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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...

Albania Adopts Raise to VAT Threshold for 2021
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Albania Adopts Raise to VAT Threshold for 2021

TIRANA, July 23 Albania will raise its Value Added Tax registration threshold from Lek 2 million to Lek 10 million from 1 January 2021. The verdict was adopted on Wednesday during the latest meeting of the Council of Ministers. Hence, if the taxable turnover of a business or entity will cross the new VAT threshold,...

Albanian Crypto Law to Come into Force in September
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Albanian Crypto Law to Come into Force in September

TIRANA, July 21 The Albanian law on blockchain and digital currencies will come into effect on 1 September. The law ‘On financial markets based on distributed ledger technology’ was published on the Official Gazette on Tuesday, issue No. 136. The publication of the law follows a parliamentary decision that annuls a previous decree by the...

German Embassy Closes Visa Section
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German Embassy Closes Visa Section

TIRANA, July 20 Starting Monday, the passport and Visa Section at the German Embassy in Albania will be closed until further notice due to preventive measures. The announcement was made by the Embassy of Germany on its social media profiles. The announcement informed that people affected by the visa section closure will be provided with...

Albania Makes Masks Mandatory in Indoor Public Spaces
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Albania Makes Masks Mandatory in Indoor Public Spaces

TIRANA, July 15 Face masks will be compulsory in all indoor public spaces across Albania, Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu announced on Wednesday. According to the newly adopted verdict, everyone must wear a face mask in enclosed areas, public administration facilities, public transportation, malls, shops, grocery stores, markets, offices, building stairs, elevators, etc. If citizens fail...

Austria Bans Albania Flights Due to COVID-19
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Austria Bans Albania Flights Due to COVID-19

TIRANA, July 15 Austria is expanding the list of banned regular flights with ten countries, Albania among them, starting July 16th, the Embassy of Albania and the Embassy of Kosovo to Vienna announced on Tuesday. Planes from those countries won’t be allowed to land in Austria. The other countries in the region affected by the...