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14 Jun 07

Accused Cocaine Smuggler Sues Macedonia

Skopje_ Stanislava Cocorovska Poletan, jailed on cocaine smuggling charges, has filed a complaint against Macedonia in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, her lawyer, Dimitar Dangov, told Balkan Insight on Thursday.
14 Jun 07

Defence Ministers Meet in Brussels

Brussels_The defence ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia are participating for the first time today and tomorrow in high-level meetings at NATO headquarters.
14 Jun 07

Bulgaria Ratifies Border Control Agreement with Romania

Sofia_ The Bulgarian Parliament ratified an agreement between the Romanian and Bulgarian governments for joint border control between the two countries, during its plenary session on Thursday.
14 Jun 07

Telekom Srbija pays 646 million euros for Bosnian Serb Operator

Sarajevo _ According to the Republika Srpska Privatization Agency, the Serbian telecommunications operator Telekom Srbija has paid 646 million euros for a Bosnian Serb operator, Telekom Srpske.
14 Jun 07

Film Indicates Bulgaria Not Involved in Pope Assassination Attempt

Sofia_ Bulgaria was not involved in the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John-Paul II, according to US intelligence and a former CIA agent featured in a documentary film aired on the French TV Canal+, reported international and national media on Thursday.
14 Jun 07

New Social Security, Income Tax Scheme for Albania

Tirana_ A new social security and income tax scheme, approved by the government in May among strong opposition from the business community, went into effect on Thursday, catapulting wages in Albania virtually from one of the lowest in the region into the European mainstream.
14 Jun 07

Bosnia-Croatia Peljesac Bridge Dispute

Sarajevo _Croatia's act of opening the tender for building a bridge that is to connect two southern Croatian territories, without signing a protocol with BiH, is a "one-sided act of the Republic of Croatia", according to Bosnian deputy communications and traffic minister, Veselin Poljasevic.
14 Jun 07

Bulgaria Ratifies Gas Pipeline Deal with Greece and Russia

Sofia_ Bulgaria's parliament on Wednesday ratified a controversial agreement with Russia and Greece to build a Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline to bring Russian petrol to Europe and international markets.
13 Jun 07

Brussels Warns Serbia: 'Big Bear Hugs are Dangerous'

Brussels_ The European Union warned Serbia its membership in the trade bloc could suffer if the country gets closer to Russia than the West.
13 Jun 07

EU Resumes Pre-Accession Talks with Serbia

Brussels_After a one-year pause, Serbia resumed Stabilisation and Association talks with the European Union on Wednesday.
13 Jun 07

Romania: Syrian Born Fugitive Sentenced to 20 Years

Bucharest _ Two years after the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq, a local court Wednesday sentenced a fugitive Syrian-born businessman to 20 years in prison for his role in the reporters' disappearance.
13 Jun 07

Kosovo Opens Contest for Design of National Flag, Emblem

Pristina _ Kosovo`s Unity Team, made up of top politicians charged with resolving the region’s status, on Wednesday announced an international competition to design Kosovo`s eventual national flag and emblem.
13 Jun 07

EBRD Establishes Office in Montenegro

Podgorica _ The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or EBRD, has opened an office in Podgorica one year after Montenegro gained independence from Serbia.
13 Jun 07

Croatia Welcomes Martic's Sentence for War Crimes

Osijek _ The war crimes trial and conviction of Milan Martic, the former leader of self-styled Republika Srpska Krajina, shed new light on plans to carve a Serb homeland from Croatian territory in the 1990s, political observers said.

13 Jun 07

Director Mancevski is Macedonia's First Culture Ambassador

Skopje_ Macedonian film director Milcho Mancevski will be the country’s honorary culture ambassador in New York, the government said.
12 Jun 07

Islamic 'sniper' Arrested on Bush Visit to Sofia

Sofia_ A trained sniper and four other people were detained in connection to US President George Bush’s visit to Bulgaria, government officials announced on Tuesday, a day after Bush left the country.
12 Jun 07

Kosovo's 2008 Budget Set at 850 million Euros

Pristina_ - Kosovo’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Haki Shatri, promised on Tuesday that the increased budget for 2008 will be mostly used to benefit teachers and pensioners. “Families of people who died in the war and war invalids will [also] be fully supported”, Shatri said.
12 Jun 07

Montenegro Abandons Energy Sale to Russian Businessman

Podgorica, – Montenegro’s government on Tuesday bowed to parliament’s demand for it to abandon the planned privatisation of the country’s major energy complex at Pljevlja.

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19 Jan 18

EU Green Leader Condemns Threat to Bulgarian National Park

The European Greens co-president Ska Keller tells BIRN of her grave concerns for the future of the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park, after Bulgaria's government approved plans to expand the ski resort there.

19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

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