Montenegro: New border crossing with Albania opened
The Prime Minister of Montenegro Zdravko Krivokapić and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania Edi Rama opened a joint border crossing, Zatrijebačka Cijevna - Grabon between Montenegro and the Republic of Albania in the presence of Herman Špic, Chargé d'Affaires of the EU Delegation to Montenegro. This border crossing was built in 2017 with the support of the European Union within the IPA cross-border cooperation program Montenegro - Republic of Albania, with the aim of connecting Podgorica and Gusinje through the territory of the Republic of Albania. The construction works cost around 720,000 euros, of which the European Union provided almost half a...
BiH: Schmidt met two of three BiH Presidency members
High Representative Christian Schmidt paid a courtesy visit to the BiH Presidency opening a series of meetings with domestic institutions and political stakeholders. “I believe it is an appropriate start. My intention is to speak to all and to use my experience, strength, influence, and connections to ensure Bosnia and Herzegovina and its peoples have a prosperous future,” said the newly appointed High Representative to BiH. Schmidt met just two members of the BiH Presidency, Chairman and Croat representative Željko Komšić and Bosniak representative Šefik Džaferović. Third Presidency member, Serb representative Milorad Dodik, refused to meet Schmidt saying that he was not elected in accordance...
Greece is at the top of the countries with employees without vacations
Greece, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus are among the top five countries with the highest percentage of low-income families who can not afford even a week of vacations, according to a study by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) entitled " Low income leaves 35 million without holiday ». The study was released yesterday as part of a campaign to improve workers' incomes in the EU. summer". In particular, according to the ETUC study, which is based on Eurostat data, 28% of EU citizens can not afford a week off from home. This percentage increases to 59.5%, on average, among those with incomes below the poverty...
Croatia was criticized by HRW and several other NGOs
Croatia’s recently announced border monitoring mechanism, meant to provide for independent human rights monitoring of border operations, appears to fall short of the standards needed to ensure its effectiveness and success, eight human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said. In the joint press release, published on Human Rights Watch official web page was emphasized that any border monitoring mechanism should be independent in law and practice and has sufficient resources and a robust mandate to monitor border-related operations anywhere on the territory of a state. It should be capable of ensuring that all documented human rights violations are promptly and thoroughly investigated and of effectively...
Mazi: “EU integration – a long, complicated, difficult journey”
Negotiations of 35 chapters with the EU, with the European Commission, will be quite difficult, complicated and long. This is what the chief negotiator of Albania, Zef Mazi, said in an interview for JavaNews. Mazi emphasized that our country's journey to become part of the European family has started since 1992. But, as he says, every expectation has a limit. "Albania's request for the EU to approve as soon as possible, without hesitation, the negotiating framework for Albania and the date for the first Intergovernmental Conference is quite justifiable," said Mazi. "It seems that Albania started the road to the EU yesterday. This is not...
Slovenia: New flight connected Ljubljana and Madrid
Since Monday Ljubljana is connected with Spanish capital, Madrid, over the newly established flight connection operated by the Spanish air carrier Iberia. It will fly twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, until the end of August. Airport operator Fraport Slovenija would like to see the route become year-round as soon as possible. The first Iberia aircraft was welcomed at Ljubljana Airport on Monday with a short ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the establishment of the connection. Return fares to Madrid are to start at EUR 115. According to Janez Krašnja, head of airport services at Fraport Slovenija, Iberia's Airbus A320 brought just over 140 passengers...
Bulgaria: ITN Consultations on Forming Nikolov Government
The President of the Republic, Rumen Radev, ordered the formation of a government in "There Is Such a People". The representatives of the party when they entered the Presidential Palace were welcomed by protesters of the National Movement for Change of System (NMCS). Upon receiving the order, the representatives announced the proposal of ITN for Prime Minister of Bulgaria. This is Plamen Nikolov, 44, a doctor of Philosophy of Law, Politics and Economics who studied in Austria and the USA. Nikolov is a businessman with 15 years of experience. He has been the director of an American company for Europe, Asia and Africa and has...
BiH: Schmidt officially took the duty of High Representative
German diplomat Christian Schmidt officially took over the duty of the International community High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Monday, succeeding Valentin Inzko, who held this position for 12 years. The handover ceremony took place in the Office of the High Representative (OHR) building. Schmidt was elected the new High Representative on May 27 this year, with the opposition from Russia. His election provoked violent reactions, and a session of the UN Security Council was held with the aim of preventing his election and closing down the OHR. This decision, initiated by Russia and China, was rejected. But, the tensions caused by his appointment still...
Montenegro: Tonino Picula sent a strong message to politicians
The announced protests of the Democratic Front (DF) cannot contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions, which the European Union (EU) expects, said the permanent rapporteur of the European Parliament (EP) for Montenegro, Tonino Picula. "It would be a great pity if the political parties involved began to create the impression of inconsistency and incompetence, especially when Montenegro has come this far," Picula said in an interview with Vijesti daily. He said that the EU is aware of the great effort that Montenegro is investing in order to be considered a country that lives justice and fairness, prosperity and mutual respect. "I am of the...
Croatia: Tourist season goes over expectations
Croatia in July recorded 3.7 million arrivals and 25 million overnight stays, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported on Sunday. According to Ministry, arrivals are at the level of 80 per cent of those from the record 2019, and overnight stays are at the level of 81 per cent. According to the first data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter, out of a total of 25 million overnight stays, 21.6 million were realized by foreign tourists, while 3.3 million overnight stays were realized by domestic tourists. Thus, in July this year, there were...