BiH High Representative Valentin Inzko in Brussels
During his visit to Brussels this week, International community High Representative to BiH Valentin Inzko met with European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders to discuss the current state of affairs in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s judiciary, and the lack of respect for the rule of law in the domestic political arena. “In its first article, the Annex 4 of the GFAP clearly states that BiH shall be a democratic state operating under the rule of law. However, this is hardly complied with. The rule of law must be dramatically strengthened, and the fight against corruption should become a real priority if Bosnia and Herzegovina is to...
Government gearing up for actions to create more fiscal space
The Greek government is gearing up to create more fiscal space through a set of initiatives in the upcoming period. The Mitsotakis administration will attempt to convince the country’s international creditors to allow the use of profits made by Eurozone central banks on SMPs and ANFAs; to carry over any excess primary surplus cash to the following year; and to exclude funds used to manage refugee and migrant flows from the budget surplus. Athens was encouraged from the visit of European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni and his talks with Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis and other Greek government officials. The Commissioner revealed that if...
Rama: The attempt to resolve the conflicts poses the biggest challenge to the Albanian OSCE Presidency
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama spoke before the Security Council on Thursday, announcing Albania's priorities as the country taking over the OSCE Presidency. In his statement, Rama said assuming the OSCE presidency constituted a big step for Albania, adding that resolving the conflict in Ukraine was going to be a priority for OSCE. "As the head of OSCE, this is a rather important event that marks a step forward for Albania. Our activity will support 3 pillars", Rama explained. The Albanian Prime Minister went on to underline that “conflict resolution efforts remain our greatest challenge. We consider the conflict in Ukraine to be a priority....
Romania: Iohannis appoints Orban as Prime Minister-designate
Just now, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, having completed his consultations with the political parties, made the following statements to the press: "I am able to share with you some conclusions. We have a liberal government, which came up with a reform agenda, wanted to reform many projects, improve electoral law, take economic and social measures for the benefit of Romania. We also have PSD, which still has many Members and Senators who oppose these changes. They want to stop them. The latest example is revealing: The government wanted to make improvements to electoral law, with the election of mayors in two rounds. The right solution...
SYRIZA: Is the Government denying Erdogan’s statements or not?
Turkish President Erdogan once again set the Greek political scene on fire, with his statements about Imia and his references to the Turkish Defense Minister's communication with his counterpart in Athens. The controversy erupted today. A journalist on Alpha television reported on his communication with Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, stressing that the Minister denied having made any contact and any agreement with Ankara. I am not responsible to make such discussions. A short time later, however, the Ministry of Defense announced in a statement that the Minister had "never made such a statement". "Everything else is nothing but the product of interpretations and reckonings of...
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...