative elections. But Paris expressed concern to Tirana about “certain violent incidents” that took place during

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Albania counts votes after Sunday parliamentary elections

Monday, June 24, 2013 Comments Off

Counting continues after Sunday’s parliamentary vote, seen as crucial to Albania’s EU integration hopes. Poll commissioners continued to count ballots on Monday after an election day marred by the murder of an opposition supporter and the wounding of a ruling Democratic Party candidate in a shootout in the northern town of Lac.

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Upcoming elections in Albania are crucial for democracy, EU officials say

Monday, June 17, 2013 Comments Off

Two EU top officials said on Monday that the parliamentary elections in Albania on June 23 represent a crucial test for the country’s democratic institutions and its progress towards the European Union. “We continue to monitor closely the preparations of the elections

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Kosovo asks ‘reciprocal rights’ for Serbian Albanians

Thursday, June 6, 2013 Comments Off

The Kosovo parliament has approved a resolution demanding more rights for the ethnic Albanians who form local majorities in parts of the Presevo Valley of southern Serbia. It demands “full reciprocity” for ethnic Albanians in Serbia for

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Albanian President says it will not attend Balkan Summit because of Kosovo

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Comments Off

President Bujar Nishani on Tuesday said he would not participate in the summit of the South-East European Cooperation Process, SEECP, after his Kosovo counterpart was not invited. Nishani said he would not be going to Macedonia out of “disappointment with the destructive conditionality that

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Montenegro, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina sign agreement on gas pipelines construction

Friday, May 24, 2013 Comments Off

Representatives of the Governments of Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia signed a memorandum of understanding, support and cooperation in the construction of two new pipelines – the Trans-Adriatic (Trans Adriatic Pipeline, TAP) and the

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EU calls on Albania to fix poll dispute

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union on Tuesday called for for a resolution of the power struggle among Albanian parties to control the Central Electoral Commission ahead of the June 23 elections.

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Catherine Ashton starts Balkan tour

Monday, April 15, 2013 Comments Off

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton is beginning her visit to the region on Monday with a trip to Montenegro. In Montenegro, Ashton is to meet with PM Milo Đukanović

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Albanian Journalists Protest Over Colleague’s Assault

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Comments Off

Dozens of reporters and activists rallied in front of the government, protesting over a police assault on a Top-Channel TV staffer.According to information received by Balkan Insight, police detained cameraman Gent Ballta on Sunday while he was filming confrontations between Tirana football club fans and police officers. While in detention in Tirana’s police station number […]

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Albania President Green-Lights Waste Referendum

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Comments Off

President Bujar Nishani set Tuesday December 22 as the day when a historic referendum on trash imports will be held, the first such grassroots initiative in Albania.The referendum request had been spearheaded by a group of activists, environmentalists and intellectuals, who collected more than 64,000 signatures in order to annul two articles of a law […]

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Azerbaijan and Albania sign bilateral agreement

Monday, April 8, 2013 Comments Off

The Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan and the Council of Ministers of Albania signed an agreement on cooperation in Baku on Monday. This is stated in the report of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan released on Monday.

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OSCE to monitor Albanian elections

Friday, April 5, 2013 Comments Off

OSCE announced that it will send hundreds of monitors to observe June’s national elections in Albania. An OSCE report says

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Albanian and Jordanian FMs stress the urgency for a political solution to Syria

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Comments Off

Jordanian and Albanian foreign ministers on Tuesday stressed the urgency for a political solution to Syria, which preserves the unity of the country. At a meeting in Amman, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh

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Egypt and Albania discuss bilateral cooperation

Monday, April 1, 2013 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi met on Sunday with Albanian Foreign Minister Edmond Panariti. Presidential Spokesman Omer Amer said that the talks discussed boosting

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The EU Enlargement Commissioner stresses the importance of free elections in Albania

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Comments Off

The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, on Monday called on Albania’s parties to ensure that the general elections meet a high standard in order to advance the country’s EU goals. “The existing broad consensus in Albania on European Union integration

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