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 human trafficking.
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.