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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...

Albania Reports Record Number of New COVID-19 Cases
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Albania Reports Record Number of New COVID-19 Cases

TIRANA, July 13 Albania reported a record of 117 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bring the number of total cases to 3,571. At the daily briefing, Eugena Tomini from the Public Health Institute said that 585 new tests were conducted during the last 24-hours, compared to 420 on Saturday. On her part, Tomini...

Albania Reports 90 New COVID-19 Cases on Friday
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Albania Reports 90 New COVID-19 Cases on Friday

TIRANA, July 10 There were 90 new COVID-19 cases reported in Albania during the last 24-hours, one of the highest daily numbers since the first recorded cases back in March. The additional cases bring the total number of coronavirus infections to 3,278. Meanwhile, health authorities confirmed two new COVID-19- related fatalities during the last 24-hours....

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...