Archive for April, 2012
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who is on a two-day official visit to Azerbaijan, has said that the main route for exporting Azeri gas to Bulgaria must cross Turkey. Speaking after a Friday meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart
Boris Tadic expressed his intention to form a team for EU accession talks if he becomes a president. “The job ahead of us is enormous and it requires a high level of expertise and efficiency. My team of people
KFOR Command Erhard Drews said on Thursday that another 70 German troops arrived in Kosovo. A total of 550 German and 150 Austrian soldiers will be deployed in Kosovo until next Monday. The troops are being deployed in Kosovo at the request of the KFOR commander, motivating that there had been a rise in tensions […]
Romania’s government failed on Friday when it lost a vote of confidence two months after taking office. 235 MPs voted the motion, four more than the 231 needed to bring down the government.
Newly-appointed ambassador of Bulgaria, Volodya Chanev Neykov, arrived in Tashkent. Yesterday he held a meeting at the country’s Foreign Ministry, during which he presented an accreditation letter of Bulgarian Foreign Minister. The two sides discussed Uzbek-Bulgarian relations in focused on political, trade and investment cooperation.
Ivailo Ivanov has been appointed as Chargé d’affaires of the Bulgarian Embassy in Belarus. On February 29 2012, Bulgaria recalled its ambassador to the Republic of Belarus, Zachary Radukov. Ivanov’s appointment in Belarus takes place after European Union member states returned their diplomatic missions in Minsk, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement.
Tina Kaidanow, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs said that Macedonia will have to resolve the ‘name’ dispute with Greece before it receives an invitation. “Macedonia has fulfilled key criteria required of NATO members and has contributed to regional and global security”, Kaidanow explained the US policy towards […]
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. President Ilham Aliyev said bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria were rapidly developing in various fields, including in the economic one. He noted there was good potential to boost energy cooperation and stressed the importance of developing bilateral cooperation in the fields […]
The Russian delegation to PACE announced the impossibility of solving the problems existing between Georgia and Russia on Abkhazia and South Ossetia. This is according to the head
Greece will hold general elections on May 6. A total of 32 parties will field candidates, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The conservatives and the socialists, who have alternated in power in the last three decades, have lost support to left-wing parties which are against austerity measures that brought Greece near bankruptcy.
Moldovan president emitted a decree for recalling the Moldovan ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguta. Moldovan PM Vlad Filat said the duty of the ambassadors is to represent Moldova abroad and respectively execute their mission. Two week ago Moldovan MPs asked for the ambassador to Moscow to be recalled over statements about the presence of Russian armed […]
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov starts on Thursday an official two-day visit to Azerbaijan. He will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and the Prime Minister Artur Rasizade. The purpose of the visit is to discuss ways to boost the trade-economic relations between the two countries, gas supplies to Bulgaria from Azerbaijan, as well as the […]
Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, paid a one-day visit to Romania and Bulgaria. In Romania, Rompuy met the President Traian Băsescu, the Prime Minister Mihai-Răzvan Ungureanu and spoke in front of the Romanian Parliament
On April 25 in Strasbourg, Bosnian Foreign Minister, Zlatko Lagumdzija, expressed hope and commitment that the country would soon implement the 2009 European Court of Human Rights, ECHR, ruling, which says Bosnia must change its constitution to allow ethnic minorities to run for top posts.
KFOR Commander Erhard Drews has stated that additional 700 NATO troops are expected to arrive in Kosovo by Friday. The Operational Reserve Forces (ORF) troops, would be sent to KFOR before the Serbian elections that will take place on May 6. The troops will be composed by 550 German and 150 Austrian and will be […]
A meeting of the heads of the Georgian and Russian delegations will be held at the initiative of the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The Georgian side expressed readiness to start a dialogue with Russia, if it fulfils all its international obligations. Russia has a new delegation to PACE, and […]
Kazakh Education and Science Minister Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov will visit Romania. The Kazakh Minister will meet with Education, Research, Youth
EU President Herman van Rompuy arrives on a one-day visit to Sofia on Wednesday to discuss the government’s plan for diversification of the natural gas supplies to Europe. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Herman van Rompuy will have a one-to-one meeting, followed by a joint news conference.
Fule said in Sarajevo on April 24 that Bosnian politicians should come to Brussels and sort out a programme of coordination of EU-related issues. He said agreement was needed between all
Croatian and Bosnian officials on April 24 exchanged views on a range of outstanding issues, ranging from the Neum corridor to the port of Ploce and EU-standard border checkpoints. Croatian officials on Tuesday presented Bosnia’s Foreign Ministry
On April 23-24, Cyprus hosted several Armenian Genocide commemorative events. Armenian community representative Vardges Mahtesian and speaker of the
Croatia is on track for EU membership, but has to do more to restructure ailing shipyards, strengthen the judiciary and fight corruption, Brussels said in its first monitoring report on the country’s readiness to join the block. “Overall, Croatia’s preparations are on track. Nevertheless, the
Macedonia’s way to NATO accession is being hampered by an absurd argument, said Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov. According to the president, the decision of the Hague-based International Court of Justice
The next Georgian-Abkhazian meeting in Gali within the Geneva negotiations on incident prevention and response mechanisms will be held on April 24. The previous meeting in Gali was held a month ago. The main topic
The International Monetary Fund and the European Union embarked on a new review of Romania’s economic reforms Tuesday, under a stand-by agreement concluded in March 2011. The Romanian
Bulgaria’s decision to abandon the Belene Nuclear Power Plant project was political and not due to technical
Macedonia’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday is expected to urge the UN Secretary General to take more account of the World Court ruling that deemed Greece’s blockade of Macedonia’s NATO accession illegal. The New York meeting with Ban Ki-Moon is seen as
Moldovan president Nicolae Timofti will visit Brussels, his first visit as the president of Moldova . He will meet Moldovan diaspora in Belgium and will hold a series of meetings with European officials like Jose Manuel Barroso, Herman Van Rompuy and Stefan Fule.
The Bulgarian Embassy to Belgrade rejects the risk that Sofia to block Serbia’s accession to the EU. “Bulgaria played an active role in the process of Serbia’s
Poul Thomsen, the head of the IMF team for Greece, is set to visit the country after the May 6 election before a mission visit takes place the following month. He is likely to conduct a staff visit that will last a couple of days to assess the situation in Greece following the election. Other […]
Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Miroslav Naydenov and Moldova’s Prime Minister Vlad Filat took part in the official opening of a Bulgarian-Moldovan business forum. “Such events give opportunities for establishing contacts with
Police in Kosovo arrested two Serbs on Saturday and they will appear in court on Monday after spending 48 hours in police custody. The Police said the two violated people’s equal rights by
Borislav Mikelic will be retried at the request of his lawyer after being sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 1993 in absentia. A pretrial hearing will be held on April 23
Kosovo Police said it investigates rumors regarding armed Kosovo Albanian groups in the northern Serb-run part of Kosovo. On Friday, Mitrovica’s Chief Prosecutor Shyqri Syla pledged to act if any evidence is found. Syla said the prosecution office is working closely with the Kosovo Police, who are working on the allegations: “Police are still investigating […]
Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Bukoshi is to deliver a public lecture titled ‘Euro-Atlantic Orientation of Republic of Kosovo’ in Sofia on Friday at 4:00 p.m. local time. The meeting is to be attended also by Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Musa Xhaferi.