Connect with us

Region

Western Balkans NGOs Urge EU Not to Delay Skopje-Tirana Negotiations

Published

on

Over 80 non-government organizations from the Western Balkans have signed petitions addressed to the president of the European Council Donald Tusk, demanding the EU not to delay the start of the process for negotiations for EU membership of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Albania.

The petition is signed in order to express concern that any delays of the negotiations may negatively affect the pro-European orientation of the region, as well as the credibility of the European Union, and to discourage the political elite in the region when making decisions about other important bilateral issues.

“The Western Balkans NGOs are hopeful that the European Council will fulfill the expectations to start the negotiation processes with North Macedonia and Albania in June,” the petition stated.

The NGOs believe that the good-neighborly relations are key factors for consolidation of the Western Balkans and its fast integration in the EU.

“We highly appreciate the bravery and the persistence of the leaders of both North Macedonia and Greece and the example set for solving the bilateral issues. We believe that this will contribute to solving other issues and bring stability in the region, as well as a future in the EU for us,” the petition read.

The petition is signed by 85 NGOs, amongst which is the European Movement in Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia, the Foundation for Open Society from Serbia and Albania, the Initiative Youth for Human Rights from Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, the Belgrade Center for Human Rights, the Belgrade Center for Security Policy, and the Center for European Policy.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Region

Serbian president makes unannounced visit to New York

Published

on

By

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is heading to New York for talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the UN headquarters.

The main topic for discussion at the meeting, slated for Tuesday, is the situation in Kosovo.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will address the UN Security Council on Tuesday in a speech that will focus on Iran after the recent tanker attacks near the Strait of Hormuz. The US diplomat will speak during a council meeting about challenges to peace and security in the Middle East.

Pompeo’s trip to the UN comes after skirmishes in the Gulf over the summer that have heightened the prospect of US military action against Tehran. The Secretary will also meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the event.

Continue Reading

Region

Bulgarian police seize 120.000 fake euros and Macedonian denars

Published

on

By

Bulgarian police have reportedly seized 122.000 euros in fake banknotes and arrested a group of suspected distributors of counterfeit currency.

Six people were taken into custody on Friday after officers raided an apartment and found counterfeit currency. The cash included banknotes of 200 euros – adding up to a total face of 122.000, Bgnews agency said on Friday.

During the raid, officers also seized mobile phones, copies of checks from a Turkish bank, US dollars, Macedonian denars.

According to investigation findings, the group of counterfeiters was set up in 2018. They are accused of taking part in crime group, possession and distribution of counterfeit euro banknotes on the territory of Bulgaria.

Continue Reading

Region

Emergency Declared in Serbian Municipality Due to Oil Spill in Moravica River

Published

on

State of emergency has been declared on Wednesday in Serbia’s Ivanjica (Western Serbia) after 70 tonnes of waste oil spilled into the Moravica River, the national RTS TV channel reported.

“Waste oil spilled into the Moravica River. Ecological and communal inspectors reacted immediately. For now, I cannot name the cause or who is to blame. It is vital for us to stop the spillage of oil into the Moravica, as this river flows into the Rivers Arilje, Pozega and Chachaka, which can result in an ecological catastrophe in the whole of Western Serbia,” an official said.

According to the TV channel, it was the oil stored for winter in one of the enterprises that spilled into the river. Rescue teams are at the scene, trying to collect the oil products from the water surface.

Continue Reading

Files