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New Standard on Data Protection Published
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New Standard on Data Protection Published

TIRANA, July 7 For all those concerned about online privacy, the General Directorate of Standardization published the new ISO/IEC 29184 standard. Can you count how many times you have received unwanted marketing mail or calls and you asked, how did they get my information, I have never subscribed? In Albania, this happens a lot. “The...

Gender Pay Gap: Men Paid 10.1% more than Women in 2019
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Gender Pay Gap: Men Paid 10.1% more than Women in 2019

TIRANA, July 3 Male employees were paid 10.1 percent more than their female counterparts in 2019, official data show. The data from ‘Men and Women in Albania 2020’ survey conducted by the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) show that the gender pay gap narrowed by 0.6 percent compared to 2018. Men earned a median salary of...

Albania COVID-19 Update: Latest Number on New Cases and Deaths
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Albania COVID-19 Update: Latest Number on New Cases and Deaths

TIRANA, July 2 Public Health officials have reported 82 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths in Albania during the last 24-hours. Capital city Tirana had the highest number of cases reported on Thursday with 30 cases. The total number of individuals tested on Wednesday was 368 and the percent positive was about 22...

COVID-19 Costs Nearly 17,000 Jobs in Albania in Q1
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COVID-19 Costs Nearly 17,000 Jobs in Albania in Q1

TIRANA, July 1 Nearly 17,000 people lost their jobs in Albania during January – March (Q1) with the disruption in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor of the Bank of Albania Gent Sejko said on Wednesday. Based on the fact, that safety measures and lockdowns came into place by mid-March, the majority of...

EU Leaves Albania Off its List of Safe Travel Countries
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EU Leaves Albania Off its List of Safe Travel Countries

TIRANA, July 1 As the rumor mill said during the last week, Albania and three other Western Balkan (WB) countries did not make the cut of safe third countries that can travel to the EU. Meanwhile, temporary travel restrictions for non-essential travel into the EU were lifted only for nationals from Montenegro and Serbia among...

President Revokes Law on DLT and Blockchain
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President Revokes Law on DLT and Blockchain

TIRANA, June 26 The Albanian President Office issued a decree on Thursday that revoked the law ‘On financial markets based on distributed ledger technology’ calling it a premature process. The decree pointed out that the law would increase the risks that cryptocurrency transactions in Albania could be misused for illegal activities such as money laundering,...

Prices in Albania, Affordable for Europe, Costly for the Region
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Prices in Albania, Affordable for Europe, Costly for the Region

TIRANA, June 23 Living in Albania in 2019 was either cheap or expensive depending on what standard it was compared with. The Eurostat survey on the price levels of goods and services shows that the cost of consumer goods and services in Albania was at 57 percent of the EU average. This rate ranked the...

Tirana among World Affordable Cities for Expats
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Tirana among World Affordable Cities for Expats

TIRANA, June 16 Albania’s capital city Tirana ranks among the most affordable cities in the world for expatriates to live in according to the latest Mercer annual Cost of Living Survey. Tirana rose three places from last year ranking 163rd among 209 capital cities. The ranking is based on the cost of living and rental...

Albania Reports Record Rise in New Cases of COVID-19
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Albania Reports Record Rise in New Cases of COVID-19

TIRANA, June 11 For a few consecutive days, Albania registered an increased number of new cases of the coronavirus disease. According to the public health authorities’ latest update on Thursday, the confirmed cases in the country reached 1,385 after registering the highest single-day spike of 44 new cases in the last 24-hours. In the meantime,...

Tirana – Athens Flights to Resume Next Week
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Tirana – Athens Flights to Resume Next Week

TIRANA, June 10 Greek airline Aegean confirmed that it will resume its flight service Athens – Tirana – Athens on Monday, June 15. Although the frequency of flights will be limited to three times a week, respectively on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Based on the official website of the Greek airline, flights from Tirana to...