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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.