State Risks Paying Millions in Arbitrage

State Risks Paying Millions in Arbitrage

TransAtlantic Petroleum Oil company TransAtlantic Petroleum has sued the Albanian state at the International Court of Arbitrage in Switzerland. The company accuses the Albanian state for a unilateral breach of contract and seeks $70 million in damages. In October 2016, Albpetrol canceled the company’s right to exploit two oil wells in the Çakran–Mollaj and Gorisht–Çokul respectively, claiming […]

Ballsh Refinery Workers to Gov’t: Pay Us!

Ballsh Refinery Workers to Gov’t: Pay Us!

The refinery workers of oil company Armo have once again turned to the government with an appeal for help regarding their difficult working conditions and absence of salary payments. Through an open letter, around 800 of the workers from the refinery in Ballsh state that since the privatization of the company and the restart in 2016, the […]

EU Defends Greek Minority Rights against Rama, But Ignores the Plight of Albanians

EU Defends Greek Minority Rights against Rama, But Ignores the Plight of Albanians

In the past four years, Rama’s government has ruled arbitrarily, especially in the area of urban development. There hasn’t been any transparency, any information, or public involvement in the decision making process, the right of ownership and other fundamental rights and freedoms haven’t been respected, and Rama’s government has undertaken hundreds of urban projects without disclosing […]

The Reason Why Foreign Investments Won’t Come

The Reason Why Foreign Investments Won’t Come

Bank of Albania data show that during the second quarter of 2017, direct foreign investments have decreased over 25% compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, emigrant departures have gone up by 2.7% compared to the same period last year. These data suffices to show once more the propagandistic declarations of the government that continues to […]

Albania Makes Barely Any Progress on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Albania Makes Barely Any Progress on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Albania has made practically no progress on 90% of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Bertelsmann Stiftung has surveyed the 193 UN member states that in 2015 signed an agreement to meet a number of sustainable development goals by 2030. Among the goals is eradicating poverty, zero hunger, quality education, good health and well-being, and gender equality. Compared to […]

Will Rama Pose with Trump at UN?

Will Rama Pose with Trump at UN?

Every year during the General Assembly of the UN in New York, the US President hosts an official dinner for all the heads of state or government present at the deliberations of the the Assembly. It has now become a tradition that at the end of this dinner, the US President and First Lady pose […]

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