Agrifood 19-05-2022

EU to fund Albanian agriculture, organic farming, rural development

The EU is set to plough some €112 million into Albanian agricultural and rural development, including sustainability, agritourism, and organic farming, as a part of the IPARD III programme announced on Wednesday. The programme covers 2021 to 2027 and seeks...

Bulgaria and Albania set ground for new gas corridor

A Memorandum of Understanding for the gasification of Albania was signed this week between three companies in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama and former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, signalling the start of a new potential natural...
Agrifood 17-05-2022

Albania pledges to meet Green Deal organic farming targets by 2030

Albania is confident it can reach the European Green Deal target of 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030 without negatively impacting farmers or consumers during the transition, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Frida Krifca said. Krifca represented Albania at...
Global Europe 16-05-2022

Bosnia reacts after Albania fails to pass resolution on Srebrenica genocide

Bosnian MP Sabina Cudic addressed an open letter to Prime Minister Edi Rama, criticising his government’s refusal to vote on a resolution condemning the Srebrenica genocide and accusing him of tabling the resolution as a concession to Serbia. In 1995,...
Agrifood 10-05-2022

Albanian inflation strikes citizens, agribusinesses

Prices have continued to rise in Albania, hitting citizens’ wallets hard and putting small agricultural businesses in a perilous position as food and transport register the highest increases. According to INSTAT, inflation reached 6.2% in April, a new record following...
Technology 09-05-2022

Reporters Without Borders clap back at Albanian prime minister’s denials

Reporters Without Borders has responded to the claims by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama that the reports of media violations in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index were “lies” and “fantasy” by debunking his denials. Albania fell 20 places in...
Technology 04-05-2022

Albanian prime minister claims RSF report is lies, fantasy

Prime Minister Edi Rama has called the Reporters Without Borders’s assessment of press freedom in Albania a “lie” and “fantasy” after the country dropped a staggering 20 places in one year. On Tuesday morning, RSF released its annual World Press...
Politics 20-04-2022

Albania’s tourism sector braces for fallout of Ukraine war

Labour shortages, rising fuel and food prices, and the Ukrainian war are the triple forces threatening the revival of Albania’s fledgling tourist industry, which accounts for over a quarter of GDP. Over the last few years, Albania has gone from...
Politics 15-03-2022

Albanian prime minister says Brussels oppose Putin-favouring cost of living protests

As the sixth consecutive day of nationwide non-partisan protests against high taxes and government corruption took place in Tirana, Prime Minister Edi Rama has said an official in Brussels told him these protests are in favour of Russia.
Politics 14-03-2022

Albanian prime minister shames thousands protesting rising prices

Albanians should be ashamed as they are the only NATO member protesting the “consequences of war in Ukraine”, said Prime Minister Edi Rama as nationwide demonstrations continued for the fifth day. Citizens, however, say they are not protesting anything to...
Global Europe 13-10-2021

Albania’s declining media freedom won’t impact EU accession

The European Commission has said it will not require Albania to withdraw plans for a controversial law that would bring all online media under state supervision in order to open EU accession negotiations.