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First COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Albania
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First COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Albania

TIRANA, March 9 The Albanian Ministry of Health reported after midnight the first two cases of COVID-19 in Tirana, possibly being imported from outside the country. According to the Ministry, two men, father and son in Tirana tested positive for COVID-19. According to the official announcement, the two patients traveled from the Italian city of...

15 Graphic Warnings to Be Added to Cigarettes
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15 Graphic Warnings to Be Added to Cigarettes

TIRANA, March 6 In February Albania authorities passed a rule on cigarette graphic warning labels for all tobacco products. The verdict published on issue No. 28 of the Official Gazette will come into effect after 24 months. The new rule defines that each tobacco unit must carry combined health warnings, text and one corresponding photograph...

EC Recommends Starting Negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia
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EC Recommends Starting Negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia

TIRANA, March 2 Albania and North Macedonia, from June 2018 to today, made enough progress and delivered results to starting accession negotiations, the report issued by the European Commission on progress made by both countries confirms. The European Commission presented on Monday the updates on the progress by highlighting that Albania and North Macedonia stepped...

Albania to Ease Foreign Workers Hiring Process
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Albania to Ease Foreign Workers Hiring Process

TIRANA, March 2 Albania’s immigration laws are expected to undergo a shake-up to widen the doors for migrant workers. It was Prime Minister Edi Rama who said during Monday’s Parliamentary session that the available workforce is not enough to meet labor demand. Hence he added that the process of hiring foreign employees will be simplified....

Construction in 2019, Fewer Permits more Floor Area
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Construction in 2019, Fewer Permits more Floor Area

  TIRANA, February 28 Residential buildings account for the major number of new permits issued in 2019 in Albania, while the number of permits for office buildings and industrial parks was zero. The number of construction permits issued during 2019 was 1,044 or 13 percent less compared to 2018, the Institute of Statistics confirmed on...

EBRD Okays New Country Strategy for Albania
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EBRD Okays New Country Strategy for Albania

TIRANA, February 18 The new country strategy on Albania 2020-2025 adopted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will focus on speeding up convergence to the European Union (EU) income levels. According to EBRD, Albania must increase productivity and shift its growth model from consumption to investments and exports. These are crucial measures...

Donors Pledge €1.15 billion to Albania
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Donors Pledge €1.15 billion to Albania

TIRANA, February 17 Donor pledges exceeded expectations at the conference ‘Together for Albania’ held on Monday in Brussels. International donors raised Euro 1.15 billion in aid to rebuild homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. “Concluding International Donors’ Conference for Albania: proud to announce a collective pledge of € 1.15 billion, our common effort to rebuild the...

Telecommunication Companies to Cancel Prepaid Mobile Plan Hikes
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Telecommunication Companies to Cancel Prepaid Mobile Plan Hikes

TIRANA, February 14 Mobile users all over Albania, who recharged their plans during the last days, were surprised to find out that the three telecommunication companies operating throughout the country increased all their prepaid mobile plans by Lek 200 almost at the same time. On the other hand, the new tariff was little or not...

Fewer Babies Born in Albania in 2019
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Fewer Babies Born in Albania in 2019

TIRANA, February 13 While births are falling, life expectancy is rising and youth are leaving Albania, the demographic news released on Thursday by the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) doesn’t seem good. The data showed that for the fifth year in a row the number of births has declined. There were 28,561 babies born in Albania...