Tag: Albania

US wants upcoming elections in #Albania to proceed peacefully  

US wants upcoming elections in #Albania to proceed peacefully  

| June 26, 2019

The US has warned that this weekend’s elections in Albania must be allowed to go ahead peacefully otherwise the country’s opposition will be classed as a “violent organization”. The unusually-strong warning comes just ahead of key local elections on Sunday, which will be boycotted by the opposition Democratic Party. Deputy Acting Chief of Mission of […]

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US warns of travel bans as constitutional crisis in #Albania worsens 

US warns of travel bans as constitutional crisis in #Albania worsens 

| June 10, 2019

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer (pictured) has threatened Albania’s opposition leaders with US entry bans. In the United States’ toughest wording yet, Palmer said: “Obstructing an electoral process potentially constitutes grounds for ineligibility for entering the United States.” His comments come with the current uneasy situation in Albania turning into a full-scale constitutional […]

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Completion of #TiranaBank sale

Completion of #TiranaBank sale

| March 4, 2019

Piraeus Bank S.A. (‘Piraeus’) announces that it has completed the sale of its shareholding (98.83%) in its Albanian subsidiary, Tirana Bank Sh.A., to Balfin Sh.p.k. and Komercijalna Banka AD, after receiving the required approvals from the competent regulatory authorities in Albania, including the Bank of Albania as well as from the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund. […]

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Albania, Hungary, Malta and Turkey among key opinions adopted by #VeniceCommission

Albania, Hungary, Malta and Turkey among key opinions adopted by #VeniceCommission

| December 17, 2018

The final plenary session of the year for the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission included several high profile opinions, including for Albania, Hungary, Malta and Turkey.  The Venice Commission legal experts find that the power of the prime minister in Malta widely overshadows that of other government bodies, including the president, parliament, cabinet of ministers, […]

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Countries launch UN work to shut down global trade in #TortureTools

Countries launch UN work to shut down global trade in #TortureTools

| September 27, 2018

On 24 September, the Alliance for Torture-Free Trade agreed to step up the pace of its efforts and work towards a United Nations instrument – such as a binding convention – to stop the trade in instruments for torture and the death penalty. The Alliance for Torture-Free Trade is an initiative of the European Union, […]

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The European Union must say ‘Yes’ to #Albania

The European Union must say ‘Yes’ to #Albania

| June 27, 2018

I’m in Brussels, and its early morning. I’m standing on the sidewalk at the Rue de la Loi, between two large buildings. On my left is the European Commission, in the building that erects stately on my right is located the European Council. Two of the most important bodies leading the Union of over 507 […]

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EU signals opening of  accession talks with #Albania likely to start by the summer

EU signals opening of accession talks with #Albania likely to start by the summer

| March 20, 2018

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini has signalled that accession talks with Albania could start as soon as this summer, writes Martin Banks. Speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (20 March), the Italian official said she expects European commission to give an “unconditional recommendation” for accession negotiations to start in the next […]

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