Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Serb Chief Blocks Money Laundering Laws

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik has told Serbian delegates to the Bosnian Parliament not to vote to adopt laws on money laundering and financing terrorism, as he believes the issue should be come under the jurisdiction of Bosnia's entities.

EU doors "open to all Western Balkan states"

EU doors "open to all Western Balkan states"

VIENNA -- Austria's FM Sebastian Kurz has said that 100 years since the beginning of the First World War "we must work together to create a common European future."

Kurz: We need to work on common European future

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 Border Authorities Intercept 90kg of Heroin

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.

Fado diva Mariza takes part in flood relief campaign

Fado diva Mariza takes part in flood relief campaign

BELGRADE -- Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić on Tuesday welcomed Portuguese fado diva Mariza in Belgrade, and discussed ways to help Serbia after the catastrophic floods.

Bosnia Probes Missing Flood Prevention Funds

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.”

Montenegro to Build Homes for Kosovo Refugees

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.

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.

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