Dacic receives New Year greeting cards from Austrian, Dutch FMs

BELGRADE - Serbian FM Ivica Dacic has received New Year greeting cards from the FMs of Austria and the Netherlands, Alexander Schallenberg and Hanke Bruins Slot.

Schallenberg wished Dacic a happy New Year with best wishes for the holidays.

Bruins Slot wished the Serbian FM a blessed 2024, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Bulgaria Gains Partial Schengen Access Via Air And Sea: What Does It Mean?

After more than a decade of anticipation, Bulgaria, together with Romania, has finally gained entry into the Schengen area. However, the initial approval, effective from March 2024, is limited to air and sea routes exclusively. This development signifies the end of passport checks for flights connecting Bulgaria to the broader European landscape, promising smoother travel processes.

Japan FM visits Ukraine to show support

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa visited Ukraine on Sunday to meet with her counterpart Dmytro Kuleba to show Tokyo's continued support, a ministry official said.

The unannounced visit was a change to her original two-week tour plan of visiting Poland, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Germany and Türkiye from Friday.

Bulgaria Registers Only 2% of EU's Asylum Applications in Latest Report

In Bulgaria, only 2% of last year's asylum applications in the EU were recorded, based on recent data from the European Agency for Asylum and Migration. The report, unveiled on December 14, highlights that Bulgaria received a total of 3,028 applications, while Germany, France, and Italy were the top recipients.

Textile Waste Crisis: Over 100,000 Tonnes Disposed Annually in Bulgaria

A staggering amount of over 100,000 tonnes of textiles is discarded annually in Bulgaria, a study reveals, spotlighting the nation's looming textile waste crisis. Startling statistics indicate that merely 2% of this colossal amount undergoes recycling, while an estimated 50% to 70% remains suitable for continued use, according to the Association for Textile Recycling.

Schengen Progress: Bulgaria Targets 2024 Land Accession, Sets Air and Sea Entry for March

Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov addressed Bulgaria's ongoing negotiations for Schengen accession during a detailed briefing, shedding light on the status of discussions regarding the inclusion of land borders, confirming the absence of specified timelines in negotiations with key partners.