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World Bank Approves $80 Mln for Albania
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World Bank Approves $80 Mln for Albania

TIRANA, December 14 The World Bank (WB) has approved a loan of $80 million to help Albania strengthen the transparency and sustainability of its public finances and to support key sectoral opportunities for growth, a statement issued on Monday confirms. “With the twin shocks of the earthquake and COVID-19 shifting attention toward short-term, emergency measures,...

Albania to Start COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing on Monday
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Albania to Start COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing on Monday

TIRANA, December 4 Starting Monday, December 7th Albania will implement the COVID-19 antigen rapid test in an attempt to contain another wave of infections, Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said on Friday. She added that 100,000 antigen tests recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) were secured. The rapid antigen test will first be implemented in...

COVID-19 Rules to Remain Unchanged
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COVID-19 Rules to Remain Unchanged

TIRANA, December 2 Restrictions in force in Albania as part of the authorities’ efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infections will remain unchanged till yet undefined date, depending on the situation. The decision was confirmed by the Technical Committee of Experts on Wednesday. Hence, the size limits for group gatherings in closed and...

Uncertainty on Albanian Economy Is Increasing, IMF Says
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Uncertainty on Albanian Economy Is Increasing, IMF Says

  TIRANA, December 1 The International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board said that after the first Post-Program Monitoring review that the outlook for the Albanian economy is subject to major uncertainty with risks to the downside. The downside risks are increasing along with the increased numbers of new COVID-19 infections in Albania and other European Countries....

German Embassy Closed Visa Application Section
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German Embassy Closed Visa Application Section

TIRANA, November 18 Starting Wednesday, November 18th, 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 highlighted that people affected by the visa section closure will be...

TAP Starts Commercial Operations
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TAP Starts Commercial Operations

TIRANA, November 16 In typical Swiss style, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline met its precise time estimations and began operations, as expected, by mid-November. TAP an 878-km gas transportation system crossing Greece, Albania, the Adriatic Sea, and Italy, began commercial operations over the weekend, TAP-AG announced on Sunday. The construction of the pipeline that began four...

Gender Pay Gap, Women Struggle for Equal Pay
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Gender Pay Gap, Women Struggle for Equal Pay

TIRANA, November 11 Women and men in Albania doing work of equal value don’t receive equal pay. The latest statistics from the Albanian Institute of Statistics show that wage disparity remains a harsh reality for women regardless of education or work experience. ‘The Structure of Earnings Survey, 2018’ unveils data on pay inequity by sectors...

New Restrictions Would Put Recovery under Threat, BoA Says
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New Restrictions Would Put Recovery under Threat, BoA Says

TIRANA, November 5 The recovery of Albania’s economy during the summer months will start to slow down if new restriction measures are going to start to bite on the economy, first deputy Governor of the Bank of Albania (BoA) Luljeta Minxhozi said on Wednesday. She said that despite the positive trends over the past months...

Offices for Albanian Biometric Documents to Open in 6 Countries
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Offices for Albanian Biometric Documents to Open in 6 Countries

TIRANA, November 4 Albanian citizens residing in Europe will soon have the opportunity to apply for the biometric documents service in six new offices, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs informed on Wednesday. Based on the announcement shared on the Ministry’s social media account, the new offices will open in: Vienna, Austria Paris, France...

COVID-19 Cases See another Record on Tuesday
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COVID-19 Cases See another Record on Tuesday

TIRANA, November 3 Albania is reporting its worst week ever for new COVID-19 cases since March. Health Authorities reported 381 coronavirus cases and five deaths on Tuesday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Albania, as reported by authorities, is 21,904. Of those, 9,899 cases are still active. Meanwhile, 532 cases of COVID-19 have...