North Macedonia: Airports to reopen on Friday – no testing or isolation required from passengers
From June 26, the obligation to submit a negative PCR test and to remain 14 days in self-isolation after entering North Macedonia will be lifted, as the government decided this afternoon. Based on the recommendations by the Commission on infectious diseases, the government decided today to fully open all borders for the smooth movement of passengers and vehicles on Friday, June 26, without PCR tests attached and without requiring self-isolation or compulsory quarantine. With the decision issued today, on Friday, June 26, the government will open the gates of the Skopje International Airport and the Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport. Also from Friday, the...
Greece: Borell to visit Evros and Athens on Wednesday
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell will head to Greece on Wednesday (June 24th), where him and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will visit the Kastanies area in Evros, at the Greek-Turkish border. The two men are expected to focus their discussions on the Euro-Turkish relations, with an emphasis on the escalating Turkish delinquency against the EU, including violations against Greece's sovereign rights and the exploitation of the migrant issue, according to a statement issued by the Greek Foreign Ministry. Josep Borrell will be received by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at 18:00 (local time) at the Maximos Mansion....
Serbia: The Kosovo issue at the center of Vučić’s talks with Putin
Shortly after 17:00 (local time), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin wrapped up their meeting. The talks between the two Presidents were held in the Kremlin behind closed doors, with the Kosovo and the Metohija issue taking center stage. After the meeting, the President of Serbia stated that he had discussed with the Russian President all the ideas and ways to solve the Kosovo issue, stating that Putin was wise enough to warn him immediately about the meetings that await the Serbian President. Vučić announced that the Russian President would be travelling to Belgrade in October for the...
Croatia: No reason to postpone elections, Plenković says
President of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrej Plenković, said on Tuesday that the date of the parliamentary elections remains July 5, and that it is necessary to work wisely and smartly for the benefit of the Croatian economy, while preserving the public health system. When asked by reporters whether the parliamentary elections remain on the same day, Plenković answered in the affirmative. "Of course it remains the same. It is not at all clear to me how the elections can be called into question. The elections will be held on July 5, for which the State Election Commission (SEC) is responsible. Croatia today, regardless...
Cyprus: Christodoulides meets with Ashkenazi in Israel
Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides paid a working visit to Israel today, where he had a private meeting with the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country, Gabi Ashkenazi. During their consultations, the excellent level of bilateral relations between Cyprus and Israel was highlighted, 60 years after the establishment of diplomatic relations, while the shared commitment of the two countries and their governments to continue and intensify efforts to further expand and strengthen bilateral co-operation and ties was reaffirmed, with an emphasis, inter alia, in the areas of political dialogue, security, energy, tourism, research and innovation and investment. In this sense,...
Montenegro: Croatian President Milanović pays official visit
The President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, and the President of Croatia, Zoran Milanović, attended today in Kotor the traditional round of the Boka Navy. Milanović has been in Montenegro since yesterday, this being his first official presidential visit after interstate activities were put on hold for several months due to the pandemic. The Municipality of Kotor announced that the President of the Municipality, Željko Aprcović, welcomed Milanović and Đukanović. The two presidents also visited the headquarters of the Croatian Civil Society of Montenegro. As stated in the announcement of Đukanović's cabinet, they visited the Cathedral of St. Tripun in Kotor, as well as the Diocese...
Albania: The 15 preconditions for starting a dialogue with EU are not met, Calavera says
The Director General of the Western Balkans at the European Directorate-General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Genoveva Luiz Calavera, has stated that the 15 preconditions for the start of Albania-EU intergovernmental talks are not met. During discussions in the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by President David McAllister, Calavera said "we need to differentiate the 15 terms". "The 15 conditions are very important for Albania's progress, but I think we need to differentiate between them. There 15 conditions for starting the first round of talks are not met. There are certain conditions that are very important before the start of the talks and...
Kosovo: Hoti to visit Brussels before his trip to the United States
Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti is scheduled to visit Brussels on Thursday, where he is expected to meet with EU officials in preparation for the EU-mediated dialogue with Serbia. The prime minister's office said Hoti was not expected to continue dialogue with Belgrade this week, according to some media outlets. Radio Free Europe said on Monday that the EU-mediated dialogue in Brussels was expected to resume on June 25. EU Special Representative for Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak reportedly called on Pristina and Belgrade to meet two days before a scheduled meeting in Washington between Kosovo and Serbia, mediated by US Special Envoy Richard Grenren./ibna
Altun: We can cooperate more closely with the EU against anti-Muslim racism
“Turkey and the European Union are close partners in a broad range of areas, and we can certainly cooperate more closely against anti-Muslim racism" said the Director of Communications of the Turkish Presidency Dr. Fahrettin Altun, during a keynote speech for the presentation of the "European Islamophobia 2019" of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA). "In this regard, the Turkish government is prepared to support efforts by our European friends to promote equality for Muslims and other religious communities. I am confident that together, we can overcome this very serious challenge and build a safer future for everyone". In his speech, Director...
Montenegro: Tensions rise again in Budva
Members and councillors of the Democrats, headed by Mr Aleksa Bečić, have broken through the security cordon and entered the municipal building in Budva. Although the acting president of the Municipal Assembly of Budva, Ms Snežana Kuč, scheduled for Thursday consultations with presidents of the clubs and the resumption of the dialogue relating to the current political situation, tensions in Budva do not seem to subside. Ms Kuč and acting president of the municipality, Mr Vladimir Bulatović, arrived this morning at their office, provoking the ire of the Democrats, whose members soon afterwards broke through the cordon and entered the office of the president of...