Archive for January, 2013

Serbia Slates Kosovo’s Planned Fund for North

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

Kosovo’s plan to set up a fund for the Serb-run north financed out of customs duties collected on the border has run into strong opposition from Serbia.Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, has announced that the government will set up a special fund within the state budget for the Serb-run north, to be financed out of […]

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Serbia Forms Commission into Journalists’ Killings

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

The Serbian government has set up a commission to investigate the unsolved murders of reporters.The Serbian government set up a commission on Thursday to assess the state of investigations into the killings of journalists in Serbia. The initiator of the move, Veran Matic, editor-in-chief of the broadcaster B92, believes that finding out who in the […]

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Croatian Court Frees Jailed Journalist

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

The Zagreb municipal court on Thursday released the well-known journalist Jasna Babic – who was taken into custody earlier this week for missing her own libel trial.Babic was released two days after being jailed on Tuesday, January 22nd, to ensure that she attended the libel trial against her initiated by businessman Dikan Radeljak.

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EU Warns Bosnia Over Human Rights Ruling

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

If Bosnia fails to act fast on the 2009 ‘Sejdic and Finci’ rights ruling, Brussels may not recognise the next Bosnian elections, the EU Enlargement Commissioner has warned.Speaking to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule on January 24 said that Bosnia’s failure to implement the Sejdic-Finci ruling […]

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Vujanovic Runs Again as Montenegro President

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

In a move whose legality is disputed, Montenegro’s ruling party has declared Filip Vujanovic, the current head of state, as its presidential candidate in the April election.The main board of the governing Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, unanimously voted for Vujanovic’s candidacy on Thursday. The party decribed his previous incumbency as president as highly successful.

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Deadlock Threatens Albania Election Standards

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

As Albania’s Central Electoral Commission, CEC, remains in political deadlock, observers warn that standards for the 2013 general election are already in jeopardy.“An independent and well functioning CEC is one of the main poll standards sought by international observers,” Premto Gogo, head of KRIIK Albania, an NGO that is part of the Coalition of Local […]

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Time Up For Serbia’s Largest Rakija Producer

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

The largest producer of the traditional beverage NAVIP in Serbia and in the Balkans has closed after 84 years, another victim of the economic crisis in the region.Miroljub Spasojevic, director of the NAVIP factory, said the remaining 20 workers stopped coming to work on Monday, as the company that produced the popular fruit brandy known […]

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Kosovo Proposes First Ambassador to Belgrade

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

Lulzim Peci may be the first Kosovo diplomat to represent the country in Serbia, although the nature of his appointment is likely to be interpreted differently by the Serbian government.Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, has proposed Lulzim Peci as Kosovo’s ambassador to Serbia, Artan Behrami of the foreign ministry told BIRN. The decision has to […]

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Brussels Takes Bulgaria to Court over DTT Deals

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

The European Commission is referring Bulgaria to the EU Court of Justice over the way it assigned its digital broadcast spectrum.The European Commission on Thursday said the procedure followed by Bulgaria was based on disproportionately restrictive award conditions, which had led to the exclusion of potential candidates. This hampered competition in the digital terrestrial television, […]

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Serbian Red Star Chief Quits Following Tussle

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

After chairing Serbia’s prestigious Red Star football club for only a month, Dragan Dzajic, a football legend, resigned on Wednesday following a physical altercation with Nebojsa Covic, the club’s vice-president. It is not clear exactly why the incident occurred, but media reports said that Miodrag Zecevic, the club’s secretary, had earlier uttered indecent words to […]

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Talks Fail to End Mostar Election Impasse

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

The Office of the High Representative has failed to break the deadlock between Bosniaks and Croats over Mostar’s electoral system after calling a meeting of the main parties.A meeting in the ethnically divided southwestern city of Mostar on January 23 – called by the Office of the High Representative, OHR, to discuss implementing two constitutional […]

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Fuele Knocks Heads Together in Macedonia

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fuele, on Wednesday paid an unannounced visit to Macedonia, where he apparently urged leaders to resolve the ongoing political crisis and focus on the EU agenda.Commissioner Fuele met President Gjorge Ivanov, the Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski and the opposition Social Democrat leader, Branko Crvenkovski, but the contents of their conversations […]

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Croatian Court: State Responsible for Serbs’ Murder

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

In a landmark ruling, the court said the state was to blame for the killing of two elderly Serb civilians after the Croatian military operation ‘Storm’ in 1995.The judge in the town of Knin ruled that Croatia must pay 540,000 kuna (about 70,000 euro) to the children of Serb victims Radivoje and Marija Beric, who […]

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Serbia’s Balkan Channel Ambitions Questioned

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

As the Serbian government mulls involving the Chinese in building a river channel from Belgrade to Thessaloniki, opposition parties and some experts have dubbed it unrealistic.Milan Bacevic, Serbia’s Urban Planning Minister, has travelled to China to start preliminary talks on building a channel running from Belgrade to Thessaloniki in northern Greece. Bacevic will discuss a […]

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Romania Declares Chemical Firm Has Gone Bust

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

After attempts to sell it failed, the mainly state-owned Oltchim chemical company is filing for insolvency.Romania’s mainly state-owned petrochemical and plastics manufacturer, Oltchim, is to start insolvency procedures after sending a request to a local court, the Economy Minister, Varujan Vosganian, said on Wednesday. Oltchim is the second large state-owned company to ask for insolvency […]

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United States and Italy provide support for France in Mali

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Comments Off

United States helped France to flew troops and supplies into Mali, while Italy’s lawmakers voted to also provide assistance. The US mission started on Monday with two C-17 flights from southern France loaded with cargo and dropping it off in Mali. The flights are expected to continue for several days.

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Serbian Bosniaks Seek Opt-Out From Saint’s Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Comments Off

Muslims in southwest Serbia say schools in their region should not feel pressured to celebrate the day of St Sava, the patron saint of Serbian schoolchildren and a heroic figure to Serbs.Mustafa Fetic, head of the educational board of the Bosniak National Council, which represents the country’s Muslim minority, says schools in the mainly Bosniak […]

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European Parliament Praises Montenegro’s Progress

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Comments Off

Foreign Affairs Committee welcomes Montenegro’s progress, while urging it to do more to tackle media freedom issues, women’s rights and gender equality.The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament adopted a draft resolution on Montenegro on Tuesday, hailing what it called the country’s solid progress. “Montenegro has made solid progress towards EU membership”, the committee […]

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Serbia Elects New Anti-Corruption Chief

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Comments Off

Tatjana Babic, the new head of Serbia’s Anti-Corruption Agency, says there will be no untouchable people in the fight against graft. Serbia’s Anti-Corruption Agency has elected its former acting director, Tatjana Babic, as head of the regulatory body. “As Tatjana Babic has particular experience and a good knowledge of the internal organisation and problems facing […]

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Bring Nikola Tesla Monument Back, Urges Croatia PM

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said the Croatian town of Gospic should reinstall a renovated statue of the celebrated ethnic Serb scientist that was destroyed by a blast in 1992.”I appeal to the Gospic authorities to find a decent place for that monument, which I consider to be the heart of Gospic, but it’s up to […]

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Macedonian Opposition Resumes Street Protests

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Comments Off

Opposition Social Democrats said they will resume roadblocks after a meeting of political leaders on Tuesday failed to defuse the political crisis in the country.Macedonia’s opposition Social Democrats said they will resume blocking roads in the capital and elsewhere as a sign of resistance to the government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, which they call […]

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Croatian Journalist Jailed for Dodging Trial

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Comments Off

A Zagreb court jailed reporter Jasna Babic for a month to ensure that she attends a libel trial against her initiated by a Croatian businessman.Police arrested Babic on Tuesday on the orders of Zagreb’s municipal court to make sure that she is present at her trial over the alleged libel of enterpreneur Dikan Radeljak because […]

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Romania Pulls Plug on Maverick TV Station

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Comments Off

OTV channel, owned by a controversial businessman-turned-politician, Dan Diaconescu, has been cut off for failing to pay long overdue fines.Romania’s TV regulator, the CNA, on Tuesday ordered a populist TV station, OTV, to stop broadcasting on the grounds that the company holding the channel license had not paid large fines imposed for various irregularities. The […]

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Croatia Urged to Market its Bargain Medical Services

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Comments Off

Country is failing to promote its cut-price health services, a local expert in this field complains.Croatia has top class surgeons, advanced medical technology and, according to recent research by the portal CroMedicor, up to 65 per cent cheaper prices for plastic surgery than the EU. Breast enlargement operations in Croatia cost around 3,300 euro less […]

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Bulgaria Remands Politician’s Pistol Attacker

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

A Sofia court ordered pre-trial detention for a man who aimed a gun at a top ethnic Turkish politician during a party conference on live television.The court refused bail for Oktay Enimehmedov, the 25-year-old who pointed the tear-gas gun at the head of Ahmed Dogan, ex-leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, while […]

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Kosovo, Serbian Presidents May Meet Soon

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

Atifete Jahjaga and Tomislav Nikolic are likely to meet in February or March, the office of the Kosovo President has confirmed.Ramush Tahiri, political advisor to the President of Kosovo, told Kosovo’s public broadcaster on January 21 that Atifete Jahjaga is likely to meet her Serbian counterpart, Tomislav Nikolic, late in February or early in March. […]

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Romanian MPs Face Dose of Austerity

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

Economically stricken Romania has decided to cut various allowances for parliamentarians.Romanian MPs are facing austerity, with their monthly housing stipends and travel expenses being halved, according to the assembly draft budget for 2013. An MP’s monthly allowance for housing will drop from 7,400 lei (some 1,650 euro) to 4,000 lei. Each MP from outside Bucharest […]

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‘Bosnian Book of the Dead’ Published

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

A Bosnian research group has issued a book with the names of around 96,000 victims of the 1990s conflict, intended to be the most accurate memorial yet published.“I think it is vital that we have, in one place, the names and identities of Bosnian citizens who were killed during the war,” said Mirsad Tokaca, director […]

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Last Yugoslav King’s Remains Return to Serbia

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

King Peter II, who was ousted during WWII and died in 1970, will be reburied in his home country.“The remains of the Peter the Second were exhumed from St. Sava Monastery Church at Libertyville in the United States last week and will arrive at Belgrade airport on Tuesday,” the Karadjordjevic family, Serbia’s former royal rulers, […]

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Petition Demands Serbian UN President’s Firing

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

Campaigners launched an online petition to dismiss Vuk Jeremic, the President of the UN General Assembly, after a Serb nationalist song was performed at the UN.”Vuk Jeremic should be removed so he cannot use UN platform to spread hate,” reads the petition, which so far has more than 3,500 supporters. The campaign was launched after […]

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Bulgarian Politician’s Attacker Evades Assassination Charges

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

A man who dramatically threatened a top ethnic Turkish politician with a pistol on live television will not be charged with attempted murder.Prosecutors say that Oktay Enimehmedov, who put a tear-gas gun to Ahmed Dogan’s head while he was speaking at a conference in Sofia which was being broadcast live on Bulgarian television, did not […]

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Albania Nationalizes Troubled Power Firm

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

The Albanian energy regularity agency, ERE, on Monday stripped the local subsidiary of the Czech power giant CEZ of its operating license, effectively taking it back into state control.The decision, which outrights nationalizes the utility company, CEZ Shprendarje, is the latest twist in a long-running dispute between Tirana and the Czech company over unpaid debts. […]

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Algerian PM: At least 37 hostages killed at In Amenas complex

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

At least 37 hostages have been killed in the terrorist attack at the In Amenas natural gas complex from eastern Algeria, the country’s Prime Minister announced on Monday. Five other are missing and could be dead.

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Malian military retakes key town Diabaly

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Comments Off

On Monday, the Malian army has retaken the control of Diabaly, an important town in the fight against Islamist militants that are concentrated in the north of the country. A spokesman of the army said they succeeded to retake the town with air support from France, without ground assistance.

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Serbia Albanians Protest Monument’s Removal

Monday, January 21, 2013 Comments Off

Protesters rallied in the town of Presevo on Monday after Serbian police moved in to remove a monument to ethnic Albanian fighters.Several thousand ethnic Albanians rallied on Monday in Presevo in southern Serbia following Belgrade’s removal of a controversial monument dedicated to Albanian guerrillas. Demonstrators at the peaceful hour-long rally carried banners saying “Stop violence […]

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