Albania

Leaked Italian police report says cannabis cultivation in Albania jumped 1,200% in 2019

bne IntelliNews January 28, 2020

Albania was notorious as a major producer of marijuana until a government crackdown in 2014, but an Italian police report leaked to the media shows there has been backsliding recently.

Western Balkans countries sink on latest Corruption Perceptions Index

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 23, 2020

Poor performance on latest index from Transparency International comes after years of warnings of the risks of democratic backsliding in the region should states fail to progress towards EU accession.

Albania’s 2019 foreign trade gap widens 5.7% y/y

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2020

Albania has historically run a substantial trade deficit caused by its narrow production and export base, and has partly funded this with remittances from Albanians living abroad.

Western Balkans has potential for up to €20bn wind energy investment says new report

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 16, 2020

Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) study reveals huge untapped renewable energy potential in the region, which currently relies heavily on coal power.

Enlargement commissioner brings hope to North Macedonia about EU perspective

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 15, 2020

Oliver Varhelyi pledged to work for the start of negotiations in spring, alongside the adoption of an economic plan to support the region.

EU must deliver on enlargement promises says European Commission president

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2020

EU officials to start working on changes to the enlargement methodology soon in attempt to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to approve start of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

Albania’s GDP increases 3.8% in 3Q19

bne IntelliNews January 7, 2020

Albania’s GDP increased by 3.81% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019, with the mining sector leading the growth

OUTLOOK 2020 Albania

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2020

Albania enters the new decade still reeling from the deadly earthquake that struck in November 2019. On the political front 2020 is also a year of uncertainty as Tirana waits for the EU’s decision on the start of accession negotiations.

MITTELEUROPA: Following the French hit on Western Balkans, all eyes on Croatia and Germany in 2020

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna January 6, 2020

Just as brusquely as the French president recently discredited Nato (where France's real influence may not be so great), he has done the same with the Western Balkans and the EU enlargement process. And in the EU, France's position is decisive.

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