ALBANIA

Albania launches open vaccination month, amid rising infections

Over the last 24 hours, 40 citizens tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number of active infections across the country to 421. The number...

Kosovo men in search of WWII aircraft at the bottom of Lake Ohrid

A British aircraft that was shot down during World War II and is now found at the bottom of Lake Ohrid got the attention...

Reporter shares story of 11-year-old girl rescued from Al-Hol camp in Syria

Taulant Koplikaj, a reporter that has been inside the Syrian refugee camps during rescue missions of several Albanian citizens, said that currently at Roj...

“Uncooperative”, Anti-Terror chief: Over 30 people still stranded at Al-Hol

The chief of the Anti-Terror department at the Albanian State Police, Gledis Nano, told the media that there are around 30 Albanian nationals at...

14 minors repatriated from Syrian camps, Rama: Dangerous operation

14 children and 5 women stranded for quite some time in Syrian camps have now safely been returned to Albania. Prime Minister Edi Rama, along...

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14 children stranded in Syria’s infamous camp to be repatriated

14 children and 5 women stranded in one of Syria’s war camps will soon be repatriated. The rescue mission was carried by Albanian and...

State Commissioner calls on parties to pay fines, or else face sanctions

106 parties were fined by the Central Election Commission (CEC) after failing to report their revenues and expenditures in 2020. Now, they risk being...

National Theater to become property of the municipality of Tirana, decides government

The Albanian government has decided to pass the ownership of the land where the National Theatre once stood to the municipality of Tirana. The draft...

Albania records 37 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths reported

The Ministry of Health announced that 37 citizens tested positive over the last 24 hours, while the number of active cases across the country...

Former prime minister Berisha reacts to declaration of US Ambassador

Albanian former prime minister Sali Berisha said that the remarks of US Ambassador Yuri Kim to “distance itself” from him are “offensive”. According to him,...

Government opens tender race for construction of new Saranda airport

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy has launched the race that will see a company win the tender for the construction of the new...

Ninth member of High Court decreed by Albanian President

President Ilir Meta has decreed Asim Vokshi as the new member of the High Court of Albania. The recent appointment brings the court its ninth...

US Embassy calls on DP to disassociate from Berisha: A tragedy if the party were to eat grass for the sake of one man

The Ambassador of the United States in Albania, Yuri Kim, maintained a clear stance after meeting with the leader of the Democratic Party Lulzim...

Land where once stood the National Theater to pass to Municipality of Tirana, learns Euronews Albania

The ownership of the land where once stood the National Theater will be transferred to the Municipality of Tirana. After a ruling of the Constitutional...

Supreme State Audit to probe into fire response authorities over recent wildfires

The Supreme State Audit (KLSH) is investigating all the chain of institutions responsible for wildfire intervention activities across all the cities where flames are...

COVID-19, Albania registers highest number of daily cases in 2 months  

This Thursday, authorities reported the highest number of confirmed daily cases in the past 2 months. In the last 24 hours, our country has identified...

Basha petitions Rama to talk to Vucic about the ‘ethnic-cleansing of Albanians in Serbia’

The Chair of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha held a meeting with the Mayor of the Commune of Bujanovc, Nagib Arifi, the main focus...

Brown bear rescued in Kukes after being stuck in a trap for 3-days

A brown bear was salvaged by a rescue team, in the village of Xhaferaj in Kukes, where he had been stuck in a trap...

Albanians rank first in the region for asylum applications in the EU

Data from the European Institute of Statistics rank Albania among the 30 countries with the highest number of asylum applications per capita. France is the...

Basha’s defamation lawsuit against mayor Veliaj postponed

The Special Court convened today for the first time to review a defamation lawsuit filed by the leader of the Democratic Party Lulzim Basha...

Massive wildfires in Karaburun Peninsula, locals call on military to step in

For the past three days, forests in the peninsula of Karaburn in southern Albania, have been smothered by wildfires. Hectares of land are being...

US embassy urges institutions to address OSCE’s electoral recommendations

Through a reaction on the latest report published by OSCE regarding the April 25th elections in Albania, the US embassy has called on all...

First victim in more than a month registered in Albania, due to COVID-19

Fatalities related to the COVID-19 virus are back in Albania since the last case happening more than a month ago, on June 26th. Based on...

OSCE electoral report – recurring issues and ones that developed in 2021

The OSCE report for the April 25th elections resulted in additional clashes amongst the main actors of the Albanian political scene. DP claimed that...

Woman arrested over fraudulent money-making scheme on Instagram

A woman has been arrested over a fraudulent money scheme on Instagram. Investigations so far reveal that the 31-year-old from Kavaja made around €16,000 by...

Expert urges for a revision of all concessionary contracts

An expert on the economy spoke on Euronews Albania on some of the key points mentioned in the latest Department of State report on...

Former mayor to remain in prison while awaiting trial, appeal court decides

The Special Appeal Court decided to leave the former mayor of Lushnje in prison bail while pending trial on abuse of office charges. On Wednesday,...

Prosecution summons journalist harassed by police officers

Tirana’s Prosecution Office launched a probe into the incident that took place Monday afternoon in the capital, where police officers violently harassed a reporter. Euronews...

EU delegation urges SP-DP to begin an electoral reform in September

The EU delegation in Albania has stated that the OSCE report on April 25th’s parliamentary elections shows that the last elections were “generally well-organized”...

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Government is hiding national debt to postpone the financial crisis, argues former minister

Economy expert, Arben Malaj told Euronews Albania that it is unacceptable that the government is allowing the accumulation of hidden debt from public institutions. Malaj...

Police vent out on two journalists filming an antidrug operation in Tirana

An anti-drug action carried out by a Special Forces squad in Tirana turned into an incident, when police officers used excessive force toward two...

Special Prosecution closes corruption probe on former Kruja judge

The Special Prosecution Office has sealed the investigation on a former Kruja judge accused of corruption. Involved in the case were also lawyer Aldo Tabaku...

DOS report sees corruption in the judiciary and procurement procedures as problematic

The United States Department of State (DOS), in its latest report on the investment climate in Albania, sees corruption as an imminent threat to...

Special Court turns down probe request on former defense minister

The Special Court turned down a request to reopen investigations against former defense minister Fatmir Mediu over the tragic incident in Gërdec in 2008,...

Basha: OSCE/ODIHR report affirmed general polls were an electoral massacre

Lulzim Basha reiterated that the OSCE/ODIHR report affirmed that the parliamentary polls held in April were what he has long referred them to, “an...

OSCE final report on April 25th: SP had a significant advantage in the elections

On Monday, the OSCE mission in Albania published its final report on the parliamentary elections held in April 25. The report emphasized that Albanian voters’...

US ambassador commends appointment of 8th member of the High Court

The US ambassador to Albania, Yuri Kim called the appointment of the newest High Court judge, Artur Kalaja an “important step for the implementation...

Rise in hospital admissions, as authorities confirm presence of Delta strain since late May

The number of new infections and hospital admissions in Albania due to COVID-19 has seen a considerable rise in recent weeks. In the past...

Albania signs deal with the UK over relocation of inmates

Albania and the United Kingdom have signed a joint deal over the transferal of prisoners to their countries of origin. This agreement, which foresees the...

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President Meta decrees appointment of Artur Kalaja at the High Court

President Ilir Meta has decreed the appointment of Artur Kalaja as one of the new judges at the High Court. Kalaja was one of the...

Measures to remain unchanged despite presence of Delta variant

The more contagious strain of COVID-19, broadly known as Delta, has been confirmed in Albania, said the country’s Technical Committee of Experts during a...

‘Criminals meddling with public tenders’, says Socialist elected MP

Socialist elected MP Petro Koçi testified in front of the Special Structure Against Corruption over his declarations that elements of organized crime from the...

Spike in daily cases brings total active patients to 280, amid newly confirmed presence of Delta

A few hours after the official confirmation of the presence of the ‘Delta’ variant in our country, the Ministry of Health posted its daily...

Albania confirms presence of ‘Delta’ variant

The Ministry and Health and the Institute of Public Health have just confirmed the presence of the ‘Delta’ strain in Albania, after getting back...

Albanians should demand more from the people they elect, said US ambassador – ‘Now is the time!’

US ambassador, Yuri Kim gave a statement urging citizens to be more assertive on holding their elect candidates accountable while adding that public institutions...

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Kurti: ‘Open Balkan’ leaves space to Russian and Chinese meddling

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti commented on Sunday the meeting between Edi Rama, Aleksandar Vucic, and Zoran Zaev, and the Open Balkan initiative. For...

Ragmi Mustafi: Vucic is hostile towards Albanians from Presevo Valley

The relations between the Serbian government and ethnic Albanians from the Presevo Valley remain strained. The president of Albanian National Minority Council in Serbia,...

President Biden thanks Kosovo for late son’s award

The President of the United States Joe Biden said that his family was touched by the medal awarded to his late son Beau Biden...

Open Balkan initiative conveys a dangerous message, says deputy premier

The deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo as well as diplomatic chief Donika Gërvalli has called the regional initiative “Open Balkan” as something “dangerous” as...

2 opponents have set out the red lines for Rama, says member of DP Group

Edvin Kulluri, member of ‘Group for DP’ said on Euronews Albania’s ‘Raw Politics’ that even though he’s on his third term in government, PM...

Rama met Vucic 3 times this year but Kurti none, says VV member

Member of the Leadership of the Movement for Self-Determination (LVV), Arber Zaimi told Euronews Albania that Edi Rama should’ve principally spoken with Kosovo regarding...

What did Rama, Zaev and Vucic agree to in Skopje?

Two memorandums of understanding and one interstate agreement were signed today at the Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation in Skopje between Prime Minister Edi...

Rama, Vucic and Zaev sign cooperation agreement in line with the Open Balkan initiative

The Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation held today in Skopje concluded with the signing of an agreement and two memorandums of cooperation between Albania,...

POLITICS

Rama: Regional cooperation brings us closer to the EU

Prime Minister Edi Rama defended the idea of a closer regional economic cooperation as the “right initiative”, but also “delayed”. The region cannot continue to...

New name of Balkan Mini-Schengen revealed

Sources near Euronews Albania have confirmed that the new name of the so-called Balkan mini-Schengen will be “Open Balkan”. The argument behind the new name...

In 2023 there will be no borders between our countries, Vucic says

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that Albania, North Macedonia, and Serbia must stand united in order to increase the level of economic cooperation among...

Zaev: A new wind of cooperation is blowing today in Skopje

“A new wind of cooperation is blowing today in Skopje”, were the opening remarks of North Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev at the Economic Forum in...

Rama, Vucic, Zaev meet up for Balkan’s economy; Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro left out

Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro did not receive an invitation to participate in the Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation taking place on Thursday...

‘This is a great step forward’, Vucic shares photo with Rama and Zaev

Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic has published a photo from his meeting with Albanian PM, Edi Rama and the primer of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. Their...

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UNESCO speaks out against government’s ongoing urban project in Gjirokaster

The plan for the construction of the road going in and out of Gjirokaster is threatening the city’s World Heritage status granted by UNESCO. In...

Albania counts over 270 active cases, amid rising new infections

The number of active cases has seen a steady rise in the past few days. Over the last 24 hours, 25 citizens were diagnosed with...

Finance ministry unveils strategy on intellectual property rights

The Ministry of Finance has released for public consultation its strategy on intellectual property and rights that creators have over their works. The ministry’s objective...

We weren’t able to eradicate corruption from the healthcare system, says former minister

Ilir Beqaj, former health minister, asserted that corruption in the health care system remains a problem. In an interview with journalist Bruna Cifligu for Euronews...

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