European Perspective of the Western Balkans: Meeting in Austria

The leaders of the Western Balkan countries and EU commissioners, Maria Gabriel and Johannes Hahn, are in Vienna at the invitation of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz, reported the Bulgarian National Television. 

This morning they discussed the European perspective of the Western Balkans, regional cooperation and bilateral contacts.

Bulgarian Region is the EU Leader in Road Accident Casualties, Another One is in the Top Five

There are 21 regions in the European Union where road accident mortality exceeds 100 per 1 million. Two Bulgarian areas also belong in the five most dangerous areas for driving, one of them being the leader in this indicator. In Northwest Bulgaria 153 people die at 1 million.

The figures are from Eurostat and refer to 2016. The average fatality rate in the EU is 50 per 1 million.

Kate Marie Byrnes nominated next US ambassador to FYROM

Kate Marie Byrnes has been nominated by US President Donald Trump as the next ambassador to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Byrnes, a 24-year veteran of the US diplomatic corps and a member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Athens.

Austria to support Pristina's Interpol membership bid

The Austrian chancellor spoke in Belgrade on Monday with Serbia's president and prime minister, and today he told the Austrian APA agency that his country supports Kosovo's efforts to be admitted to Interpol (which Serbia strongly opposes).

Kurz claims that his coalition partner, the Freedom Party, has changed its stance on the issue.