Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina
VIENNA - Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna Tuesday that today, 100 years since the beginning of World War One, we must work together to create a common European future, stressing that the EU enlargement was of great importance not only to countries that aspire to become EU members, but also to its member-states.
Bulgarian customs authorities have intercepted 90kg of heroin at two border checkpoints over the past days.
On the afternoon of May 31, an Opel automobile was searched by authorities at the Ruse border checkpoint. Thirty packages adding up to 15.5 kg of heroin were found stashed in the tires. The car was abandoned at the transit area, and police are still searching for the driver.
The police chief in Bosnia's Federation entity, Dragan Lukac, said an investigation would be launched to determine whether money set aside for preventing flood damage had been spent illegally.
“One must not stay deaf or mute,” he said on Monday. “Someone has to be held responsible and if we determine that a crime occurred, together with the prosecutors we will file criminal charges.”
After spending more than a decade in substandard collective centres, thousands of refugees in Montenegro are to get improved accommodation over the next three years.
The Montenegrin government, with foreign donor support, has launched a programme for re-housing displaced persons, which envisages the construction of at least 900 housing units.
BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic held separate meetings in Belgrade on Monday with the Ambassadors of Russia and India Alexander Chepurin and Narinder Chauhan, respectively, and invited them to join the international donor conference to help Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina rebuild after the recent catastrophic floods.
The Council of Europe's expert committee on money-laundering issues, Moneyval, warned on Sunday that financial institutions should take precautions when conducting financial transactions with Bosnia.
As humanitarian aid starts coming to Bosnia from home and abroad, in food, other supplies and cash, suspicions about whether it will all be distributed in a transparent fashion have grown.
The daily Oslobodjenje newspaper reported on May 29 that around 9 million euro in donations had now been gathered along with other forms of humanitarian help.
Skai media group and its charity leg Oloi Mazi Boroume are organizing collections of emergency aid material for victims of floods in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The charity efforts are being organization in association with the Athens Archdiocese and the Apostoli charity and the Serbian Embassy in Athens.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) estimated the damages from the devastating floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina at around EUR 3B.
Official estimates of the cost are not available yet, but in its report the EBRD put the damage at around EUR 1.5-2 B in Serbia and about EUR 1.3B in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
LONDON - The devastating floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have already damaged their economies and will hit growth and inflation in the future as well, believes the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), adding that some very rough preliminary estimates put the damage in Serbia at around EUR 1.5-2 billion.
EBRD: Flood damage estimates between EUR 1.5-2 billion
BELGRADE -- The damage from the devastating floods in Serbia could reach between EUR 1.5-2 billion, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said.
In neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina, it could reach EUR 1.3 billion, according to preliminary estimates.