Cyprus: Ingrid Gjerde’s appointment as Head of UNFICYP raises eyebrows in Turkey
Lt. Gen. Ingrid Gjerde from Norway is the new Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Speaking at the regular update to the UN international media, UN Under-Secretary-General Farhan Haq said Antonio Guterres had announced the appointment of Lt. Gen. Ingrid Gjerde from Norway as the new UNFICY Commander. Haq said Lt. Gen. Gjerde had a long and distinguished career in the defense forces in Norway, and is currently Head of the Strategic Plans. She is a graduate of the Norwegian Military academy, as well as from the US Army command and staff college and from the US Army War College. Ingrid...
Greece: Foreign diplomatic missions staff to get vaccinated on Sunday
On Sunday, March 28, diplomats and officials of foreign diplomatic missions in Greece will be vaccinated by the Greek authorities, according to information by IBNA. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, informed the foreign diplomatic missions in Greece about the vaccination of their members, expecting reciprocity from the countries regarding the Greek diplomatic missions abroad. According to the information, the vaccine to be administered will be AstraZeneca. What is striking is that until today, Friday, no information has been sent to the diplomatic authorities abroad regarding the time of the vaccination. As for the Greek diplomatic missions abroad,...
North Macedonia: Zaev and Mickoski to meet on Monday to discuss unblocking of laws and procedures
North Macedonian Prime Minister  Zoran Zaev announced from Delchovo a meeting with Main Opposition leader Hristijan Mickovski on Monday. "Regardless of who is in the government or in the opposition, let us continue to cooperate, and through unity I believe we will double or triple the success of the country. In this context, I have accepted the invitation of the president of the largest opposition party of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, and we agreed last night to meet on Monday at 13:00 at the Parliamentary Club," Zaev said. He added that they will discuss all the procedures that have been blocked. Yesterday, as he said, a message...
Turkish Foreign Ministry: Turkey welcomes the conclusions adopted by European Council
Turkey welcomes the rhetoric of the joint statement adopted by EU leaders at the teleconference Summit and sincerely wishes to develop its relations with the Union on the basis of co-operation and mutual benefit, according to a statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry. "Although the evaluation part of the report entitled 'The state of political, economic and trade relations between Turkey and the EU' emphasizes the need for a positive agenda", it appears to have been written under the influence of the narrow-minded claims of many Member States and Turkey-EU relations", states the announcement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. "At the same time, we welcome...
Turkey: EU authorizes Borrell to launch Eastern Mediterranean multilateral conference
The joint statement of the EU leaders after the March 25 Summit on Turkey is particularly positive, as a positive agenda is being promoted, the multirateral conference for the Eastern Mediterranean is organized by the High Representative, just as Turkey wished, and the "monitoring" of Turkey continues until the June Summit. The joint statement recalled the European Union's strategic interest in a stable and secure environment in the Eastern Mediterranean and in developing a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with Turkey. European leaders welcome the recent de-escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean with the discontinuation of illegal drilling activities, the resumption of bilateral talks between Greece...
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...