Montenegro: The Prime Minister initiates a dialogue within the parliamentary majority
After a rather stormy session of the Parliament of Montenegro on the dismissal of the Minister of Justice, Human and Minority Rights Vladimir Leposavić, at which the ruling majority even requested the dismissal of Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić, the passions calmed down a bit. Krivokapić left the session in anger, and the deputies asked for explanations of his last moves. Krivokapić said today that he would initiate a dialogue with all representatives of the parliamentary majority as soon as possible, adding that everyone must make maximum efforts to stabilize the political situation. "At this moment, it is our most sacred duty and obligation before you,...
BiH: DiCaprio urged F BiH authorities to ban small HPPs
Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio urged Federation BiH authorities on Thursday to adopt the Law on Electricity, which would permanently ban the construction of hydro plants. The letter was sent to Federation BiH Government and Parliament as well as to environmental activist Maida Bilal who won the Goldman Environment Award for preventing the construction of small hydroelectric dams. “I congratulate the brave women of Kruščica and Ms Bilal from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on winning the prestigious Goldman Environmental Award for tirelessly fighting to save their river from small hydropower plants, facing armed police attack, intimidation and legal threats. This big victory comes as a result...
Croatia: Nine companies in the battle for 5G mobile networks
Croatia's telecommunications regulator HAKOM said on Thursday it has received nine bids in a public auction for the allocation of frequency licences for 5G mobile networks. “HAKOM has received overall nine applications for participation in the public bidding procedure for allocation of the rights to use the radio-frequency spectrum in the frequency bands of 700 MHz, 3600 MHz and 26 GHz,” the regulator said in a statement on its website. At a national level, the bidders for the frequency bands of 700 Mhz and 3600 MHz are the country's three mobile operators A1, Hrvatski Telekom and Telemach, while for the 26 GHz frequency band, along...
Slovenia: Forecast of the Central Bank more optimistic than before
The central bank of Slovenia has markedly upgraded its economic growth forecast for the country since December and is now projecting the economy to expand by 5.2% this year, up 2.1 percentage points, followed by a 4.8% growth in 2022, up from the 4.5% forecast in December. Banka Slovenije thus expects GDP to return to the pre-crisis level at the beginning of next year. Further, afield, the central bank has kept its projections unchanged, which means it still expects GDP growth to ease to 3.1% in 2023. Presenting the latest outlook at a press conference in Ljubljana on Wednesday, Vice-Governor Jožef Bradeško noted the persistently...
The first two parties in the last elections share the chances of victory
ITN (There Is Such a People) party and the coalition GERB-SDS are neck and neck for the upcoming snap elections for parliament on 11 July, a Gallup International Balkan survey, commissioned by the Bulgarian National Radio shows. If the elections were now, each of the two parties would receive 21% of the votes. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) comes third with 15.9%, followed, in fourth position by Democratic Bulgaria with 12.1%, and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) in fifth position with 11.9%. Stand Up! Thugs Out! get 5.5% of the votes. The remaining claimants are below the 4% threshold and are not going...
The strengthening of cooperation in various fields was discussed by Xhaçka Cavusoglu
The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Olta Xhaçka, who is in Antalya, was received in a meeting by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavushoglu. Minister Xhaçka praised the intensification of the dialogue between the two countries, while underlining the need for coordination of cooperation to concretize in a real action plan the Declaration of Strategic Partnership. The interlocutors agreed on the need for a concrete focus on increasing economic cooperation, especially in the fields of infrastructure, technology, higher education, tourism and culture. They also expressed their commitment to increase cooperation in regional and international forums and organizations. Chief Diplomat Xhaçka is...
BiH: International community representatives visited Žepče municipality
On the occasion of the unveiling of the recently refurbished memorial to the Žepče civilian victims of war, the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) organized a one-day ambassadorial visit to Žepče on Wednesday, 16 June 2021. The event was organized jointly with the Embassy of Sweden in BiH, representing the OSCE 2021 Chairpersonship, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Municipality of Žepče. Kathleen Kavalec, Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH, said: “This municipality has come a long way in terms of building good relations among all citizens. Co-operation and compromise are today the hallmark of local...
Montenegro: Government debt reduced to 88.37% of GDP
The total state debt of Montenegro, without deposits, at the end of March, amounted to almost 4.1 billion EUR or 88.37 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), according to data from the Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare. "During the first quarter, there was a decrease in government debt compared to the fourth quarter of last year, about 233.4 million EUR, primarily due to the repayment of debt on Eurobonds issued in 2016 in the amount of 227.45 million EUR," said from Ministries. Total government debt with deposits amounted to EUR 3.57 billion or 77 per cent of GDP. "External debt amounted to EUR...
Croatia: My right to breathe, to sneeze, to walk, to move – that is my human freedom, says Milanović
The President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović participated in a forum entitled “Human Rights in the Coronavirus Crisis” held at the Faculty of Law of Zagreb. He stated that intruding on the intimate area of human freedoms required a decision of Parliament, which he would have let it have, had he been the Prime Minister during the crisis. He added that in this crisis and “plague” we are not talking about human rights but about fundamental civil liberties. “My right to breathe, to sneeze, to walk, to move – that is my human freedom. In order to venture into that deep intimate area,...
In April 2021, about 2,200 people were employed for the first time
Compared to March 2021, in April 2021 the number of persons in employment increased to just over 893,300. In April 2021, about 17,200 persons in employment were new employees. According to data published by the Slovenian Statistic Agency, in April 2021, compared to March 2021, the number of persons in employment increased by about 2,300 or by 0.3% (to just over 893,300), and compared to April 2020 by 0.9%. Compared to March 2021, in April 2021 the number of persons in paid employment and self-employed persons increased (the former by 0.3% to about 798,300, the latter by 0.2% to about 95,100). Compared to April 2020,...