Archive for December, 2012

Albania Seizes Haul of Contraband Cigarettes

Thursday, December 27, 2012 Comments Off

Customs in the port of Durres on Wednesday sequestered a container with contraband cigarettes coming from Singapore with an estimated value of €500,000.Media reports said customs agents became suspicious about the cargo after the company that had ordered the shipment failed to carry out customs procedures for several days. Inside the container customs officials found […]

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Serbia Threatens To Demolish Albanian Monument

Thursday, December 27, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic says if local authorities in south Serbia don’t remove a memorial dedicated to ethnic Albanian fighters, the state will do so “by force”.Dacic ordered the authorities in the mainly Albanian towns of Bujanovac and Presevo in South Serbia to remove a monument dedicated to ethnic Albanian fighters. “If this does […]

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Nikolic Visit to Banja Luka Upsets Sarajevo

Thursday, December 27, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian President’s visit to the Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska, has ruffled feathers in the Bosnian capital.President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Ivica Dacic met top officials of Republika Srpska, RS, in Banja Luka on December 26 and discussed the “special relations” between Serbia and the Serb-dominated entity. Nikolic and Milorad Dodik, the Republika Srpska […]

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Serbia to Adopt Kosovo Platform in New Year

Thursday, December 27, 2012 Comments Off

As Kosovo Serbs lend support to Serbia’s ‘platform’ on Kosovo, the document is to go before parliament by January 7.After several hours of discussion, 150 representatives from the Serb-run north of Kosovo on Tuesday offered to support the Serbian government’s official platform for Kosovo. The platform demands a high level of territorial and political autonomy […]

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Albanian Reds See Nothing Green in Tirana Plan

Thursday, December 27, 2012 Comments Off

Opposition Socialists says the city’s first urban plan in more than two decades will destroy its few remaining green spaces.Tirana city council on Sunday, after a heated debate, approved the city’s first urban plan since 1989. The plan was adopted with the votes of centre-right Democratic Party, to which Mayor, Lulzim Basha, belongs.

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Albania’s Greeks Plead For Athenian Pensions

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 Comments Off

Ethnic Greek minority leaders in Albania have urged Greece not to scrap their pensions as part of the austerity drive imposed by the IMF and the EU.“We understand the difficulties that our fatherland is passing through and support the efforts of the Greek government and its people to strengthen the economy,” the Greek minority organization, […]

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Kosovo Comes Close to 100th Recognition

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 Comments Off

Pakistan became on Monday the 98th state to recognize Kosovo’s independence, moving the country a step closer to its strategic goal of achieving 100 recognitions by the end of 2012.“Pakistan has decided to accord recognition to the Republic of Kosovo. The decision has been made in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kosovo,” […]

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Romania’s Govt to Push For Economic Reforms

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 Comments Off

Victor Ponta’s government aims to better relations with the IMF and improving economic climate.Romania’s new government, led by 40-years-old Victor Ponta, has won a landslide approval in the parliament and is aiming now to push through the 2013 budget and start negotiations with the IMF for the new international precautionary credit. Lawmakers voted 402 to […]

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Thaci Rejects Serbian Plans For North Kosovo

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Comments Off

Kosovo Prime Minister dismisses Serbia’s “platform” for Kosovo, ruling out calls for special autonomy for the Serb-run north as well as territorial partition.Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, on Wednesday said that Serbia’s recently unveiled plans for Kosovo should be “filed away”, along with other failed projects. “That project will remain in the files of Belgrade’s […]

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Sweden Acquits Serbian Policeman of Kosovo Crimes

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Comments Off

A Swedish appeal court on Wednesday acquitted a former Serbian police officer convicted in January of war crimes in the Kosovo village of Cuska in 1999.The ruling came after a Swedish court in January sentenced Milic Martinovic to life in prison for the murder of civilians in the Kosovo village of Cuska in May 1999. […]

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Croatia Publishes List of War Veterans

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Comments Off

The government has released a list of half a million former fighters in the independence war from 1991-1995 – in a drive to clamp down on the widespread abuse of veterans status.Three Ministers, of Defence, the Interior and Veterans, all three former soldiers, presented the registry, which has been published on the veterans’ website since […]

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Bosnia Urged To Put April Census on Hold

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Comments Off

The International Monitoring Operation, which oversaw Bosnia’s test census, has recommended delaying the April census for at least six months.The external body monitoring Bosnia’s 2013 census has advised the authorities to postpone the headcount planned for April on the grounds that the country is insufficiently prepared. Andy McGuffie, of the EU delegation to Bosnia, told […]

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Romania’s New Govt Faces Economic Dilemma

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Comments Off

Victor Ponta’s new government faces a challenge in reconciling Romania’s tough commitments to the IMF while carrying out its election pledge to ease the burden of austerity on the population.Romania’s Prime Minister-designate on Wednesday presented his new cabinet, which is expected to gain the backing of parliament on December 21. The 27 seats in the […]

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Croatia Publishes List of War Veterans

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Comments Off

The government has released a list of half a million former fighters in the independence war from 1991-1995 – in a drive to clamp down on the widespread abuse of veterans status.Three Ministers, of Defence, the Interior and Veterans, all three former soldiers, presented the registry, which has been published on the veterans’ website since […]

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Serbian Minister Calls on Miskovic to Reveal Names

Monday, December 17, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s minister in charge of corruption has said that at least 20 politicians were financed by tycoon Miroslav Miskovic, and that the Delta Holding owner should disclose their names.Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s deputy prime minister in charge of corruption, has called on Miskovic, the owner of Delta Holding, to reveal the names of politicians that Vucic […]

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Serbia’s Top Officials Agree on Kosovo

Monday, December 17, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian officials confirmed a united stance on Kosovo while the President is set to present his Kosovo platform in the upcoming days.Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said that the country’s top officials agreed on Sunday night a unified state policy on Kosovo.”There is complete unity on the most important questions between the two largest parties […]

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Serbia, Croatia Investigate Dvor na Uni War Crime

Monday, December 17, 2012 Comments Off

The Serbian and Croatian prosecutors have questioned on Monday in the Danish capital Copenhagen, two potential witnesses to the war crimes in the Croatian municipality Dvor in 1995.The Chief Croatian Prosecutor, Mladen Bajic, and his Serbian counterpart, Vladimir Vukcevic have questioned, together with their Danish colleagues, two members of the Danish UN peacekeeping battalion who […]

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Romanian President Appoints Victor Ponta as PM

Monday, December 17, 2012 Comments Off

The leader of the center-left ruling coalition in Romania has been nominated to lead the country’s future government.The Romanian president, Traian Basescu, on Monday re-appointed Victor Ponta as the prime minister, in a move aimed to end the current political stalemate. Rather unusually, Basescu announced the nomination in a written statement and not in a […]

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Montenegro Advised to Tighten Judiciary Appointments

Monday, December 17, 2012 Comments Off

The Advisory body of Council of Europe suggests that the most important judicial functions in Montenegro should be appointed by a two-third parliamentary majority.The Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, the Venice Commission, has examined the draft opinion on draft amendments to the Constitutional provisions relating to the judiciary of Montenegro during its […]

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Albania Recognises Syrian Opposition

Monday, December 17, 2012 Comments Off

Albania on Friday said it had recognized the anti-Assad opposition as the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people.“Albania calls on the United Nations and NATO to take all the necessary measures to stop the barbarian massacre being carried out by Bashar Al-Assad and his regime against the Syrian people,” Prime Minister Sali Berisha said […]

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Croatia’s Credit Rating Downgraded to ‘Junk’

Monday, December 17, 2012 Comments Off

Standard and Poor’s downgraded Croatia’s credit rating to junk on Friday, a development deemed “catastrophic” by a local analyst.”The Croatian government’s reforms have so far been insufficient to eliminate the structural rigidities that hamper the country’s growth potential,” the rating agency said in a statement explaining its decision to lower Croatia’s rating from BB+ to […]

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Macedonian Budget Blocked in Parliament

Monday, December 17, 2012 Comments Off

The Macedonian opposition has blocked the adoption of the national budget for next year, as it battles with the government over proposed loans.Parliament’s Commission on Financing and Budget is blocked with over 1,200 amendments submitted by the opposition Social Democrats, SDSM. This makes it uncertain whether the commission will have time to submit the draft […]

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THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: A NEW “VALEV PLAN”?

Saturday, December 15, 2012 Comments Off

Following last autumn’s “state of the Union” speech, that outlined a vision for a federal Europe[1], the “Blueprint for a deep and genuine economic and monetary union”, unveiled recently by José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, to be submitted at the December 2012 European Union Summit and debated until the European Parliament elections […]

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Bosnia Burns Seized Drugs Worth €10 Million

Friday, December 14, 2012 Comments Off

Security Ministry organises destruction of a ton of various narcotics worth 10 million euro in the first organized mass destruction of narcotics since the war.Around a ton of different narcotics, mostly marijuana and heroin, were burned in incinerators in the southeastern town of Gacko on December 13. Prior to destruction, Federation entity Police checked the […]

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Miskovic Arrest Adds to Serbian Deputy PM’s Lustre

Friday, December 14, 2012 Comments Off

Aleksandar Vucic can expect a ratings boost from the detention of Delta’s powerful boss – but the real test will be the follow-up in the courts.The arrest of tycoon Miroslav Miskovic is a major coup for Serbia’s governing Progressive Party and its combative leader, Aleksander Vucic, commentators agree. But while Vucic can claim political credit […]

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EU Urges Croatia to Prosecute War Crimes

Friday, December 14, 2012 Comments Off

The Croatian local courts need to prosecute those responsible for war crimes that took place in Croatia, EU official says.According to the Head of EU Delegation to Serbia, Vincent Degert, local courts in Croatia need to prosecute those responsible for war crimes committed during the Croatian military operation Storm in 1995. “It is very clear […]

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Albania’s Minorities Shrink Below 2 Per Cent

Friday, December 14, 2012 Comments Off

Data published on Thursday by Albania’s National Institute of Statistics, INSTAT, show that in the 2011 census ethnic minorities make less than 1.5 per cent of the population.According to INSTAT the ethnic Greek minority now accounts for only 0.87 per cent of the population, ethnic Macedonians make up 0.2 per cent and Roma 0.3 per […]

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Serbian Capital to Amend its Governing Statute

Friday, December 14, 2012 Comments Off

Changes to the city statute will allow it to buy and sell land and pave way for decentralisation of powers to municipalities.By the end of the year the City of Belgrade is to amend its statute in accordance with laws adopted after the statute was issued in 2008. Danilo Basic, assistant to Mayor Dragan Djilas, […]

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Grbavica Crimes Stopped in 1993, Says Karadzic’s Witness

Friday, December 14, 2012 Comments Off

The trial of the Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, has continued with the testimony of the former president of the Serb Municipality of Novo Sarajevo, Milorad Katic.Testifying on Thursday, Katic said that there were no expulsions of non-Serbs from the Sarajevo neighbourhood of Grbavica from March 1993. Katic said that around 1,500 non-Serbs remained in […]

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Bosnia Farmers Fear Milk Export Slowdown

Friday, December 14, 2012 Comments Off

Bosnian dairy farmers ask for more help in achieving EU standards as main trading partner Croatia prepares to enter the European bloc.Milk producers in Bosnia met officials from the country’s Foreign Trade Ministry and Foreign Trade Chamber on Tuesday and urged them to help harmonize domestic product standards with EU standards. More than 60 per […]

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Serbian Prosecutors Interview Tycoon Miskovic

Thursday, December 13, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime on Thursday is questioning the Delta Holding boss, Miroslav Miskovic.Prosecutors started questioning Miskovic on Thursday afternoon after which a decision will be made on whether to continue his detention. Police arrested him on Wednesday along with nine other persons on suspicion of abuses during the privatization of road construction […]

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Serbia and Bosnia to Sign War Crimes Protocol

Thursday, December 13, 2012 Comments Off

After a year long delay Serbia and Bosnia should sign a protocol on cooperation in the prosecution of war crime cases in January next year.The protocol of cooperation in the prosecution of perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide between the Serbian and Bosnian prosecutions should be signed on January 31, in Brussels, […]

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Strasbourg Finds Macedonia Guilty in Rendition Case

Thursday, December 13, 2012 Comments Off

European Court rules rules that Macedonia was responsible for torture, ill-treatment of Khaled El-Masri, a victim of CIA rendition, and orders payment of 60,000 euro in damagesThe court found El-Masri’s account to be established beyond reasonable doubt and held Macedonia responsible for his torture and ill-treatment both in the country and after his transfer to […]

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Komsic to Activate Bosnian Party Next Year

Thursday, December 13, 2012 Comments Off

Bosnian Presidency member Zeljko Komsic says his new party will be up and running next year, advocating new solutions and the equality of all Bosnians and Herzegovinians.Zeljko Komsic, the Croat member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite State Presidency, says he is working on the formation of his new party after leaving the ruling Social Democrats […]

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Romanian President Hesitates in Naming PM

Thursday, December 13, 2012 Comments Off

President Traian Basescu is making no comment about whether he will reappoint Victor Ponta as Romania’s next prime minister, even though Ponta’s coalition won the recent general election with a large majority.President Traian Basescu on Wednesday asked politicians and the media not to make any inappropriate comments about his alleged involvement in behind-scenes discussions on […]

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