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Macedonia Urges Power Companies to Write Off Debts

Macedonia’s Finance Ministry has urged utility companies to hurry up and apply to join a government-backed scheme to write of the debts of the poorest customers.
In return for canceling the debts, the government is offering the companies annual tax breaks.

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski added to the call to companies to take part in the scheme at the weekend.

Floods, Thunderstorms Wreak Havoc in the Balkans

Romania is still struggling with the aftermath of the torrential rains and the floods which hit the country on Tuesday and have already claimed five lives.

Some 1,200 people were evacuated from their homes due to the overflowing rivers, 2,200 houses were damaged by the floods, and 99 of them were completely destroyed, local media outlets reported.

Balkan Citizens Urged to Get Out of Libya

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia have urged their citizens based currently in Libya to leave, saying embassies there cannot guarantee their safety due to the increased violence.

New Macedonia Lustration Commission Resumes Collaborator Probe

Parliament on Thursday elected the new Lustration Commission team which will continue to be led by its old chief, lawyer Tome Adziev, and contain five members of the old team which was criticised by the opposition for allegedly blacklisting suspected Communist-era collaborators for political reasons.

Dodik: Seats in Serbian parliament for Serbs outside Serbia

BELGRADE - President of Republika Srpska (RS) Milorad Dodik has called for changes in Serbia’s electoral legislation to enable the Serbs outside Serbia to have representatives in the Serbian parliament.

UN envoy says his mandate concerns only name dispute

UN envoy says his mandate concerns only name dispute

SKOPJE -- UN secretary-general's envoy Matthew Nimetz has said that he has no mandate to negotiate about "the identity of the Macedonian people."

Nimetz in Athens without concrete ideas on 'Macedonia' name row

A day after visiting the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) where he called for a swift solution to the lingering name dispute with Greece, United Nations’ special mediator Matthew Nimetz arrives in Athens on Wednesday for talks at 1p.m. with Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos.

Final donor conference donations figure: EUR 106mn

Final donor conference donations figure: EUR 106mn

BELGRADE -- The recent donor conference in Brussels, organized to help Serbia recover from the May floods, raised slightly over EUR 106 million in donations.

EUR 106 million donated to Serbia

BELGRADE - The recent donor conference in Brussels, organised to help Serbia recover from the May floods, raised slightly over EUR 106 million in donations.

A list of donations to Serbia has been published on the website of the Serbian Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief, which said that a total of EUR 106,867,611 was raised.

Venizelos to meet Nimetz in Athens

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos is expected to meet with Matthew Nimetz, the United Nations mediator in a dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in Athens on Wednesday, the Greek Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.

UN Mediator Arrives Empty Handed in Macedonia

On arrival in Skopje on Monday, UN mediator Matthew Nimetz said he was bringing no new proposal on his two-day visit, but rather old ideas that were worth considering further.

“I don’t have a new proposal but I have some things in my head," Nimetz told reporters.

UN envoy says he has new ideas, not proposals as he arrives in FYROM

United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz arrived in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Monday and confirmed that he does not have any concrete proposals to make regarding the name dispute with Greece.

“I have not brought a new proposal but I do have some ideas,” Nimetz said as he arrived in Skopje, according to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency.

Bulgarians' Trips Abroad Increase by 7.3% in June

In June 2014, the number of trips of Bulgarians abroad was 411.1thousand or by 7.3% above the registered in June 2013, the National Statistical Institute reports.

OSCE explores ways to prevent extremism in the Balkans

OSCE explores ways to prevent extremism in the Balkans

Experts discuss approaches to counter radicalisation of potential terrorists.

The OSCE and the Balkan countries are working to address political and socio-economic factors that lead to radicalisation and recruitment of terrorists, officials said.

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