Archive for August, 2012

Kosovo Still Key to Serbia’s Progress, EU Says

Friday, August 31, 2012 Comments Off

The upcoming European Commission opinion on Serbia will reveal that Serbia has made only limited progress in the past year, the Commissioner for Enlargement has warned.The EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Fule, said he cannot give an exact date when Serbia will be able to open EU membership talks, as he doesn’t have a crystal […]

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EBRD to approve EUR 800 million loan to Serbia

Friday, August 31, 2012 Comments Off

This was announced by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Suma Chakrabarti, who spoke in Belgrade on Friday. He told Tanjug that Serbia can count on a EUR 400 million EBRD loan this year and probably the same amount of money in 2013.

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Serbian foreign minister addresses NAM summit

Friday, August 31, 2012 Comments Off

This was heard from Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić, who on Friday in Tehran addressed the he 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Mrkić told the representatives of more than 120 countries that Belgrade is also devoted to dialog with Priština, but added that Serbia will “never, under […]

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Serbia won’t join NATO, defense minister says

Friday, August 31, 2012 Comments Off

He stressed that Serbia would not join NATO. The minister explained that Serbia would continue to develop good cooperation with everybody within the Partnership for Peace program. Vučić and Ashenhurst stressed the importance of cooperation in the State Partnership Program which is mutually important and useful in all segments of bilateral military cooperation, the Serbia’s […]

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Bosnia Vows to End Ethnically Divided Schools

Friday, August 31, 2012 Comments Off

The Education Ministry in the larger of Bosnia’s two entities has unveiled a two-year plan to end the phenomenon of ‘two schools operating under one roof’ and unite children of different ethnic groups.The Education Ministry of the mainly Bosniak and Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has presented a solution to the phenomenon of “two […]

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Bulgaria Ready for Schengen Entry, Barroso Claims

Friday, August 31, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgaria meets the necessary criteria to join the Schengen Agreement, according to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. According to the EC President, the Schengen issue should be decided in favor of Bulgaria.

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Macedonian Ministers Told to Lie Low in Elections

Friday, August 31, 2012 Comments Off

Macedonia’s government is mulling recommendations from the OSCE’s election body, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, ODIHR, that ministers stop abusing their official positions during election campaigns.The ODIHR says that during election campaigns, ministers should perform only “technical duties”, and not appear at public events such as openings or ground breaking ceremonies.

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Albanian Politician’s Fake Twitter Accounts Revealed

Friday, August 31, 2012 Comments Off

More than half of the Twitter followers of Albanian opposition Socialist leader Edi Rama are fake accounts, analysis has revealed.According to the Fake Follower Check application, 55 per cent of Rama’s 32,874 followers on Twitter are spam accounts, 34 per cent are inactive and only 11 per cent are considered as good.

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Barroso to visit Sofia

Thursday, August 30, 2012 Comments Off

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, will be on an official one-day visit to the Bulgarian capital on 31 August. His schedule hosts events such as the opening ceremony of the second metro diameter of Sofia Metro which was partly financed through European funds, and meetings with the Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevleniev, […]

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New mechanism to coordinate Danube strategy implementation

Thursday, August 30, 2012 Comments Off

The Bulgarian government decided during its meeting on 29 August to establish a new national mechanism to coordinate the activities for the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region*. The establishment of the national mechanism corresponds to the requirements of good governance and effective institutional cooperation and partnership encoded in the Danube strategy.

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Croatia Plans Changes to Exploit EU Regional Funds

Thursday, August 30, 2012 Comments Off

Croatia will be divided statistically into two regions from next year, instead of three, to better exploit EU funds worth almost 14 billion euro by 2020, the government announced.Regional development and EU funds minister Branko Grcic said on Wednesday that establishing two statistical regions, Continental and Adriatic, instead of the current three, will enable every […]

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Bosnian Croat Constitutional Proposals Criticised

Thursday, August 30, 2012 Comments Off

Bosnia’s main Croat parties have presented their proposals for constitutional changes to meet EU demands – but a group of non-governmental organizations has deemed them irresponsible.The Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, one of six ruling parties in Bosnia’s state government, sent its list of proposed amendments to the Bosnian constitution on August 29 to the State […]

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Albania President Chooses Kosovo For First State Visit

Thursday, August 30, 2012 Comments Off

Albania’s new President, Bujar Nishani, is to start his first state visit on Wednesday in neighouring Kosovo.In his three-day visit to Kosovo, President Nishani is expected to hold meetings with Pristina’s political leaders, including President Atifete Jahjaga, the speaker of parliament Jakup Krasniqi and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

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Nameless Centre-Right Coalition Unveiled in Romania

Thursday, August 30, 2012 Comments Off

Former ruling Democrat Liberal Party, PDL, has formed a new alliance of conservative parties ahead of December’s general elections – bu they have yet to come up with a name.“We are proposing a political platform based on centre-right values with the main aim of winning the next parliamentary elections,” Vasile Blaga, head of the former […]

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Bulgaria, Israel ‘Hope’ to Solve Burgas Bus Bombing Case Together

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Comments Off

The governments of Bulgaria and Israel have expressed hopes that they will be able to solve together the case of the Burgas Bus Bombing, according to their Deputy PMs Tsvetanov and Ya’alon the Bulgarian Interior Ministry said. Bulgarian Interior Minister and Deputy PM Tsvetan Tsvetanov received Wednesday in Sofia Israel’s Deputy PM and Minister of […]

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New Twist in Serbian Fan Murder Case

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Comments Off

Lawyer for Serbian hooligans jailed for killing a French football fan demands retrial as new witness comes forward, disputing the circumstances of his death.Retired policemen Dragan C, who was allegedly present when 28-year-old Brice Taton was fatally attacked by Serbian hooligans in 2009, has sent a letter to a Belgrade court, claiming that Taton jumped […]

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Bulgaria Rebuked Over Judge’s Controversial Dismissal

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Comments Off

International judicial watchdog says it suspects judge was axed for protesting against government interference in the courts and for suing Bulgaria’s Interior Minister.The International Commission of Jurists, ICJ, an international human rights NGO, has expressed concern over the dismissal of Judge Miroslava Todorova by Bulgaria’s Supreme Judicial Council. Without a hearing, the Supreme Judicial Council […]

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Ex KLA Chief Too Busy to Count Veterans

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Comments Off

The former supreme commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, General Azem Syla, resigned on Wednesday from his position as the head of the commission tasked with verifying the status of KLA veterans.In his statement to the press, Syla argued that he was simply not the right person for the role and did not have […]

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Macedonians Protest Again Over Price Hikes

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Comments Off

Several thousand protestors gathered in Skopje and other towns in what has become a regular weekly protest against hikes in utility bills.For the third week running, several thousand Macedonians protested in central Skopje on Tuesday before the headquarters of the State Regulatory Commission, which determines the prices of commodities.

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NATO: No Request to Help Kosovo Douse Fires

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Comments Off

There is some confusion over whether the Kosovo authorities have asked KFOR to help put out the fires that have been rampaging in the south and west.NATO’s peacekeeping force in Kosovo, KFOR, says that it has not received any request from the government to help fight the blazes that have erupted in western and southern […]

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Economic Outlook Darkens in Croatia

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Comments Off

Croatia’s GDP likely to fall for a third quarter in a row, as unemployment mounts and living standards tumble, creating further headaches for the embattled government.Official figures on GDP growth in the second quarter of this year are to be published at the end of the week, but economic analysts warn that Croatia’s GDP is […]

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Kosovo Opposition Urge Campaign Against PTK Sale

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Comments Off

The Vetevendosje Movement on Monday urged people to mobilize against the government’s planned sale of 75 per cent of its shares in the Post-Telecom company, PTKKosovo’s opposition Self-Determination movement has urged people to mobilize against the planned sale of the Post and Telecom company and the Trepca mines. Vetevendosje says that the privatization of the […]

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Macedonia Quashes Talk of Currency Devaluation

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Comments Off

Macedonia’s denar is not about to be devalued, the Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski said, addressing recent speculation on the subject.Macedonia’s Finance Minister has appealed to people “to maintain faith in the domestic currency and keep their savings in denars”, denying reports that the currency was about to be devalued.

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Progressives Bid For Power in Serbia’s Second City

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Comments Off

The city branch of the Progressive Party in Novi Sad is filing a motion seeking the dismissal of the Democrat mayor, Igor Pavlicic.Serbia’s ruling Progressive Party will file a request on Tuesday to convene the city assembly in Novi Sad to discuss the dismissal of mayor Igor Pavlicic, a member of the Democrat Party. Novi […]

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Sarajevo Massacre Remembered

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Comments Off

At the 17th anniversary of the second Markale market massacre, the families of those who died are bitter that the crime is still being denied by the Bosnian Serbs.Past verdicts of the Hague Tribunal have concluded that on August 28, 1995, several shells were fired from Army of Republika Srpska positions at the centre of […]

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Serbia’s goal is to get EU talks date in 2012, PM says

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s goal is to get a date for the beginning of the EU accession talks by the end of 2012 because it is its national interest, says PM Ivica Dačić.“(European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia Jelko) Kacin’s statement that Serbia will not get a date for the beginning of the EU negotiations by the end of […]

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Turkish Cypriots aspire to real independence from Turkey, TESEV report finds

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Comments Off

Turkish Cypriots demand sovereign equality from the Turkish government, according to the findings of the report “Cypriot Perceptions of Turkey” prepared by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). The study, conducted by Rebecca Bryant of the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Christella Yakinthou from the International Center for Transitional […]

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Romania’s Suspended President to Return to Post

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Comments Off

Traian Basescu is to resume his duties after parliament on Monday accepted a court ruling, which deemed the result of a July referendum on his impeachment invalid.Romania’s parliament on Monday said that it recognized the ruling of the Constitutional Court, which last week said the July 29 referendum result concerning President Basescu was invalid. The […]

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Nothing can stop Greece leaving the Eurozone and a return to the 50s

Monday, August 27, 2012 Comments Off

Greece is living its last days in the Eurozone. The managers of Europe, including Angela Merkel, look at Athens perplexed and compassionate, yet with relief as they have secured their banks by passing the Greek papers to the Central European Bank (ECB), thinking now what to do with Italy and Spain. They are completely missing […]

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Leaders urged to see Bosnia as a European challenge

Monday, August 27, 2012 Comments Off

Two distinguished speakers came together to discuss the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh on Saturday 25 August 2012. They were Dr Mustafa Ceric, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina and religious leader of the Bosnian Muslim community, and the Rev Donald Reeves, Director of the Soul of […]

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Dispute Over Serb MP in Croatia Continues

Monday, August 27, 2012 Comments Off

The Croatian PM dismissed President Josipovic’s allegation that the Serb MP in the Croatian Parliament is blackmailing the government and using state money for his own purposes.The first serious misunderstanding between the Croatian Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic, and President Ivo Josipovic came after Jospovic accused Serb MP Milorad Pupovac of using the money received through […]

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ICTY: Haradinaj’s Verdict Due in November

Monday, August 27, 2012 Comments Off

The Hague Tribunal, ICTY, is expected to deliver its final verdict in the retrial of the former KLA commander, Ramush Haradinaj, in November.The Hague Tribunal charged Haradinaj, who briefly served as prime minister of Kosovo, and his two KLA comrades, Lahi Brahimaj and Idriz Balaj, in 2005 with participating in a joint criminal enterprise, the […]

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Romanian Crisis Erodes Ruling Party’s Popularity

Monday, August 27, 2012 Comments Off

While Victor Ponta’s coalition is still expected to win the next general election, the failed attempt to impeach the President has reduced its popularity, according to a new poll.Romania’s centre-left government is expected to win around 54 per cent of the vote in a general election, down from its earlier ratings of 63 per cent […]

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Albania Slashes Waste Import List

Monday, August 27, 2012 Comments Off

Bowing to pressure from environmentalists seeking a total ban, Albania on Thursday reduced the range of wastes that can be imported for recycling.The decision to cut waste imports was “a result of wide consultation with civil society groups”, Prime Minister Sali Berisha said, adding that banning all imports of waste was impossible while Albania gets […]

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Kosovo Says Dacic Misinformed UN About Serbs

Friday, August 24, 2012 Comments Off

Kosovo says Serbian Prime Minister presented false information to the UN Security Council about the true position of Serbs in the country.Serbia’s Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic, misinformed the UN Security Council when talking about Kosovo’s allegedly discriminatory policies towards local Serbs, the government in Pristina said.

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