There are still open issues regarding the course of name talks
With a simple announcement UN Special Envoy Matthew Nimetz said there are still differences between fYROMacedonia and Greece but both sides are willingto reach a solutionWe had meetings yesterday and today one and a half days of talks What I can say is that the discussions were detailed the issues are well defined and limited We do not have a final solution to the issues but both sides are determined to do enough to reach an agreement and work hard to do it Matthew Nimetzs statement saidNikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov will continue talks in Brussels as the EU Foreign Affairs Council will be held in the Belgian capital of Belgium among the Foreign ministers of the EU member states on May 28 The talks have intensified considerably both sides have important positions a...
Sinisa Mali nominated as new Finance minister
Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabic proposed today the outgoing Belgrade mayor Sinisa Mali for the post of Finance minister The parliament is to vote on Malis nomination on Monday Earlier this year Dusan Vujovic resigned from the ministerial post due to personal reasons as he explainedSinisa Mali is connected with several scandals which are still unresolvedIn April 2016 unknown persons have illegally demolished a number of buildings in the centre of Belgrade using bulldozers The buildings were situated in the space where it wasplanned thatBelgrade Waterfront would be constructed an urban renewal development project led by the Serbian government and Eagle Hills company based in the United Arab Emirates UAEDuring the demolition residents had been illegally detain...
Kosovo: Opposition demands snap polls
The chairman of Self Determination Party Albin Kurti has opened the meeting between opposition parties today by saying that these parties believe that its better if the country holds snap pollsThis is a government of the minority This situation cannot go on for much longer if we want the country to move forward If theres some ethics left in this prime minister he needs to resign and the country needs to hold democratic elections he saidKurti said that if Haradinaj does not resign he should hold a vote of confidence in parliamentAt the end of the meeting the participating parties issued a joint declaration saying that in order for the country to have a legitimate government elections need to be held at a suitable moment ibna...
Ankara opposes possible F-35 delivery halt
The Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy responded to the decision of the House of Representatives to freeze their delivery of F35 jets until the report on USTurkey relations is drafted The spokesman of theTurkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that this decision is against the spirit of alliances This is a multinational programme Obligations must be met as appear inthe contract If such steps are made then we will be obliged to providethe necessary answersAccording to the F35 coproductionprogramme on June 22 Turkey should receive the first super modernfighter jet which would be based in the city of Malatya the first Turkishair base to hostF35 jets The current decision of the US House of Representatives is worrying Ankara that considerspossi...
And the... 8th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism goes to Greece
Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Zurab Pololikashvili the SecretaryGeneral of the World Tourism Organization UNWTOsigned an agreement about the hosting of the top tourist event in Greece the organisation of the8th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourismabout to take place in Thessaloniki northern Greece on1012 October 2018The two officials signed the agreement on the sidelines of the108th session of the UNWTO Executive Council in San Sebastin Spainwhere Greece participates for the first time since the founding of the Organization as elected member for the period 20182021The major international tourist event will take place on European ground for the first time everIt is coorganised by the World Tourism Organization the Greek Ministry of To...
Kosovo-Serbia contest heading towards a final solution
Relations between Kosovo and Serbia continue to be tense but the presidents of both countries continue to hope on a compromisePresident of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic declared that Serbia is ready for compromise with the Albanian side in order to find a solution on this difficult and rather delicate matterTo us Serbs relations between Serbia and Kosovo is a big problem because we care about the future of the country and we want these kinds of issues to be solved once and for all declared Vucic in the meeting that he held with David McCalister European Parliament rapporteur on SerbiaFurthermore Vucic said that Serbia is ready for talks with Albanians at any time in order to reach a dealOn the other hand president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci has declared that dialogue...
Bulgarian FM: Sofia may allow Skopje to use its diplomatic representations abroad
Meeting in Rome the Prime Ministers from Sofia and Skopje have discussed the possibility of Bulgaria allowing the former Yugoslav republic to use its diplomatic representations abroad where it does not have its ownThis was disclosed on May 25 by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva in an interview with public broadcaster Bulgarian National TelevisionThe possibility was discussed informally by Boyko Borissov and Zoran Zaev she saidBorissov and Zaev are together in the Italian capital for two days jointly celebrating in a historic first May 24 the day of Saints Cyril and Methodius and Slavonic language and literatureOn May 24 they made the traditional visits to sites at the Vatican sacred to the traditions of the saints and commemorations of the day In previou...
FYROM: Gruevski appeals his prison sentence
The immunity that he has as an MP has saved the former Prime Minister of FYROM Nikola Gruevski from prison after a criminal court in Skopje sentenced him on Wednesday to two years in prison on corruption chargesAccording to the Constitution an MP cannot be remanded into custody without Parliaments approval and without having his immunity lifted An MP can be arrested only if he is caught redhandedThe two year sentence will come into effect once the Court of Appeal rules on the motion filed by Gruevskis lawyers It is not known how long this process will last however former PM Gruevski also faces other charges says counsellor Naser Raufi for IBNAGruevski is accused of four other offenses allegedly committed during the time he served as PM According to legal expe...
'Closing credits' to a seven-year-long Gazprom - EU litigation
The sevenyear dispute between the Russian company and the EU has ended without fines with a series of binding measures taken by Gazprom in order to lift the concerns of the European CommissionThe aim of the European Commission is to ensure the smooth functioning of competition which has been the cause of the appeal from the outset anyway thatwill enable the free flow of natural gas at competitive prices in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe for the benefit of European consumers and European companiesAfter the announcement of the relevant decision the Commissioner in charge of competition policy Margrethe Vestager saidAll companies doing business in Europe have to respect European rules on competition no matter where they are from Todays decision removes obstacle...
Second day of negotiations in New York ends with positive outcome
Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov renewed their meetingwith Special Envoy of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral Matthew Nimetz for Friday May 25 at 930 local time at the UN offices in New YorkDiplomatic sourcesfrom the two countries toldIBNA that the continuation of the talks is assessed positively as there is common ground in the negotiationThursdays meeting lasted nearly six hours According to information the involved sides discussed issues arising from the use of proposed names relevant to the name issue as each proposal has variations in subchapters of the agreement framework IBNA...