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Tsipras, Sisi in Cyprus for the 5th Trilateral Summit
An official visit will be made on Monday November 20 by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah elSisi According to a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Minister it is the first official visit of an Egyptian President to Cyprus Although the relations of the two countries were constructed based on the distant era of the NonAligned Movement as they were both members under the presidency of Archbishop Makarios and President Gamal Abdel Nasser it took several decades for an official visit to be arrangedAccording to IBNA sources the CyprusEgypt HighLevel Cooperation Summit will be focused on energy defence tourism health and agriculture issues During a special period for the wider Southeast Mediterranean region the developments in Syria Lebanon and Libya...
IBNA Interview/FYROM is at a crossroads, no time should be wasted
In an exclusive interview for IBNA Arsim Sinani head of the Center for International Relations and Balkan Studies in Tetovo talks about the latest developments in FYROM stressing that following the local government elections the government led by Zoran Zaev must focus on addressing sensitive issues for the country such as integration in EuroAtlantic structures the full implementation of the Ohrid Agreement and the strengthening of cross ethnic relations in the country especially between the two largest communities Macedonians and AlbaniansInterviewed by Naser PajazitiFYROM just held local elections and the challenges that it faces are many especially given the victory of Zaevs social democrats and VMRODPMNEs big defeat What are the expectationsThe elections were...
IBNA Interview/Challenges and problems of the Kosovar businesses
In an interview for IBNA news agency professor of Economy and Marketing Hamez Rama talks about the problems and challenges that Kosovo businesses face According to him businesses in Kosovo have difficulties in penetrating regional and international markets because they theres a lack of the implementation of standards for quality products Rama also talks about the most profitable sectors in the country and the strategy which must be implemented for the reduction of trade deficit in KosovoIBNA What are the problems and challenges that Kosovo businesses face in their efforts to penetrate international marketsI think that there are very few Kosovar businesses who have penetrated in foreign markets because their competitive ability is very low when it comes to the chemicalphy...
Joint statement of Albania-Croatia-Montenegro
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania Ditmir Bushati Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Marija Pejinovi Buri and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Sran Darmanovi met in Durrës Albania on 17 November 2017 for the second meeting of the Adriatic Trilateral Ministerial among Albania Croatia and MontenegroRecalling the Joint Declaration adopted at their first meeting in Split Croatia on 10 February 2017 Ministers reaffirmed the importance of this strategic platform of cooperation between the three countries as a valuable mechanism contributing to the security stability and prosperity of the South East EuropeAlbania and Croatia congratulated Montenegro for its recent accession to NATO In this respect Min...
PM Haradinaj meets with the EU head of diplomacy Mogherini
Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj has met today with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to talk to her about Kosovos European perspectiveAhead of the second meeting of the Stabilization and Association Council between Kosovo and the EU Haradinaj told Mogherini that his government has sped up the process of European agenda reforms and the criteria set out by SAAHe said that Kosovo is working hard to deliver the reforms that concern the rule of law economic development healthcare and education and that the country is aiming to become an EU member country at the end of 2018Haradinaj said that Kosovo is the only country in Europe where the visa regime still applies He said that Kosovo has delivered its obligation...
Academics issue messages of tolerance and cooperation between ethnic communities
Academics in FYROM say that the institutions of the country should be the one to initiate programs and projects which aim at strengthening relations between ethnic communities in the countryMember of the Macedonian Academy of Science and Art Vlado Kambovski says that institutions must focus on education and culture to prevent the language of hate and to enable communities to better know each otherEducational institutions must prepare programs which unite communities in order for them to better know each other in terms of ethnicity culture and religion says former head of the Academy of Science and Arts Vlado KambovskiAcademic Abdulmenaf Bexheti stresses the need to advance educational and cultural programs in order to enable communities to better know each other Acc...
In very good climate the meetings of the mayor of Thessaloniki in Skopje
By Nikos Fragopoulos of the daily Skopje NewsMeetings with the Prime Minister of fYROMacedonia Zoran Zayev the countrys President Gjorge Ivanov Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Mayor of Skopje Petre Silegov had yesterday in Skopje the mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis BoutarisAt the heart of the meetings were the opportunities for cooperation that open between Thessaloniki and SkopjeDuring his oneday visit the mayor of Thessaloniki met with the Prime Minister of fYROMacedonia Zoran ZaevAfter the meeting Boutaris suggested that the eight municipalities of the Thessaloniki city complex should cooperate with the municipalities of fYROMacedonia in order to develop cooperation in specific areas such as social policy and waste managementWe are not politicians and ...
ECA says Greek bailouts were largely unsuccessful
The European Court of Auditors has partly vindicated Greeces longstanding argument that the bailout programs imposed on the country in recent years have not been successful as the countrys ability to finance itself fully on the financial markets remains a challengeIn a report published onThursday which was picked up by local media it is suggested that the bailout programs were ineffective and only partly successful at best in terms of promoting sustainable growth and allowing Greece proper access to debt markets againAthens is set to conclude its latest bailout program the third in a row in August 2018 should discussions with international creditors progress as plannedThe programs promoted reform and avoided default by Greece but the countrys ability to f...
Alexis Tsipras in Gothenburg
The Greek premier Alexis Tsipras will take part in Fridays 17 November 2017 Social Summit in Gothenburg which will focus on promoting fair jobs and growth and will be hosted by President of the European Commission JeanClaude Juncker Swedens Prime Minister Stefan LfvenThe presence of the Prime Minister at the Gothenburg Social Summit is of particular importance as Alexis Tsipras was the first head of government in the EU to urgently address the issue of Europes social dimension the need for a special such session and the shift of policies from austerity to the benefit of social cohesion growth and employment A shift that is gradually reflected on a European level through alliances and change of associations including the Gothenburg Social Summit and the adoption of the So...
Parliament in Albania holds debates on the 2018 budget
Parliament of Albania has held debates on next years state budgetWhile presenting this budget in front of MPs PM Edi Rama said that this budget will help the Albanian economy to grow in a sustainable way According to him the budget has been drafted with responsibilityLet us see revenues from taxes and customs which have grown by 7 while those from social contributions have grown by 10 Real economic growth is expected to be from 39 to 4 Rama said Meanwhile the PM added that besides public investments public debt will also fund further reduction of the public debtBut the opposition leader Lulzim Basha has declared that next years budget doesnt promote any policies against poverty or any benefits for people in needThis budget has only one objective...