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Dendias, Rama discuss regional developments

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said he had spoken on the telephone with the prime minister of neighbouring Albania, Edi Rama, on Tuesday.

Dendias said in a tweet the talk focused on issues of recent regional developments.

Veto after Veto: EU Enlargement Is Dead, What Follows Instead?

The principle, according to which the reforms pave the way to EU membership is no longer in force for the countries of the Western Balkans, writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper in an extensive analysis cited by Deutsche Welle and BTA.

Year in Pictures: 2020 in the Balkans and Central Europe

BIRN presents its selection of photos of some of the events and processes that marked a difficult year.

Battle Goes on With Deadly Virus

A medical worker wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) attends a patient at the Covid-19 hospital in Belgrade, Serbia, 18 December 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/MARKO DJOKOVIC.

President Radev Еxpressed the Sympathy of Bulgaria with the Croatian People

President Radev expressed the sympathy of our country with the Croatian people.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev held a telephone conversation with his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanovic.

Rumen Radev expressed the sympathy of our country with the people and institutions of Croatia following the earthquake in the country, which led to human casualties and serious destruction.

Online Media in Balkans ‘Need Regulation, Not Censorship’

Experts told an online debate hosted by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network on Tuesday that the current regulation systems for online media in the Western Balkans are not good enough, but efforts to curb the publication of hate speech and defamatory comments must not tip over into censorship. Scandalous EU proposal - no vaccines for Serbia and the Balkans before May

The EU will procure Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, which is expected to be produced in larger quantities.
However, as we find out, the anger of everyone from the Western Balkans was caused by the news that the distribution of vaccines through the COVAX program, for which all countries paid 5 million dollars, will not start before May.

Kosovo Fires Intelligence Chief Over ‘Raid on President’s Safe’

Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, in coordination with acting Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani, on Thursday dismissed the chief of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency, KIA, Kreshnik Gashi, allegedly for trying to obtain confidential documents from the President's office.

EU prospects: Green light for Western Balkans, red for North Macedonia and Albania?

The annual conclusions of the EU Council on Enlargement, Stabilization and Association of the Western Balkans are on the agenda of the ambassadors of the member states who will discuss this issue in the afternoon.
The conclusions were previously blocked by Bulgaria, which primarily vetoed the negotiating framework for North Macedonia.

Kosovo Electricity Grid Starts Operating Independently from Serbia

Electricity network system operator KOSTT began to operate independently on Tuesday in a newly-established regulatory area covering the whole of Kosovo, including the Serb-majority north of the country, Kosovo's Foreign Ministry announced.

Albania Let Rights Standards Slip While Chairing OSCE – NGOs

Limited progress on electoral reform, few investigations into corruption and regular attacks against freedom of speech tarnished Albania's year as chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, six rights organisations stated in a report published on Monday.

Aurescu: Romania has been and will remain active member involved in proper functioning of the UN

Romania has been and will remain an active member of the United Nations, involved in the proper functioning of the United Nations, demonstrating a genuine and lasting commitment at all levels: maintaining international peace and security, sustainable development and the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, says the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, at the celebra