Archive for June, 2013
he French government on Friday said it welcomes the entry of Croatia into the European Union, thus becoming the EU’s 28th member. Croatia is due to officially join the EU on July 1 after more than eight years of
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has called the new Greek foreign and defense ministers to congratulate them on their new posts. In a recent Cabinet reshuffle, Evangelos Venizelos, the leader of the Socialist Pasok party, was
China will send peacekeepers to Mali and it is the first time that China’s armed forces dispatch security forces for peacekeeping mission, a Ministry of National Defense official said on Thursday. At the request of the UN, the Chinese government will dispatch nearly 400 servicemen
Georgia’s Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure David Narmania met with his Polish counterpart Elzbieta Bienkowska in Warsaw. According the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure
The project to carry gas from Azerbaijan to Europe in the Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline through Turkey and Greece is officially confirmed, marking a possible economic gamechanger in the region The operators of the Shah Deniz 2 field – BP, Statoil, Azeri state energy firm SOCAR, Total, and others – officially announced June 28
Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić will visit Croatia on June 20-July 1 as a member of a Serbian delegation and attend the formal of Croatia’s EU accession. The Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Friday.
Greece and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) consortium on Wednesday officially signed the Host Government Agreement initialed last week, at an official ceremony held in Athens.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today received a Romanian delegation led by Prime Minister Victor Ponta. The Head of State praised the Azerbaijan-Romania cooperation.
Egypt has become the 100th country to recognize Kosovo as independent, the Pristina government said June 26, a milestone for the Balkan country’s pursuit of full international acceptance.
On Thursday, Batumi hosts the conference on ‘The defence and security of Georgia’, which has become a significant security forum for the whole South Caucasus. The conference is attended by representatives of the
Foreign Minister of Croatia Vesna Pusic on Wednesday said Croatia will support EU ambitions of the other Balkan countries after it joins the bloc next month. At a press conference held after she met with the Austrian
France on Thursday congratulated newly-appointed Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, whose Socialist-led coalition came to power after sometimes-violent Albanian legislative elections. But Paris expressed concern to Tirana about “certain violent incidents” that took place during
U.N.-appointed inspectors, blocked from entering Syria, are in Turkey to gather information about possible use of chemical weapons in the civil war, officials said on Thursday. Members of the team assembled by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had
The German parliament has authorized the German government to vote in favor of the beginning of the EU accession talks with Serbia. The vote will take place at Friday’s session of the European Council and adding that the German
Serbia has “reasons to rejoice” after the Council of the EU Ministers adopted “a historic decision,” Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčak believes. Lajčak said that Serbia is now invited to enter the final phase of the EU accession process, and that this is an irreversible process.
NATO ambassadors arrived here Wednesday for their third visit since 2008, with the alliance chief reiterating Georgia will join the military alliance but not indicating when.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, June 26 as preparations for the Geneva II conference to find a path to a solution for the deadlock in Syria are ongoing.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have retaken a town on the Lebanese border as they press an offensive against rebels in a conflict that has now cost more
UN peacekeepers will start operations in Mali on July 1 after the UN Security Council gave the green light on Tuesday for the mission, which will be the world body’s third largest when fully deployed by the end of this year, envoys and officials said.
The programme of a North Atlantic Council’s delegation’s visit to Georgia has been announced. The visit of a NATO delegation will arrive in Georgia today and will end on June 27.
Serbian Prime Minsiter Ivica Dacic will leave on the working visit to Brussels. During the visit Dacic will meet with European Commission
Catherine Ashton said after meeting with Ivica Dačić that she will recommend the European Council to start negotiations with Serbia no later than in January. She told a joint press conference in Brussels that she was “very happy that the foreign ministers of all 27 EU member
European Union ministers on Tuesday recommended that Serbia begin negotiations to win EU membership, officials said.
EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış hosted a lunch meeting for the ambassadors of EU states on Tuesday at the EU Affairs Ministry building in Ankara during which he briefed the ambassadors on the Gezi
The agreement Serbia and Kosovo reached in April is an important prerequisite for normalizing the relations between the two countries, which
Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili and Head of the Government of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation and
Former Malian prime minister Cheick Modibo Diarra said on Tuesday he was standing for president in the July elections. Diarra spent just eight months at the head
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday insisted his government was stable despite a reshuffle following the uproar over the disputed closure of public broadcaster ERT.
Hungarian President Janos Ader will pay a visit to Belgrade. During the two-day visit Ader will meet with Serbian state officials, including with Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic.
European Union ministers agreed Tuesday to reopen Turkey’s accession talks despite reticence from Germany and others over Ankara’s tough crackdown on protests. Ireland, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said EU ministers had finally
A consultation meeting was held Friday at the Ministry of Transport and Communication of Armenia. The attendees discussed the preparations for the session of the Armenian-Romanian
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will hold consultations with political parties in relation with the protests across the country. “I will launch consultations. It will take a few days and I hope for a responsible attitude, not for what we saw at
The celebrations on June 30 and July 1 to mark Croatia joining the EU are set to be one of the biggest international events in the country’s history since independence. In the evening of June 30, the Croatian government will hold a dinner party for
Georgia’s situation will be discussed at a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on June 24-28. The agenda of the meeting was published
Counting continues after Sunday’s parliamentary vote, seen as crucial to Albania’s EU integration hopes. Poll commissioners continued to count ballots on Monday after an election day marred by the murder of an opposition supporter and the wounding of a ruling Democratic Party candidate in a shootout in the northern town of Lac.