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Why Albania is THAT important to the Balkans

A couple of weeks ago, Director of IN-VR, Chryssa Tsouraki published an article on Albania’s importance to the Balkans region that went viral: “Albania is far too important for Europe’s energy security to be ignored or even underestimated. Some quick facts about Albania to familiarise yourselves: –  Patos Marinza: The largest oil field in Europe, operated by Bankers […]

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Albania: “Changes To Hydrocarbons Law To Enhance Operations In The Upstream Sector”

Albania is the largest exporter of crude oil in the Energy Community and is home to the largest onshore oil field in Europe (i.e. Patos Marinza). A number of foreign investors have already entered this market, yet regulation of the upstream sector is based on old and not comprehensive legislation from 1993 (amended several times), […]

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Albania and China, a love story or necessity?

China Claus is coming to town! For better or for worse, Chinese companies are replacing traditional European investing partners — namely Italy and Turkey — and helping to develop a country in dire need of modernization, particularly if it wants to move from its European Union candidacy status to a full blown member in the foreseeable future. […]