Archive for March, 2012
On March 29, The European Parliament adopted a resolution that calls on EU countries that restrict the access of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens to their labour markets, to review their decisions. The call was part of a resolution urging on EU states to do more for its citizens on basic rights like moving to and […]
Croatian Defense Minister Ante Kontromanovic said Macedonia will not be on the agenda of NATO Summit in Chicago. According to Kontromanovic the decision of the Alliance in Bucharest is difficult to change, but must be sent a clear and unambiguous message. “Croatia gives strong support for sending this message. We hope Macedonia soon to resolve […]
Members of the European Parliament adopted on Thursday with great majority a resolution on Serbia that recommends fixing a date for starting talks on Serbia’s EU membership. The MEPs also urged Belgrade to restrain from organizing elections in Kosovo.
Robert Cooper, the EU mediator in the Belgrade dialogue with Pristina commented the recent arrests in Kosovo by urging Belgrade and Pristina to act responsibly. He said that political problems must be solved through dialogue and not through arrests. “The European Union expects from both sides to fulfill the commitments they have assumed during the dialogue,” […]
Georgian deputy foreign minister Sergi Kapanadze said that Russia took a more open position in talks held in Geneva over discussions on obligations not to use military force. The last round of the International Conference on the Georgian issue held by the UN, EU and OSCE took place in Geneva on March 29. The conference […]
A delegation of 5 members from Sri Lanka visited Romania from 25 – 27 March 2012. Welcoming the delegation, Mr. Korodi (Chairman of the
Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos declared on Friday that Greece could need a 3rd bailout package. This might happen if the austerity measures will not stabilize the economy and restore market confidence. “Greece will do everything possible to make a third adjustment program unnecessary. It cannot be excluded that some financial support may be necessary, […]
A new political party in Albania wants unification with Kosovo. The party was registered in Tirana recently and is called Red-Black Movement. The movement is expected to pass a strategy for unification of Albania and Kosovo in May. The party criticises Tirana’s policy towards Kosovo, saying that Prime Minister Sali Berisha cannot conduct reciprocal policy […]
For the first time Moldova is to organise a NATO week that will start on April 2. Foreign volunteers, representatives of the Moldovan authorities and members of the US embassy will attend the event. The event will present a photo exposition and discussion in the frames of the initiative are expected. The reason for organizing […]
A delegation of 30 members from China led by Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, is on a three-day visit to Skopje. Delegation also includes Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu, Minister
EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule said that Serbia could start the EU accession talks this year. His declaration came in parallel to a vote for the resolution on Serbia at the European Parliament (EP). Fule said that 2011 was full of challenges for Serbia. According to him, the country may start the negotiations with […]
on Thursday, the EU Commissioner Stefan Fule met in Brussels with Vladimir Filat, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova. The two discussed bilateral relations. After the meeting, Fule said: ”I met today with Vlad Filat, to take stock of our bilateral relations. We discussed our joint objectives for the
Bulgaria has decided to terminate the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant, a project that was started in 1981. The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that the government will end the deal with Russia for the construction of the project because it was “unfeasible” and too expensive. The parliament voted on Thursday. A […]
On Thursday, The European Parliament will vote on a new resolution on Serbia. This resolution praises Serbia’s reforms and efforts and it says that the EU accession talks should be opened as soon as possible. “I believe Serbia is ready for accession talks. Negotiations should
The Serbian government has sent a request to the Hague Tribunal for temporary releasing Vojislav Seselj’s on bail. Rasim Ljajic, Head of the Serbian council for cooperation with the Hague Tribunal, has addressed a letter to the Hague Tribunal, in which Ljajic assures that his country is willing to consider a request for guarantees for […]
A German MEP, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Co-chairperson of the Green-EFA Group, says Athens and Skopje must seek to solve the name issue as soon as possible. He said during a conference in Athens that Greece must find a compromise with its neighbouring country. He commented: “Macedonia is Macedonia. You may call it North, South, West or Cloudy Macedonia, […]
Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov will meet with his Romanian counterpart Stelian Fuia in Ruse, a Bulgarian town. The Romanian and Bulgarian ministers will make a common statement after their meeting.
Greek socialists want to postpone the early parliamentary elections because of the NATO summit in Chicago, where Skopje’s accession in the Alliance will be one of the topics of the agenda. PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos said that the elections, which are set for May , should be postponed to June, stressing that it should not […]
European Parliament (EP) MPs will discuss on Wednesday resolutions on Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. The resolutions (already been adopted as drafts by the EP Foreign Affairs Committee), are built using reports sent by rapporteurs to Committee members who made some amendments. The EU praised Belgrade for the efforts to speed up the EU integrations and […]
The 19th round of talks between Georgia and Russia will be held in Geneva on March 28-29. Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said his side will have on the agenda topics
Bosnia hopes to formally join Nato’s membership action plan during its May summit, a penultimate step to joining the alliance. Bosnian Defence Minister Muhamed Ibrahimovic said “We hope that during the Chicago summit, Bosnia-Hercegovina will join the membership action plan and that in September it will launch its first annual programme of reforms”. “Bosnia is […]
The EU started Informal discussions in Brussels with Montenegro and the introduction of EU laws to the Montenegrin negotiators. The meeting’s purpose is to familiarize Montenegrins with EU judiciary
The newly elected President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti said on TV recently that he speaks Romanian and not Moldovan. “I speak in Romanian. I am not a jurist and thus I call a spade a spade. The Constitution reads that national language is Moldovan. But the Academy of Science says that the language we speak […]
The Cabinet of Serbian President Boris Tadic dismissed the rumors spread from media in Kosovo that Tadici will meet Hashim Thaci. Tadic’s cabinet rejected the possibilities for a meeting between the two.
On Monday night, the head of the Greek Communist Party (KKE), Aleka Papariga, said on a local TV station that Greece needs to leave both the Eurozone and the European Union. Papariga said that “developments in Greece will change the dynamic of our ties abroad,” stressing that the country would be better if it’s outside […]
Belgium has ratified the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Serbia and the EU. The SAA is the framework for contractual relations between the EU and countries of the Western Balkans. The ratification was completed on March 20. Romania and Lithuania are the only EU members of the 27 which haven’t ratified the agreement yet.
Chairman of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency Bakir Izetbegović said the country can become an EU member in 8 to 10 years. He said the prediction is a realistic time-frame. “It is realistic if we act responsibly, if we do not keep making delays of several years which have put us last in the regional race of […]
Chairman of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament Kairat Mami met with Chairman of the Moldovan Parliament Marian Lupu at CIS Interparliamentary Assembly’s Council in Almaty on Monday. During the talks the two highlighted the interest
Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu said there is no territorial dispute with Bulgaria. He stressed that Romania only wants the Black Sea area in
Czech President Vaclav Klaus said on Tuesday that it supports Bulgaria’s entry into Schengen, adding that the problem will be solved soon, despite opposition from other EU members. “The Czech Republic fully supports Bulgaria’s Schengen accession. I believe that this issue will be resolved very soon,” Klaus said. The EU delayed until September its Schengen […]
EU does not recognize elections in region of South Ossetia in Georgia as legitimate, said press-service of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday. “European Union does not recognise the constitutional and legal framework within which these elections have taken place” – said in the statement.
The construction of a second bridge between Bulgaria and Romania over the Danube will be finished by November 2012, the Bulgarian government announced. The bridge between Bulgaria’s Vidin and Romania’s Calafat is being
Turkey has shut down its embassy in Damascus, Syria, because of the worsening security situation. Turkey warned its citizens in Syria last week about the plan
Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdjia said that he has not decided yet whether to support Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic for the post of Chairman of the UN General Council.
A delegation of the Serbian government will take part in a meeting between a European Commission (EC) delegation and a Montenegrin negotiating team. On March 26-30, the EC will begin the so-called initial screening of the European legislation in the chapters on judiciary and fundamental rights and on justice, freedom and security. The participation of […]