Independent Balkan News Agency
Zaev and Borisov meet in Strumica
The joint meeting between the government of FYROM and the government of Bulgaria has been considered as a very positive meeting by prime ministers Zoran Zaev and Bojko BorisovThrough todays meeting we set in motion the mechanism which will help the region to move forward Zaev said underlining that this cooperation helps FYROM in its integration pathMeanwhile PM Borisov said that Bulgaria will help Skopje to adhere as soon as possible in the EuroAtlantic structuresThe meeting between Zaev and Borisov took place in the Monastery of Strumica while the two leaders also placed wreaths on the grave of former president TrajkovskiThe two countries signed cooperation agreements while stressing the importance of Corridor 8 which will boost economic cooperation between ...
Alexis Tsipras embraced by the West
The symbolic award of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday 23 November in Paris by the founder of the French political magazine Politique Internationale with the PrixduCouragepolitique award and his award by the Paris Bar Association with the PrixdelEngagement Europen confirms thatAlexis Tsipras is now fully accepted by the untilrecentlydoubters in the Westof his policyThe Greek Prime Minister is known to have established a special partnership with France which began when Francois Hollande was president and has been maintained and upgraded under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron The French President backs Alexis Tsipras a lot as far asthe next day in the EU is concerned which looks likeas a oneway street The delay in forming a government in Germany ...
Greek passengers treated as non-Schengen travellers at German airports
Confusion between Greek and German Foreign and Interior ministries has causedimmense inconvenience to Greek passengers arriving in German airportsThe stricterintraSchengen controls at German airports actually bypassing Schengen procedures were introduced on November 12 and concern not only the Greeks travellers but theaircrafts tooPassengers from Greece have undergone controls in special check areas of theairports and have been treated as nonSchengen onesTime wise the checks might be very long so many passengers have lost their next flights if there was a lay over at German airports have been late for work or simply felt humiliated supporting that Germanys discriminatory stance should be endedThe decision by German authorities to increase security check...
Nine agreements to be signed by Sofia and Skopje at joint government meeting
Nine agreements are expected to be signed on November 23 in Strumica at the first joint meeting of the governments of Bulgaria and fYROMacedoniaThe meeting will start with fourway talks between Prime Ministers Boiko Borissov and Zoran Zaev followed by a plenary sessionNine documents on bilateral cooperation in the fields of foreign policy investment energy defence tourism telecommunications infrastructure and disaster response are expected to be signed The agreements are part of the Treaty of Friendship Cooperation and Neighborhood signed on August 1 this yearBulgarian Deputy Prime Ministers Tomislav Donchev Krassimir Karakachanov and Ekaterina Zaharieva Ministers Valentin Radev Nikolay Nankov Neno Dimov Roumen Porozhanov Ivailo Moskovski Emil Karanikolov Temen...
Joint meeting between fYROMacedonia and Bulgaria to take place in Strumica
The Bulgarian government delegation has arrived in Strumica today where there will be a joint meeting between governments of fYROMacedonia and BulgariaThe hosting Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has received the Bulgarian PM Boris Borisov in front of Saint Leontij monastery which is on the border with BulgariaThe governments press office said that a joint press conference will be held between the two prime ministers while the two government officials are also expected to sign nine documents of bilateral cooperation in the domain of foreign policy investments energy defence tourism telecommunication infrastructure and natural disastersThese agreements are part of the agreement for friendship cooperation and good neighboring relations signed on 1 August of this year in...
Head of Specialized Chambers of the Special Tribunal visits Kosovo today
The head of the Specialized Chambers of the Special Tribunal on war crimes in Kosovo Ekaterina Trendafilova will hold an official visit today in KosovoTrendavilova is expected to hold meetings with government officials while the subjects that will be discussed have not yet been unfoldedThe minister of Justice Abelard Tahiri says that he has not been briefed on the reasons for Trendafilovas visit but hes expecting to talk to her about the Special TribunalThe legal basis for the Special Tribunal to start work is now in place and this tribunal is expected to start operating by the end of the yearIsmet Salihu professor of International Law says that the Special Tribunal is now ready to handle the first cases concerning crimes committed in the last war in Kosovo...
fYROMacedonian Government ready to remove the statues from the center of Skopje and rename the airport
By Nikos Fragopoulos of Skopje NewsA list of statues and monuments that should be immediately withdrawn from Skopjes city center is in the hands of Culture Minister of fYROMacedonia Robert Alagjozovski with the final decisions to be taken by prime minister Zoran ZaevThe list was put together by a working group of the ministry of culture headed by the ruling Social Democratic Party SDSM member Miroslav Garchev which examined the legality of statuary and statutemaking procedures in the framework of the pharaonic plan Skopje 2014 inspired by former Prime Minister Nikola GruevskiSo far it has been made known that the statues of Mother Teresa an Albanian in origin Catholic nun from Skopje who developed multiyear humanitarian action and a missionary work in India and...
Opposition increases pressure on Defense Minister to clarify details of deal with S. Arabia
Democratic Coalition MP Andreas Loverdos tabled documents in parliament this week about the sale of Greek army ammunition to Saudi Arabia a deal which is being portrayed as shady in the local pressAccording to Greek media reports Loverdos revelations increase pressure on Defense Minister Panos Kammenos to provide explanations on the specifics of the deal struckKammenos will speak in parliament to respond to a relevant question tabled by conservative New Democracy The main opposition party led by Kyriacos Mitsotakis has dubbed the case a first class scandal demanding a statement from the Prime Minister about it Media reports point out that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras initially moved to distance himself from Kammenos handling of the deal with Saudi ArabiaHowe...
Former general Ratko Mladic case - reactions in BiH
The Bosnian Serb former general Ratko Mladic who came to prominence in theYugoslav Wars was convicted at the first instance court in the Hague of 10 of the 11 charges and sentenced to life imprisonment the maximum sentence the particular court can impose but reactions in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he as the court concluded committed the worst war crimes after WWII vary a lot depending on who is commenting on the caseInternational organisations see the verdict as a chance for Bosnia and Herzegovina to leave behind a very hard period of its history and continue towards a better futureCrimes committed under Ratko Mladics command including genocide brought enormous pain and suffering to everyone in Bosnia and Herzegovina the consequences of which will be felt for many...
EBRD: Business environment must be improved
The current businessenvironmentin Albania must be improved This is the main recommendation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD in its recent report Transition 20172018The report adds that the country must not neglect the reform in the energy sector and it must also deliver the conditions set out by the European Union for the launch of accession talksGDP growth rates are on the upturn and IMFs program has been successfully finalized contributing in a growth of fiscal stability and a reduction of public debt although it is still high the report on Albania statesThe report also mentions the construction of the TransAdriatic Pipeline TAP as a vital project for Albania because according to EBRD it contributes in the diversity of energy ...