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4,300 teachers took merit exam for eligibility

4,300 teachers from all around the country took the Ministry of Education’s test, for the “Teachers for Albania” initiative, which employs teachers based on their testing results. After the two and a half hour test, the teachers said the questions …

DP structures have started to select candidates

Democratic Party structures have started working to prepare their list of MPs for the electoral battle of June 18th.   The Democratic Party Chairman has ordered the structures to select people of high integrity, who have not been engaged in …

Legality of AMA decisions will be investigated

Following the denouncement by Ora News, Tring Company has also filed a lawsuit with the Prosecution against the Audio Visual Media Authority for its activity during the January 19th meeting, when the Authority made efforts to give national licenses by …

Protesters clashed with police officers outside PM’s office

Red and Black Alliance activists protested today outside the Prime Minister’s office to ask for justice for the 4 protesters who were killed on January 21, 2011 outside the Prime Minister’s office. The protesters threw flares at the Prime Minister’s …

Administrative Court ruled January 21 a state crime

Financial compensation for the families of the four people killed on January 21, 2011 is one of the issues requested at the Albanian courts. Center Respublica, with the support of the Open Society Foundation for Albania, have been helping family …

January 21 victims, PM: Aday of justice is closer than ever with judicial reform

Today is the 6 year anniversary of January 21st 2011, when 4 protesters were killed outside the Prime Minister’s office, and the Prime Minister held a meeting with the family members of the victims. During his speech, the Prime Minister …

Tirana police work, 6 more murders in 2016, than in 2015

The annual analysis of Tirana’s police reports for 2016 was concluded and the Director of Tirana’s Police Department made a media announcement of its findings. The Director declared that 191 more criminal offenses were committed in 2016 than in 2015; …

Cold weather, some areas in north and southeast are blocked in by snow

Intense snowfall has blocked in some areas of the north and southeast country. Snow accumulation in Korça has reached up to 25 cm and over 50 cm in its remote areas. Dardha is officially reported to be blocked in, but …

Muslim community donates, 60 tons of supplies for families isolated by snow

800 needy families, which were affected by the intense rainfalls, will receive supplies gathered by the Albanian Muslim community and Tirana’s Mosques.   60 tons of food and clothing were gathered thanks to donations by Albania’s Muslim believers.   The …

Singapore economic forum, PM Rama invites foreign investors to invest in Albania

During his official visit to Singapore, Prime Minister Edi Rama addressed the Albanian-Singapore Trade and Investment Forum, highlighting that Albania has become one of the most attractive investment destinations in south-east Europe. The Prime Minister declared that Albania and Singapore …

Assembly speaker in US, Meta held a meeting with Sessions. Strengthened relations with US

Assembly Speaker, Ilir Meta, is on an official visit to the US, where he was received by the President of the Laws and Procedures Commission of the US Congress, Mr. Pete Sessions. The senior US official assured the Assembly Speaker …

Electoral reform, Blushi: Electronic vote counting can be applied within 75 days

The former Socialist Party MP, Ben Blushi, who is now part of the newly created ‘Libra’ Party, commented today on the Electoral Reform. Mr. Blushi declared that it is possible to actualize electronic counting within 75 days, and accused the …

Vetting law, Constitutional Court publicized its decision about the law

The Constitutional Court publicized its decision on the Vetting Law today, 28 days after the decision was made. In a 50 page document, the Constitutional Court responded to the 4 claims made by the Democratic Party and the Union of …

Implementation of vetting law, EU will give 10 million euro for the law’s implementation

Joint projects between Albania and the European Union are on the right path. During the meeting of the IPA project monitoring committee, the Minister of Integration declared that there are no problematic projects this year, noting that there were 7 …

Electronic voting, DP: It guarantees free elections. SP: There is no time

The Parliamentary Law Commission gathered today to discuss the law on cyber security, -but electronic voting and counting for the June 18 Parliamentary elections was the subject of discussion between the Majority and Opposition members of the Commission. The Democrat …

Dp’s action, Ristani: With SMI, cooperation only for free elections

The Democratic Party’s Secretary General, Arben Ristani, has spoken against any possible coalition with the Socialist Movement for Integration. During an interview with an Ora News journalist, Mr. Ristani stated that a possible cooperation would be for free elections and …

Flu virus, The number of people affected decreasing

Cases of the flu virus have reduced slightly in this third week of January. The number of people affected by the influenza virus reached 21,000 in the just the first few days of January, and the Institute of Public Health …

Meat trading, A task force will monitor trading conditions

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Local Issues have set up a task force to regulate meat trading conditions. The Minister of Agriculture declared today that criminal proceedings will be pursued in cases of meat trade violations. “All …

Civil society’s protest, Citizens against AMA threat towards Ora News

Civil society representatives, journalists, MPs, citizens, and some disabled persons protested today to defend free speech; asking the Audio Visual Media Authority to stop censuring radio television Ora News.   The protesters were holding red cards in their hands, calling …

DP on AMA threat, Boçi: AMA authority threatens in violation of the law

Luçiano Boçi, a Democrat member of the Parliamentary Media Commission, also reacted to the Audio Visual Media Authority’s threat against RTV Ora News on his social facebook account. Mr. Boçi wrote that the media Authority attacked Ora news once again, …

Minister of transport, Dervishaj: An agreement with WB for road maintenance

The Minister of Transport was invited to our program, “Tonight Ilva Tare, where he declared that the maintenance company’s work will be analyzed regarding how they managed the road situations caused by the cold weather, once the situation ends. The …

June 18 elections, DP Chairman: We will not boycott, DP will win elections

Democratic Party Chairman, Lulzim Basha, held a meeting today with the DP branch Chairmen, where he reiterated his commitment to an open process for selecting his Party’s MP candidates. The DP Chairman declared that the candidates will undergo the vetting …

Electoral reform, SP MP Balla calls opposition to attend the commission meetings

The Socialist co-Chairman of the Ad hoc Commission on Electoral Reform, Taulant Balla, called on the Opposition not to abandon the Commission meetings, in order to make the necessary changes to the electoral code. According to Mr. Balla, the proposals …

IMF mission in Tirane, Meetings at the Ministry of Finance and Bank of Albania

The International Monetary Fund has arrived in Albania. Today, the IMF mission held official meetings with Albanian authorities in Tirana. The IMF mission held the first meeting at the Ministry of Finance, where they were received by the Minister of …

AMA’s threat against Ora News, Civil society will protest tomorrow to defend free speech

A few days ago, the Audio Visual Media Authority threatened to close Ora News broadcasting as a digital platform, even though the Authority seems to favor other stations, allowing them to have illegal frequencies and allowing serious violations. In response …

DP’S action, DP chose not to boycott, will protest for free elections

The Democratic Party has decided not to boycott Parliament, but instead to intensify its battle in Parliament, along with organizing citizen protests to support free elections and electronic voting. The Democratic Parliamentary group held a two hour meeting, where the …

Judicial reform, Weerd: There will no longer be untouchables

Albania’s Dutch ambassador, Dewi Van de Weerd, held a meeting with some of Korça’s judges, where she declared that the aim of the Judicial Reform is to remove the idea of “untouchables”. She emphasized the importance of increasing citizen trust …

PM in Tamare, Rama: 110 tons of supplies have been distributed

Prime Minister Edi Rama, accompanied by the Minister of Interior, was in the Tamarë area to distribute supplies. The Prime Minister declared that over 100 tons of supplies have been distributed to the citizens, thanks to the well coordinated actions …

Snowfalls will resume, Institute of geosciences: Intense snowfall in south & southeast

The Institute of Geosciences has predicted a return of snow all around the country. According to the institute, the south and southeast of the country will see the most snow. However, the greatest concern is the upcoming strong winds, which …

Heating in schools, Tirana Mayor: There is heating system in 200 schools

On the first school day for this year, Tirana’s Mayor visited a primary school to inspect the heating system. The Mayor made a statement, saying, “The heating system has been running since 5 this morning in 200 of Tirana’s schools …

Electoral reform, Opposition abandoned the ad hoc commission meeting

The Ad hoc Parliamentary Commission on Electoral Reform gathered today to discuss changes to the Electoral Code for the upcoming June 18th elections. A draft containing 36 proposals from both political Parties and Civil Society was presented at the Commission. …

Open lists system, Parties have different stances on the electoral system

Two governmental allies, the Socialist Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration Party, continue to have different stances over using an open list electoral system for the upcoming Parliamentary elections. During a meeting organized by Civil Society to discuss changes …

Austrian minister of interior, Sobotka: European Union wants Albania to join it

Austria’s Minister of Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka, held a meeting today with the Albanian Minister of Interior, Sajmir Tahiri. After the meeting, they gave a joint press conference, where the Austrian Minister declared that the European Union wants Albania to join …

PM with excellent students, Rama: You are an inspiration model even to me

Prime Minister Edi Rama held a meeting with the students of excellence, whom he highly praised for their scores on the Program for International Student Assessment (known as PISA) in 2015. During the meeting, the Prime Minister spoke against the …

Albania-Kosovo trade, Chambers of commerce ask for removal of customs obligations

Trade exchanges between Albania and Kosovo have seen a decrease in the last two years, triggering the Chambers of Commerce leaders to propose creating joint economic offices to deal with difficulties entrepreneurs are facing. The Heads of the Albanian and …

Social houses, City Hall will construct houses for needy families

Tirana’s Mayor inspected the construction of new housing for needy families today, among them 50 families of the Roma community. The Mayor declared that work is the best answer for solving housing problems. “I think this is good for the …

Deaths from cold weather, a 12-year old boy died playing on the frozen Kashari lake

A 12-year old boy has died at Kashari Lake in Tirana. The lake, where the boy and his friends were playing, is frozen with the cold weather. Not frozen through, the ice broke open and the boy fell inside, where …

Low temperatures, Cold weather around the country, national roads are open

Snowfall, accompanied by unusually low temperatures, continues all around the country. The situation in Dibra is worsening, as Dibra’s villages are almost cut off because of snowfall.  Though the National Road is open, drivers are urged to use tire chains. …

June 18 elections, Opposition parties in a unified stance for free & honest elections

The Opposition will condition any Parliamentary activity with the advancement of the Electoral Reform. The Democratic Party Chairman held a meeting today with his allies. After the meeting, he declared that they have a unified stance for an electoral platform, …

Ramush Haradinaj, Tirana’s youth ask for liberation of Kosovo’s former PM

Representatives of political Party youth forums and youth organizations of civil society peacefully protested today in front of the French Embassy building in Tirana, against the arrest of Ramush Haradinaj, the former Prime Minister of Kosovo.   Chanting the motto …

Legalizations, Govt. approves the legalization of 1,320 apartment buildings

1,320 apartment buildings will receive legalization permits for the additional floors that were built without permissions.   The Council of Ministers approved the decision presented by the Ministry of Urban Development, which sets the rules for the legalization of these …

New Tirana’s boulevard, PM Rama: Vote in the right direction has given results

Prime Minister Edi Rama and Tirana’s Mayor, Erion Veliaj, inspected the reconstruction work of the new boulevard in the Capital today. They both praised the work so far, and the Prime Minister declared that Tirana’s citizens are seeing the results …

Cold weather, PM Rama: Well coordinated work by state structures

Prime Minister Edi Rama gathered the Operational Emergency Office to discuss the situation arising from the freezing temperatures that have swept all of Albania and the measures being taken to face the circumstances. Prime Minister Rama said that the situation …

Isolated areas, Armed Forces helicopter distributed supplies to remote areas

The Minister of Interior, Mr. Tahiri, was in Klos of Dibra, one of the areas most badly affected by the cold. The Minister closely followed the distribution of supplies to needy families, which are facing the severe weather in isolation. …

Low temperatures, Lakes and water pipes are frozen, snow in the south

Low temperatures continue all over the country, freezing water pipes, depositories, and lakes, even though snow falls have been less intense recently. Temperatures reached a low of minus 7 degrees Celsius in Shkodër, and most of the mountainous areas continue …

Frozen water pipes, Tirana’s citizens suffer from lack of house water

Water depositories and pipes all over Tirana are frozen due to low temperatures which have swept the capital, and many of Tirana’s residents have reported having no water in their houses. The Mayor declared that the water supply company will …

Electoral reform, DP and SMI support electronic voting and counting

A year after its establishment, the Ad hoc Commission on Electoral Reform gathered today for the 5th time. The Commission’s members agreed on the procedure to follow in changing the electoral code. Political Party experts will draft amendment proposals and …

FM Bushati responds to serbian FM: ‘Statements for Albanians are victimization and theater’

Albania’s Foreign Minister has called the statement of his Serbian counterpart ‘pure victimization and theater’. The Serbian Foreign Minister declared earlier, “There is security information indicating an Albanian Diaspora plan to seize the building of a Serbian diplomatic or consular …

Cold weather, Low temperatures, with snow and icy roads

Cold weather and low temperatures continue all around the country, reaching down to subzero temperatures. Icy roads and many blocked roads continue to be problematic and drivers are urged to drive carefully in order to avoid road accidents. There is …

Flu virus, Public health institute: More than 19,000 people affected

The AH3N2 flu virus continues to swiftly spread across Albania. According to the Public Health Institute data, there are now over 19,000 citizens affected nationally, with 700 citizens from the Capital having sought medical assistance. The Public Health Institute specialist …

Flu vaccines, Public health institute: Health centers are equipped with vaccines

Several days ago, the Democratic Party accused the Ministry of Health of delivering ineffective Chinese flu virus vaccines, and stating that there are many health centers which don’t have the vaccine. Though the Public Health institute admits that the flu …

Decriminalization, Kavaja’s Former Mayor appeals his dismissal with Const. Court

Kavaja’s former Mayor, Elvis Roshi, filed a complaint today with the Constitutional Court, for the interruption of his mandate. His defense lawyer told the media that the Mayor’s request is related to the Council of Minister’s decision to dismiss the …

New justice bodies, Supreme judiciary & prosecution council members will be elected

The Albanian Parliament has announced that applications for members to the Supreme Judiciary Council and the Supreme Prosecution’s Council will be accepted until January 16. After the Supreme Court and the Prosecution General opened applications for the positions, Parliament also …

DP ACCUSES PM, Alibeaj: PM serves crime, let’s put govt. at citizens’ service

The Democratic Party accused the Prime Minister again today, of supporting criminal groups. The Democratic Party’s Director of Security made a statement accusing the government of punishing citizens and favoring criminals, saying – “Edi Rama offers protection to criminals. There …

Red and Black Alliance will protest outside PM’s office

The Red and Black Alliance will protest on January 21st, the anniversary of when 4 protesters were killed in 2011. The protest will be held outside the Prime Minister’s office, the site where the previous protesters were killed. The Chairman …

Prishtina declared emergency situation for 48 hours

Cold weather, snowfall and icy roads have also swept Kosovo with Prishtina, Kosovo’s capital, declaring an emergency situation for the next 48 hours. The Mayor of Prishtina inspected the work of companies that are cleaning the snow from problem road …

Confindustria’s administrator: Gas price has increased

The recent cold days have increased citizens’ interest in gas heating. The Administrator of Confindustria says that the state should prepare a moratorium for the gas excise. According to him, the increased gas price after imposing the tax is directly …

Tirana Mayor praises people’s solidarity for the needy

135 children living on the streets and homeless have been sheltered in Social Centers in order to be protected from the cold weather that has swept the country. Tirana’s Mayor visited Lapraka’s Social Center, where he expressed gratitude to all …

300 people in Lezha’s hospital in the last 24 hours

The AH3N2 flu virus is in full circulation in the country. Favored by cold weather, it has spread quickly and the number of people infected has significantly increased. According to health authorities, 300 patients registered in Lezha’s hospital and health …