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Press Digest

Albania

TIRANA, Apr 6, 2000 -- (Reuters)


KOHA JONE

Hopes that ruling Socialist Party leader Fatos Nano and opposition Democratic Party leader Sali Berisha would meet in Budapest for the first time in eight years died when Berisha decided to stay at home.

Copyright infringements could cost culprits up to three years in prison if a new draft law is passed by parliament.

Only Socialist Party members with a university education will run for posts in local elections this year.

The main opposition Democratic Party may soon hold a rally in the western port town of Vlore, where protests that removed it from power began three years ago.

Those who try to avoid paying excise duty will have to pay a fine of double the amount of duty.

Finance Minister Anastas Angjeli has proposed reducing duties on car made in the 1990s and raising them for cars built in the 1980s in an attempt to reduce the number of dilapidated vehicles on Albania's roads.

GAZETA SHQIPTARE

Albania has received some 63 million euros for nine so-called "democracy" projects in education and the media under the EU's Balkan Stability Pact.

Agriculture accounted for 52.8 percent of Albania's gross domestic product or 9.43 billion leks in 1999.

Finance Minister Anastas Angjeli praised the tax administration for managing to collect its quota in the first quarter of this year.

One Albanian has not been accounted for out of a group of 12 that crossed illegaly into Greece on a speedboat, according a member of the group. Greek coastguards opened fire and rammed the boat when it approached the holiday island of Corfu.

EKONOMIA

Albanian citizens and businesses that want to open a bank account abroad will have first to get permission from the central bank.



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