Montenegro: Unemployment rate rises by 31.6%
In the period March-November this year, the number of unemployed in Montenegro increased by 11.2 thousand people or 31.6 percent, according to Svetlana Krgović, assistant director in the Employment Bureau’s (ZZZ) Sector for payment in the field of employment. Krgović assessed that the situation on the labor market is uncertain and the statistical data are not encouraging. According to the announcement of the Bureau, she said that the downward trend in the unemployment rate which had been recorded since December 2017, had been interrupted. "The growing global socio-economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic indicates the vulnerability of all systems, but also the importance of...
The two-day 11th meeting of the North Macedonia-Bulgaria Joint Committee begins today
The content of the history textbooks of North Macedonia for the medieval period and the early Ottoman period will be the topic of the 11th meeting of the Joint Committee of Historical and Educational Issues of North Macedonia-Bulgaria, which will take place today and tomorrow. At the previous meeting, recommendations for the Bulgarian textbooks for these periods had been reviewed and approved. The topic of the conversation will be the possible joint celebration of Goce Delchev and the meeting will take place online due to the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Commission informed the MIA agency. A day before the meeting, Commission Co-Chairs...
Balkans 02/12/2020: 2,131,848 recorded cases, 44,794 deaths
Worldwide on December 02 there were 64,742,493 recorded cases, 1,496,987 deaths and 44,863,619 recoveries. In the Balkan countries covered by the Independent Balkan News Agency IBNA there were 60,680 new cases and total 2,131,848 recorded cases, 853 new deaths and total 44,794 deaths and 1,216,931 recoveries./ibna Country Cases New Deaths New Recover 1st Case Turkey 700,880 +31,923 14,129 +193 414,141 09/03 Romania 484,550 +4,916 11,665 +135 371,231 25/02 Serbia 191,356 +7,919 1,704 +52 31,536 05/03 Bulgaria 148,775 +3,475 4,188 +153 53,000 06/03 Croatia 134,881 +3,539 1,916 +55 110,355 24/02 Greece 109,655 +2,185 2,606 +89 9,989 25/02 Bosnia Herzegovina 90,378 +1,293 2,773 +46 54,967 04/03 Slovenia 79,566 +2,431...
Kosovo: Hearing in Constitutional Court completed; Decision expected in upcoming days
Kosovo's Constitutional Court held a public hearing on Wednesday on the legitimacy of Kosovar MP Etem Arifi's dubious vote, that was proven decisive in the formation of a new government led by Avdullah Hoti. Arifi, an MP representing the Ashkali community, was convicted of fraud in 2018, however that did not stop him from attending a parliamentary session in June 2020 and voting in favor of the new government led by Avdullah Hoti of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). His vote was crucial to creating a 61-vote majority in a 120-seat parliament, electing Hoti as Kosovo's new prime minister. On June 11, the opposition...
Western Balkans: Borrell sends message on 25th Anniversary of Dayton Agreement
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said today that the EU would not be complete without the Western Balkans, but also warned that countries in the region could only move forward "united, with united heads and hearts in finding common ground ". In a televised address on the occasion of the debate in the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on the situation in the Western Balkans 25 years after Dayton, he said that the signing of the Dayton Agreement represents an important act for the whole of Europe, which, he stressed, marks the end of the war in the heart...
Turkey: Kalin meets with US Special Envoy for Syria
Turkish Presidency spokesman Ibrahim Kalin met in Ankara with US Special Envoy to Syria Joel Rayburn and his accompanying delegation. The Presidency announced that the meeting took place at the Beştepe Presidential Complex, where issues such as Idlib, the crisis in Syria, the political process, work on the Constitution, the fight against terrorism, the refugee issue and regional issues were discussed. The meeting assessed the current situation in Idlib, the aggression of the regime and its partisans, as well as Turkey's determination on the ground and at the table to maintain a state of non-conflict in the face of ceasefire violations. The meeting, meanwhile, underlined...
Slovenia: Government pulls the plug on STA News Agency
The Government Communication Office of Slovenia (UKOM) has informed the government that it is not able to implement the contract with the Slovenian Press Agency (Slovenska tiskovna agencija – STA) for 2020 and to conclude a contract for 2021. The STA has not received its monthly compensation for October from UKOM, which its leadership says threatens the agency's future work. UKOM informed the government at Monday's correspondence session that it would not be able to fully implement the 2020 contract on the performance of public service, concluded with the STA, and conclude the same annual contract for 2021. According to this information, STA director Bojan...
Bulgaria: National Pandemic Preparedness Plan approved
Bulgaria ratified the National Pandemic Preparedness Plan. This refers to a general strategem utilizing the recommendations of the World Health Organization for its preparation. This plan was established in the context of the state's fundamental program to address a specific pandemic, as Health Minister Professor Kostantin Angelov explained during the presentation of the plan at the briefing of the Council of Ministers, attended by members of the National Operational Group. This plan constitutes the basis upon which specific pandemic plans are prepared to address specific diseases. Such outlines will be developed in the event the country faces other pandemics, said the Minister of Health. It is useful...
OP/ED: The attitude of Bulgarian chauvinism in the Macedonian issue
By Nikos Kotzias * A serious complication has arisen in our region due to the chauvinistic stirring of the Macedonian issue by the radical nationalists of Bulgaria. They are either purely right-wing, like the incumbent Minister of Defense for some other Bulgarian politicians who want to support their election campaign and their personal strategies. "Surprisingly", some in Athens "admire" the far right in Sofia and demand that Greece follow in their footsteps and submit to their choices! For example, to support the Bulgarian demand that the occupation of then-southern Yugoslavia not be described as a "fascist occupation". The circles "admiring" the Bulgarian alt-right should let...
Cyprus: UN Secretary General Special Envoy Lute completes round of talks in Cyprus
The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades received on Monday night, at the Presidential Palace, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute. After the meeting, Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios stated that "the meeting that the President of the Republic had with the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General Jane Holl Lute has just ended. The President of the Republic informed Ms Lute about the readiness and determination of our side to participate in an informal Conference to be convened by the UN Secretary-General within the terms of his mandate, as set by the UN Security...