Serbia: Vucic meets Várhelyi
President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today with the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi to discuss the continuation of European integration and the new methodology of the EU accession process. Following the meeting, in the presence of President Vučić, EU Commissioner Várhelyi and Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović signed the IPA 2019 Financing Agreement worth 138.55 million euros. The new grant package is designated for projects in the areas of economy, science, rule of law and administration. At a joint press conference, President Vučić said that Serbia, as the country which - along with Montenegro - made the...
Dodik met with Montenegrin opposition MP Andrija Mandić in Banja Luka
BiH Presidency Member Milorad Dodik and Member of the Presidency of Montenegrin party Democratic Front (DF), Andrija Mandić, discussed in Banja Luka today the current developments in Montenegro, following the adoption of the Freedom of Religion Act, which they called "unconstitutional". Dodik stressed that he supported the demands of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) in Montenegro, stating that the adoption of the disputed law was an unnecessary step by the Montenegrin authorities. "The law represents an unacceptable usurpation of SOC rights, as noted by representatives of other religious communities in Montenegro," Dodik said, emphasizing that Republika Srpska and the Serbian people will continue to support...
Borissov: EU funds are the engine that drives us forward faster
Bulgaria is a constructive partner in the negotiations on the EU's long-term budget and we share your view that with common sense and determination we can reach an agreement that is in the interest of all European citizens, Bulgarian Prime Minister said during his meeting with the President of the European Council Charles Michel. Boyko Borissov and Charles Michel met in Brussels, during consultation with European leaders and the President of the European Council, ahead of the upcoming extraordinary European Council on 20-21 February 2020. According to government sources, the focus of the two men's meeting was the new Multiannual Financial Framework for the period...
North Macedonia: Spasovski meets with Election Commission
A meeting was held Wednesday between Prime Minister of North Macedonia Oliver Spasovski and government officials with officials from the State Election Commission, on the organization and conduct of fair and democratic early elections. At the meeting, the participants expressed their strong joint commitment to organize and hold fair and democratic elections. We have shown as a state in previous elections that we can organize and conduct fair elections. Let us continue this positive trend in these early parliamentary elections as well, in the name of our country's democratic and future integration, Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski said. The meeting discussed the steps taken to ensure...
SYRIZA transformation pits reformers against leftists
According to local reports, trouble is brewing within the main opposition SYRIZA party as a process to transform the party into a progressive alliance that could attract more support from the center-left of the political spectrum is underway. Party officials that are loyal to leader Alexis Tsipras support his view that SYRIZA must “open up” to a wider audience that includes supporters and former officials of Greece’s once strong socialist party, PASOK. However, the traditional left-wing of the party is voicing strong objections to these plans, as influence of former PASOK officials within SYRIZA continues to grow. Since losing the July 2019 election, Tsipras vowed...
SYRIZA looking to establish a front against minimum wage and primary residence provisions
SYRIZA is attempting to overcome the introversion and intra-party tensions caused by the process of party reconstruction by consolidating a front in the field of labor issues and the protection of primary residence. At the same time, there is an effort to achieve a convergence between the progressive forces in Parliament, namely KINAL and DiEM25. "Mr. Mitsotakis, who prior to the elections was promising 'many good jobs' and raises in the minimum wage double the growth rate, now must take a clear position. Will he for once support the workers or will he continue to support only the strong financial interests?' Alexis Tsipras stated Wednesday...
Bulgaria: Pompeo drags Judge Mitalov in major corruption scandal
Today, I bring to the fore the Judge of the Special Criminal Court of Bulgaria Andon Mitalov for his involvement in a significant case of corruption. In his official capacity, Mitalov was involved in corrupt acts that undermined the rule of law and seriously jeopardized the independence of democratic institutions in Bulgaria. This determination is made in accordance with section 7031 (c) of the State Aid, External Operations and Related Programs Act 2020 (Div. G, P.L. 116-94). According to Article 7031 (c), when the Minister names foreign government officials for their involvement, directly or indirectly, in significant corruption, such persons and their immediate family members...
Dendias meets Bartolo and Vella in Malta
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited Malta on Wednesday, where he met with Foreign and European Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo while he was also received by Malta's President and former Foreign Minister George Vella. With his Maltese counterpart, the Greek Foreign Minister discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations, immigration and regional developments, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry on twitter. Extended talks and a working lunch followed. During his meeting with Maltese President George Vella, Nikos Dendias explained the Greek Government's position that the Memoranda between Turkey and the government of Tripoli destabilize the region and in no way facilitate the process of...
The European Commission adopts new methodology for the accession of the Western Balkans
On the new proposal for the revised methodology adopted by the European Commission, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Olivér Várhelyi said the aim of the new methodology was to restore a credible prospect of EU integration for the Balkan countries. At a press conference in Brussels, Mr Várhelyi stated the EU member states had to adopt a new methodology before the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb in May, alongside the launching of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. He explained that the revised methodology for EU accession negotiations as "the first element of a new strategy presented by the new European Commission"...
Serbia: Vucic meets Godfrey
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and US Ambassador Anton Godfrey met today to discuss the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the US President's proposal regarding the iddle East conflict, while US Ambassador conveyed Donald Trump’s wishes for Serbia’s National Day. Vucic thanked for the involvement of the President of Trump and the US government, and in particular the Special Envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Ambassador Richard Grenell; he also thanked the Ambassador to Pristina Richard Gren for understanding the dialogue between Belgrade and the people in the region, in terms of improving their living conditions, improving their finances and living infrastructure. Godfrey briefed President Vucic on President Trump's...