Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

School Year in Bulgaria Begins

September 5 is the day when the school year is traditionally opened in the Bulgarian schools. Until 1921, students in Bulgaria began their classes on September 1, but the date was has been changed with two weeks because of Alexander Stamboliiski's agricultural government so children to help their families to harvest the crop.

Balkan Citizens Still Trust 'Corrupt' Police, Survey Shows

A new survey published on Thursday by a regional network of NGOs, Pointpulse and the Belgrade Center for Security Policy, shows that well over half of all surveyed citizens in the Western Balkans - 58 per cent - trust their police forces despite viewing them as corrupt.

Balkans Anchored to EU - Despite China's Growth, Report

Trade volume between China and countries along the "Balkan Silk Road" reached 3.3 billion euros in 2015-16, but Europe still remains the most important foreign trade partner of Balkan countries, according to a new report commissioned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or EBRD, and published on Thursday.

Bosnian Serb Opposition MPs Block Assembly's Work

For the second day in a row, over 30 opposition members of parliament in Republika Srpska, the Serb-dominated entity of Bosnia, took up seats behind the table of the speaker, preventing the session from being held until their demands were met.

Negotiations that lasted from Tuesday evening to Wednesday to noon ended without result.

Bulgaria's Arms Exports Reach Record High in 2016

Bulgaria's arms exports reached unprecedented volumes in 2016, with the total value of the deals surpassing one billion euros, the annual report by the state commission for export control shows, Bulgaria Insight reports.

The state approved 595 export licences worth nearly 1.3 billion euros, from which deals worth 1.015 billion euros were realised.

BiH PM: ISIS Flags Not Flying in Bosnia

Islamic State flags are not flying in Bosnia, Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said on Tuesday, dismissing allegations by some European leaders that radical Bosnian Muslims in the Balkan country were posing a terrorist threat for Europe.

Juncker Urges EU to Integrate Balkan States

Europe should be more open to the Western Balkans and should rapidly integrate Romania and Bulgaria into the passport-free Schengen Agreement, European Commission Chief Jean Claude Juncker told the European Parliament on Wednesday during his third annual State of the European Union Speech.

Juncker: Turkey is taking giant strides away from EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sept. 13 that he saw no prospect of Turkey joining the EU "in the foreseeable future," adding that Ankara is "taking giant strides" away from the bloc.
 

Bulgaria's Arms Exports Reach Record High in 2016

Bulgaria's arms exports reached unprecedented volumes in 2016, with the total value of the deals surpassing one billion euros, the annual report by the state commission for export control shows.

The state approved 595 export licences worth nearly 1.3 billion euros, from which deals worth 1.015 billion euros were realised.

Bosnia Urged to Accelerate Wartime Rape Prosecutions

Bosnia has failed to provide justice for thousands of women who were raped during the 1992-95 war and must speed up prosecutions and ensure victims get compensation, a new Amnesty International report said.

Bosnian Law Banning Segregated Schooling Faces Obstacles

The government in Bosnia’s Federation entity is supporting legislation to ban the segregated ‘two schools under one roof’ system, but there are doubts whether the entity parliament will pass the law.

Zeman: Islamic terrorism could create its own European base in Bosnia

Czech President Milos Zeman has again warned that victory over Islamic State in the Middle East could provoke "metastases of terrorism in Europe."

Zeman also assessed that Islamic terrorism could create its own European base in Bosnia - as black flags of Islamic State already fly there, Beta reported on Friday.

Vucic invites members of Presidency of Bosnia to Belgrade

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Thursday afternoon arrived in Sarajevo, where he met with members of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Vucic, who is on a two-day official visit, was welcomed with a ceremony at the Sarajevo airport, Tanjug is reporting.

Vucic Insists Serbia is Good 'Friend' to Bosnia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Friday said Serbia had never questioned Bosnia's territorial integrity or interfered with its internal affairs, and that would be the case in the future as well.

He was speaking after meeting the chairman of Bosnia's government, the Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, on the second day of his two-day visit to Bosnia.

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