Archive for January, 2012
The Serbian parliament’s Committee on Kosovo and Metohija is set to discuss the decisions by the assemblies of the four municipalities from northern Kosovo. The Serb municipalities have called a referendum for mid-February, where the citizens will
France’s new law punishing denial of the Armenian genocide was put on hold Tuesday after politicians opposed to the legislation demanded that its constitutionality be examined.
European leaders Monday called for an accord “by the end of the week” on a 130-billion euro (USD 171-billion) bailout for Greece as well as a debt writedown from private investors. “We urge finance ministers to take all
Director of the government EU Integration Office Milica Delević says she is optimistic about Serbia’s EU candidacy status in March. This, provided the preconditions defined by the European Council in
Croatian FM Vesna Pusić stated that Croatia will support Lithuania’s candidate for President of the United Nations General Assembly. This is because Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremićć
US President Barack Obama on 30 January offered his support for Georgia’s accession to NATO and a possible free trade agreement between the two countries. After hosting his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili in the White House, Obama said at a subsequent press conference: “What we’ve agreed
Bosnia faces many challenges before it can apply for EU membership but the country must not miss its chance, a debate in Sarajevo on Monday heard. Bosnia lags far behind other countries in the region in its efforts to join the European
Adrian Nastase, prime minister from 2000 to 2004, has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption but is expected to appeal the verdict. Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase on Monday was sentenced to two years in prison for siphoning-off state funds worth around €1.6 million to fund his 2004 election campaign.
Vojislav Šešelj has filed a request for the Hague Tribunal to pay him damages worth EUR 2mn for violating his basic human right during detention. The leader of the opposition Serb Radical Party (SRS) has been detained at the Hague Tribunal since he
Visiting Moldova’s Prime Minister Vladimir Filat recently had a meeting with Speaker of Azerbaijan’s Milli Majlis Ogtay Asadov in Baku. During the talks, Asadov praised relations between Azerbaijani and Moldova, highlighting the role of the presidents of both countries in development of bilateral ties.
Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York on Feb. 3. Urgent issues for Georgia will be discussed at the meeting, Georgian Deputy
Greece’s finance minister rejected a German plan for the euro zone to impose a budget overseer on to Athens in return for a new €130-billion bailout, saying it would improperly force his country to choose between “financial assistance” and “national dignity”.
Serbia deserves to obtain the status of EU member state candidate and it should make more efforts to convince the EU countries of that, said European Parliament (EP) President Martin Schulz said. “I am convinced that most
The long-running trial against Mihajlo Hrastov, former Croatian special forces policemen, restarted today at Croatia’s supreme court, more than 20 years after he was first charged with war crimes. Hrastov was released from prison last year when the constitutional court dismissed his sentence of seven years imprisonment because it had not been formerly published.
The Montenegrin Foreign Ministry announced on Monday it would back Serbia’s Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić in his run for president of the UN General Assembly. Ministry’s director of multilateral and regional cooperation Zoran Janković said Podgorica
The EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and for the Crisis in Georgia, Ambassador Philippe Lefort will arrive in Yerevan today. He will meet President Serzh Sargsyan, National Assembly Speaker Samvel Nikoyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and Secretary of the National Security Council Arthur Baghdasaryan.
United States secretary of state Hillary Clinton is to visit Sofia on February 5 2012 at the invitation of Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov, the Foreign Ministry said. During her visit, Clinton will meet President Rossen
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s regular quarterly report on Kosovo will be presented at UN Security Council meeting on February 8. The last UNSC session on Kosovo, held late in November, was marked by a heated discussion between the U.S., Great Britain, France and Germany on one side, who called for an immediate removal of […]
The Georgian side agreed to allot the site for the construction of a new mosque, Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay said at a meeting with Georgian Minister of Culture Nika Rurua in Ankara. “We want to intensify the cooperation in the sphere of tourism
Parliament in non-eurozone Bulgaria voted Friday to join an EU budget pact for tighter discipline but with conditions regarding tax policy and exemption from certain financial obligations. “Bulgaria’s parliament supports joining the treaty on stability, coordination and
The dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will continue in the beginning of February. An agreement on Kosovo’s participation in regional forums is expected to be reached in the beginning of next month. The decision should present a compromise between the firm positions of the two countries.
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha says Albania will sign an agreement with the EU law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, to institutionalize cooperation on the investigation into organ harvesting allegations. According to a statement, Prime Minister Berisha “agreed fully on the need to sign an agreement or
European Union economics commissioner Olli Rehn said euro-zone governments may have to increase their contribution to Greece’s debt deal and declared he was hopeful agreements could be struck soon to increase euro-zone bailout funds and International Monetary Fund resources.
A debate on Russia’s recent elections will be held at the PACE meeting on Thursday attended by the Georgian delegation led by parliamentary majority leader Petre Tsiskarishvili. The issue of holding a debate on Russia was discussed
The Bulgarian government decided yesterday to grant visa exemption to Turkish citizens who have special (green) passports. The resolution will allow Turkish citizens holding valid special passports to enter and transit through the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria without visas and reside temporarily therein for a period not exceeding three months within any six-month […]
Serbian President’s “four-point proposal” to resolve the stalemate in ethnically riven North Kosovo has received the thumbs down from local Serbs and from the nationalist opposition in Serbia. Kosovo Serbs have dismissed Serbian President Boris Tadic’s plan to end the turbulence in Northern Kosovo, saying they rejected a similar plan years ago.
Slovenia’s Foreign Minister, Samuel Zbogar, will take over as the EU’s leading envoy in Kosovo, while Washington has named Tracey Ann Jacobson as its new ambassador. The European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, appointed Zbogar, who has
EU mediator in the Belgrade-Priština dialogue Robert Cooper met with Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović on Wednesday. The main topic of their meeting was Kosovo’s regional representation.
Counicl of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) will discuss Wednesday the report on Serbia’s fulfillment of conditions arising from the CoE membership. According to the report, Serbia has met a great number of obligations and achieved considerable progress.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze has today met with a delegation of the Federal Foreign Department, headed by director of the fourth political department Claude Wild. The sides discussed urgent issues of bilateral and multilateral relations between Georgia and Switzerland. The Georgian side was informed about the specific activity of the fourth political office […]
Greece is aiming to complete negotiations on its debt swap deal by the end of the week, the government’s spokesman said Wednesday, adding that the talks were at their “most delicate phase.” Charles Dallara, head of the Institute of International Finance — the body representing banks and other investment firms — is to head back […]
Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved, at a scheduled meeting on January 25 2012, a proposal to accept Schengen visas as equivalent to Bulgarian visas for short stays. This means that travellers who have Schengen visas will be
Bulgaria’s new President Rosen Plevneliev, who was officially inaugurated on Sunday, has been congratulated by his Macedonian counterpart George Ivanov in a phone conversation.
FYROM Vice Prime Minister Teuta Arifi and her Greek counterpart, Theodoros Pangalos, are to meet on Wednesday in Athens in a move to revive moribund talks on the ‘name’ dispute. The meeting of the senior politicians will be the first formal contact between officials from two countries since Greece formed a government of national unity […]
Kosovo’s judiciary still fails to meet European and international standards, since it is not fully independent from the executive branch, a newly released OSCE report finds. The independent functioning of the judicial system in Kosovo still faces a number of shortcomings, and judges continue to