Albania shall not become colony of foreign foundations
Metas appeal comes amidst growing rumours about a possible influence of George Soros in the countrys government. Some say that the Soros Foundations influence is very high in some countries, including AlbaniaStatementOn 10 June 2019, I revoked Decree No.10928, dated 05.11.2018 On Setting Election Date for Local Government Bodies, cance...
Political crisis escalates as top legal election institution rules against president
The political crisis in Albania, which has been lasting for the last five months, has deepened even further as the countrys top legal election institution, the Electoral College ruled on Monday against president Metas decree to cancel the local elections, due to take place on June 30.According to the ruling, the president could not cancel the...
Opposition determined to prevent local elections
Opposition in Albania held its ninth demonstration on Friday evening in the capital, Tirana.In contrast to previous demonstrations, no violent acts were registered. A few hours before the rally, the US, German and EU embassy had all appealed for demonstrators to refrain from any a acts of violence.During the rally, opposition leader and cha...
EU concerned over violence in today's opposition protest
EU Delegation to Tirana has also released a statement today ahead of the oppositions demonstration, which is expected to take place in a few hours.Full statementWe fully respect and support the fundamental right of citizens of Albania to demonstrate. At the same time, we continue to stress the importance of exercising this right in an orderly...
Concerns over state of media in Albania
From 1821 June 2019, an international freedom of expression mission was undertaken in to Albania, comprised of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom ECPMF, ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ, the European Federation of Journalists EFJ, the International Press Institute IPI, Reporters Without Borders RSF and t...
US calls for calm ahead of opposition demonstration in Tirana
The US embassy to Tirana issued a press release ahead of Fridays antigovernment demonstration that the opposition is expected to hold. The US mission in the Albanian capital voices its concern about recent violent acts registered in different oppositionrun areas, while appealing for a peaceful protest on June 21.Full statementThe United...
Austrian ambassador calls on political parties to engage in dialogue
During an activity held today in the northern city of Shkodra, the Austrian ambassador, Johan Sattler said that the country is going through a serious political crisis and that politicians are the ones that should solve this crisis.These periods of crisis have also been seen before and I believe that it is time to sit down and see what we can do...
Albania scraps entry visas for Belarus
Government of Albania has decided today tolift entry visas for another state. Based on an agreement that governments of the two countries have signed, citizens of Belarus will no longer need an entry visa to visit Albania.This agreement is a mutual agreement, which means that Albanian citizens will also be entitled to travel to Belarus and no ...
Head of central bank meets World Bank mission
On 19 June 2019, the Governor of the Bank of Albania, Mr Gent Sejko, met with the World Bank Group WBG Mission, visiting Albania in the framework of Macrofiscal Policies Support. The mission is composed by Ms Maryam Salim, Country Manager for Albania, Ms Gallina Andronova Vincelette, Practice Manager, Ms Johanna Jaeger, Senior Financial Sector S...
Democrat leader accuses PM of electoral fraud
Leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha declared today in a news conference that the taped conversations that were recently published by German newspaper Bild were a testimony to the fact that Prime Minister Edi Rama had rigged the elections.Every election organized by Edi Rama has been rigged. This is the conclusion that we can draw from...