Albania. Land grief was announced in January after at
least 20 Albanians drowned during an attempt to cross the
Adriatic to Italy in a small motor boat. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Albania is 2,877,808 people in 2020. Prime Minister Fatos Nano promised harsh action against people involved in
Opposition leader Sali Berisha accused the government of
failing to raise living standards in deprived Albania In
February, thousands of people gathered at his call in Tirana
to demand government resignation. They tried to enter
government buildings but were stopped by the police.
Later in the same month, about 50,000 people participated
in a peaceful demonstration with the same demands. Closer
cooperation with the EU was high on the political agenda,
but it was made clear from the EU that Albania had a long
way to go to an association and stabilization agreement.
Additional political, economic and legal reforms were
needed, it was called.
In an attempt to modernize the financial system, the
authorities decided to start paying salaries to public
employees via bank accounts, instead of cash. According to
the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the informal sector,
which was considered to be an obstacle to growth, accounted
for half of all economic activity in the country.