Cyprus, Egypt have made the first step towards the realisation of the EastMed pipeline
The Eastern Mediterranean EastMed natural gas pipeline is now underway as yesterday the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Cyprus Georgios Lakkotrypis and the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Egypt Tarek ElMolla signed the second and last interstate agreement which essentially opens the way for the construction of this pipelineThe Head of Unit International Relations amp Enlargement European Commission DirectorateGeneral for Energy AnneCharlotte Bournoville expressed the ECs full support to Nicosia and its energy plansthus highlighting the geostrategic role of Cyprus In particular in her address AnneCharlotte Bournoville said the European Commission is consideringthe EastMedpipeline as an important task for the EUs energy security underlin...
If the referendum turns out to be successful, VMRO-DPMNE will vote the constitutional amendments, says Mickoski
If the referendum turns out to be successful and the majority of people vote in favour of the new name then VMRODPMNE will respect it This was declared by the leader of this party Hristijan Mickoski in a televised political debateIf the majority of people vote in favour of the name then the situation is clear said Mickoski during the TV debateAccording to him if such thing happens he will invite his partys MPs to back the constitutional amendments which need to be voted by two thirds of MPs in order for them to be ratifiedMickoski also said that VMRODPMNE is in favour of the countrys integration in the NATO and EU but against the Prespa Agreement reached in June between Athens and Skopje designed to put an end to a contest which lasted several years concern...
Greece’s junior coalition partner in turmoil over fYROMacedonia name-change deal
The resolution of Greeces dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia fYROMacedonia over the latters name is threating to destabilize the SYRIZA Independent Greeks ANEL coalition governmentIndependent Greeks party MPs put out conflicting messages this week over the partys stance on the FYROM namechange agreementIndependent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos demanded on Monday that the agreement is scrapped while also promising to do his utmost so that it doesnt arrive in Parliament Kammenos also made clear that his party would resign before the agreement is tabled in Parliament for ratificationOn Tuesday however ANEL MPs Thanassis Papachristopoulos and Costas Zouraris openly disagreed with the leaders intention to quit the coalition govern...
OP-ED/Kosovo’s borders concern every Albanian
Its been several months now that a debate has been going on whether to change borders between Kosovo and Serbia The declarations of four important politicians have taken this debate to a delicate point Thaçi Vucic Bolton and Merkel almost agree with the idea of border changes on condition that this does not spark tension An analysis and a different perspective of the issue of the bordersBy Roland QafokuBorder correction border changes or land swaps the situation has become real As president of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi is holding negotiations and talks Sometimes he uses particular terms and later on he denies them by replacing them with other terms Everything is revolving around this and everyone is anxiously waiting to see when border changes will take place The whole pic...
US State Department recognizes Albania's efforts in the fight against terrorism
Albania was a strong supporter of the efforts against terrorism and continued to offer its contribution in the Global Alliance in the War against ISIS This is stated in the US State Department annual report on terrorism in the world during 2017 According to the report Albania is constantly engaged in countering terrorist acts financing of terrorism and transaction with persons who are on the UN sanction lists or the recruitment and training of people engaged in terrorist attacksDuring 2017 police in Albania mounted their efforts to counter potential terrorist threats the report also says Meanwhile the report also states that corruption and obstacles in exchanging information between government agencies insufficient coordination between agencies and a weak judicial system...
Kosovo is fighting terrorism, US State Department report says
In its latest report on terrorism the US State Department has also analyzed the situation in Kosovo According to the US State Department in 2017 Kosovo continued to counter the growing threat posed by terrorism The report also reveals the number of Kosovars who travelled to conflict areas to become part of terrorist organizations Around 403 Kosovar citizens travelled to Syria and Iraq with the aim of joining ISIS or AlNusrah front while 74 of them have died Around 133 of these people have returned while 196 have remained in these countries in conflict This number also includes 40 children born to Kosovar parents in the conflict areas the report says According to him Kosovos authorities tried 51 suspects and 29 cases which included imams who have been arrested since 2014 ...
Tsakalotos raised the issue of pensions cuts to Scholz
The issue of the abolition of the pension cuts measure raised to his German counterpart Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos calling for the dialogue to be concluded as soon as possible not only for the 2019 fiscal space but until 2022Mr Tsakalotos defended the governments position arguing that the surpluses would exceed 35 in 2019 but in the next three years as well to convince Scholz and Moscovici with whom he met today on the sidelines of the ministerial network meeting Of Economic Affairs of the European Socialist Party PES Ecofin Ministerial NetworkDuring the meeting he expressed the view of the Greek government that based on the latest data there is a budgetary space beyond the target of 35 both for the year 2019 as well as for the following years th...
Germany reiterates its support for the integration of Albania
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati received Germanys Foreign minister Heiko Maas who arrived in an official visit to TiranaMinister Maas visit coincides with the 31st anniversary of the signature of the Economic Cooperation for Development Protocol between the two countriesMinister Bushati praised the excellent relations that exist between Germany and Albania and thanked the German minister for the great support offered by the German government in the difficult process of the implementation of reforms for more democracy rule of law and good governanceOn his part the German minister praised the efforts made by the Albanian government for the reforms about the countrys European integration stressing that Germanywill continue tooffer its support fo...
Kosovo: Opposition returns to parliament demanding fresh elections
Parliament of Kosovo has decided to hold an extraordinary session on Thursday upon the request of the opposition and two independent MPs During this session MPs are expected to vote several international agreements through which Kosovo benefits millions of EurosParliamentary speaker Kadri Veseli has considered the return of the opposition in parliament as very good newsI hope that we will soon convene and vote a joint resolution for national consensus and to appoint a team which will represent Kosovo in the final phase of dialogue with Serbia Veseli saidMeanwhile LDKs whip Avdullah Hoti whose party is in opposition has demanded fresh electionsTheres no other solution except for fresh elections This governing coalition can no longer produce any changes The...
Constitutional Court in FYROM dismisses the motion for the annulment of the referendum
Constitutional Court in FYROM has dismissed today the motion filed by the Left Party and Macedonian World Congress for the annulment of the referendum on the nameWith 7 votes in favour and 2 votes against judges deemed the decision to hold the referendum as constitutional Judge Osman Kadriu said that the decision to hold the referendum is legitimate because it has been voted by a majority of MPsBut those judges which requested the annulment of the referendum said that the question that voters are asked and the form of the referendum are unconstitutional Judge Elena Goseva said that the Prespa Agreement is not valid because Foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov did not have legal powers to sign it ibna...