Government Budget Shows Utter Neglect of Education

Government Budget Shows Utter Neglect of Education

Education continues to be a low priority for the government, and badly funded in comparison with other developed and lesser developed countries. Government expenses on education planed for 2018 are about 38.4 billion lekë (~€286 million), or about 2.49% of the GDP. Based on data of the World Bank, this makes Albania one of the […]

Rama Forgets His Favorite 5-Star Hotel

Rama Forgets His Favorite 5-Star Hotel

Today Parliament debated the fiscal package for 2018, which includes the government plan to offer 4- and 5-star hotels 10 years of VAT exemption. Even though the IMF has expressed doubt that this will a viable policy to attract new foreign investments, and suggested it opened the possibility of unfair competition, the Prime Minister passionately defended […]

Albanian Drug Network Folded by Italian and Dutch Police

Albanian Drug Network Folded by Italian and Dutch Police

Italian media outlet Notizie has reported that the Italians and Dutch police have dismantles an international drug trafficking network, furnished with drugs from Albania. The police seized about 1 ton of drugs and arrested 14 persons on the account of international drug trafficking. According to the police, Albania was the country of origin of the drugs, […]

Mogherini: Albania “Ready To Run, Hopefully, Inshallah!”

Mogherini: Albania “Ready To Run, Hopefully, Inshallah!”

After the meeting of EU–Albania Stabilisation and Association Council, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini held a press conference, in which she touched upon the perennial subject of the opening of the EU accession negotiations, as well as the current political situation in the country. Referring to the recent report […]

KKT Approves Three New Clientelist Projects in Tirana

KKT Approves Three New Clientelist Projects in Tirana

In complete silence and without any documentation available on its website (which hasn’t been updated since July), the National Territorial Council (KKT), which is presided over by Prime Minister Edi Rama, approved last Friday a number of building projects of architecture firms tied closely to his government, as well as numerous scandals. Garden Building The […]

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