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Mogherini in the Balkans, EU Foreign Policy diplomat will visit Albania on March 4

Federica Mogherini, the EU Foreign Policy Representative, started her tour in the Balkan countries today. Mogherini began in Montenegro, where she highlighted that citizens of the region are European citizens and deserve equal rights. Mogherini issued an appeal to the …

Vetting and elections, Maltese ambassador: Dialogue to ensure free elections

The political situation in Albania has concerned the European community, with Malta’s Ambassador to Albania, Mr. Pulis, declaring that if Albania does not meet the European Commission’s conditions, opening negotiations will be delayed by another year. The country of Malta …

PM on vetting, Rama: Vetting will develop economy and open new jobs

Prime Minister Edi Rama was in Shkoder today, where he gave a lecture to students of the City University. The Prime Minister declared that the Judicial Reform and Vetting Law are important for developing the country’s economy and increasing employment. …

IMO board role, Minister of Justice asks for more detailed clarification

The Minister of Justice responded today to Ms. Calavera’s letter. Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, the Chair of the International Monitoring Operation, had clarified the supervising, and not decision making role of the board in her response letter yesterday. A few hours …

IMO role, EU country ambassadors & US ambassador meet with IMO chair

The Ambassadors of European Union countries assigned to Tirana and the US Ambassador, Donald Lu held a meeting today with the Chairwoman of the International Monitoring Operation, Ms. Genoveva Calavera. The two and a half hour meeting was held at …

Kokëdhima pro protestës: Rama të merret seriozisht me kërkesën PD

Today marks the 12th day of the Opposition’s protest, and the Democratic Party Chairman spoke with the citizens about drugs in Albania, declaring that the Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior have created a republic of crime. According to …

U.S. Embassy welcomes Prenga’s departure from parliament

The US Embassy in Tirana reacted today to the resignation of former MP Armando Prenga. As in former elections, the US Embassy calls on Albanian citizens and Albanian institutions to be vigilant when considering candidates for the June 18th election. …

Report on money laundering: Drugs generate dirty money which is being invested in construction

The Directory of Money Laundering Prevention presented its report to the Parliamentary Commission of National Security. According to the report, during 2016, the Directory made 1,300 reportings of suspicious transactions, it blocked 28.77 million euro and has filed criminal proceedings …

Fight against extremism, FM Bushati: Albania is focused on the fight against terrorism

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ditmir Bushati, attended the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council today, where he declared that Albania has measures for countering radicalism and violent extremism on focus. “Albania has increased its focus on preventing …

Albania and France, joint investigations to fight terrorism

France and Albania will operate with joint investigative groups in the fight against terrorism, corruption and organized crime. The Minister of Interior, Saimir Tahiri, received Mr. Bruno Le Roux, his French counterpart, today. After their meeting, both Ministers gave a …

IMO chair on IMO role, Calavera: IMO has a purely administrative role

Recently, the Minister of Justice had written his concerns regarding the IMO board, in two letters. In the second letter, dated February 20, the Minister said that the board had contacted the General Secretary of the Prime Minister’s office, who, …

PM with entrepreneurs, Rama: Vetting will clean the system of corrupt judges

Prime Minister Edi Rama held a meeting today with some entrepreneurs to discuss the Judicial Reform. During the meeting, the Prime Minister spoke against the administrative courts, which according to him, take money from the entrepreneurs; yet another reason, he …

PM on Vetting: ‘Opposition not to defend the incriminated justice system’

Prime Minister Edi Rama was in Elbasan today at the University, where he addressed University students. The Prime Minister issued strong accusations against the justice system, declaring that it is being lead by criminals. And it is for this reason, …

Socialist MP resigns, Prenga resigned before CEC made a decision for his mandate

Today’s Central Election Commission meeting was scheduled to make a final decision regarding the mandate of Lezha’s Socialist MP Armando Prenga, however, the Commission dismissed the case of the MP for whom the Prosecution accused of violating the Decriminalization Law, …

Concerns about IMO, Minister of Justice thinks they are fixable, to make it constitutional

After only one day, the letter the Minister of Justice sent to the US & EU Ambassadors was publicized. Today, the Minister said that the concerns he raised for the International Monitoring Operation are fixable. In the letter dated February …

Petition for vetting, Minister of Interior signs the petition: 98% of Albanians want it

The Minister of Interior, Saimir Tahiri, along with many citizens, signed the petition to implement the Judicial Reform. After signing the petition, the Minister said that 98% of Albanian citizens want the vetting and the Judicial Reform, and made an …

DP chairman with former persecuted, Basha: Freedom is threatened by dictatorship of crime

Today is the 10th day of the Opposition’s protest, and the DP Chairman spoke with the former politically persecuted and their family members, where he declared that freedom is being threatened by the dictatorship of crime and drugs. The DP …

Assembly speaker with EC Co-rapporteurs, Ilir Meta: Maximal transparency needed for vetting

Assembly Speaker, Ilir Meta, received the co-Rapporteurs of the European Council, Andrej Hunko and Joseph O’Reilly today, with whom he discussed the current political situation, advances to the justice system reforms, and the upcoming Parliamentary elections. The Assembly Speaker emphasized …

Police accuses DP chairman, DP chairman is accused of promoting violence

Now on the 8th day of the Opposition’s protest, Tirana’s police department has filed a request with the Prosecution against the Democratic Party Chairman, accusing him of promoting violence, by urging citizens to act out violently against State institutions. Yesterday, …

8TH day of protest, DP Chairman calls protesters to react to injustices

On its 8th day the DP Chairman asked citizens who are protesting to stay strong in the face of any injustice made against them, saying, “This is not a game, but a war which we will win”; again asking citizens …

Justice for properties, PM called his former ally Vangjel Dule to vote on vetting

Prime Minister Edi Rama held a meeting today with the minority community in Sarande, to present the new minorities law. Education rights for minorities will now be sanctioned in a law, which the government says will also have the establishment …

MP Prenga’s mandate, Prosecution reiterates its request to interrupt MP’s mandate

The Prosecution General has responded to the Central Election Commission’s request for additional information about Lezha’s MP Armando Prenga. Yesterday, the Central Election Commission requested additional information before making a decision to terminate his mandate or not. The Prosecution General …

Minister of interior in Germany, Albania & Germany will conduct joint investigations against crime

The Minister of Interior, Saimir Tahiri, was in Berlin where he met with the German Federal Minister of Interior, Thomas de Maiziere. The Ministers discussed their common results in the fight against organized crime and terrorism. They also spoke about …

SMI chairman in Berat, Meta: SMI is in favor of free elections and open lists system

Assembly Speaker, Ilir Meta, held a meeting with the Socialist Movement for Integration structures in Berat, where he emphasized the implementation of the Judicial Reform and decriminalization. Mr. Meta considers both of them to be crucial processes in the path …

MP Blushi on protest, ‘Protests are being made for power, not for wellbeing’

Without the Democratic Party participating in Parliament, the MP of the LIBRA Party, Ben Blushi, played the role of Opposition in today’s plenary session. MP Blushi called out the two big parties, the Socialist and Democratic Parties, for developing protests, …

PM on protest, Rama: Opposition’s boycott is made to block the vetting

After three weeks of absence, and only two days after the meeting he held with the Assembly Speaker, Prime Minister Edi Rama returned to Parliament today shaking hands with Meta, before sitting in his place.  However, when Rama addressed Parliament, …

Provisional govt. Then elections, DP Chairman: Let’s correct 7 laws of the package of laws

At the same time that the Plenary Session was being held, the Opposition held an improvised “citizens Parliament” from the protest tent. Chairman Basha said that the Judicial Reform should return to ground zero, declaring that the Opposition will participate …

OSCE ambassador in ‘Tonight Ilva Tare’, ‘2billion euro dirty money from cannabis in circulation’

On our program “Tonight Ilva Tare”, OSCE Ambassador, Bernd Borchardt gave his first interview since taking office.  The OSCE Ambassador declared that 2 billion euros of dirty money is in circulation throughout Albania, stating that the risk does exist for …

Drug trafficking, Italian Antimafia: Drug cultivation and trafficking has tripled

The Director of the Italian Antimafia, Franko Roberti, is on official visit to Tirana, and he held a meeting with Prosecutor General Adriatik Llalla today. After the meeting, they gave a joint press conference, where Director Roberti stressed that the …

Enterteinment area at the lake, Mayor: Another alternative for children and grownups

Tirana’s City Hall has finished constructing the second entertaining space at the artificial lake. The City has placed gym equipment at the space for the public to use while in nature. Tirana’s Mayor participated in the opening ceremony and declared …

Opposition’s protest, Fleckenstein: Boycott is not the right way for opposition

Following a day of meetings with Albania’s leaders, European Parliament Rapporteur for Albania, Knut Fleckenstein, gave a press conference today. After yesterday’s meeting with the DP Chairman, Mr. Fleckenstein urged Democrats to follow through with realizing the Judicial Reform. The …

Response to Fleckenstein, Berisha: Fleckenstein’s statements are hasty

The former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, and the Democrat MP Jozefina Topalli responded to Albania’s European Parliament Rapporteur, Knut Fleckenstein, who asked the Opposition to return in Parliament and continue work for vetting, and asked the former Prime Minister to …

Message to opposition, Hahn: Regret over boycott, debate to be made in Parliament

The Euro Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, calls the Opposition to end the Parliamentary boycott, saying that political debate must be made in Parliament. “I very much regret the Parliamentary boycott announced by the Opposition. The political debate should not …

Mogherini in Tirane, EU High representative will visit Albania in March

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms. Federica Mogherini, will visit Albania during her Western Balkans tour from March 1st to 4th. Her tour will include visits to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and …

No return in parliament, DP Chairman reiterates the opposition stance for provisional govt.

Now in its fifth day of protest, the Democratic Party Chairman, Lulzim Basha, said that the Opposition will not return to Parliament. Once again, the Opposition leader reiterated that there are no compromises to the Opposition’s only condition; the establishment …

Reflection for IMO, Minister of Justice: Institutional, not personal, concern for IMO

A few days ago, Petrit Vasili, the Minister of Justice, sent letters to the Assembly Speaker, the Prime Minister, the President, and to the EU and US Ambassadors, expressing his concerns over the unclear role and legality of the IMO …

MEP in Tirane, Fleckenstein: I will not negotiate the protest

On the first day of his official visit to Tirana, European Parliament Member Knut Fleckenstein held meetings with the US and EU Ambassadors and Albanian State officials. After the meeting with the US Ambassador, Fleckenstein highlighted the necessity of dialogue …

Opposition’s protest, PM Rama: Parliament boycott obstructs the vetting

Prime Minister, Edi Rama, attacked the Opposition saying they are obstructing the Judicial Reform. The Prime Minister spoke at a State Police activity to promote women in the department, where he said that the Opposition is not allowing the justice …

Fourth day of protest, DP Chairman: There is no other way, provisional government

The Opposition protest is now in its fourth day, and the Democratic Party Chairman declared that the protest will continue until the Opposition requests, for free and honest elections with a provisional government until Election Day are met. The Opposition …

Opposition’s protest, DP MP Tabaku: We will protest to defend citizens’ vote

The Democrat MP Jorida Tabaku spoke today reconfirming the Opposition protest position to defend the citizens’ vote. The Democrat MP rejected the Majority’s accusations that the Opposition is hiding from Judicial Reform: “The Democratic Party voted in favor of the …

Decriminalization law, Chief prosecutor: officials affected by the law

The Prosecutor General was in Fier, where he participated in the annual analysis of Fier’s Prosecution. After the closed door meeting concluded, the Prosecutor General commented saying that corrupt officials are being investigated through the decriminalization process. “The decriminalization process …

Economic performance, Minister of Finance: Strengthened economy in 2016

The law over pardoning tax and customs obligations, and unpaid taxes for private companies, is expected to be adopted at the February 22 government meeting. The news was made public by the Minister of Finance during a press conference, where …

Opposition’s protest, DP Chairman: Rama to give way to technical govt.

Today marks the third day of the Opposition’s protest, and Democratic Party Chairman, Lulzim Basha, spoke from the tent where supporters are protesting, declaring that their voice should be heard and that the Prime Minister must give way to establish …

Minister of interior on the protest, Tahiri: Opposition is trying to obstruct judicial reform

The Minister of Interior also commented today on the Opposition’s protest, declaring that the Majority’s only offer to the Opposition is to attend the Judicial Reform meeting. The Minister invited the Opposition members to join the Judicial Reform meeting, saying …

Third day of protest, DP MP Paloka: Protest can further escalate

The Opposition’s protest is ending its third day, and the MP Paloka, the DP Parliamentary group Chairman declared that the protest will further escalate until the Opposition’s request is met. “The Opposition’s protest will continue. The protest is for free …

26 years from falling of dictatorship, President awarded medals to former students & professors

Today is the National Day of remembrance for the communist martyrs and victims, and President Bujar Nishani awarded students and professors who participated in the hunger strike on Feb 20, 1991. 723 students and professors who participated in the 1991 …

MEP Fleckenstein in Tirana: ‘Any opposition is afraid before elections’

Shortly before arriving in Albania, the European Parliament Rapporteur for Albania, Knut Fleckenstein, gave an interview to Deutsche Welle, expressing the necessity to progress with the Judicial Reform. Mr. Fleckenstein said that the Reform can be realized by holding democratic …

Prosecutor general in Shkoder: ‘Vetting not to be used to influence prosecutors’ decisions’

Prosecutor General Adriatik Llalla, attended the annual analysis of Shkodra’s Prosecution Office today, where he declared that Prosecutors decisions must be based only on the law, and that vetting cannot be used as leverage to influence the Prosecutor’s decision making. …

Hahn responds to government, ‘IMO and its structures are foreseen in your Constitution’

The EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, responded today to the letters sent by the Ministers of Justice and Integration, regarding the work of the International Monitoring Operation.   In a letter sent to the Prime Minister, Mr. Hahn wrote …

Us Embassy on the protest, ‘US citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations’

The US Embassy has notified US citizens who live in Albania about the Opposition’s protest. In its notification, the US Embassy states: “The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens to expect a demonstration against the Albanian Government planned for February 18th …

Citizens in the protest, ‘We are here to remove the government

Citizens from all around the country joined the Opposition’s protest in Tirana. They began arriving in the early hours of this morning, taking buses and driving vehicles without incident, and began gathering around 09:30 this morning.   Ora News journalists …

Police in the field, 2,000 police officers to maintain the order during the protest

Tirana’s police have been ready to maintain order during the Opposition’s protest. 2,000 police officers were deployed to the streets to monitor the protest, and keep the peace, along with rapid intervention forces, RENEA forces, and police officers from other …

PM on opposition’s protest, Rama: We will hear the minority with respect

Prime Minister, Edi Rama, who is on an official visit to Kosovo today, commented on the Opposition’s protest.   The Prime Minister broadcasted the protest live on his facebook social account, making a comparison with the 2011 protest, encouraged that …

Opposition’s protest, DP Chairman asks to establish a technical govt

As announced, the Opposition’s protest started at 12:00 outside the Prime Minister’s office. During his speech, the Democratic Party Chairman declared that the Opposition will continue to stay in the square until a technical government is established, which he says …

Opposition’s protest, DP Chairman: February 18, a day of change for Albanians

The Democratic Party is making their final preparations for tomorrow’s protest. The DP Chairman declared today that February 18th will be the day of change and invited citizens to join the protest, which according to him will be peaceful. He …

Protest’s duration, Police say the protest will start at 12:00 and finish at 16:00

The Tirana Police Department has publicized its plan for tomorrow’s protest. In a media statement, the police announced that the protest will begin at 12:00, on the main boulevard and will end at 16:00 outside the Prime Minister’s office. The …

US embassy on the protest: ‘US citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations’

The US Embassy has notified US citizens who live in Albania about tomorrow Opposition’s protest. In its notification, the US embassy says: “The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens to expect a demonstration against the Albanian Government planned for February 18th …

Council of appointments in justice system, Llalla: Procedures for selecting members are based on law

Prosecutor General Adriatik Llalla, reacted today to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Law Commission’s concerns regarding the procedures followed by the Prosecution to select the members to the Appointments Council. The Chief Prosecutor declared that the legal framework has been …

FM on IMO role, Bushati: Fear for violation of sovereignty is inappropriate

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, was at Shkodra University, where he participated in an open lecture on the values of our foreign policies. During his speech, the Minister stressed the special care that is needed in the fight …