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Corruption Hinders Balkans Energy Sector Progress

The report published by SEE Change Net on Wednesday says that tens of millions of euro have been lost by south-eastern European countries due to high-level corruption in the energy sector.

EBRD: EUR 500 million for region's flood recovery

LONDON - In a move designed to boost long-term lending to local businesses and private borrowers in the Western Balkans and Croatia, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending up to EUR 500 million for on-lending to partner banks.

EC president to visit Serbia on Sunday

EC president to visit Serbia on Sunday

BRUSSELS -- European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso will visit Serbia on Sunday, the EC said on Wednesday.

Barroso will meet with senior officials in the Serbian government, a statement said.

Bulgarian President to Attend SEECP Summit in Bucharest

President Rosen Plevneliev will take part in the meeting of the heads of state and government of the South East European Co-operation Process (SEECP) countries on June 25.

This is the highest level of political dialogue in the region in this format, according to the President's press office.

The SEECP was launched on Bulgaria's initiative in 1996.

EU Grants Albania Candidate Status

Albania has been granted an EU candidate status on Tuesday, during the meeting of EU ministers in Luxembourg.

"Albania congratulations on candidate status just agreed by ministers: acknowledgement of reform efforts, encouragement for more”, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele wrote on Twitter.

EU sets Albania on road to membership

The European Union set Albania on the road to membership on Tuesday, agreeing to give the small Balkan state the status of candidate to join in recognition of the government's recent reform efforts.

Albania to become candidate for EU membership

Albania to become candidate for EU membership

BRUSSELS -- EU foreign ministers have decided to propose that Albania be given candidate status for membership, according to EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule.

Fule posted on his Twitter account to congratulate Albania before the decision was officially announced.

Albania Wins EU Candidate Status

The decision to grant Albania candidate status for membership was announced by the EU's Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule on Tuesday.

"Albania congratulations on candidate status just agreed by ministers: acknowledgement of reform efforts, encouragement for more," Fule wrote on Twitter.

Albania Settles Czech Power Company Dispute

Albania and the CEZ Group announced on Tuesday that they had reached an amicable agreement over the renationalisation of the power company, which will see the Tirana authorities paying what has been estimated to be tens of millions of euro in damages.

Dacic: Albania did not act appropriately towards Serbia

BELGRADE - Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic criticized Albania on Monday stressing that it did not act appropriately towards Serbia during recent floods.

During the floods that hit countries in the region, Serbia included, there were countries which have not contributed to creation of the spirit of solidarity and unity, Dacic said, adding that one of them was Albania.

Short story festival in Kikinda on July 2-5

BELGRADE - The short story festival Kikinda Short 09 will take place in five cities and three countries from July 2 to 5, and gather 20 authors from 14 countries who will read their stories to the audiences in Kikinda, Szeged, Timisoara, Zrenjanin and Belgrade, announced the festival organizer, Kikinda Short association.

Albania criticized for stance during floods

Albania criticized for stance during floods

BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić on Monday noted that "some countries" did not act properly toward Serbia when the country was hit by the floods in May.

According to a Beta news agency report, Dačić said that "an official reaction" would be sent to these countries.

RCC presents SEE 2020 Strategy

BUCHAREST - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) has prepared a South East Europe 2020 strategy (SEE 2020) to help governments improve economies and create new jobs, participants of the First meeting of the Governing Board of the RCC SEE 2020 Strategy in Bucharest have said.