Ratification of the Prespes Agreement to be completed next weeks in Athens
The final stretch enters the completion of the process for the Prespes Agreement since according to the latest information its ratification by the Greek Parliament will be completed by next FridayOn Friday morning SYRIZAs Political Secretariat convened for the vote of confidence developments around the Prespes Agreement and the Roadmap for its ratification under Prime Minister and Partypresident Alexis Tsipras On the sidelines of the meeting a highranking party official told journalists that the parliamentary procedures are starting on MondayOn this basis the Foreign and Defence Committee will meet on Monday morning which will send its proposal to the plenary session to be held shortly thereafter They underline from the Greek Government that the necessary time will be...
Discussion has began for Commission's 2nd post-memorandum evaluation
The commercial value of the property will ultimately be the basis of calculation for the protection of the primary residence in the successor scheme of the KatseliStathakis law which is expected to be implemented from March 1 The above was mentioned by a government source which participated in yesterdays meeting in the Ministry of Finance in view of the arrival of the institutions next week in AthensIt is noteworthy that the same source has clarified that a new extension to the Katseli law beyond February 28 will not be needed expressing optimism that the solution will have been found by then He also added that in the agenda of the discussions of the technical echelons that continued yesterday were technical details and mentioned that there is still a distance with regard to ...
Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities expect a new wave of migrants this spring
Bosnia and Herzegovina UnaSana Canton authorities warned that the state must prepare for a new wave of migrants early this spring when weather conditions allow them to continue their journey to West European countriesOfficially more than 24 000 migrants from Middle East countries entered BiH in last year This figure concerns only those migrants who were registered by official organizations and institutions but the real number is still unknown According to official information issued by International Organization for Migrations IOM more than 3 000 immigrants are still in the UnaSana Canton at the far West of BiH at the border with Croatia In some cases they try to cross the border over the mountains but these attempts usually end with the engagement of the Mountain Rescue ...
Serbia: Moscow ready to invest an additional USD 1.4 bn to the TurkStream project
Moscow appears ready to support the construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline with additional funds of USD 14 billion in order to include SerbiaRussias President Vladimir Putin has made known that the Russian company Gazpromneft which he said is Russias leading investor in the energy sector in Serbia with a USD 3 billion investment plans to invest USD 14 billion by 2025We are working on the project I would say that we are actually starting it but ultimately everything will depend on the other countries and EU countries on how much they will be able to defend their sovereign national interests in the dialogue they are conducting with the European institutions the Russian president notedTurkey according to the Russian president is in favor of the prospect of e...
President Meta decrees Rama’s nomination as Foreign minister
The president of Albania Ilir Meta has decreed today the nomination of Edi Rama as minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs the presidents office informed Meanwhile the president has also signed the decree for the dismissal of Ditmir Bushati as Foreign ministerThe nomination of the Prime Minister as minister is a special case which is neither foreseen nor forbidden by the Constitution of Albania The President of Republic assessed this proposal in the spirit of Constitution and Constitutional Court case laws by making a wise and initial interpretation of constitutional provisions the statement issued by the presidents office reads Meanwhile the statement also says that in assessing this proposal the President of Republic has taken into account the importance of avoiding ...
Russia is heading toward the recognition of Kosovo’s independence, says parliamentary speaker Veseli
Kosovos parliamentary speaker Kadri Veseli has declared today that Russia is heading toward the recognition of the independence of Kosovo According to him Putin has told the same to Thaci and VucicYou can consider it as a positive thing Were on the side of the western powers and our neighbours in the north want to have good relations with them After meeting Thaci and Vucic Putin has told them the same thing which means that Russia is heading toward the recognition of Kosovos independence Were truly hoping that Kosovo becomes a UN member this yearThe Russian president Vladimir Putin was in Belgrade on Thursday where he was received with a state ceremony ibna...
Skopje: Debates are taking place on the idea for early elections
The chairman of VMRODPMNE party in North Macedonia Hristijan Mickoski insists on the holding of early general elections which according to him should be held alongside presidential elections because this way citizens would be able to choose between two options for the countrys name Republic of North Macedonia and Republic of MacedoniaParliament should be dissolved and early general elections should be declared and should be held along with presidential elections Citizens should be the ones to decide whether they prefer North Macedonia or Republic of Macedonia Mickoski saidPrime Minister and social democrat leader Zoran Zaev declared that its true that the opposition is demanding early elections but according to him the opposition doesnt really want them...
Opinion/The challenges that Edi Rama’s new government faces
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper andwwwalbanianfreepressalBy Roland QafokuFor most people they are not only new to the public but also unknown to the Socialist Party itself They have never enjoyed a high profile and they have never been involved in party politics They are the new cabinet ministers that PM Edi Rama has chosen to work with The challenges that the seven ministers face are greater than any comment that can be made about them The syndrome of the second term in office that has affected the ruling Socialist Party the local government elections and crucial decision expected to be taken in June for the launch of EU accession talks make these some of the biggest challenges that this cabinet has ever faced The way this cabinet will t...
Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Putin invited, but no date set
Both Bulgarias President and Prime Minister have invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the country but no date has been set Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said in a television interview on January 18Commenting on Putins visit to Serbia Zaharieva said that Bulgaria was making every effort so that the second pipeline of Turkish Stream would pass through BulgariaI think there is a very good chance this will happen President Putin once again said in Serbia that there is an opportunity for it to happen she saidOn the topic of Brexit Zaharieva said that in the May 2019 European Parliament elections the number of polling stations for Bulgarians in the UK would be smaller than it had been so far if there was a nodeal BrexitNothing else should c...
Opposition leader in Albania announces a new wave of protests
The opposition will lead popular protests to end what it considers to be a political crisis in the country This was reconfirmed yesterday by leader of the Democratic Party in Albania Lulzim Basha during the meeting with the Dutch Foreign Ministerand his statementsfor news reporters According to the opposition leader Basha although this agenda will be decided by the National Assembly of the Democratic Party on Saturday one thing is certain the wave of protests will start and will continue until PM Rama is removed from officeBasha said that this government a symbol of corruption and ties with the underworld does not have the will to deliver the necessary criteria for the launch of EU accession talks In the meeting held with the Dutch Foreign minister Basha confirmed the oppo...