Archive for May, 2012
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Instanbul and discussed regional security and stability. Erdogan pledged support for Georgia’s aspirations towards NATO, wishing Georgia success on its path. The two sides parties also discussed the current situation and reforms in Georgia, as well as future parliamentary elections.
The European Parliament started on Thursday a debate on strategic revision of EULEX’s activity. The revision seeks to reduce the number of EULEX members and to switch the missions focus from police to judicial work. EULEX currently has more than 1,300 international police officers, prosecutors and judges.
Montenegro announced on Thursday that it had decided to open an embassy in Kosovo. The Montenegrin government’s said the decision to open the embassy “confirms that good relations with neighbours and development of regional cooperation represent a lasting goal, stimulating progress in the countries of the region when it comes to EU and Euroatlantic integration […]
Tomislav Nikolic was sworn in as Serbia’s new president at the inaugural session by taking the oath before members of the Serbian parliament. “I solemnly swear to devote all my efforts to preserve the sovereignty and integrity of the territory of the Republic of Serbia, including Kosovo and Metohija as its integral part,” Nikolic said. He […]
Georgian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Alexander Khetaguri will pay a visit to Azerbaijan to attend the opening of the 19th International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition. This event is the largest in the Caspian region in oil and gas field, and will be hosted between June 5 to 8. Several country leaders annually send […]
James Warlick, American Ambassador in Sofia, said the rumors that he has been recalled early due to particular mistakes are not real, adding that he was leaving Bulgaria under a standard procedure. “I have no scheduled departure date and I have not been recalled early due to something I have done. This is standard procedure […]
Mladic’s defence asked for the second time since the trial started(on May 16) for a six-months postponement the trial started. Branko Lukic, Mladic’s defence attorney said that on all other trials on Hague Tribunal, the evidence was submitted to defence teams at least three months prior to the
The European Union will provide a visa-liberalization plan for Pristina on June 14. “It was a great day today for the relationship between Kosovo and the EU and it
Albanian political parties failed Wednesday to propose any candidates for the country’s new president, forcing parliament to put off his or her election for a week. The Socialists and the governing
Context Following the collapse of communism throughout Eastern Europe and the subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia, the countries in the Balkan area have experienced changes in their demographics, usually in the form of an abrupt decrease in birth rates and population.
During the visit to Moscow newly elected Serbia President Tomislav Nikolic commented that the Serbian parliament might examine the option for possible recognition of the independence of the separated Georgian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Serbian President-elect Tomislav Nikolic said that he wanted Serbia and Montenegro to have a much better relationship in the future. He underlined that Serbs and Montenegrins have a lot in common. “I recognize Montenegro as a state, but I do not recognize the difference between the Serbs and Montenegrins, because there is not any,” Nikolic […]
The European Commission will likely press Greece on Wednesday fully implement the debt deal with foreign creditors during a meeting where individual member states of the EU will present proposals. EC spokesman Amadeu Altafaj stressed on Tuesday that the EC, European
Bulgaria decided on Tuesday to expel Syria’s envoy to be in line with an international response to the recent killings in the Syrian village of Houla. “Salah Soukkar will be informed today that he has to leave Bulgaria in the next 72 hours,” the ministry announced. Bulgaria also decided to temporarily close its embassy in […]
Tomislav Nikolic, will be sworn in as Serbian President on Thursday and his inauguration ceremony will take place on June 11. Nikolic said that he will be open for cooperation with all elements of the media.
Bulgaria’s ambassador extraordinary and envoy plenipotentiary to Greece Emilia Kraleva has presented her letters of credence to Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday. After the official ceremony ambassador Kraleva said the successful overcoming of the crisis in Greece and economic recovery is of high importance not only to the Greek people, but also to Bulgaria. […]
An international conference “Challenges and Opportunities for EU’s Future Budget – Friends of Cohesion Policy” will be held on June 1, in Bucharest, Romania. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his delegation comprised of Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Lilyana Pavlova and Minister of European Funds Management Tomislav Donchev will attend the forum.
The new elected Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic announced recently that he is a nationalist, but also a democrat and will respect European values. “Probably a lot of time will pass till the western press accepts me and treats me fairly, as during many years they wrote negatively about me,” he said.
Serbia’s president-elect Tomislav Nikolic met on Tuesday in Belgrade with head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert. According to the country’s new president – due to
Georgian Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze commented on recent Serbian President’s remarks on the possible recognition of Abkhazia’s independence: “First of all on this issue I must say that the people of Georgia and Serbia are bounded with the same historical past, Orthodox
On May 27, Romania hosted in Bucharest events dedicated to Armenia’s First Republic Day. Armenian Ambassador to Romania Hamlet Gasparyan, head of Romanian
Branko Crvenkovski, the leader of the opposition in Skopje on Monday criticized the country’s PM position in negotiations with UN mediator Matthew Nimetz regarding Greek-Macedonian name dispute. Crvenkovski presented a document from 2005 which he said it
Serbia’s new parliament will meet for its inaugural session on May 30 or 31. Tomislav Nikolic will be sworn in as the country’s new president on the same day. When the Serbian parliament meets on May 30 or 31, it will first verify the mandates of the newly elected MPs, followed by a special sitting […]
Georgian FM says there are no reasons for concerns after Serbia said it could recognize Abkhazia and South OssetiaMonday, May 28, 2012 Comments Off
President of Serbia talked recently about the possibility of recognizing the breakaway regions of Georgia. Georgian Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze said there are no reasons for concerns, that Serbia is a candidate country for EU membership, but the two countries share common aspirations towards EU. “There is no reason to worry, because there is no talk […]
NATO called on parties of protracted regional conflicts in South Caucasus and the Republic of Moldova to avoid steps that undermine regional security and stability, a declaration of the North Atlantic Alliance, adopted following the Chicago Summit, says.
Skopje plans to start an intensive dialogue with Greece about the name issue, said Defense Minister Fatmir Besimi. “Greece is the first door Macedonia will knock
Serbia: the leader of the Democrats, Boris Tadic, announced that he is ready to take the prime minister’s post. He said that fighting unemployment and against corruption
Bulgaria, Turkey and Qatar agreed to build a 300-km highway on the Bulgarian territory which will connect the Danube River town of Ruse, with the southern town of Svilengrad. “As decided at the meeting of the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Qatar and Turkey, we
The first prosecution witness at the trial of Ratko Mladic will be examined on June 25 announced the Trial Chamber of the Hague Tribunal, ICTY. Mladic’s defence complained on May 14, two days
Austrian official says name dispute between Athens and Skopje should not be linked with EU integrationThursday, May 24, 2012 Comments Off
Barbara Prammer, President of the National Council of Austria., said that the name dispute between Athens and Skopje should not be related with the EU accession talks for Skopje. According to her, the high-level dialogue between Skopje and the EU allows the country to register progress on five goals until the start of the negotiations.
Tomislav Nikolic, the Leader of the Serbian Progressive Party (SDS), will resign from chairperson of the party. He promised to step down as head of the party if he will be elected as Serbian President. The Constitution of Serbian allows to the president to also be a member and leader of a political party.
Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak visited Belgrade on Thursday as an envoy of EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton. He met with Serbia’s Interior Minister and with newly elected president
Albania’s parliament will start the procedure for the election of a new head of state on Thursday. Candidates must have the backing of 20
Newly elected President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, will visit Moscow on May 26 to attend the congress of Russia’s ruling party, United Russia. He has accepted a long-standing invitation to take part to the congress of Russia’s ruling party. This will be Nikolic’s first visit abroad since he was elected president. His term in office […]
Chief Hague Prosecutor Serge Brammertz will meet with Serbian officials in charge of cooperation with the court on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Brammertz met with Serbia’s Chief War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukčević to talk about cooperation in ongoing cases against Radovan Karadžić, Ratko Mladić and Goran Hadžić. After this visit, Brammertz will send a report to […]