Bosnia and Herzegovina joins in on Turkish Stream
Consultations and negotiations between Russian Gazprom and Bosnia and Herzegovina's political leadership on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline are expected to begin in late September. What is intended and desired is for the pipeline to cross the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, so that the country can be included in the broader energy planning that is currently underway and under development in the South-East European region, at the initiative of the Russian side. "We will first start a conversation so we can look over the procedures and then the steps that have to be taken afterwards; all that in late September", the head of the...
New development bill provides for reduction of checks and outsourcing to individuals
Without the controversial provisions on the building and sale of seashores to individuals was tabled for public consultation the new development bill. The seashore provisions had sparked a public debate, but also sparked strong reactions within ND. Subsequently, they were not included in the development bill, although government sources said they are not off the table and would be included in a future bill. As for the rest, the bill contains arrangements for "facilitating entrepreneurship", mainly with regard to licensing and the necessary checks for starting a business. At the same time, individuals are granted the ability to conduct checks, through outsourcing. Specifically, according to...
Staikouras will brief Eurogroup and IMF and then send letter to ESM
The plan developed by SYRIZA during its governance period is being actualized. The issue is expected to be raised by Finance Minister Christos Staikouras during the Eurogroup meeting in Helsinki next Friday. Later on, letters - requests to ESM and EFSF will be sent, with the whole process - which will eventually get the "green light" by Eurogroup- expected to last approximately 2 months. According to Treasury officials, a purchase of a 2.9 billion-euro loan (at a 5.13% interest rate) will be required, in order for the weighted average interest rate to the Fund to be reduced below 3%. Meetings In the meantime, Mr. Staikouras...
Zaharieva, Dendias confirm the strategic relationship between Bulgaria and Greece
Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who began his tour of the region from Sofia, reaffirmed the strategic nature of the relations between the two countries. In a very friendly and constructive atmosphere, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva met in Sofia during an official visit by the head of the Greek diplomacy to Bulgaria, where he met with state and political leaders. “I am very happy that your tour started in Bulgaria. This shows that our relations are at a strategic level. It is an example of how historical overlaps can...
Cyprus-Greece-Egypt Tripartite Summit to take place October 8
There is continuous upgrade with common staff drills By Michalis Michael The Cyprus-Greece-Egypt Tripartite Summit will be held on October 8, hosted by Egypt, Cyprus Defense Minister Savvas Angelides announced today. Angelides attended the morning meeting of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, with the Egyptian Minister of Defense, Mohamed Ahmed Zaki, in the framework of Zaki's official visit to Cyprus. Nicosia-Cairo relations on defense and security issues are being upgraded, he said, while also referring to the two countries' co-operation in exchanging information on terrorism and energy security issues. The meeting "reaffirmed the existing co-operation and the upgrade of Cyprus-Egypt relations...
Schilling: EU should appoint a special envoy on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue
Former EU high representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schwarz-Schilling considers as a shock to the European Union, which is focused on internal problems, the decision of the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to appoint Matthew Palmer as the Special Representative for the Western Balkans. Chilling says the US decision to appoint a special envoy should motivate the Western Balkan region to find a solution to all their problems, Gazeta Express reports. According to him the European Union needs to be more proactive in solving problems and integrating Western Balkan countries into the European Union, adding that the US initiative in 90s pushed the...
Nikos Dendias on official visit to Bulgaria
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is on an official visit in Sofia, today, 11 September, where he will have a series of contacts with the country's political and state leadership. At this time, Dendias has a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov. After that he will have a private meeting with his Bulgarian homologue Ekaterina Zaharieva, followed by an expanded meeting of the two delegations. The two minister will give a joint press conference after the end of the meeting. Ekaterina Zaharieva and Nikos Dendias will also attend a working lunch at the end of the joint statements. Bulgaria and Greece are strategic partners,...
Negotiations under the threat of gunships are impossible, says Anastasiades
The audacity of Turkey has now passed the limits of a transient transgression By Michalis Michael It is impossible to negotiate on the Cyprus issue, under the threat of gunships and the presence of Turkish drilling rigs in the Cypriot EEZ. This was noted by the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, in an interview with the Greek newspaper "TA NEA". At the same time, Anastasiades leaves open the possibility of appealing to the UN Security Council on the Famagusta issue and stresses that the initiative for a trilateral meeting on the Cyprus issue is now with the UN Secretary-General. Anastasiades stresses that the recent...
New Democracy trembles following Mitsotakis’ indulgent stance
What appears to be a condescending disposition by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis towards SYRIZA and Alexis Tsipras causes internal vibrations within New Democracy. "My goal is a civilized political dialogue; and I think Mr. Tsipras also understands that things can be different. If he wants to move SYRIZA towards the center, it is in his own interest as well to ensure a civilized dialogue”: Kyriakos Mitsotakis proceeded to this statement last Tuesday in a Dutch newspaper, yet its recipients were actually Koumoundourou executives. Proving his intentions in action, Mr. Mitsotakis avoided to tagret Alexis Tsipras and his actions while in TIF, either as main opposition...
Zaev-Mickoski negotiations end without agreement on Special Prosecution
The Presidents of SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE, Zoran Zaev and Hristijan Mickoski, have failed to agree on the Law on Public Prosecution and on the future status of the Special Public Prosecutor's Office. Talks between the leaders of the two largest parties began last night, ending with no epilogue during the early hours of the morning. Sources from the SDSM (Social Democratic League) negotiating team have told several media that the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party has insisted that the law on Special Public Prosecution cases that were opened after June 30, 2017 be canceled. SDSM has also offered to form a new Prosecutor for high corruption, headed...