The Balkan countries at the bottom of the 2021 Media Literacy Index
The Balkan countries were seeded at the bottom of the 2021 Media Literacy Index ranking except for Slovenia, which is ranked 14th. Finland (1st), Denmark (2nd), Estonia (3rd), Sweden (4th) and Ireland (5th) are at the top of the ranking of the Media Literacy Index 2021. These countries have the highest potential to withstand the negative impact of fake news and misinformation due to the quality of education, free media and high trust among people. As in previous years, Finland remains No1 among the 35 European countries included in the index. The countries in the bottom of the ranking are North Macedonia (35th), Bosnia and Herzegovina...
North Macedonia: Census boycotters to face up to 5-year imprisonment
Jasmina Gjorgieva from the State Statistics Service shut down remarks that the campaign for participation in the census targets an ethnic community, since such claims could shape public attitudes. She said the main communication channel was social media and contacts with Greek and international organizations, although she stressed that some of them refused to cooperate in the census. She announced a big virtual discussion these days in which everyone will participate and be able to ask questions about the dilemmas facing regarding statistical analyses. In response to the census, she said numbers in the United States, Canada and Australia have begun to rise, in addition...
OSCE Mission to BiH presents report on judiciary
The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) published the report „The Institution of Additional Judges as a Potential Threat to Judicial Independence in BiH.“ Additional judges are usually appointed on a temporary basis, either to reduce case backlogs or to replace a judge absent for a long time. „This report assesses the Institution of Additional Judges and systemic issues, identified by the Mission’s monitoring of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH (HJPC) sessions,“ the OSCE Mission notes in a press release. The report examines fundamental concerns relating to the independence of additional judges, due to the time limits of their mandates, the...
Turkey: Cavusoglu meets with Blinken at NATO Meeting of Foreign Ministers in Brussels
Following his talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the occasion of the NATO meeting of Foreign Ministers, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that new rounds of talks are planned between the US and Turkey. "We have agreed with the US Secretary of State to hold an extended meeting in the US or in Turkey," Cavusoglu told reporters in Brussels. During Cavusoglu's almost one-hour meeting with Blinken, he said they discussed all aspects of the situation in Syria, the stability of Iraq and support for the new government in Libya. Stressing that Turkey wants to host the conference on Afghanistan in April, he...
Croatia: Plenković, Jandroković, Beroš receive AstraZeneca vaccine
Prime Minister of CroatiaAndrej Plenković, Sabor President Gordan Jandroković and Health Minister Vili Beroš publicly received their AstraZeneca vaccine doze against COVID-19 at the Banski dvori. Minister Beroš described today’s vaccination as proof of trust in this vaccine, which will encourage citizens to get vaccinated. "Today, we sent a strong message of trust in medical science, in the profession, especially because we were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. We will continue to work dedicatedly to vaccinate Croatian citizens so that they can continue to live and work with minimal risk levels of infection. Every vaccinated individual contributes to the protection of the population and is...
North Macedonia: EU Annual Progress Report to be published Thursday with or without the amendment against Bulgaria
Tomorrow, the European Parliament (EC) will discuss and vote on the annual report on the Republic of North Macedonia, to which the Greens and Socialists have proposed amendments, which refer to the inappropriate and provocative behaviour of the Bulgarian authorities. The amendment accuses Bulgarian government officials of making provocative statements on historical issues affecting North Macedonia, and urges Bulgarian authorities not to make such statements despite the ongoing election campaign in Bulgaria. The proposal was made by the four MEPs Tonino Picula (Croatia), Tanja Fajon (Slovenia), Andreas Schieder (Austria) and Marek Belka (Poland) belonging to the Socialist Eurogroup and the Greens. The amendment states that...
Stoltenberg: We need to use NATO as a platform to consult and discuss when there are differences
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gave a press conference after the first day of the Alliance's Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Asked whether Turkey could be considered a trustworthy ally since its behavior is back and forth, and whether steps are being made with the US for a solution or a compromise on the issue of Russian S-400 missiles purchased by Turkey, he noted that "there are differences and there are concerns, and I also expressed my concerns on some of these issues, for instance on the S-400, about the the consequences of the Turkish decision to acquire Russian air defense systems. There are of course other issues,...
BiH: Still awaiting vaccines trough the COVAX mechanism
The COVAX mechanism informed Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ministry of Civil Affairs that they would have to postpone the delivery of the vaccines the country has paid for by one more day, the Ministry announced on Tuesday. “We have been informed that the delivery of the vaccines will be delayed by one day compared to the previously announced dates. According to the latest information, the arrival of 24,000 doses of the solvent is announced for March 24, while 23,400 doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine will be arriving on March 25,” the Ministry said. The Ministry will inform the public about further details and the manner of...
Montenegro: Referendum on oil extraction to be considered after submarine exploration
The Ministry of Capital Investments of Montenegro is ready to leave the final decision on oil exploitation to the citizens via a referendum, but only after the exploratory drilling confirms whether there are quantities in the Montenegrin submarine area that would be economical for exploitation, and after an intensive public consultation is held. The Ministry said they are not planning to postpone the exploratory drilling scheduled for Thursday, nor to terminate the contract that would cost Montenegro at least EUR 35 million. "The ministry does not plan to postpone the exploratory drilling scheduled for Thursday, because that would yield negative consequences for the budget of...
Cyprus: Anastasiades heads to Athens to celebrate 200th anniversary of Greek War of Independence
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades will travel to Athens to attend the festive events organized by the Hellenic Republic, on the occasion of the completion of 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821. Anastasiades will also represent the Republic of Cyprus in the military parade that will take place on March 25 in Athens, and will be welcomed by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Miss Katerina Sakellaropoulou. In the context of the celebrations, he will also have contacts with the country's political leadership and with foreign officials. Specifically, on Wednesday, March 24, at 11.45 in the morning (local time), President Anastasiades will have a...