Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

BC Partners Buys Serbia's Biggest Cable Group United Group

A private equity firm, BC Partners, is to take over majority ownership of Serbia's largest cable company, United Group, from the US-based equity firm, KKR, which will downgrade to minority owner, BC Partners and KKR announced jointly on Thursday. 

"BC Partners is the final buyer of KKR's stake," BC Partners told BIRN on Thursday.

Dodik Accuses Britain, US of Meddling in Bosnia

Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik, who is standing as a candidate for the Serbian seat on Bosnia's state presidency in the October 7 elections, has said he will stop "the interference of foreigners" in the affairs of the country if he wins the elections.

Swiss Probe Bosnian Company Over Money Laundering Suspicions

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, OAG, has confirmed to BIRN that it is conducting criminal proceedings against a Bosnian citizen, Ibrahim Zudjelovic, amongst others, on suspicion of money laundering.

Bosnia Urged to House Migrants Camping in Tents

The accommodation of about 300 migrants camping in a tent settlement in Velika Kladusa in north-west Bosnia should be resolved as a priority matter, a meeting of state representatives and the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, agreed on Wednesday.

Anti-EU Rhetoric Risks Swaying Serbian Public, Experts Say

Recently amplified anti-EU rhetoric by a number of Serbian government ministers could potentially affect public opinion about the EU, amid a deep division over Serbia's potential EU membership, experts say.

China's Biggest Shipping Company Opens in Bosnia

COSCO shipping lines, China's largest state-owned international and domestic container shipping and related services company, is opening its first branch in Sarajevo on Tuesday.

Austria's Vice-Chancellor Backs Dodik in Bosnian Election

Austria's far-right Vice Chancellor lent support for Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik and his Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD, in the upcoming elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina at a meeting in Vienna on Monday, according to Bosnian media RTRS and ATV.

Croatia Police Deny Separating Migrant From Daughter

Croatian police have denied separating a Syrian migrant from his young daughter - after he issued a call for help over the weekend in finding his five-year-old daughter, who he says is now stuck in Croatia while he is back in Bosnia.

He claims the Croatian police separated him from his daughter, which the Croatian police have denied.

Russia "strongly supports Bosnia's territorial integrity"

Dacic and Lavrov assessed on this occasion that the level of trust and high dynamics of Russian-Serbian contacts show that relations between the two countries are continuously and productively evolving, the Serbian government has announced.

Bulgaria to Launch Campaign to Attract Chinese Tourists, Says Bulgarian Tourism Minister

Sofia. China is very important for the European tourism, we seek to promote Bulgaria as a tourism destination in the Chinese market. We are preparing a marketing campaign to attract visitors from China, which we plan to launch next year. Bulgaria's official tourism portal will be available in Chinese after its upgrade in 2019.

Lavrov Says Russia Supports Bosnia's Integrity

Russia supports the territorial integrity and constitutional order of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, said in Sarajevo on Friday during his long-awaited visit to the country.

Bosnian Court's Call for Crime Reporting Laws Criticised

Media experts have criticised the Bosnian State Court's request for a new law regulating media reporting on criminal cases, calling it an unwarranted attempt to interfere with journalists' reporting and work.

Media expert Mehmed Halilovic said the State Court's call for regulations on media reporting "lacked foundation".

Lavrov in Sarajevo, to meet with Dodik later

Lavrov will meet with Igor Crnadak, and will also be welcomed by members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lavrov and Crnadak should also sign a Consultation Plan between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for the period 2019/2020.