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BiH Parliament House of Representatives adopted the Excise laws
Just one vote in favour of the controversial Excise Law amendments was enough to makeMPs in the BiH Parliament House of Representatives adopt this longawaited set of laws which according to supporters are preconditions for new investments faster development of the highways network in the state and a better social situation in the countryThe set of laws on this matter are also the preconditions for the new IMF loan tranche that will ensure the loan of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD for faster development of the economy in BiH Earlier the law got throughthe voting in the House of People in BiHs ParliamentUnlikethe earlier law proposal which envisagedthe increase of the price of all kinds of fuel the adopted version provides the tax on biof...
Merkel-Juncker support Greece and Bulgaria over the refugee crisis
A quadrilateralmeeting was held on the sidelinesof the EU Summit between Commission President JeanClaude Juncker German Chancellor Angela Merkel Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko BorissovThe debate focused on the refugee issue as Donald Tusks proposal for changes to the EU refugee policy has sparked a variety of reactions as it overturns the hitherto agreed response to the refugee crisisAccording to information Alexis Tsipras has called for support and closer cooperation so as to better implement the EUTurkey Agreement The Greek Prime Minister also informed his colleagues about the visit of the Turkish President to Athens According to IBNAs exclusive information he conveyed Recep Tayyip Erdogans concerns about the EuroTurkish Agre...
Greece accelerates... the absorption of investments
Greece is moving at an accelerated pace absorbing investments as is now evident from many sources of official data According to the data of the Commission Greece is in the second position of absorbing funds from the Juncker package As reflected in them in December the top five countries in a series of GDPrelated investments are Estonia Greece Bulgaria Portugal and SpainInvestments of up to 20 billion euros within the next three yearsApparentlyGreece is one of the first countries to benefit from the Juncker Plan having so far contracted close to 4 billion euros in important infrastructure but also in the financing of small and mediumsized enterprises which was achievedin close cooperation with the European Investment Bank Besides in the years 2016 and 2017 pro...
FYROM and Albania hold a joint government meeting
Governments of Albania and FYROM have held a joint meeting today in the southeastern town of PogradecThe meeting was opened by the Prime Minister of Albania who said that our two nations are determined to contribute for a region which is connected in every aspectWe have revived contacts and relations Besides the numerous visits and the bilateral meetings that have been held from the Summit of Trieste the meeting in Durres with the prime ministers of Western Balkans and recently the one in Sofia we have pledged our determination to contribute into building a region which is connected in the economic and infrastructural aspect without barriers in the circulation of capital people and ideas he saidMeanwhile Rama said that this meeting may be considered as a key momen...
Cyprus' Defence Minister discuss regional cooperation with Greek counterpart
Cypriot and Greek Defence ministers Christoforos Fokaides and Panos Kammenos held a meeting today at the Ministry of Defence in Nicosia where issues of bilateral and European interest were discussed as well as initiatives undertaken jointly at the regional levelAmong other things they made a positive assessment of developments in the context of the PESCO operation as it has been shaped in particular as regards the need to ensure consensus on third country participation in individual programmesThe adoption of programmes of particular national interest for Cyprus and Greece such as maritime surveillance cyberthreat the creation of a network of business support nodes and crisis management is a positive step Greece and Cyprus coordinate to exploit opportunities created at b...
Albanian President: Judicial reform should not be politicized
Political parties must take concrete action about the reformation of the judicial reform and they must not politicize this processSuch appeal was addressed by the President of Republic Ilir Meta to all political parties in AlbaniaI call on political forces Parliament civil society and the main players of the judiciary to take concrete action based on the Constitution of the country and the precious advice offered by the Venice Commission in order to take serious steps so that the reform becomes real tangible and effective as soon as possible he saidMeanwhile Meta also said that this reform must not be politicizedAny further delays damages public interest the functioning of courts the reform and above all the expectations of Albanian citizens President Met...
Kosovo will apply for Council of Europe membership
This month or in January Kosovo is planning to apply for accession in the Council of Europe This was declared by the deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Enver HoxhajHoxhaj said that Kosovos priority is for the Council of Europe to be chaired by countries who have recognized Kosovo as a stateHe added that accession in this council could happen in two years time and that Kosovo may have benefits from this processThe Council of Europe is one of the most important organizations in Europe after the EU Kosovo is the only country in the region which is not a member of it We are not part of the Bologna process although in the past 17 years we have made reforms If we apply we automatically become part of the Bologna process Enver Hoxhaj saidKosovo has been recognized as...
Pollution in Skopje, US and Russian embassies engage in a debate
Citizens of Skopje have woken up today in a city covered by pollutionA day ago Skopje resulted more polluted than Culcutta India Dhaka Bangladesh and many other world known metropolisTodays measurements indicated a level of pollution of 376 micrograms of carcinogenic particles per cubic meter ranking the capital of FYROM as the most polluted city in the world Meanwhile the situation has also been deteriorated by the fog which is causing difficulties in transport The majority of flights departing from the Skopje Airport have been suspendedSolution and political clashesThe mayor of Skopje Petre Silegov declared that the operation to clean the city of Skopje is part of the measures against the alarming figures of pollution in Skopje He also underlined that auth...
IBNA Op-Ed/Air pollution in Skopje?
By Peter VanhoutteFighting air pollution A few weeks ago I published the article belowyes discussion of measures such as I proposed is urgent and even more action is needed First step traffic restrictions do keep vehicles out of the citywith the exception of public transport and provide parking spaces with good public transport connection to the city In addition just promote the use of bicycles and walking If there is less pollution this will certainly be healthy And maybe the discussion could start this time in parliament nowand politicians could start giving the good example So lets add one golden ruleGolden Rule 11 Time for every citizen to stop complaining and become an activist You and you alone can stop the pollution Stop complaining about...
FYROM's Foreign Minister Dimitrov holds a reception for foreign ambassadors
Accession in the European Union remains one of the key priorities of the foreign policy of the country This was said last night by FYROMs Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov in his address during the traditional end of the year holidays with foreign ambassadors accredited in the countryDuring this event minister Dimitrov has recalled the highlights of the year and the main objections which need to be met next yearI sincerely hope that our political will and drive for reforms along with the support that we have from our partners and friends will grant us an unconditional recommendation for the launch of talks with the EU in the spring of next year This is in the best interest of the citizens and the countries of the region declared the head of the diplomacy Dimitrov balk...