Archive for March, 2012

EP calls on EU states to review restrictions for Bulgaria and Romania

Friday, March 30, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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NATO will not discuss Macedonia issue in Chicago

Friday, March 30, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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EP adopts resolution on Serbia with great majority

Friday, March 30, 2012 Comments Off

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.

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EU mediator for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue calls on the two sides to be responsible

Friday, March 30, 2012 Comments Off

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,” […]

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Georgia sees progress in Geneva conference

Friday, March 30, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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Sri Lanka delegation visits Romania

Friday, March 30, 2012 Comments Off

A delegation of 5 members from Sri Lanka visited Romania from 25 – 27 March 2012. Welcoming the delegation, Mr. Korodi (Chairman of the

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Greece could need a 3rd bailout package

Friday, March 30, 2012 Comments Off

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, […]

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A new political party in Albania wants unification with Kosovo

Thursday, March 29, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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Moldova to organise a NATO week in Chisinau for the first time

Thursday, March 29, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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A delegation from China is on a three-day visit to Skopje

Thursday, March 29, 2012 Comments Off

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

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EU Commissioner Stefan Fule says that Serbia could start EU talks in 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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Stefan Fule meets Vlad Filat, Prime Minister of Moldova

Thursday, March 29, 2012 Comments Off

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

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Bulgaria decides to terminate Belene project

Thursday, March 29, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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EP to vote resolution on Serbia

Thursday, March 29, 2012 Comments Off

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

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Serbia sent a request to Hague for Seselj temporary release on bail

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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German MEP asks Greece to seek for compromise on ‘Macedonia’

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Comments Off

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, […]

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Bulgarian Agriculture minister meets Romanian counterpart in Ruse

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Comments Off

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.

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Greek socialists want to postpone early parliamentary elections

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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EP to discuss resolutions on Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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19th round of Russia-Georgia talks begun in Geneva

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Comments Off

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

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Bosnia hopes to make progress towards NATO at May summit

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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EU starts Montenegro screening

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Comments Off

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

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Moldovan President says he speaks Romanian and not Moldovan

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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Serbian President’s Cabinet dismisses possible meeting between Boris Tadic and Hashim Thaci

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Comments Off

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.

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Head of Greek Communist Party wants the country to leave both the EU and Eurozone

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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Belgium is the 25th EU member that ratifies SAA with Serbia

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Comments Off

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.

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Chairman of the Bosnia Presidency says EU membership can be reached in 8 to 10 years

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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Moldova, Kazakhstan discuss bilateral cooperation

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Comments Off

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

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Romania has no territorial dispute with Bulgaria, says the coutnry’s FM

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Comments Off

Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu said there is no territorial dispute with Bulgaria. He stressed that Romania only wants the Black Sea area in

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Czech President supports Bulgaria’s Schengen entry

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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EU does not recognize South Ossetia elections

Monday, March 26, 2012 Comments Off

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.

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Bulgaria-Romania bridge over Danube to be finished by Nov 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012 Comments Off

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

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Turkey shuts down embassy in Damascus, Syria

Monday, March 26, 2012 Comments Off

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

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Bosnian FM not decided yet on support for Serbian FM on UNGC Presidency

Monday, March 26, 2012 Comments Off

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.

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Serbian delagation to participate on EC-Montenegro talks

Monday, March 26, 2012 Comments Off

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 […]

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