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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-24

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From: The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at <http://www.telpress.it/ata>

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Conference on encouraging foreign investments in Albania
  • [02] Exchange rates
  • [03] "Farewell to century" on 55th anniversary of Homeland liberation
  • [04] Task Force in Durres imposes over two million leks of fines in two days
  • [05] Soccer: 10th week championship matches begin
  • [06] Order, anticorruption, economic development, govt priorities- Meta
  • [07] CE earmarks 42,5 million EURO for Albania
  • [08] Albania - important partner in the region
  • [09] Albanians must ensure their country's security themselves - Pack
  • [10] Greek right-wing party supports Meta-led government
  • [11] EC to open the Central Finance and Contact Unit in Albania
  • [12] Integration into European Union, main objective of Albania
  • [13] Kosova politicians consider historical and very important Clinton's visit to Kosova
  • [14] Albanian parliamentary delegation leaves for Bulgaria
  • [15] Albanian CDP hails Clinton visit to Kosova
  • [16] CE provides 3.9 million Euro on rehabilitation of Albanian courts
  • [17] Russian President Yeltsin wishes President Meidani on Independence and Liberation days
  • [18] Albanian agriculture to benefit 5.2 million Euro by European Commission
  • [19] Constitutional Court is on Government focus
  • [20] Albanian Foreign Minister to leave on official visit to Spain
  • [21] SP chairman Fatos Nano hails adoption of Study of Feasibility in Brussels

  • [01] Conference on encouraging foreign investments in Albania

    TIRANE, Nov 23 (ATA)-By D. Koca,

    An international conference on foreign investments in Albania is due in Tirane on November 26.

    The conference, with the support of the Agency for Economic Development (ADEA) and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), will review the experience of private sector in Albania and the Government's politics for attracting and encouraging foreign investments.

    The conference under the topic "Foreign Investments in Albania a new beginning", will be attended by foreign investors, representatives from public sector, banks, government and international financing agencies.

    During 1991-1996 Albania had an increase of foreign investments which amounted to $92 million in 1996. This number was reduced to less than $40 million in 1998. /dast/lm/

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    [02] Exchange rates

    TIRANE, NOV 24 (ATA) By Dorian Koça: - U.S. dollar has lost ground against Albanian Lek in the market of Tirane as compared with the previous day.

    Exchange rates

    Currency bought sold USD 134,6 135

    DM 71 71,4 LIT (1000) 72 72,3 GRD (100) 42 42,3 /gs/

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    [03] "Farewell to century" on 55th anniversary of Homeland liberation

    TIRANE, Nov 24 (ATA)-By K. Shehu, A great solemn concert, entitled "Farewell to century", is is due on November 28 at the Palace of Congresses in Tirane, on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Homeland.

    Protagonists of this concert, which is performed under the auspices of the President of the Republic Rexhep Meidani and Minister of Culture Edi Rama, will be artists of the Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Folk Songs and Dances Ensemble, instrumentalists of the Albanian Radio-Television orchestra and of the Fine Arts Academy. /dast/lm/

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    [04] Task Force in Durres imposes over two million leks of fines in two days

    TIRANE, Nov 24 (ATA)-By S. Gjorderni, The Task Force of the Electric Power Enterprise in Durres has punished family consumers and private subjects by a fine of over two million leks for not paying the obligations to the Power Generation and Distribution Firm (KESH) or for making irregular connections, stealing electricity.

    "During controls exercised over the last two days, we cut off 870 illegal electricity connections and curtailed electricity for those without contract in 500 family consumers and 370 private and state subjects," the head of the Task Force in Durres, Hodo Kellici, told ATA on Wednesday.

    Besides curtailment of electric power, said Kellici, fines of 1.250 000 leks were imposed on family consumers and 860 000 for private and state subjects. He said the whole value of fines has been paid in these two days.

    The Task Force of the Durres electric power enterprise on Wednesday began control on the families receiving power from lines belonging to the railway general department, paying not a coin for the consumed electricity.

    Problematic remains the situation near the mechanical site, locomotive park, especially along the railway-line of Shkozet, where there are dozens of illegal constructions and citizens have interfered with the lines belonging to the General Railway Department. /lm/

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    [05] Soccer: 10th week championship matches begin

    TIRANE, Nov 24 (ATA)-The 10th week matches for the 61st Albanian national championship begin on Wednesday.

    Follow today's matches:

    Shqiponja - Bylis

    Dinamo - Elbasani

    Tirana - Apolonia

    Flamurtari - Lushnja

    Vllaznia - Shkumbini

    Skenderbeu - Partizani

    Teuta - Tomori

    /lm/

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    [06] Order, anticorruption, economic development, govt priorities- Meta

    TIRANE, Nov 24 (ATA) - Albanian Premier Ilir Meta on Wednesday met the head of the Commission of European Parliament for Southeastern Europe, Doris Pack, with whom talked on the priorities of Albanian government, Premier's spokesperson told ATA.

    Meta underlined that the main government priorities are order, anticorruption, reforms and economic development of the country.

    On the anticorruption strategy Meta said that "Opposition has been invited, but it has imposed several preconditions which cannot absolutely create the physiognomy of a strategy".

    Albanian premier informed Mrs. Pack of passing the draftlaw "On civil Service" in parliament and ratifying "European Charter of Local Autonomy" which made possible a better cooperation among Mayors to achieve concrete results in local selfgoverning.

    Doris Pack said that she was pleased with the government priorities Meta had determined. She emphasized that the broader inclusion of civil society in state governing, as it is stated in the government program, will help reach objectives. /dast/gs/

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    [07] CE earmarks 42,5 million EURO for Albania

    TIRANE, Nov 24 (ATA)- By Dorian Koca, The Council of Europe earmarked 42,5 million euro to support Phare programme of 1999 in Albania, sources from the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Trade reported.

    The agreement was signed in Tirane on Wednesday by the Albanian minister of Economic Cooperation and Trade Ermelinda Meksi and the chairman of the CE delegation in Tirane Michel Peretti.

    These funds aim to encourage the economic development through improvement of infrastructure, contributing directly in the consolidation of the main state institutions.

    This agreement will be implemented in a two year period until the end of 2001. The whole sum of 42,5 million Euro should be disbursed within 2002. /dast/so/

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    [08] Albania - important partner in the region

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 (ata) - By R Xhuvani: The delegation of the European Parliament considers Albania an important partner in the region, was stated on Wednesday in the sixth inter-parliamentary meeting between Albania and European Union.

    The members of the delegation of the European Parliament stressed that the negotiations for the signing of an agreement of stability with Albania are a clear evidence of the steps that EU demands from Albania for its rapprochement with that Parliament.

    The delegation recalled that EU continues to be the most important donor of Albania and considered as positive the work of the delegation of the European Commission towards Albania.

    After the report of the Public Order Ministry, Spartak Poci, the delegation considered the improvement of public order in the country as a priority question. The European delegation asked from the Albanian Government to continue the efforts to fight organised crime and corruption.

    The delegation of the European Parliament expressed its support for all political forces in Albania which are ready to cooperate, leaving aside the old type political fight and lack of confidence. /led/xh/

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    [09] Albanians must ensure their country's security themselves - Pack

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 (ata) - By R Xhuvani: Doris Pack, leader of the Delegation for Relations with Southeast Europe in the European Parliament, stressed on Wednesday in Tirana that Albania will have the support of the European Parliament, but Albanians themselves are those who will contribute to the security and prosperity of their country.

    In the news conference at the end of the 6th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting between Albania and EU, Ms Pack called on all Albanian political parties to support the Government Meta in the fight against corruption and in the course of the implementation of the Local Autonomy Charter.

    Doris Pack reiterated the support of the European Parliament to help increase Albania's integration in the European Union and highlighted the readiness of the Albanian party for the implementation of the Stability Pact.

    Doris Pack ended her two-day visit to Albania with a news conference on Wednesday. /led/xh/

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    [10] Greek right-wing party supports Meta-led government

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 (ATA) - Albania's Premier Ilir Meta held a meeting on Thursday with the Greek ambassador to Albania, Aleksandros Mallias. He estimated as one of the priorities of Albania government the maintenance and strengthening of relations with the neighboring countries, which have friendly feelings for Albania.

    According to the Information Department, Allias expressed his high consideration on the work carried out so far in the combat against crime and corruption and intensification of relations with the neighbors.

    He handed over to Meta a congratulation message send by the chairman of the right-wing party "New Democracy", Kostas Karamanllis, in which the later demanded a closer and more constructive cooperation between the two countries on the interest of peace, stability and prosperity of both parts.

    Meta revealed that "The very good relations between out two governments should be extended further, and considered the Greece opposition as part of the public opinion and expression of interest of Greek people. We hope that the relations between our countries would be further intensified". /led/A.A/

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    [11] EC to open the Central Finance and Contact Unit in Albania

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 (ATA) - By Elton Metaj: The European Commission (EC) will open in Albania the Central Finance and Contact Union (CFCU) which was forseen by the Albanian-EC financial memorandum through a fund of 2 million EURO.

    Sources from EC delegation in Tirane reported to ATA on Thursday that "the program will consist in technical assistence, trainings and operational supports for erecting CFCU".

    The Albanian government and the EC will carry out all the necessary procedures within a short preparatory period which will pave the way for signing the Well-understanding Memorandum and the settling of this new unit at the beginning of 2000.

    EC will provide 12,6 million Euro through COP program '99 on rehabilitation of water and drainage system and it accorded 2,55 million Euro on Albania transport. The component parts of the program are the drafting of detailed projects for two road sections; for the road which links Tirane with Rinas airport and for Qafe-Thane-Pogradec section of East- West Corridor. /led/A.A/

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    [12] Integration into European Union, main objective of Albania

    TIRANE, Nov 24 (ATA) - By R.Xhuvani, The good understanding on the consolidation of mutual relations between the European Union and Albania, prevailed at the sixth interparliamentary meeting Albania - EU, held in Tirana.

    The Albanian Parliament Speaker Skender Gjinushi asked the support of the European Parliament for the integration of Albania into the European structures.

    "Having as a strategic objective Albania's integration into EU, the acceleration of talks on the new agreement of stabilization and association between Albania and EU becomes of a special importance, and we ask the European Commission to make the first step to approve the physibility study", said Gjinushi.

    "There are still problems which are not solved as promised. Let us leave words aside because it is hightime we should move to carry Albania forward", said Pack.

    At this meeting the delegation of the European Parliament was headed by Doris Pack, chairman of the Commission of this Parliament for Southeastern Europe, while the delegation of the Albanian Parliament was headed by Maqo Lakrori. /led/so/A.A/

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    [13] Kosova politicians consider historical and very important Clinton's visit to Kosova

    PRISHTINE, Nov. 24 (ata) - By B Jashari: The political leaders of Kosova considered as very important and historical the visit of U.S. President Clinton to Kosova, sources from Kosova said to ATA on Wednesday.

    After the meeting, the Premier of the Interim Government of Kosova, Hashim Thaci, stated that the message of President Clinton and the State Secretary Albright was to safeguard the peace and the values of the common life. "We won the war thanks to the KLA, thanks to the assistance from the international community and now we must respect this freedom, the peace we have," said Thaci.

    While the chairman of the Democratic League of Kosova, Ibrahim Rugova described as "historic" the visit of Clinton. "Now we must reconstruct Kosova in the economic, political aspects and President Clinton pledged continuous support for Kosova, for its guaranteed future," said Rugova.

    Academician Rexhep Qosja, leader of LBD, said that "President Clinton instructed that Kosova must be the country of tolerance and that the political factor must adopt joint decisions. Our prevailing opinion is that the U.S. and EU are in Kosova and Kosova must be a free country for development and democracy." /led/xh/

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    [14] Albanian parliamentary delegation leaves for Bulgaria

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 - By Eva Londo: A parliamentary delegation chaired by the SP chairman, Fatos Nano, departed for Bulgaria on Thursday to take part in the International Conference on parliamentary contribution in implementing the Stability Pact in South-eastern Europe.

    The conference is organized by the political commission of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where will take part even the Secretary General of SP, who is at the same time the Parliament Deputy Speaker, Namik Dokle.

    The President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the President of European Parliament, representatives of American Congress, the President of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the President of European Council, Romano Prodi and other personalities are expected to take part in this conference. Participating will be as well regional parliamentary delegations.

    Fatos Nano is expected to hold a speech in one of the three work sessions of the conference. /led/A.A/

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    [15] Albanian CDP hails Clinton visit to Kosova

    TIRANE, Nov 24 (ATA)- By A.Haxhiu, Christian Democratic Party (CDP) on Wednesday hailed the visit the U.S. President Bill Clinton paid to Kosova on Tuesday, considering it as one of the most important moments of the history of Kosova and Albanian nation.

    "Relations between the Albanian state, Kosova and U.S. are the most secure guarantee of the further developments towards democratic processes for the integration into the European family as soon as possible", a declaration of CDP reports.

    CDP states further that the development of the relations between the Albanian and U.S. state will be consolidated, because that would help the further cooperation between the two countries.

    Clinton, on Wednesday paid a one-day visit to Kosova, accompanied by the U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. During this visit he held talks with Kosova political leaders, KFOR leaders and the representative of UN in Kosova Bernard Kouchner. /led/so/

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    [16] CE provides 3.9 million Euro on rehabilitation of Albanian courts

    TIRANE, Nov. 25 (ata) - By Dorian Koca: The European Committee accorded on Wednesday 3.9 million Euros on the rehabilitation of Albanian courts, sources of the CE delegation in Tirane said to ATA.

    According to the 42.5 million Euro financial memorandum signed between Albanian and CE, the Albanian courts will benefit a fund of 3.9 million Euros in the context of the COP '99 program.

    Another priority of the program COP '99 of CE is the Albanian police. During 1999, the Phare program will support a detailed midterm strategy drafted by the Albanian Government and MAPE on the development of the Albanian police.

    This program will deliver a fund of 2.35 million Euros for Albanian customs, 0.6 million Euros for the High State Control and 1.5 million Euros for the Institute of Statatistics. /led/xh/

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    [17] Russian President Yeltsin wishes President Meidani on Independence and Liberation days

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 (ata) - Albanian President Rexhep Meidani has received a message of greetings by the President of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin on occasion of the Independence Day and the National Day of Albania, the Foreign Ministry of Albania told ATA.

    "On occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Albania, the Flag Day, and the 55th anniversary of the liberation of the country from the Nazi-fascist occupiers, I convey to the Albanian people wishes on peace and welfare. I would like to thank in particular the veterans of the antifascist war, to wish them good health and long life. I express my assurance that the relations between Russia and Albania will be promoted to the interest of our countries, peace and security in Europe," wrote in his message to President Meidani the Russian President, Yeltsin. /led/xh/

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    [18] Albanian agriculture to benefit 5.2 million Euro by European Commission

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 (ata) - By Elton Metaj: Albanian agriculture will benefit from the program COP '99 of the European Commission (CE) a sum of 5.2 million Euros, sources from the CE Commission in Tirane said on Wednesday.

    The finance will consolidate the activity in all components of the agricultural program included in the previous aid of the Phare program, such as fishing sector, veterinary services and food control.

    The European Commission accorded on Wednesday 7.2 other million Euros in the context of the COP '99 program for the Development of Local Communities. This amount of money is expected to be used by local government structures on about 50 objects of public infrastructure to be rehabilitated in 36 districts of Albania.

    Whereas the program Tempus will have from this program 1.6 million Euros to be used on the reforms of the public administration including the policies of local and regional development, agriculture, infrastructure and water. /led/xh/

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    [19] Constitutional Court is on Government focus

    TIRANE, Nov 24 (ATA) - Premier Ilir Meta brought to evidence the importance and attention the Albanian government pays to the Constitutional Court, during an official visit paid to this institution, Premier's spokeswoman told ATA.

    "Despite the powers' division, which is the base for rules of Democracy functioning, all parties have responsibilities for the application of law because only that will enable the increase of citizens' confidence, and on the other hand it will influence directly the consolidation of institutions".

    The Head of the Constitutional Court Fehmi Abdiu praised the respect towards this institution and law as one of the priorities of the Albanian Government. He expressed his consideration for the governing programme, where Constitution is considered as the only compass leading it.

    The visit of Premier Meta to the Constitutional Court is conducted a day after the meeting President Rexhep Meidani held with representatives of the three powers, executive, legislative and justice government. /led/so/A.A/

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    [20] Albanian Foreign Minister to leave on official visit to Spain

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 (ata) - By Eva Londo: A delegation of Albanian Foreign Ministry, led by Minister Paskal Milo will leave on Thursday on an official two-day visit to Spain, sources from this Ministry report.

    During this visit, it is expected to sign Cultural Agreement and to parafer the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Albania and the Kingdom of Spain.

    The Albanian delegation will have talks with the Spanish Foreign Minister, Abel Matutes. Minister Milo will be also received by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos.

    The official talks will focus on the development and consolidation of the bilateral relations, the recent developments in Albania, the situation in the region, the Stability Pact and Albania's integration in Euro- Atlantic structures. /eld/xh/

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    [21] SP chairman Fatos Nano hails adoption of Study of Feasibility in Brussels

    TIRANE, Nov. 24 (ata) - The Fatos Nano, chairman of the Socialist party of Albania, said on Wednesday that the report on the beginning of negotiations for the agreement of Stability and Association with Albania, called also as the Study of Feasibility, adopted on Wednesday in Brussels, increases the chances for Albania's integration in Euro-Atlantic structures.

    "With today's decision, the European Union increases our chances for integration, but it also encourages us to go ahead resolutely until complete membership, which now is not a dream any more, but a task of all Albanian political class and the institutions they are leading," said chairman Nano, who is now in Tetova.

    "The strategy for euroatlantic integration must assume national dimensions," said the leaders of Albanian parties of Macedonia whom Nano met in Tetova. /led/xh/

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