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EU foreign policy chief Mogherini arrives in Belgrade

Mogherini first went to the seat of the EU Delegation, where she will hold a meeting with representatives of civil society organization, among them those from the European Movement, YUCOM, Crta, and others.

After that, Mogherini will meet with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, and then with her main interlocutor, President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, Tanjug is reporting.

Macedonia's ex and current presidents boycott EU's Mogherini

Tanjug is reporting this on Thursday, citing the Albanian language website, which said Crvenkovski and Ivanov had been invited, "but did not attend."

Mogherini's speech, meanwhile, was covered by a large number of media outlets from Macedonia and the region.

Serbia to ban use of non-biodegradable plastic bags

Politika daily writes on Thursday that the ministry said Serbia, although not a member of the EU, would apply all measures from the recently adopted "plastics directive."

According to this EU directive, the maximum annual consumption of bags per person is limited to 90, until the end of 2019.

Serbian PM attends working dinner in Skopje

The dinner was organized by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev "for representatives of the Western Balkans as part of the visit of Mogherini to the region."

The topics discussed were European integration, current political and security situation, as well as regional political and economic cooperation, a statement said.

Kotzias: Too late for FYROM to join NATO in July

There is not enough time for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to join NATO at the alliance's summit in July, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Wednesday during a lull in momentum in talks between Athens and Skopje on the "Macedonia" name issue.

Athens hits back at EC for saying FYROM name solution close

Athens on Wednesday hit back at the European enlargement commissioner for saying a solution to the "Macedonia" name talks is within reach, noting that the decision was not one for Brussels to make.

"Macedonia name dispute could be solved in near future"

"Both sides are committed to this process at the highest level, and it is necessary to reach an agreement that will serve the interests of both countries," said Hahn, who is in charge of EU's neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations.

Brnabic to attend dinner is Skopje with Haradinaj, other PMs

Tanjug is reporting that it received confirmation of this, and that beside Zaev and Brnabic, the dinner will be attended by prime ministers of Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as the Kosovo prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj.

European Commission: Open EU Talks With Albania, Macedonia

The European Commission called on Tuesday for the start of EU accession negotiations with Albania and Macedonia.

"A step forward for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania is a step forward for the entire west Balkans region," said the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

EU Should Open Up to West Balkans: European Commission

The European Union must open up to accepting new members from the Western Balkans to avoid the return of war in the region, president of the European Commission said on Tuesday, quoted by Anadolu Agency. 

EU Commission will Recommend Opening Accession Negotiations with Albania and FYROM

The European Commission could recommend on Tuesday opening the accession negotiations for two Balkan countries, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, New Europe reported.

Skopje and Athens agreed this year to intensify negotiations to end the dispute blocking FYROM's accession to the European Union and NATO.

Mogul Promises New Start for Skopje's Old Fair

The owner of BALFIN Group, Albanian businessman Samir Mane, has said construction of a brand new "town" at the site of the neglected trade fair in the Macedonian capital is poised to start by the end of May, with a 300-million-euro investment.