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.
The energy stock exchange is intended to increase security of the electricity supply and encourage investments in the sector.
Opposition protesters fight police with Molotov cocktails, defying international calls to refrain from violence. Political crisis threatens to derail EU integration process.
SMEs are under-represented in international trade and their contribution to value added remains low, the latest SME Policy Index finds.
Albania’s new securities exchange, ALSE, hopes to see the country's first ever IPOs this year, but it faces an uphill battle to build confidence and overcome the legacy of the failed Tirana Stock Exchange.
Air Albania was set up as a joint venture with Turkish Airlines as Tirana seeks to boost air transport and bring more tourists to Albania.
Southeast Europe enjoys a largely free and vibrant press, but an index developed by consultant Keshif shows that the press is coming under pressure and diversity and quality are slipping.
Bulgaria the worst place to be a journalist across the EU and the Balkans, says Reporters Without Borders, but decline in press freedom seen across many countries in the region.