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Youth Unemployment Rate Increased to 23.3 in Q1
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Youth Unemployment Rate Increased to 23.3 in Q1

TIRANA, June 11 The Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) released on Friday the report on employment data in Albania for the first quarter of 2021 (Q1). According to the data, the employment rate for people aged 15-64 in Q1 was 59.0 percent or 2.6 percent lower compared to Q1 2020. Moreover, the unemployment rate for people...

Hungary and France Open Doors to Vaccinated Albanians
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Hungary and France Open Doors to Vaccinated Albanians

TIRANA, June 10 The list of the European Union (EU) member countries that lifted travel restrictions for vaccinated Albanian citizens expanded with Hungary and France. The Embassy of Albania in Hungary announced on Thursday morning that the agreement on the mutual recognition of the COVID -19 vaccination certificate between Albania and Hungary entered into force...

First Floating Solar Plant Starts Commercial Operations in Albania
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First Floating Solar Plant Starts Commercial Operations in Albania

TIRANA, June 3 The first unit of Banja floating solar plant started commercial operations and is now supplying Albania’s grid with renewable electricity, Statkraft confirmed on Thursday morning. Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy in cooperation with Norwegian supplier Ocean Sun completed the first unit of the floating solar power plant at Banja Reservoir near...

Albania to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions Starting June
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Albania to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions Starting June

TIRANA, May 27 The Technical Committee of Experts unveiled on Thursday the decision to start relaxing the COVID-19 restrictions as soon as June 1st. The Committee members that the decision to ease the COVID-19 restrictions follows a decline in decline in positive cases, while Wednesday was the first day without a COVID-19 death in 244...

Albanians in Italy to Restart Converting Driving Licenses in July
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Albanians in Italy to Restart Converting Driving Licenses in July

TIRANA, May 19 Albanians living and working in Italy will be able to restart converting their driving licenses on July 12th. Italian authorities will recognize Albanian driving licenses for conversion purposes, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs confirmed. The Italian side completed the procedures on the agreement signed early in March thus, it will...

Albania Postpones Bid for Two Onshore Oil Fields
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Albania Postpones Bid for Two Onshore Oil Fields

TIRANA, May 10 The National Agency of Natural Resources (AKBN) announced that the deadline to submit offers for two onshore areas, Block E and Block B, was postponed to June 21st. The decision follows an order issued in April by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy. “The deadline for the submission of application for interested...

Tender for Spitalla TEDA Annulled
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Tender for Spitalla TEDA Annulled

TIRANA, April 30 The bidding procedure on the “Construction, development, maintenance, and operation of the Technological and Economic Development Area (TEDA) in Spitalla” Durres area was annulled by the Ministry of Finance and Economy. Based on the decision issued by the Ministry, the tender was annulled on April 16, one day after the deadline for...

Kosovo to Ease Relocation for Albanian Workers
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Kosovo to Ease Relocation for Albanian Workers

TIRANA, April 28 Albanian workers that plan to move to Kosovo will move easily as the Kosovan government is taking action for the implementation of a cooperation agreement signed in Tirana in October 2020. The Agreement on Labor Mobility will allow Albanian citizens to work freely and without bureaucratic impediments in Kosovo. Moreover, even the...

Travelers from Greece and North Macedonia must Quarantine
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Travelers from Greece and North Macedonia must Quarantine

TIRANA, April 19 Mandatory quarantine for people arriving into Albania from Greece and North Macedonia is to begin on Tuesday, 20 April. The decision was unveiled on Monday during the meeting of the Committee of Technical Experts. Moreover, the experts said that the new measures will be in effect until 3 May. Until then, those...

Govt Invites Bids for Four Mining Blocks
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Govt Invites Bids for Four Mining Blocks

TIRANA, April 15 The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy invites investors interested in the mining sector to submit bids on research, exploration, and exploitation of four mining areas respectively for chromite, limestone, and construction materials. Based on the details provided by the Ministry, the first area with the no. 433 is located in Balgjaj, Dibra,...