Staikouras, Tsakalotos row on taxation
The row between Staikouras and Tsakalotos sealed today’s discussion of the tax bill in the House Finance Committee. “We take responsibility for our choices. We have no delusions or illusions like the previous government did", Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said, with ex-minister Euclid Tsakalotos responding: "We thank the government that has now come to our calculations and put another 200 million euros to ENFIA. This means that any failure next year will be ND’s”. Staikouras assured, however, that fruitful proposals submitted by the parties will be examined and incorporated, while he added: "Since June, after the outcome of the European elections, we have been restoring...
In view of the common challenges the statements Anastasiades-Mitsotakis
From the Turkish provocations to the Cypriot agenda The President of the Republic Of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who made his first official visit to Cyprus after his election, underlined the very close relations between Cyprus and Greece and their strong support for meeting common challenges. In his statements to the media, at the Presidential Palace, following the consultations of the two countries' delegations, the President of the Republic said that "I would like to express once again the warm congratulations of both myself and the Cypriot people for your election as Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic,...
IBNA Interview/A deal with Belgrade must act as a starting point for mutual recognition
In an exclusive interview for IBNA Eminent Kosovar professor and historian, Jusuf Buxhovi talks about the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia and the role of political parties in Kosovo. In this interview, Buxhovi says that a deal with Belgrade must act as a starting point for mutual recognition. He is against the ideas of partition which could threaten the sovereignty of the Republic of Kosovo and open the Pandora Box for the Balkan region. When he talks about political parties, he says that their decriminalization can only be achieved through the Special Court IBNA: Do you think Albanians and Serbs will reconcile in...
“Dodik completely under Vucic’s control”, says Serbian parliamentarian
The governments of both Serbia and Bosnian entity Republic of Srpska (RS) have not given up from idea that “all Serbs should live in one state”, the 1990s mantra which has caused, among other things, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, according to Democratic Party (DS) member of Serbian parliament Balsa Bozovic. In an interview for Radio Free Europe (RFE), Bozovic said that RS leadership rules by “high-handedness”. “In Belgrade, the situation is somewhat more favorable because Belgrade is under tight scrutiny of the European Commission (EC), he claimed, recalling EC’s recent negative report on Serbia with regard to human rights and rule of law...
Discussion about a media self-regulatory body in Montenegro
Forming of a single self-regulatory body in Montenegro is absolutely possible, said Secretary General of the Media Self-Regulatory Council (MSS) Ranko Vujović, adding that whether this is the right moment for that it is another question altogether. According to Vujović, in order to implement the Journalists’ Code of Ethics evenly and in a cohesive manner interpret certain borderline situations in media, the existence of a single self-regulatory body in Montenegro is of utmost importance. “Without a single body it is not possible to fully develop professional standards in the media, or develop ethics in media”, Vujović told to Mina Agency. He explained that a single...
NATO membership still a point of dispute among BiH politicians
Nine months after the elections, Bosnia and Herzegovina still have no executive power established. The Council of Ministers, a kind of the state Government, still works with the old composition, with a discussion about new composition is still far from reality and new conditions are emerging almost every day. During the turbulent post-war history, BiH had longer periods in a similar situation but never in bigger uncertainty. During the period when Serb member of the BiH Presidency, Milorad Dodik, was Chairman, the candidate for the new Council of Ministers Chairman was his associate and high official of the Alliance of the Independent Social Democrats, Zoran...
It’s final: Turkish Stream to pass through Bulgaria on its way to the Balkans
Gazprom chose Bulgaria over Greece as a development field and crossing point towards the Balkans and SE Europe for the second round of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, according to a statement by Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak. "The second branch of Turkish Stream will run through the territory of Bulgaria, Hungary and Serbia", the Russian official said, pointing out that the first branch of the Turkish Stream pipeline will be operational from 1 January 2020. The first branch of the Turkish Stream pipeline will supply the Turkish domestic market with gas, while the second one the SEE countries, transporting 15.75 billion cubic meters of...
Kosovo’s PM asks for his resignation to be interpreted
Kosovo’s outgoing Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj has filed today a motion asking the Constitutional Court to interpret his resignation. “Today, I have asked the Constitutional Court to interpret my resignation as PM and define my powers and the functions that this government must carry out after this act. The scope of my motion is not only to clarify the legal side of things after my resignation, but also to make this a case law to be used in the future”, Haradinaj posted on Facebook. Meanwhile, he has demanded the court to rule on this matter as soon as possible. /ibna/
Political dialogue in North Macedonia is expected to resume after the holidays
Political dialogue in North Macedonia is expected to resume at the end of August. Once the country’s parliament convenes again, it is expected to discuss the bill on the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the fate of the Special Prosecutor’s Office. Opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE has announced that it has prepared its version of the bill which relates to the fate of the Special Prosecutor’s Office. According to this bill, the Special Prosecutor’s Office will be part of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. VMRO-DPMNE’s spokesperson, Dimce Arsovski says that the opposition has demanded that those prosecutors who work at the Special Prosecutor’s Office return to their previous positions,...
The Prime Minister of Greece welcomed the President of the Republic of Cyprus
Greece is the crutch of the weak, said Nicos Anastasiades The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, welcomed the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is on an official visit to Cyprus, the first since his election on 7 July. Upon his arrival at the presidential palace, Mr. Mitsotakis welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicos Christodoulides. Then the Prime Minister of Greece submitted a wreath to the statue of Archbishop Makarios, the first President of the Republic of Cyprus, and headed for the entrance of the Presidential Palace, where Nicos Anastasiades awaited him, in crutches, as he is still recovering from...