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Serbia Press Review – August 29, 2014

Selfie blamed for tragic car accident; Balkan countries to scrap custom fees; New law allows advertising of alcoholic beverages.

Romania Press Review – August 29, 2014

Romania is alarmed by the volatile situation in Ukraine; Government approves controversial emergency ordinance; Ford to temporarily stop production at its plant in Craiova.

Montenegro Press Review - August 29, 2014

Mobile operators are not enthusiastic about abolishing roaming charges in the region; Sanctions against Russia do not represent the will of the Montenegrin people, Metropolitan Amfilohije says.

Macedonia Press Review – August 29, 2014

Macedonia should pursue EU reforms on its own; Berlin is not giving up on the Western Balkans.

Serbia Press Review – August 28, 2014

Serbs fails to pay debts to public companies; Russia's Gazprom to buy Serbian football club; Croatia wants its investment in Nikola Tesla power plants back.

Montenegro Press Review - August 28, 2014

PM Djukanovic attends opening of Regent Hotel; CEAC calls on German Chancellor Merkel to insist on Montenegro fully respecting EU laws; Government surprised by Qatari Diar's decision to pull out of resort plan in Montenegro.  

Romania Press Review – August 28, 2014

Darius Valcov named as budget minister; NATO is to deploy forces at new bases in Eastern Europe; Nuclearelectrica looks for private investor in nuclear plant.

Serbia Press Review – August 27, 2014

Serbia to seek funds for Belgrade-Bar railway. Serbian Orthodox Church sets trial of Macedonian archbishop; Belgraders less and less keen to vaccinate their children.

Macedonia Press Review – August 27, 2014

Opposition silent on details about their new strategy; mass fight between DUI and DPA legislators in parliament.

Romania Press Review – August 27, 2014

Some 44m euro to be spent for next elections, Romania to put on hold plans to increase natural gas prices for households, Twitter Ads comes to Romania

Montenegro Press review - August 27, 2014

"Qatari Diar" Fund suspended 350 million euro worth deal. Extremely difficult position of the etnic Serbs in Montenegro. There are no new projects without the capital government, the rulling DPS says.

Montenegro Press Review - August 26, 2014

A high radon concentration in some schools in Podgorica. Adriatic - Ionian highway is priority for the region, the Prime Minister said. Standing ovation for the film "Boys from the Marx and Engels street" in Nis.

Serbia Press Review – August 26, 2014

Albanian PM Rama to visit Serbia this autumn; parliament to adopt new Code of Ethics; secret service is to open its archives.

Macedonia Press Review – August 26, 2014

Macedonia will attract foreign capital "like Luxembourg"; Latvia will push forward EU enlargement.

Romania Press Review – August 26, 2014

The Senate adopts bill for CAS reduction; Romania had 5.1 million pensioners at the end of April; the number of new company registrations is decreasing

Macedonia Press Review – August 25, 2014

Parliament starts work after summer vacation. Jaundice epidemic registered in Skopje.

Romania Press Review – August 25, 2014

Romania does not recognize presidential elections held in Abkhazia; Three regional hospitals to be built with EU funds; Gothaer Romania insures state carrier Tarom’s fleet

Serbia Press Review – August 25, 2014

Jeremic awaits Vucic’s support to run for UN's highest post; Progressives bid to take over Vojvodina in September; Murdered teen allegedly was not the first victim of Dragan Djuric.

Montenegro Press Review - August 25, 2014

From Montenegro illegally taken out  4.3 billion dollars, the Global Financial Integrity's report said. Montenegro needs a radical reconstruction of the police, the intelligence agency and the prosecution, the opposition claims. Ministry of Education and the Union to continue talks on teachers' salaries.

Bosnia Press Review - August 22, 2014

Protesters persistent after February. In two months 10.000 passports. Dodik convinced he wins.

Montenegro Press Review - August 22, 2014

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic at the conference on the Western Balkans in  Berlin. Unblock the work of the national commission responsible for the language curriculum, the opposition says. The town of Herceg Novi heads towards the new elections.

Romania Press Review – August 22, 2014

No political future for former PM, Record rape seed crop this year, National Geographic to promote Romania

Bosnia Press Review - August 21, 2014

Radoncic spoke about his youth in Interview20. Bilino Polje stadium to be reconstructed. Bad weather ahead of Bosnia.

Romania Press Review – August 21, 2014

President Traian Basescu supports Elena Udrea in presidential elections, Unemployment rate rose to 5.09% at the end of July, Bank of Cyprus sells its stake in Marriot hotel

Montenegro Press Review - August 21, 2014

The government is preparing privatisation of several hotel companies. Protect us from the violence of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Montenegrin Metropolitan Mihailo says. The number of drug addicted rises.

Bosnia Press Review - August 20, 2014

Zuhra Dzinic's house to be reconstructed. NDI's survey showed DF is leading. Dodik said Serbs will not go to wars any more.

Montenegro Press Review - August 20, 2014

Less expensive consumer basket in Montenegro. Police prevented liturgy in Cetinje. New attack on Podgorica-Niksic train.

Romania Press Review – August 20, 2014

Government approves bills regarding fiscal amnesty for some pensioners and mothers, Darius Valcov proposed for Budget minister position, The cigarette black market increased sharply in July

Romania Press Review – August 19, 2014

The Senate postpone debate over CAS law, Emergency units to receive new equipment, Siemens to open new R&D center in Cluj

Montenegro Press Review - August 19, 2014

Capital's management is illegitimate, the head of the Administrative Court says.  Opposition to blame for the political crisis in Kolasin, the DPS says. Business to replace the social politics.

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