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29 Jul 15

Serbian Prosecution Probes Lottery Fraud Claims

The National Lottery of Serbia has rejected allegations about a fixed lottery draw but the prosecution has already launched a probe.

29 Jul 15

Croatian MPs Vote to End Slovenia Arbitration

The Croatian parliament voted unanimously to pull out of an international arbitration agreement with Slovenia over disputed waters in the Piran Gulf.

29 Jul 15

Croatian Anti-Fascists Commemorate 1941 Deaths of Serbs

The Anti-Fascist League of Croatia commemorated the deaths of around 1,000 Serbs who were killed by Nazi-allied Ustasa units in the town of Glina during July and August 1941.

29 Jul 15

Bosnian Serb Leader’s Referendum Appeal Ignored

Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia’s mainly Serb entity Republika Srpska, got no reply to a letter he sent to US and European officials promoting his plan to hold a referendum on the country’s judiciary.

29 Jul 15

Albania Charges Former Central Bank Governor

A year after a major bank theft was discovered, former governor Ardian Fullani was charged with abuse of office by prosecutors who allege that he bears some responsibility for the crime.

29 Jul 15

Macedonia MPs Stay Silent on Bugging at Spy HQ

Macedonia’s illegal mass surveillance scandal, which is at the centre of the country’s political crisis, was not discussed when MPs visited the headquarters of the country’s secret police.

29 Jul 15

Sarajevo Film Festival Expects 100,000 Visitors

One of the leading European film festivals will bring top cinematic works, renowned directors and movie stars to the Bosnian capital in August and attendance figures are expected to rise again this year.

29 Jul 15

Oil Firms Quit Croatia Over Montenegro Border Row

Austrian and US energy companies announced they have backed out of oil and gas exploration and exploitation in Croatia’s Adriatic Sea due to a maritime border dispute with Montenegro.

29 Jul 15

Serbs Announce ‘Operation Storm’ Anniversary Mourning

Serbia and Bosnia’s Serb-led entity Republika Srpska will hold a day of mourning to commemorate Serb victims of the Croatian Army’s Operation Storm on its 20th anniversary in August.

29 Jul 15

Ex-PM Sanader Retrial ‘Won’t Affect Croatia Polls’

The retrial of former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader on corruption charges will not have a major impact on his political party’s prospects at upcoming general elections, analysts predicted.

29 Jul 15

Montenegro Evenly Divided Over NATO Membership

For the first time in Montenegro, about as many people support the idea of the country joining NATO as oppose it, a new survey suggested.

29 Jul 15

ISIS Poses Threat to Balkans, Ministers Say

The interior ministers of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia said that ISIS was a real threat which could be fought only by cooperation between regional security services.

29 Jul 15

Business Conditions in Serbia 'Difficult', Experts Say

The economy minister promised that the government will prioritise developing small and medium-sized enterprises, but business experts warned that conditions remain tough.

29 Jul 15

Serbian Whistleblower Law Faces First Serious Test

The case of Radovan Nenadic, a court intern who was fired after he criticised alleged misconduct by a judge, could be a test-case for the recently-adopted Whistleblower Protection Act.

28 Jul 15

Kosovo’s Drenica Group Appeal War Crimes Convictions

Former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s Drenica Group cell said they will appeal against their convictions for crimes against civilians during the 1998-99 conflict.

28 Jul 15

US Criticises Balkans over Human Trafficking

All Balkan countries except Macedonia do not meet minimum standards in combatting human trafficking and some fail to punish the perpetrators adequately, the US State Department said.

28 Jul 15

Croatia’s Exit from Slovenia Territory Arbitration Contested

Some Croatian legal experts said that Zagreb can unilaterally quit international arbitration with Ljubljana over disputed waters, but a source inside the arbitration court rejected this.

28 Jul 15

Serbian Parliament Mulls Public Sector Layoffs

The Serbian parliament disussed a controversial law on establishing criteria for downsizing the public sector which envisages that 9,000 people will be fired by the end of the year.