Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

ECHR Lawsuit Awaits Bosnia Over Mostar Elections

The European Court of Human Rights is expected to hear a case involving elections in the southwest city of Mostar, where political disputes have prevented local elections from being held for a decade.

Irma Baralija, a politic activist and professor of sociology and philosophy in Mostar, has sued Bosnia for discrimination over the town's inability to stage local elections since 2008.

Bosnia Ex-Governors Condemn Meddling in Komsic Election

Three former High Represenatives to Bosnia, Carl Bildt, Paddy Ashdown, and Christian Schwarz-Schilling, expressed their concern in an open letter to EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday over Croatian attempts to dispute the legitimacy of the election of Zeljko Komsic as the Bosnian Croat member of the state's tripartite presidency.

Bosnian Serb Strongman to Sack 16 Ambassadors

After meeting the new President of Republika Srpska, Zeljka Cvijanovic, on Thursday in Banja Luka, Milorad Dodik, the former RS President and new Serbian member of the Bosnian Presidency, said he would be seeking to replace a list of Bosnian ambassadors.

"5 of Europe's 10 most polluted cities are in Balkans"

According to the agency, the only ones who are happy are vendors of air purifiers.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on the list of the ten most polluted cities in Europe, five are in the Balkans, and they are Bosnia-Herzegovina), Pljevlja (Montenegro) and Skopje, Tetovo and Bitola (Macedonia).

NATO Approves Membership Action Plan for Bosnia

NATO ministers meeting on Tuesday in Brussels called on Bosnia to submit its first annual national program, after agreeing to start implementing its Membership Action Plan, MAP, which was first offered years ago.

The programme of advice, assistance and practical support is designed for countries wishing to join the Atlantic alliance.

Appeal to Germany to help stabilize situation in region

Brnabic, speaking during a meeting with German Bundestag and Free Democrats' Party member Renata Alt, said this danger was due to a series of moves that Pristina has taken over the past month.

US official says in interview FYROM could join NATO by 2020

The United States expects the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to join NATO in mid-2020 by which time its name change deal with Greece should be fully implemented despite Russian efforts to undermine it, the top US official for the Western Balkans said on Tuesday.

Vucic receives new RS President Cvijanovic

Cvijanovic told Vucic that Serbia was and will be the support for the RS, and that it will have a good collaborator in it.

The Serbian president said that this was "the most beautiful thing that can be heard and something our people want to hear."

The president congratulated Cvijanovic on getting elected, and wished her great success in her future work in that office.

Serbian Basketball Players Barred from Entering Kosovo

Kosovo police on Tuesday stopped the players and management of Serbian basketball club Partizan from entering the country, where they planned to support Kosovo Serbs protesting against Pristina's recent tax hike on Serbian imports.

Serbian media reported that Partizan were planning to play a friendly match with Trepca basketball club from the mostly-Serb area of northern Kosovo.

Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina to send letter to EU members

This was the assessment made on Tuesday in Belgrade by Serbia's Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic and Minister of External Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia-Herzegovina Mirko Sarovic.

Vucic wants United States to warn Pristina

Vucic spoke with Scott about the situation in Kosovo and Metohija, pleading with the United States use its political influence and warn Pristina that its moves are endangering peace and stability in the region.

"Moscow closely monitors development of situation in Kosovo"

According to a press release from his office on Tuesday, the Serbian president pointed out that this was contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the only legal framework that is in line with international law and the agreements that have been reached.

Kosovo Forced to Impose Tax on Serbia's Goods

Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj told European Union Commissioner Johannes Hahn that Kosovo was left no choice but to impose 100 percent tax on all goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gazeta Express reports.

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