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Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Serbia's Damir Rastic (L) and Ukraine's Artem Tyshchenko (R) in action during the men's 10km Sprint race at the IBU Biathlon World Cup i​n Hochfilzen, Austria. Photo: EPA-EFE/Christian Bruna.

CSKA Sofia fans light flares during the UEFA Europa Conference League group C football match against AS Roma in ​the Bulgarian capital on December 9, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Vassil Donev.

Croatia is ready for Schengen

Croatia meets the necessary conditions to implement all parts of the Schengen acquis.

This is the conclusion reached by the Council of the EU.

The report on the issue was adopted at today's Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels. This was announced by Slovenian Interior Minister Ales Hojs, whose country holds the EU presidency.

Hojs says EURODAC reform elusive during Slovenia’s presidency

Brussels – Interior Minister Aleš Hojs expressed the hope that progress could still be made by the end of 2021 on changes to the European Asylum Dactyloscopy Database (EURODAC), a part of the new Migration Pact. He noted that there would not be a major breakthrough regarding the pact during the Slovenian EU presidency and it had not been expected either.

Putin-Mitsotakis talks: Energy, Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus problem top agenda

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to discuss bilateral relations, energy issues, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey's provocations in the region, and efforts to solve the Cyprus problem during talks in Sochi, Russia today.

It is the first meeting between the two leaders since Mitsotakis came to power in 2019.

Mitsotakis at trilateral Israel-Greece-Cyprus summit: Greece-Israel relations better than ever

"Our relations with Israel are better than ever," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in joint statements in Jerusalem today with Israeli PM Naftali Bennett and Cyprus' President Nikos Anastasiades.

The three leaders are holding an Israel-Greece-Cyprus trilateral summit.

Arson attack on mosque in Greek Cyprus condemned

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar has condemned the recent arson attempt on a mosque located in the southern part of the divided island of Cyprus.

In a statement, Tatar condemned the attempt to burn the Grand Mosque in Larnaca and called on the Greek Cypriot authorities to prevent such attacks and arrest those responsible at the earliest.

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