ALBANIA

18 arrested from 8 organized crime groups, says SPAK chief

SPAK issued 32 arrest warrants on Thursday following a massive raid across three major Albanian cities. SPAK chief Arben Kraja confirmed that 18 suspects were...

DP’s first presidential nominees revealed

The parliamentary group of the Democratic Party met on Thursday to come to an agreement on the names to be proposed for president. The two...

Dozens arrested after major SPAK raid in Tirana, Durres, Elbasan

SPAK conducted a major raid across several cities on Thursday. The operation tackling individuals allegedly involved in criminal gangs took place in Elbasan, Durres, and...

Xhacka: Albania supports UN’s call on global food security

Albania has joined the call for the Days of Action on Global Food Security at the United Nations and will work to implement the...

DP set to present today its presidential nominees

The parliamentary group of the Democratic Party will meet today at 12 PM to decide who will be their presidential nominees On Wednesday, Socialists accepted...

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Rama hits back at Djukanovic, Osmani for criticizing Open Balkan

Prime Minister Edi Rama reacted to comments made Wednesday by the Presidents of Kosovo and Montenegro criticizing the Open Balkan initiative. During an official visit...

Dashamir Shehi: Ready to run for president if parties agree

The opposition group “Alliance for a Change” nominated Dashamir Shehi as their presidential candidate. This was confirmed by the leader of the Republican Party, Fatmir...

Durres-Prishtina railway project to start this year, says Balluku

Albania is seeking to invest in its railway system in the near future, including here a route that will connect the coastal city of...

Money laundering lands Albania on grey list for second year in a row

Albania did not make any significant progress last year in its fight against money laundering. Moneyval, the monitoring body of the Council of Europe on...

Shkodra attracts over 10,000 tourists more than pre-pandemic levels

Cultural tourism in Shkodra was one of the sectors that were paralyzed during the first two years of the pandemic. 2019 marked a good year...

New York road gets named after Albanian hero ‘Skanderbeg’

A road in New York has been named after the Albanian national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. The Albanian community organized a large gathering with traditional...

Agreement for the new president, only the opposition will propose a candidature during the 2nd and 3rd round

In today’s meeting of the Leader’s Conference, the Socialist Party and the opposition agreed that during the second and third rounds, only the opposition...

Alibeaj: The president must be elected during the first 3 rounds

The president should be elected within the first 3 rounds. This is what Democratic MP Enkelejd Alibeaj stated earlier today during the meeting of Leaders...

Elbasan Judge Enkeleda Kapedani officially discharged from office

The Independent Qualification Commission (KPK) has officially discharged the Judge of Elbasan’s District Court, Enkeleda Kapedani. The decision was made after the judge wasn’t able...

Negotiations for the election of the new president underway

Negotiations between the ruling majority and the opposition for the election of the new president will continue today with the presence of the press. The...

Albania has the highest divorce rate in the entire Balkan region

According to EUROSTAT, Albania ranks first in the region in terms of its number of divorces Euronews Albania published a graphic representation of the data...

Price of raw materials in the building industry went up by 20-40%

The price of raw materials in the building industry went up by 20-40% since the end of the pandemic and the start of the...

Government to give €80 million to address soaring construction costs

The Albanian government will subsidize 30% of construction materials costs in public works contracts. Exclusive sources told Euronews Albania that the government plans to pass...

Number of new COVID cases goes up

67 citizens were confirmed positive with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, but no fatalities were reported. Since the beginning of the pandemic in our...

Berisha reacts after appointment of judge in charge of DP’s disputed statute

Former PM Sali Berisha has reacted following the appointment of the new judge that will be reviewing an appeal made by DP’s caucus leader...

Hiked prices added over €33 million to state budget

As recent price hikes caused financial hardships for many Albanian families, the state budget appears to have gotten the other side of the coin. In...

Anti-Informality Unit to identify the 100 richest people in Albania

The Anti-Informality Unit will identify the 100 richest citizens in Albania and verify if they have paid their contributions and met all tax obligations. In...

Special Court postpones to Wednesday verdict on Lefter Koka

The Special Appeal Court decided to postpone for Wednesday its verdict on former environment minister Lefter Koka. Koka’s defense counsel is claiming double jeopardy for...

SPAK seeks 20-months jail sentence for state media ex-chair

The Special Prosecution is asking for a 20-month prison sentence against the former chair of the Albania Radio and Television, Thoma Gellci. During the hearing...

Second round of voting for new president set for May 23

The Conference of the Group of Chairpersons approved holding the second round of voting for the new president in parliament on May 23 at...

Alibeaj casts doubt over veracity of Presidential process from Socialist camp

The head of the parliamentary group of the Democratic Party, Enkelejd Alibeaj said the ruling majority is leading a “false process” in selecting the...

Meta warns to sue Austrian journalists claiming he paid $700,000 for picture with Trump

President Ilir Meta said the article published in Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung accusing him of paying $700,000 to take a picture with US former...

Meta responds Rama: Calls for my investigation aim to divert attention from corruption

President Ilir Meta responded to accusations from Prime Minister Edi Rama after his recent calls on investigating former PM Sali Berisha and the country’s...

Over 50 kilos of cocaine busted at Durres Aiport

Durres port authorities seized on Tuesday 53 kilos of cocaine at the Durres Airport. Euronews Albania correspondent in Durres Klodia Gjuzi said the illegal substance...

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German MFA: The EU should keep its promises to Albania and North Macedonia

The German minister of foreign affairs, Annalena Baerbock said that the EU should hold its promise to Albania and North Macedonia. Baerbock gave this statement...

Attorney General: 116 fewer prosecutors in our judicial system

‘We are lacking 116 prosecutors in our system due to vacancies”. This is what Attorney General Olsian Cela said during a briefing at the High...

Rama proposes to start publicizing citizens’ wages at least once a year

During a press conference, PM Edi Rama spoke about the ongoing work of the Special Anti-informality Unit, while also declaring that the publication of...

Mike Pompeo presented with the honorary title ‘Honoris Causa’ by University of Tirana

This morning, the former US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was presented with the honorary title, Honoris Causa, by the University of Tirana. “It’s a...

Number of graduates drops by 2.2%, says expert while listing causes

According to INSTAT, during the 2020-2021 school year, a total of 96 005 students were able to graduate in our country – a number...

Eurostat confirms the number of Albanian asylum seekers in the EU

Albania ranks first amongst Balkan countries in terms of the number of asylum seekers to the EU. In its response to Euronews Albania, EUROSTAT emphasized...

Former US Secretary Mike Pompeo in Tirana, meets with Taulant Balla

Former US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has arrived to Tirana this Sunday. He met with the head of SP's Parliamentary Group, Taulant Balla. During his...

First round of electing new president fails 

The first round for the election of the new president has now failed. Parliament didn't submit any proposals for president until the first deadline, which...

Air patrol operations against cannabis in collaboration with Guarda di Finanza

Dukagjini, Thethi, Valbona, and the Highlands of  Kruja were amongst the first locations that were monitored by the helicopter of the Italian Guarda di...

Transparency Board sets the new fixed price of oil

The Transparency Board determined the new price for fuels. Starting from Sunday, oil will be sold for 237 ALL/liter. The price of gasoline was set at...

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Number of students graduating in Albania goes down

In Albania, the number of students graduating from school has gone down. According to data published by INSTAT, in the past 4 years,  there are...

GJKKO upholds previous verďict, Bllako remains in prison

The Special Appeals Court against Corruption and Organized Crime has decided to not change the verdict made by the lower court to keep former...

Bird flu brings down nest number by 50%, dalmatian pelican severely affected

Bird flu has contributed to a failed reproductive year for the Dalmatian Pelicans in the National Park of Divjaka-Karavasta. The park director, Ardian Koci, said...

Bllako’s appeal hearing to take place today, former MP asks to be released

This Saturday, the Special Appeals Court against Corruption and Organized Crime will hold a hearing to review an appeal presented by former Socialist MP...

Former Socialist MP Edlira Haxhiymeri has passed away

Former Socialist MP Edlira Haxhiymeri has passed away after a long battle with a terminal illness. The news was confirmed by her family members through...

Bus removed from Lana River due to ongoing investigation

One of Tirana's Ring buses which ended up in the Lana river following an accident, has been removed last night. The news was confirmed by...

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Salih Mustafa stays silent as he takes the stand on trial

The former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army Salih Mustafa decided not to give an affidavit at the end of the trial, nor to...

Scholz to visit Western Balkans in June

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit the Western Balkans in June, ahead of the European Council meeting. His visit is broadly seen as a message...

Independent workers unions warn protests on Friday

Independent worker unions in Kosovo warned of protests this Friday, May 20. Their demands for the government are: Continuation of a €100 pay until the...

20 injured after Kosovo passenger bus gets into an accident in Austria

A bus traveling from Kosovo to Germany crashed on a highway in Austria in the early hours of Thursday. Authorities said 20 people were injured,...

Difficult to resolve dispute with Bulgaria without help from EU, says Ahmeti

The leader of the Democratic Union for Integration Ali Ahmeti says he hopes the ruling coalition in Bulgaria finds compromise in lifting the veto...

Haxhiu says Specialist Chambers judges are of Serbian descent

The imprisonment of the two Kosovo war veterans Hysni Gucati and Nasim Haradinaj, by the Specialist Chambers, was an unfair decision, says analyst Baton...

Swedish MEP says Sweden, Finland will make NATO stronger

Arba Kokalari, a member of the European Parliament for Sweden of Albanian descent, said Sweden and Finland started considering applying for NATO accession after...

Appeal Court rules to restore pre-crisis energy tariffs

Kosovo’s Court of Appeals upheld an earlier verdict of a Prishtina court ruling that the soaring energy prices were abusive. The energy regulating body set...

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MEPs call on EU to open accession talks with Albania, N. Macedonia

Socialist and Democrat MEPs called on the EU on Wednesday to launch accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. “The EU must assess the historically...

Vucic admits to mounting pressure from the West over Kosovo

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met Wednesday with the patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Porfirije. From the presidential palace, Vucic said Belgrade is currently in...

Djukanovic vows to clear row with Kosovo over border demarcation agreement

Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic arrived on Wednesday in Prishtina as part of his official visit. Djukanovic was hosted by his Kosovo counterpart Vjosa Osmani. In a...

Onrush of foreigners heading to Serbia to work in the tourism sector

The lack of Serbia’s workforce has freed up work opportunities for foreign workers, mainly in the tourism sector. In the Zlatibor mountain in south-western Serbia,...

‘Stay strong’, Haradinaj reacts after sentencing of former KLA leaders

‘My comrade-in-arms Hysni and Nasim, stay strong! The war for freedom and sovereignty continues!” This was the first reaction posted on social media by the...

The Hague convicts Haradinaj and Gucati to 4.5 years in prison

The former leaders of the Veterans Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), Hysni Gucati and Nasim Haradinaj, were convicted with 4.5 years in...

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Bank of Albania runs a deficit for the first time since its opening

For the first time since its foundation, the Bank of Albania has run a deficit. According to the financial reports, the deficit for 2021 amounted...

351 Ukrainians came to Albania since the start of the war, 170 in Durres

They are living in Durres, but their lives continue to be linked to Ukraine. 88 Ukrainian children go to school in Albania every day. With...

Rinas braces for the arrival of over 20 000 soccer fans on May 25

Around 20 thousand passengers are expected to come to Albania to watch the final of the Conference League that will take place at the...

Rama’s comments on decoupling from N.Macedonia, opposition calls for substantive motion

Several MPs from the Democratic Party who have sided with Sali Berisha, along with several MPs from SMI (Socialist Movement for Integration), have called...
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