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UNESCO Gives North Macedonia More Time to Protect Ohrid

The UN cultural organisation, UNESCO, on Friday gave North Macedonia two more years to take action to properly protect the heritage of the lakeside city of Ohrid and its surroundings - or be added to the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.

Balkan Region’s Media Pluralism Stagnated in Pandemic, Report Warns

Balkan countries have experienced a general stagnation or deterioration in terms of media pluralism and media freedoms during 2020, shows a new study, "Media Pluralism Monitor 2021", published by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom at the European University Institute.

Terna Energy: Public–private partnership for Integrated Waste Management in the Peloponnese Region

Arcadia Waste Treatment Plant is part of the PPP project of Integrated Waste Management of the Peloponnese Region, which was visited today by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

This is the largest Waste Management PPP constructed in Greece (contract enters into force -29 January 2021). It has been preceded by the PPPs of Western Macedonia, Epirus, Serres, and Ilia.

Albania’s EU Path Held Hostage by ‘EU Nationalisms’, PM Says

Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama has criticised the way the European Union is handling the integration process for his own country and that of neighbouring North Macedonia, saying the two countries are being held hostage by the nationalisms of larger EU members.

Mura sail into next round of Champions League qualifying

Murska Sobota – Mura, Slovenia’s football champions, have made it to the second round of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League after crushing North Macedonia’s Shkendija 5:0 in Murska Sobota last night to advance on an aggregate score of 6:0.

Chaos on the border crossings VIDEO

The busiest roads lead from Hungary and Croatia to Macedonia and Bulgaria.
Apart from highways, the intensity of traffic has also increased on the routes leading to Montenegro, AMSS announced earlier.

Police chiefs reshuffled with presidential decree

Police chiefs of 10 provinces have been assigned to the headquarters and new police chiefs have been appointed in 33 provinces of the country in line with a presidential decree published in the Official Gazette on July 7.

One civil chief inspector and 26 police chiefs were appointed as internal affairs counselors to 27 overseas missions.

Caretaker PM Yanev Met with Slovenian Ambassador

Caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev held meeting with the Ambassador of Slovenia Andrzej Franges. 

During the meeting Yanev stated that some of our European partners are taking sides, tolerating the Republic of Northern Macedonia, respectively - accusing Bulgaria without real and well-founded reasons. 

Only Serbia did not show support; "The EU has taken note"

This was announced today by the European Council.
On June 21, the EU Council imposed sanctions against 78 Belarusian citizens and seven entities for serious violations of human rights and repression of civil society, the opposition and journalists, and for the forced landing of a passenger plane.

Greek foreign policy and North Macedonia

North Macedonia

By Angelos Athanasopoulos

Who would have imagined that certain people here in Athens would reach the point of being glad that Bulgaria is "playing tough" and is blocking the start of North Macedonia's accession talks, so as to wreak vengeance for the treacherous Prespa Agreement that "gave it all away" to our northern neighbours.

Brnabic attends the first Prespa Forum Dialogue today

Brnabic will speak at the high-level plenary session, which starts at 12 o'clock, the government's Office for Cooperation with the Media announced. The topics of the panel are preserving and reviving the European perspective of the region, successes and challenges in the Western Balkans, as well as joint work on managing the future.

Week in Review: No Quick Fixes

Shared Interests

European Union flags. Photo: EPA-EFE

In an exclusive opinion piece for Balkan Insight, the foreign ministers of the EU's 'Trio Presidency' - Germany, Portugal and Slovenia - reaffirm the EU's commitment to enlargement and opening accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

Germany, UK Reaffirm Commitment to Western Balkans

During their meeting in Berlin, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas signed a joint declaration in which, among other things, they reaffirmed their countries' commitment to the security, stability, prosperity, and full sovereignty of the six Western Balkans countries, as well as to their European and Euro-Atlantic paths.