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Italy adds to calls for FYROM name row to be solved

Pressure from within Europe for a solution to the dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s name is growing, with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini adding her voice to those calling for a swift resolution.

EU Urges Would-Be Members to Protect Probing Journalists

“The EU promotes freedom of expression in its dialogues with enlargement countries and supports excellence in investigative journalism,” Lunacek said on Friday.

“Candidates and prospective candidates for EU membership must ensure journalists can do their job without fear of violence and intimidation,” she added

Serbia Still Gathering Evidence to Charge Kosmajac

Serbian police chief Milorad Veljovic said law enforcement bodies in Serbia were gathering evidence about the alleged drugs baron Dragoslav Kosmajac, before a warrant can be issued for his arrest.

FYROM's foreign minister does not see progress in name talks

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) does not expect a visit next week by United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz to bring any new proposals for a solution to the country’s name dispute with Greece, Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki said on Thursday.

Nimetz will be in Skopje on July 28 and 29 before spending the next two days in Athens.

Amendments to law on construction up for public debate soon

BELGRADE - Draft amendments to the law on planning and construction, which would shorten timeframes for issuing building permits, will be up for public debate soon, and are expected to be passed in August, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic said on Thursday.

Nimetz Upbeat on Fresh Macedonia 'Name' Talks

“This time I expect substantial progress at the meetings with the leaders in Skopje and Athens,” UN mediator Nimetz was quoted as saying in an interview for “Voice of the People,” a Macedonian TV magazine.

Nimetz will visit Skopje on Monday and Tuesday to meet Macedonian leaders, after which he will travel to Athens, a UN press release explained.

Through co-operation, Balkan countries protect citizens in Iraq

Through co-operation, Balkan countries protect citizens in Iraq

Officials are assisting thousands of people from the Balkans who work in Iraq.

Balkan countries are co-operating to assist their citizens who work in Iraq and to address extremist terror threats coming from that country, experts said.

Macedonia Appoints New ‘Name’ Negotiator

The office of the Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has announced that Naumovski is being appointed Macedonia's chief negotiator in the long-standing dispute with Greece over its name.

The move comes after the previous representative, Zoran Jolevski, recently took the post of defence minister.

Private Sector Eyes Role in Macedonian Freight

A government-proposed amendment to the Railway Law, which will allow private firms to organize their own freight transport, has alarmed experts in the state railway company.

The amendment passed the first reading in parliament earlier this week.

If it is adopted, companies will have the right to purchase their own rolling stock and also hire train operators.

Dacic meets with ambassador of Macedonia

BELGRADE – Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic met with Macedonian Ambassador to Serbia Vera Jovanovska-Tipko on Tuesday to discuss the European integration process, cross-border cooperation and Serbia’s and Macedonia’s infrastructure projects.

Bulgaria's Defense Min Vows Support for Macedonia's EU, NATO Bids

The defense ministers of Bulgaria and Macedonia have expressed their mutual desire and will for cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.

Macedonian Defense Minister Zoran Jolevski met with his Bulgarian counterpart on Tuesday as part of an official visit to Bulgaria.

Balkan Drug Lord Dragoslav Kosmajac Arrested in Montenegro

Balkan drug lord Dragoslav Kosmajac has been arrested in Montenegro's Kotor.

On Monday night, he was questioned by local investigative authorities, according to reports of the BGNES news agency.

Kosmajac has been described as "Serbia's biggest drug dealer" by Serbian Prime Minister Alexandr Vucic.