Political turmoil in Greece in view of the vote on the amendments in fYROMacedonia
Zoran Zayevs recent references to a Macedonian language and Macedons have raised strong reservations to MPs of The River who had expressed a positive disposition towards the agreement from the beginning On the part of main opposition party New Democracy there is talk of a vindication to the criticism that the Prespes Agreement leaves room for irredentist references while Alexis Tsipras coalition partner and Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos speaks of a dead agreementThe essence of the Agreement remains unchanged the government reiteratesOn the part of the government however the optimism remains that the majority in the Greek Parliament will be secured An optimism stemming from the fact that fYROMacedonia will provide guarantees for the observance of wh...
What did Goldman Sachs learn about Greek banks?
The chance to talk with the executives of the four Greek systemic banks had Goldman Sachs analysts at the Greek Coference they organized last FridayThe dominant issue this month is of course the plan f the Bank of Greece for a drastic reduction in red loans over a threeyear horizon All four banks reported that the plan is at an early stage while some have pointed out that the SSM has reservations about the size of the Special Purpose Vehicle 40 billion In addition there were some concerns that the transfer of deferred tax claims could be considered as state aidAs regards each banks individual plans Eurobank highlighted the merger agreement with Grivalia expected to be completed in April 2019 as well as the proposal to accelerate its step towards getting rid of red lo...
Albania swept by protests
Its been several days now that Albania has been swept by a wave of protests which have continued even todayThe most important one is the students protest Students have addressed a list of demands to key institutions in the country and they seem determined to have them deliveredFor days nowstudents are protesting in front of the ministry of Education The protest has been peaceful while students have also invited citizens and other students to join their protestMeanwhileprotests have taken place in other cities too In Shkoder protests arebeing held against the rise of fuel prices economic hardship and other problemsMeanwhile the Prime Minister of the country Edi Rama has reacted about this situation saying that dialogue is necessaryIts impossible to ...
EU makes grants available for civil society development in BiH
Within the framework of EUs support to the development of civil society in Bosnia and Herzegovina nine civil society organisations were awarded grants worth EUR 4 millionThe Delegation of European Union to BiH announced that the awarded projects will operate within various sectors anti corruption social inclusion and social entrepreneurship youth education media health and environmentThe first meeting with all the grantees and their partners involving some 18 civil society organisations recently was held at the EU Office to BiH aiming to encourage the grantees to establish successful cooperation and together contribute to sustainability of the projects The projects were awarded within the EU Civil Society Facility and Media Programme in BiH 20162017 aiming at support...
Ruçi-Xhaferi: Full support for the Prespes agreement
Albanias parliamentary speaker Gramoz Ruçi is in Skopje today where he met with the countrys parliamentary speaker Talat Xhaferi In this meeting Ruçi praised the agreement reached in Prespes and the efforts being made about the change of the countrys name and countrys accession in the NATO and EUWe praised the efforts that were made to achieve the Prespes agreement and all the other efforts being made to enable the country to become and EU and NATO member I assured the parliamentary speaker on the support that Albania offers about the integration of Macedonia in the NATO We also agreed that we should intensify our cooperation in terms of parliamentary activities Ruçi saidOn his part FYROMs parliamentary speaker Talat Xhaferi said that he has briefed his counterpar...
FYROM: Constitutional amendments to be voted on January 15
The debate on the constitutional amendments arising from the Prespa Agreement will begin on December 17 the plenary session will be scheduled by January 9 at the earliest and the vote will take place on January 15 said Parliament Speaker Talat XhaferiThe last couple of debates hosted by the Government are taking place in Stip and Tetovo today The Government is then obliged to file a report to the Parliament regarding the public debates as well as the draftamendments to be discussed in the final stage of the constitutional revision According to the Rules of Procedure the committee debate will begin on December 17 during which MPs can put forward amendments to the already endorsed constitutional amendments According to my estimates the plenary session will be scheduled n Janu...
Expansion of Turkish Stream to Serbia
In March 2019 begins on the territory of Serbia the construction of the gas pipeline that will connect with the Turkish stream pipeline Serbias Public Gas Corporation SrbijaGas Director Dushan Bajatovic said work on the construction of the pipeline from the Bulgarian to the Hungarian border will begin in the first half of March in 2019 and will be completed by 2020The section of the pipeline across Serbia will be 403 kilometers long and will cost about 18 billion euros Its funding will be secured by private funds and this is the reason why within this month a call for expressions of interest will be announced by companies wishing to exploit the pipeline for 20 years Dushan Bajatovic said in an interview with a private television channel He also said that in an informal proc...
Vucic “ready to call early election” following protests
President Aleksandar Vucic has according to an account said that he would be ready to call early general elections immediately after local voting in the municipality of Lucani on December 16 According to todays issue of Blic daily Vucic had a meeting with other officials of his Serbian Progressive Party SNSVucic allegedly ordered all party cells to prepare themselves for possible elections The majority of SNS high officials supported the idea the final decision is to be made next week Blic unofficially learned The speculation appeared after opposition protest was held in Belgrade on Saturday this was the largest opposition rally in a yearMore than 10000 people marched reacting on recent beating of Borko Stefanovic leader of Serbian Left and two more activists Offi...
France enters dynamically in the "game" in the Eastern Mediterranean
Frances interest in participating in the forthcoming trilateral Greece Cyprus Egypt and not only was confirmed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades speaking at the 6th Energy Symposium of Cyprus on Cyprus Ahead of the big decisions on energy organized by the SEE Energy Institute while expressing his optimism about the US participation in the tripartite Greece Cyprus Israel cooperationThe United States is expected soon to show interest in participating in the tripartite cooperation between Greece and Cyprus Israel Anastasiades said pointing out that the cooperation mechanisms between the Eastern Mediterranean countries proved to be very successful bringing significant benefits to the cooperative States which has resulted in a great de...
Ambassadors raise the alarm about the high level of corruption in Kosovo
Week Against Corruption 2018 has started today in Kosovo An activityhosted on the occasion of this week has seen the participation of the Quint ambassadors who conveyed encouraging messages for the fight against corruption in the countryEU ambassador to Kosovo Nataliya Apostolova said that corruption is ruining Kosovos image She said that a bill package has been approved in order to boost the fight against corruption however these laws should be implementedWe have demanded from the authorities in Kosovo to take firm action against corruption and there are laws which enable this she saidThe new US ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett said that Kosovo has voted nine bills into laws but according to him government officials continue to accept bribes they interfere...