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One dead and two wounded in an incident in Tetovo

A person has remained dead and two others have remained wounded last night in an armed incident in Tetovo.

FYROM’s ministry of Interior said that the incident in question involved two rival gangs from Kumanovo. The ministry of Interior said that it has arrested four people, one of them from Albania.

The incident happened 300 meters from the seat of the Albanian party in power BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) and the people who were involved in it were activists of this party. Media reported that the incident had political motives, but BDI dismissed this in a statement that it released, stressing that these people were not at the party’s headquarters and that the incident has nothing to do with this political party. /ibna/

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Kosovo rules out the option of the “status quo” and exchange of territories

Three are the scenarios of the “Grand Finale” between Kosovo and Serbia, according to a study published by the Research Institute for Development and European Affairs (RIDEA) and the Balkan Policy Research Group (BPRG).

This study is based on interviews with policymakers, experts, activist of civic society and diplomats.

The first scenario which has been suggested is the continuation of the “status quo”, which is not seen as a viable solution by the majority of respondents.

The second scenario includes the signing of an agreement which aims at fully normalizing the relations between the two countries, leading to a mutual recognition.

The majority of respondents opted for the scenario, however, a more realistic version of this scenario is the one where countries sign a legally binding agreement, in which Serbia accepts the state of Kosovo, including its right to join international organizations, but without formally recognizing its independence.

The third scenario includes full normalization of relations, including mutual recognition through border adjustments.

Given that this alternative is supported by Belgrade and not by Pristina, it contains several dangers, including the possibility for the destabilization of the region.

Such agreement for border adjustment (exchange of territories) is only possible once the two states recognize each other.

However, this option has been rejected by the majority of respondents. /balkaneu.com/

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Over 1 million counterfeit goods enter FYROM every year

Around 1 million counterfeit goods enter FYROM each year. These data have been provided by the country’s Customs Directorate.

“Each year, customs seize around 1 million forged goods. China and Turkey are on the list of the states where these goods come from”, says Semir Musa, official at the Customs Directorate.

The most encountered types of counterfeit goods are textile products, shoes, cosmetics, car parts, mobile phones and different electronic parts.

Authorities in the country have taken measures to prevent the entry of counterfeit goods in the country, as a part of them also harm consumers’ health. /ibna/

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FYROM fears the Balkan route is still active

Refugee camps in FYROM’s southern border with Greece are almost empty now, say activists of the Red Cross, but they still fear a possible new wave of refugees.

FYROM is on the so called Balkan route, which two years ago was used by many illegal refugees from Syria, Iraq and countries of Middle East.

FYROM’s Interior minister, Oliver Spasovski says that although the intensity of refugees on this rout has fallen, it is still active.

According to him, although this route has been officially closed, there are many smugglers who exploit victims of trafficking.

Tamara Pogusev, regional head of the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI), sdays that measures will be taken for a possible new wave of refugees.

“I truly believe that the EU has long term objectives to stop a possible new wave of refugees, like the one we saw in 2015, because this is not a problem for Europe, but for the entire world”, Pogusev said.

During 2015 and first half of 2016, the number of refugees who went through FYROM was between 800 thousand to 1 million and according to the ministry of Interior, only 200 of them have applied for asylum in the country. /balkaneu.com/

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11 million euros in the national agricultural scheme for agritourism

Albania has all the potential to benefit a significant amount of EU funds which need to be used for the development of agritourism, because although it is a small country, it has a rich culinary and many myths and legends, which could be attractive for many foreign tourists

The Albanian minister of Agriculture, Niko Peleshi declared today that Europe has 88 thousand agritourism outlets, 5 million beds, while employing 500 thousand people.

Stressing that the government is working to develop this new sector of the Albanian tourism, Peleshi said that the national scheme for the support of agriculture has 11 million euros which will be spent for the development of agritourism.

According to Peleshi, the aim of the Albanian government is to attract tourists 365 days a year, as this would increase the contribution to GDP by several times. /ibna/

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The challenge of tourism in Albania

The main challenge of Albania in the sector of tourism is to respond to the growing demand.

This was declared on Friday by the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, at the opening of the 2nd Edition of Tirana 2018 Mediterranean Fair with tour operators from the entire Mediterranean region ahead of the tourist season.

Rama said that there’s an increase in the revenues in the country thanks to the growth of the number of foreign tourists, while last year, this growth was 10%.

But, according to the PM, this growth is conditioned by restrictions in meeting demands, as demand is higher than what can be offered by accommodation outlets in the country.

“This is the main challenge for us: we should offer more in order to be able to cope with a growing demand”, Rama said.

The PM said that Albania is located in a region which is one of the main tourist destinations in the world, the Mediterranean, which receives 25% of revenues from global tourism and 80% of tourists coming from Europe. /ibna/

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