Archive for June, 2013

France welcomes Croatia’s EU integration

Friday, June 28, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Turkish FM congratulates new foreign and defense ministers of Greece

Friday, June 28, 2013 Comments Off

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

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China to send 400 peacekeepers to Malie

Friday, June 28, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Georgia and Poland discuss bilateral cooperation on regional development

Friday, June 28, 2013 Comments Off

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

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TAP pipeline to carry Azerbaijan gas to EU via Turkey, Greece, Italy

Friday, June 28, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Serbian FM to attend Croatian EU accession

Friday, June 28, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Greece signs host government agreement with TAP

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Romanian PM visits Azerbaijan, meets President

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Egypt has become the 100th country to recognize Kosovo

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Georgia hosts conference on defence and security

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Croatia will support EU integration of Balkans, says FM

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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

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France congratulates Albanian PM, but expressed concern about violent incidents

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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

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UN experts visit Turkey to investigate Syria chemical weapons claims

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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

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German parliament gives green light for beginning of the EU accession talks with Serbia

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Slovak FM says Serbia has reasons to rejoice after EU decision

Thursday, June 27, 2013 Comments Off

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. 

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NATO supports Georgia membership, but not timetable set

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Turkish FM and Russian counterpart discuss Syria situation

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Death toll in Syria near 100,000

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Comments Off

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

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UN peacekeepers will start Mali mission on July 1

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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NATO delegation visits Georgia

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Serbian PM to visit Brussels

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian Prime Minsiter Ivica Dacic will leave on the working visit to Brussels. During the visit Dacic will meet with European Commission

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EU could start negotiations with Serbia in January at latest

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Comments Off

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

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EU recommends start of integration talks with Serbia

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Comments Off

European Union ministers on Tuesday recommended that Serbia begin negotiations to win EU membership, officials said.

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Turkish Minister for EU affairs meets EU ambassadors to discuss Gezi events

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Bulgaria backs European future of Western Balkans, says FM

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Comments Off

The agreement Serbia and Kosovo reached in April is an important prerequisite for normalizing the relations between the two countries, which

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Georgia and Israel discuss bilateral cooperation and regional security

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili and Head of the Government of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation and

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Former Mali PM will candidate for president

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Greek PM says cabinet is stable now after reshuffle

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Hungarian President will visit Serbia

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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EU to start again membership talks with Turkey

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Armenia and Romania to hold intergovernmental session in Yerevan

Monday, June 24, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Bulgarian President to discuss with parties about protests

Monday, June 24, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Croatia prepares for EU Accession celebration

Monday, June 24, 2013 Comments Off

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

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PACE meeting to discuss Georgia situation

Monday, June 24, 2013 Comments Off

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

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Albania counts votes after Sunday parliamentary elections

Monday, June 24, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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