Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nikolic invites Russia, India to donor conference

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.

Warning Issued Over Bosnia Money-Laundering Risks

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.

Bulgaria's Sofia Municipality Sends Aid to Bosnian Flood Victims

Bulgaria's Sofia Municipality has sent humanitarian aid to 30 families who were affected by the recent floods in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo.

The initiative is under the patronage of Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and will help 30 families who lost their homes in the heavy floods in Sarajevo.

EU enlargement process "could slow down"

EU enlargement process "could slow down"

BELGRADE -- Slovenian President Borut Pahor stated on Friday that the results of elections for the European Parliament might slow down the EU enlargement process.

Serbia, he added, will have Slovenia's full support in the accession talks with Brussels.

Pahor: Enlargement process likely to slow down

BELGRADE - Slovenian President Borut Pahor stated on Friday that the results of the elections for the European Parliament might slow down the EU enlargement process, adding that Serbia will have Slovenia's full support in the accession talks with Brussels.

Transparency Urged in Bosnia Humanitarian Aid

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.

Emergency aid collections for Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina flood victims

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.

EBRD Estimates Cost of Flood Damages in Serbia and B&H At EUR 3 B

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.

EBRD: Flood damage to Serbia EUR 1.5-2 billion

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

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.

Albania Eyes Gasification Via TAP Pipeline

Albania’s inter-institutional commission for cooperation with the TAP pipeline on Monday said Albpetrol had launched a bid in the first booking phase for the pipeline on May 14.

The TAP AG, the consortium that controls implementation of Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project, is expected to review the application.

Marko Blagojevic appointed head of office for reconstruction

BELGRADE - The Serbian government on Thursday instructed the relevant public enterprises to start the reconstruction of damaged roads and bridges within the next seven days, appointing Marko Blagojevic as head of the Office for reconstruction and aid for the flooded regions.

International conference on WWI starts Friday in Belgrade

BELGRADE - A two-day international conference on World War I, organized by the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD) will start in Belgrade on Friday.

CIRSD president Vuk Jeremic told Tanjug that the participants will focus on the geopolitical situation in the world in 1914 and the events leading to the outbreak of the Great War.

Bosnia Starts Summing up Bill For Floods

Bosnia's Council of Ministers on May 28 said the floods had affected about one-fifth of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or around 10,000 square kilometres.

It said that almost 20,000 homes were flooded and that over 40,000 people had been forced from their homes, around half of whom sought shelter in collective centers and army barracks.

Macedonia Gathers Cash, Sends Aid, to Stricken Neighbours

The Macedonian Red Cross said that some €260,000 had been gathered through the humanitarian telephone line that is still operational as well as from tickets to humanitarian aid concerts, events and theatre plays.

The Red Cross said it had also dispatched several convoys of trucks containing fresh water, food, sanitary necessities and clothes.

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