News archive of August 2016

Orban in Belgrade on Monday, governments to meet in fall

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban will visit Serbia on Monday, September 5, and the two countries' governments will hold a joint session by the end of the year.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and Serbian Minister without Portfolio in charge of EU integration Jadranka Joksimovic announced this at a press conference in Budapest on Wednesday.

Bulgaria PM Takes Over Preparations for EU Presidency

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is assuming the position of National Coordinator for the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, the government has said.

The change means Borisov is taking over from Deputy PM and Education Minister Meglena Kuneva.

Ankara, Moscow work on plan to make bilateral trade, tourism on lira, ruble: Minister

Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said technical work for bilateral trade and tourism on the Turkish Lira and Russian ruble has been initiated between the two countries, noting that the recent crisis has negatively impacted both nations and it was now time to recover all losses, in a joint meeting on Aug. 31. 

Boyan Petrov Eyes Everest Despite Car Accident

Mountaineer Boyan Petrov said on Tuesday he is not giving up plans to ascend the world's highest peak Everest despite the injuries sustained in a car accident earlier in August.

Petrov has told private NOVA TV station that that his recovery was going "according to plan" and his condition was "unexpectedly well" at the moment.

PM supports proposed new law to regulate organ donation

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic received today patients who are on a waiting list for organ transplantation.

They have been raising awareness in recent months about organ donation through the campaign "The most important call of my life."

Kosovo Urged to Send Border Deal to Arbitration

Haki Abazi, program director for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for the Western Balkans, told BIRN that the best way to avert the tensions that have arisen over the demarcation agreement with Montenegro could be international arbitration.

According to Abazi, a good example of this was the case of Slovenia and Croatia, which had similar border troubles.

Man arrested for impersonating actor, defrauding citizens

A 23-year-old resident of Sabac, whose initials are F.J., has been arrested for impersonating actor Sergej Trifunovic.

He also defrauded citizens in this way, starting in February 2016.

UK Futurist: Bulgaria's Bokova Has Chance to Win UN Top Job Race

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova could possibly win the race to become the next United Nations Secretary General, British futurist Felix Dodds has argued.

Bokova will be "the only Eastern Europe woman in the fourth straw poll," in his words.

On his blog, he has posted an analysis of the ongoing straw polls at the United Nations Security Council and their results.

Montenegro Minister Accuses Police of 'Coup Attempt'

Montenegro's Interior Minister, Goran Danilovic, on Tuesday accused the Police Administration of a coup attempt after police clashed with former employees of the aluminum smelter KAP, who have been protesting for days in front of parliament.

Bulgaria's New Border Police Chief Takes Over after Public Tender Scanal

Svetlan Kichikov, the current head of the the border police ships, has been reappointed to take over the border police directorate of Bulgaria, Interior Ministry officials have said.

Kichikov, 49, has been working for the ministry since September 1992. He has spent his entire career at positions relating to maritime border security.