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COVID-19 Plunged Albania’s Service Sector but not ICT
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COVID-19 Plunged Albania’s Service Sector but not ICT

TIRANA, September 16 No sector in the Albanian service industry has escaped disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic. However some sectors saw a devastating effect in business and employment, a recent report from the Institute of Statistics confirmed. Based on the data provided by INSTAT, travel agencies, hotels, and bars and restaurants were the worst-hit by...

Albania to Enact Stiffer Fines for Traffic Offences
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Albania to Enact Stiffer Fines for Traffic Offences

TIRANA, September 11 Albanian authorities will introduce stiffer penalties for drivers that fail to comply with the traffic law. New changes to the existing law define numerous tougher penalties for numerous violations. More specifically, the new variant of the law aims at enabling the driver point system. The latter has been adopted years ago, but...

New Bill to Impose Tough Sanctions on Building Safety
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New Bill to Impose Tough Sanctions on Building Safety

TIRANA, September 8 A new draft law on construction safety aims at improving the existing legal framework as well as imposing hefty penalties for construction developers that don’t comply with the law. The new bill comes as a necessity following the major damage caused by the earthquake of November 26th. In many cases, it was...

Albania to Offer E-Visa Service
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Albania to Offer E-Visa Service

TIRANA, September 2 Starting Tuesday, Albania will offer international citizens the option to apply for an electronic visa. A decision published on a recent issue of the Official Gazette on August 31st defines the key features such as content, data elements, and security features. The e-visa initiative was launched almost a year ago as it...

Albania Reports 127 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 Deaths
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Albania Reports 127 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 Deaths

TIRANA, August 6 Albanian Public Health authorities confirmed 127 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24-hours, Doctor Eugena Tomini said on Thursday during the daily update. In the meantime, she added that unfortunately, six people died. Meanwhile, 32 patients recovered bringing the total number to 3,155. Most new cases were reported in Tirana (36), Kruja...

UNESCO to Pilot Media and Information Literacy in Albanian Schools
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UNESCO to Pilot Media and Information Literacy in Albanian Schools

TIRANA, July 30 Albania plans to make media education part of school curricula, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) confirmed this week. The initiative comes within the framework of the EU-funded project Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey – Phase 2. UNESCO agreed with Albanian Authorities to pilot...

Albania COVID-19 Update: 117 New Cases, 4 Death
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Albania COVID-19 Update: 117 New Cases, 4 Death

TIRANA, July 28 Albanian Public Health authorities reported on Tuesday that there are 117 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases in Albania to 4,997, with 2060 of those active. Meanwhile, four patients died during the last 24-hours bringing the total number of death to 148. Based on the recent numbers,...

Albania Included in Ultra-Rapid Train Network Plan
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Albania Included in Ultra-Rapid Train Network Plan

TIRANA, 27 July While European leaders are discussing possible ways to boost the post-pandemic economic recovery based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak, a proposal for a high-speed train network was made. The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies has come up with a solution that would help the European economy recover. The new...

International Arrivals to Albania Plunge by 63.4% in Jan-Jun 2020
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International Arrivals to Albania Plunge by 63.4% in Jan-Jun 2020

TIRANA, 27 July The number of international visitor arrivals to Albania reported in the first half of 2020, saw a 63.4 percent year-over-year drop, the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) confirmed. Only in June, a total of 364,574 visitor arrivals, both Albanian and international, were reported by INSTAT. The number shows a drop of over 66...

German Embassy to Reopen Visa Section on Monday
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German Embassy to Reopen Visa Section on Monday

TIRANA, July 24 The German Embassy in Albania announced on Friday that the passport and visa section will reopen on Monday, July 27, following a week-long suspension. According to the announcement, all the confirmed appointments will be held as scheduled. Meanwhile, all those who had an appointment during the last week will get a new...