R. Weber: Germany and France are ready to assist in the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue
Germany, which took over the presidency of the EU Council on July 1, along with France, is ready to help in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, if necessary, said German Ambassador to Podgorica, Robert Weber. "The EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Regional Affairs in the Western Balkans, Miroslav Lajcak, has announced that the dialogue under the auspices of the EU will continue officially in July. We explicitly support the Special Representative in this regard, and together with France, we are ready to offer assistance, if necessary", Weber said in an interview with Pobjeda in Pontgorica. He also stressed that EU...
Romania: Economic Relaunch Plan nothing but an election program, main opposition argues
The official presentation of the Orban Government's National Investment and Economic Relaunch Plan, in the presence of the President of Romania, the PM, the political parties, foreign diplomats and businessmen, became viral across the media, with extensive reports and commentary. In his speech, President Klaus Iohannis stressed, among other things, that Romania deserved a European-level road network, a strong energy system, competitive industries and service sector, and all this could only be realized by accelerating major investment programs, in an effective and transparent way. He added that he had received assurances from the government that infrastructure projects would be completed in the coming years and that...
Slovenia: President Pahor on an official visit to Hungary
Hungary and Slovenia are both among the European Union member states with the lowest number of novel coronavirus cases and fatalities relative to their respective population sizes, Hungarian President János Áder said after talks with his Slovenian counterpart in Budapest on Thursday. The timely and effective measures introduced in the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic had a substantial impact in both countries, Áder told a press conference he held jointly with Borut Pahor at the Sándor Palace. “We discussed the economic impact of the epidemic in the two countries and the steps we intend to take on our own and as members of the...
Croatia: UNCTAD forecasts for tourism looking doomy
According to the latest report by UNCTAD, Croatia is among the countries the GDP of which might suffer the most from tourism losses. The tourism sector could lose at least $1.2 trillion on a global scale, or 1.5% of the global GDP, due to a standstill of nearly four months caused by the coronavirus pandemic, UNCTAD notes In the report, published on Wednesday, the UN body on trade and development addresses the economic fallout of the global COVID-19 pandemic, estimating losses in three scenarios, depending on the duration of the freeze in international tourism of four, eight and 12 months. The loss could rise to...
Montenegro: Adoption of Law on Life Partnership of Same-Sex Partners aggravates divisions within Parliament
On Thursday, the coalition "Together for LGBT Rights" congratulated the LGBTIQ community following the ratification of the Law on Life Partnership of Same-Sex Partners. "We welcome the decision of the Parliament of Montenegro to adopt the Bill. We thank all MPs who voted to allow persons identifying as sexual minorities to be able to live their life together with the person they love. We thank the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights which proposed this Law, and with the support and commitment of which, the legal recognition of same-sex communities has become a reality", the statement reads. It is added that the adoption of this...
Bulgaria: 24 MPs who refused to wear masks were fined 300 leva
Employees of the Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate (RHI) entered parliament to draw up fines for lawmakers who violated the mandate to use protective equipment in closed public places. During the last sessions of parliament, some lawmakers refused to wear face masks, one of the mandatory measures against the spread of COVID-19, while others wore them under their jaws. According to official figures, a total of 24 lawmakers will be fined, with a minimum fine of 300 leva. Of the parties, only the parliamentary group of the ruling GERB confirmed that six of its members had violated the law. "They signed the acts of confirmation, I...
Western Balkans: US and EU have common vision and goals for the Western Balkans
EU Special Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak and US Deputy Secretary of State Matthew Palmer, took part in a teleconference titled "Balkan Dialogues", organized by Concordia, the East-West Institute (EWI) and the Political Excellence Institute in Belgrade (BFPE). The two officials, one from the EU and one from the US, noted that both the European Union and the US are not rivals and have the same goals and vision for the Western Balkans region. Matthew Palmer stressed that the United States will remain committed to the region to achieve its ultimate goal, the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade. "We have common...
EU: Commission drafts negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia
Yesterday, the European Commission presented to the Council draft negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia, laying out the guidelines and principles for their accession talks. The Commission was invited to submit these proposals in March 2020 by the General Affairs Council when it took the decision to open negotiations with both countries. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi commented yesterday: “Today marks another important step on Albania's and North Macedonia's paths to the European Union. Delivering on our commitment, we outline concrete frameworks for the conduct of accession negotiations. Our proposals build on the revised enlargement methodology we put forward in February to...
Kosovo: Hoti on an official visit to Albania today
Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti will pay an official visit to Albania today. Hoti will be received by Prime Minister Edi Rama at 09:30 (local time) at the Palace of Brigadiers. Prime Minister Hoti will also meet with other senior officials of the Albanian state. Avdullah Hoti's visit to Tirana follows Albanian Prime Minister Rama's visit to Pristina. Rama visited Pristina following the indictment filed by the Special Prosecutor's Office in The Hague against the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, and the President of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli, for about 100 murders./ibna
Montenegro: Veljović knows who killed Duško Jovanović back in 2004, claims Danijela Pavićević
"Montenegrin Police Director Veselin Veljović said at the session of the Security and Defence Committee that he knew who was in the car from which the editor-in-chief of ‘Dan’ Duško Jovanović was shot in 2004", Jovanović's sister and MP of the Socialist People's Party in the Parliament of Montenegro, Danijela Pavićević, said today. According to her, this is why the opposition MPs requested a special session of the Security Committee, which should be attended by representatives of the prosecution. "You know that Veljović said earlier that the murder of Duško Jovanović was operatively solved, which means that the police know who did it, but there...