Albanian government approves pension, wage hikes

By bne IntelliNews July 18, 2013

The Albanian cabinet has approved a decision to increase pensions and wages in the public sector, the government’s press office reported. Wages in the public administration will increase by an average of 5.4%. Pensions will grow by 4% in cities and by 5% in villages and some 590,000 people will benefit from the hike.

According to the 2013 state budget law, the indexations of salaries and pensions is estimated to cost ALL 1bn (EUR 7.1mn) and ALL 1.5bn, respectively.

PM Sali Berisha, who has been accused by the opposition for large fiscal pre-election spending, assured that funds envisaged for indexation have been fully guaranteed.

We note that the outgoing cabinet decided to freeze public procurement and investments as well as to reduced the expenditure on administrative services by 20% in order to ensure the country's stable fiscal position.

According to the latest official report of the finance ministry, the general budget deficit expanded by 114% y/y to ALL 38.3bn in the first five months of 2013. This was a result from a 13.3% y/y rise in expenditures, while revenues edged up 0.2% y/y in the period.

Related Articles

Kosovan PM sceptical about Western Balkans common market

There would be little advantage for Kosovo to join a common market with fellow Western Balkan countries, Prime Minister Isa Mustafa wrote on his Facebook page after EU Commissioner ... more

Effigy of Albanian PM burned at protest

Supporters of Albania’s main opposition Democratic Party (DP) set fire to an effigy of Prime Minister Edi Rama at a protest on March 18, a video of the protest posted on YouTube ... more

US puts Albania, Bosnia and Serbia on blacklist of major money laundering countries

The US department of state has included Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia in its latest list of major ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss