About: Albania

Enlargement 17-05-2022

Sofia’s veto on Skopje is ‘a present for Russia’, Borrell says

The EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell put pressure on Sofia on Monday (16 May) to lift its veto over North Macedonia starting EU accession negotiations, by saying that the lack of solution is “a present for Russia”.
Global Europe 10-05-2022

Thirty-one years after communism, Albanians demand democratic reform

A new report by the Albanian Insitute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) says the electorate wants more democratic progress in the EU candidate country, considered a hybrid, or only partly democratic, regime according to Freedom House.
Technology 03-05-2022

Albania, BiH are Balkans biggest losers, North Macedonia improves in RSF report

The Western Balkans has consistently struggled with issues relating to the rule of law, media freedom, and upholding human rights. But some progress has been seen in the area of media freedom in 2021, although more needs to be done, according to the recent Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index.
Agrifood 28-04-2022

Albanian beekeepers cautious over draft law to align with EU acquis

Albania’s beekeeping sector will be regulated as the government has proposed the final draft of a new law that would impact those with just one hive, in an effort to align with the EU acquis. But not all beekeepers are buzzing over the news.

Albania looks at gasification with a €4 billion price tag

Amid the global energy crisis, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, Albania is working to diversify its energy sources, including by introducing gas and wind power, with the former set to cost up to €4 billion to implement.
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...
Transport 25-03-2022

Albanian cities to go car-free one day a month to save fuel

In a bid to battle rising fuel prices and quell disquiet from citizens, the Albanian government has announced that as of 3 April, every city in the country will have a car-free day on the first Sunday of the month.
Politics 22-03-2022

Western Balkans: Silence over Ukraine’s EU membership bid

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s impassioned plea for his besieged country to join the EU as soon as possible has met cautious support across Europe. But the Western Balkans - home to six membership hopefuls - have remained largely silent.
Economy & Jobs 17-03-2022

Albanian civil society deny government claims their protests serve Russia

Albanians have been protesting for more than a week over price increases of food, fuel, and energy. The government, however, has called them a national shame and said their protests were serving Russia and the Kremlin - a claim activists have entirely dismissed.
Global Europe 09-01-2022

Albanian opposition in crisis as warring members storm party headquarters

The Albanian capital of Tirana was rocked by protests on Saturday (8 January) as one warring faction of the opposition Democratic Party (PD) used force to enter their own headquarters. Police special forces dispersed demonstrators, and several arrests were made.
Enlargement 03-01-2022

The long decline: mass migration batters Balkans

Abandoned shops and mostly empty streets offer few signs of life in North Macedonia's Valandovo, where young people are fleeing in large numbers hoping to find a better life abroad.
Enlargement 30-12-2021

2022: Enlargement on life support

Enlargement is stalled, and EU governments can barely agree on a common strategy to bring in the six membership hopefuls -- Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and North Macedonia.
Global Europe 28-12-2021

Afghans living in limbo in Albania start knitting to heal their trauma

Four months after Albania stepped up to accept thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban, some 2000 live in hotels on the country’s Adriatic coast. While they are ever-thankful to their hosts' kindness, the uncertainty of knowing their future is causing problems.
Global Europe 21-12-2021

Three Western Balkan leaders sign agreements to open trade and travel for citizens

The leaders of Albania, Serbia, and North Macedonia signed six agreements on Tuesday (21 December) facilitating free movement of trade, people, and services throughout the three Western Balkan countries.
Health 14-12-2021

Albania worst in Europe for access to fertility treatments

Albania provides “exceptionally poor” access to fertility treatment for citizens, ranking last out of 43 other European and Western countries, according to the European Atlas of Fertility Treatment Policies.
Enlargement 14-12-2021

Italy arrests Albania’s fugitive ex-chief prosecutor

Albania's former chief prosecutor, who fled the country after being handed a prison term for corruption, has been arrested in Italy, police in Tirana said on Monday (13 December).
Enlargement 26-11-2021

Burned by Bulgaria veto, North Macedonia to ‘act more carefully’ on EU integration narrative, justice minister says

Partially attributing his party’s crushing defeat in the recent municipal elections to the stalling EU accession negotiations, North Macedonia’s justice minister Bojan Marichikj told EURACTIV the government in Skopje would be more careful in the future. The stand-off between Bulgaria...
Global Europe 15-11-2021

Rural Balkan communities fight back, and win, against hydropower plants

As Europe embarks on a rocky transition to renewable energy, Albania, where hydropower produces almost 100% of electricity, is facing its own issues. Communities impacted by the building of hydroelectric dams are fighting back, and they are winning.
08-11-2021

Why Europe’s East does not trust the COVID-19 vaccine

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, an ever-growing divide between Western and Eastern Europe in terms of vaccination uptake becomes more apparent. But what's driving it?
Health 26-10-2021

Concerns over COVID-19 fatality and cases figures in Albania

A combination of recently published data and surveys has cast doubt over the Albanian government’s level of transparency in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Concerns relate to the possible under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths and positive cases since the start of the pandemic.
Global Europe 25-10-2021

Despite calls, Albania remains reluctant to find its 6,000 missing communism victims

Nazmi Uruci's descendants have been searching for his remains for almost 80 years. Born in northern Albania in 1904, Nazmi was a customs official during the short reign of Albania's first and last reigning monarch, King Zog.
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.
Global Europe 11-10-2021

EU hopeful Albania struggles with its own asylum seekers

Albania has a problem with asylum. Between 2010 and 2019, more than 193,000 Albanians applied for asylum in the European Union, a significant portion of the EU candidate country's population of 2.8 million.
Enlargement 29-09-2021

EU no longer agrees on Balkan membership guarantee, diplomats say

The European Union, fearing a political backlash in member states, can no longer agree to give a guarantee of future membership to the six Balkan countries once promised a place in the club, according to four diplomats and an internal...