Tirana, Albania
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Our History

Our History
April 2019

Financial Union Tirana

Counting more than 550 locations all over Albania, FUT represents the widest financial services network in the country.

March 2019

ECONOMIC CENTER FOR CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

We started cooperation with the Economic Center for Children Development and Education, an institution of Tirana Municipality. Following this relation in our locations you can make online payments for Tirana Public Kindergartens and Nurseries in minutes. This way we bring our customers one more facility to complete all the payments in just one stop.

February 2019

WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE 2019

FUT widens the range of Water Consumption bills with payment for Berat-Kuçovë, Elbasan, and Kruja.

October 2018

WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE 2018

FUT widens the range of Water Consumption bills with payment for Vau i Dejës, Lushnje, Mat, Kavaja, and Fier.

May 2018

Iutecredit

Iutecredit loan instalments can be paid in our locations. You can also receive the full loan amount approved by Iutecredit.

March 2018

WESTERN UNION CUTS ON TARIFFS

Tariffs for Money Transfers within Albania and to the region (Kosovo, Macedonia, North Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Sllovenia, Serbia) get lower again. Now, you can send money for CASH pick up starting from just 5 euro tariff fee.

March 2018

Union Bank

Cooperation with Union Bank starts. Loan installments may be paid at any Unionnet – Western Union location. The payment is fast and reflected directly into the bank account.

February 2017

Western Union lowers fees

Western Union lowers fees for transfers from Germany to Albania and Kosovo.Now, you can send money to Albania and Kosovo from a 7 € transfer fee. Enjoy our quality service for less! Check our new fees at wu.com.

November 2016

vip 2016

Western Union in cooperation with FUT organized the Final Event for VIP Program 2016. Thirty locations from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia participated in the regional program during 2016. Locations with the best performance and the highest growth during this year were awarded special prizes and invited to celebrate their achievements in the Final Event and Gala Dinner organized for this occasion.The event took place on November, 19th at The Plaza Tirana hotel in Tirana, Albania. Representatives from WU global team, Financial Union Tirana, Financial Union Pristina, Financial Union Skopje, and agents & employees from the winning locations participated in the event.

November 2016

FUT starts cooperation with ALBtelecom

FUT starts cooperation with ALBtelecom to conduct bill payments throughout Uninonnet-Western Union network. Albtelecom phone, internet, and IPTV bills can be paid in all our locations. Also, all Eagle Mobile postpaid subscribers can pay their mobile phone bills.

November 2016

BALKANS JOINT WATER CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

FUT participates in the 4th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition organized by SHUKALB and SHUKO on 2-4 November 2016, at Expo City Albania.

The Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition is a major knowledge sharing and networking event in the Western Balkans water sector. With an audience of over 450 participants from the Greater Balkan Region, the Conference offers a platform where water professionals, policymakers, and business professionals from the sector gather and discuss issues of concern, exchange information, and share experiences in an effort to help the further development of the sector in the Greater Balkan Region.

May 2016

WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE OF TIRANA

You can instantly pay UKT monthly consumption bills and also the backward debts in every Unionnet-Western Union location, where you can:

  • Get informed on the debt amount
  • Pay directly on the UKT systems (online)
  • Remove the debt to UKT instantly
  • Get record of your bills payment
March 2016

TERRORISM FUNDING PREVENTION IN WESTERN UNION SERVICE

Financial Union Tirana organized the workshop on Terrorism Funding Prevention in Western Union service. The workshop was held on March 11th , 2016 at Tirana International Hotel. Participants from 48 Unionnet-Western Union locations, FUT staff, and high level representatives from Western Union Global Team, Ministry of Finance, and the Bank of Albania attended the event. Legal framework, particular details and other issues associated with the Terrorism Funding process were discussed and analyzed among participants. The agent role in preventing such cases was emphasized and explained through a detailed procedure introduction they must follow when threats appear in their location daily transactions. Case studies on Terrorism Funding transactions based on true events were also introduced and analyzed.

November 2015

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDRY AND TERRORISM FUNDING PREVENTION

Financial Union Tirana organized again the Anti-Money Laundry and Terrorism Funding Prevention (AML/TF) workshop. The workshop was held on November 27th, 2015 at Tirana International Hotel. Participants from 48 Unionnet-Western Union locations, FUT staff, representatives from the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Albania discussed and analyzed the threats and procedures to follow in practice when they doubt such cases are present in Western Union transactions.

September 2015

WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE DURRES

You can instantly pay UKD monthly consumption bills and also the backward debt with 0 commission in every Unionnet-Western Union agency where you can:

  • Get informed on the debt amount
  • Pay directly on the UKD system (online)
  • Remove the debt to UKD instantly
  • Get record of your bills payment
May 2015

AML/TF

Financial Union Tirana, in addition to the ongoing trainings on Anti-Money Laundry and Terrorism Funding Prevention (AML/TF) organized a workshop on Legislation Practical Implementation on AML/TF through study cases on Western Union Services. The workshop was held on May 22nd, 2015 in the company premises. FUT employees, Unionnet-Western Union locations administrators and operators, and guests from the Ministry of Finance as the authority in charge participated in the event. Mr. Aleks Marku, Head of Legislation, and Mrs. Sabiela Seitaj – Analyst at AML General Directory represented the MoF in this training.

Participants were introduced to the legal framework of AML/TF, Terrorism Funding process and its special details compared to AML, anti-terrorism provisions undertaken for Western Union services, requirements that ensure vigilance during this process, etc.

April 2015

New outbound tariff plan

New outbound tariff plan – UFT updates the tariff plan for outbound transfers in euro from Albania to Italy, Greece, France, Germany, USA and UK. The new tariff plan is valid from April 8th, 2015.

February 2015

OSHEE

Since February, electrical power bills can be paid immediately in all Unionnet – Western Union agencies in Albania, providing also all the facilities related to this service, like information on their debt to OSHEE, stamp on OSHEE booklet, etc.

FUT continues to be the leader in money transfer payment services among non-bank financial institutions having a strong agency network operating all over the country, with an optimal coverage of all urban and rural areas offering services in accordance with international standards even in the furthest regions.

June 2014

TRAFFIC OFFENSES FINES

UFT offers The Traffic Offenses Fines Payment service online becoming the 1st financial company in Albania offering the online service.

February 2013

Gold Card!

The 3rd event of the Gold Card! Performance Awards was organized in Llogara touristic resort.

 

September 2012

WU-Moving Money for Better

South-Eastern Europe team awards FUT with the prize of the Best Use of Brand Campaign WU-Moving Money for Better as an appreciation for the work and performance in Western Union Business. September 14th 2012, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

March 2012

LOCAL TAXES AND FEES OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF TIRANA

Local Taxes and Fees of the Municipality of Tirana can be paid in every Unionnet – Western Union agency. Pay off your liabilities in just a few moments.

October 2011

WU – YES!

South-Eastern Europe team awards FUT the prize of the Best Branded Retail Location WU-YES! 2011, in grateful appreciation for the dedication, commitment and outstanding efforts to make Western Union a more visible and appealing brand.

March 2011

PLUS Communication

UFT starts payment service of contracted PLUS cell phone bills in the Unionnet – Western Union agency network.

February 2011

Gold Card!

The 2nd event of the Gold Card! Performance Awards was organized in a touristic resort in Dajti Mountain.

September 2010

TRAFFIC OFFENSES FINE PAYMENT

You can complete the following services in all Unionnet-Western Union agencies:

  1. Check the Traffic Offenses Fines in the ONLINE system
  2. Pay the fine bill
  3. Verify the fine removing at the moment of payment, ONLINE
July 2010

Gold Card!

The 1st event of the Gold Card! Performance Awards was organized in Razma touristic resort.

September 2009

Gold Card!

Loyalty Program was introduced through an event and a press release, with the participation of representatives from Western Union and the most popular Medias in Albania. Promotion activities throughout the agencies network followed.

July 2009

New agencies

Unionnet – Western Union agencies network expands with 20 new agencies all over Albania.

November 2008

FUT expands the network

FUT expands the network with over 250 agencies across the country, offering fast and safe Western Union® services.

May 2008

Prize of “Network Activity”

FUT was awarded the prize of Network Activity by the South-East Europe Team. May 2008, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

August 2007

“Back to School”

On the occasion of the new school year, FUT organized Back to School promotional campaign distributing school gifts in all Albanian cities. The campaign targeted Western Union customers making money transfers with Italy, Greece, UK.

October 2005

FUT celebrates 10 years

FUT celebrates 10 years in Albania.

May 2005

Union of Financial Corners s.a. (UFC) in Switzerland

Union of Financial Corners s.a. (UFC) in Switzerland was founded and the representative agreement with Western Union Financial Services Inc. for the Money Transfer Service was signed.

September 2004

President of Western Union Financial Services Inc. visited Albania

Christina Gold, President of Western Union Financial Services Inc. visited Albania in September.

February 2004

USD transactions commenced

USD transactions commenced with Euro as a base currency for Western Union Money Transfer Payment Services.

August 2003

Financial Union Prishtina

FUT Prishtina branch became an independent legal entity named Financial Union Prishtina

February 2002

2nd Agents’ National Conference

FUT organized The 2nd Agents’ National Conference in Albania.

January 2001

The 1st Agents’ National Conference

FUT organized The 1st Agents’ National Conference in Albania.

August 2000

Western Union Financial Services Inc. for Kosovo

FUT opened the 1st branch in Kosovo, and signed the representative agreement with Western Union Financial Services Inc. for Kosovo.

December 1999

Western Union in Albanian Mail

FUT signs the agreement with Alba Mail (Albanian Mail) extending Western Union service across the hole Alba Mail postal network.

 

August 1999

FUT starts its activity in North Macedonia

FUT signed North Macedonia’s representation agreement with Western Union Financial Services Inc. FUT received the license to operate as a non-bank financial institution.

June 1995

Western Union in Albania

FUT receives the exclusivity of Western Union money transfers for Albania.

March 1995

Financial Union Tirana

Financial Union Tirana (FUT) is established as a limited liability company.