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Montenegro Party Used Serbian Online Help in Election, NGO Says

The head of the prominent Montenegrin watchdog MANS, Vanja Calovic Markovic, on Wednesday alleged one of the parties in the now ruling For the Future of Montenegro coalition used administrators from Serbia in the campaign on social networks for last year's election .

Tito’s Yugo-Nostalgic Admirers Celebrate Socialist-Era Holiday

People gathered in the Serbian capital Belgrade and the Croatian village of Kumrovec to mark the Socialist-era 'Youth Day', when showpiece events used to be held all across the former Yugoslavia and its leader Josip Broz Tito's birthday was also celebrated.

Montenegro Activists Commemorate Wartime Deportations

Activists and Interior Ministry representatives at the commemoration in Herceg Novi. Photo: Human Rights Action.

On May 25 and 27, 1992, the Bosniaks and Serbs were illegally detained and brought to the police headquarters in Herceg Novi, near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, from where they were deported on buses to Bosnian Serb-controlled territory.

Montenegrin Prosecutor Promises to Identify War Criminals

Montenegrin Special State Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic gives a press conference in Podgorica. Photo: PR Centar.

"The prosecutor's office is continuously undertaking numerous activities in order to identify events in which Montenegrin citizens were potentially involved in war crimes and those who are potential perpetrators," Katnic told a press conference.

Pandemic: Businesses Look to Western Balkans to Move Production Lines

Countries from Western Balkans - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are likely to benefit from the trend of relocating production by EU companies from Asia close to home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is stated in a report of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Research.

​Kosovo Prosecution Sues Power Plants’ Austrian Manager for Damages

The Basic Prosecution in Peja/ Pec on Friday said that it had filed a lawsuit against Kelkos Energy, the Austrian company operating hydropower plants in Decan/ Glogovac, in the district of Gjakova/ Djakovica, for damages caused by the plant pipeline. The prosecution said Kelkos Energy had caused "general danger". 

Deeply Divided Montenegro Marks 15 Years of Independence

BIRN asked four prominent figures and experts to assess Montenegro's achievements in the 15 years since regaining its independence, and why the country remains so divided:

Predrag Bulatovic, MP of the pro-Serbian Democratic Front and former leader of the now-defunct Unionist bloc that opposed independence:

Montenegro President Clashes With Govt Over Prosecution Law Changes

Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic on the press conference in Cetinje, Montenegro. Photo: President of Montenegro

"I will return the prosecution laws to a new vote in parliament because they are against the constitution. Fundamental democratic principles and our partnership with the EU are being destroyed by these laws," Djukanovic told a press conference.

Montenegro Discriminates Against Albanians, Mayor Tells Country’s Allies

Mayor of Tuzi Nik Gjeloshaj at a press conference. Photo: Government of Montenegro

"The government discriminates against Albanians and does not cooperate with our municipality. The reasons are various but it's mostly because of the hatred they have for the people who live in this area," Gjeloshaj told BIRN, referencing his Wednesday complaint.

Important: New Rules for People Arriving in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's caretaker Minister of Health on May 18 issued an Order that changes the requirements for children up to 5 years of age upon entering Bulgaria.

From May 19, no proof of negative result from PCR or antigen test is required for entry into Bulgaria of children up to 5 years of age who are Bulgarian citizens and also citizens of the following countries:

Brdo-Brijuni summit adopts joint statement at Brdo

Brdo pri Kranju – Having gathered for a summit at Brdo pri Kranju on Monday, the leaders of the Brdo-Brijuni Process adopted a declaration to reaffirm their commitment to EU enlargement, but failed to reach a consensus to call against changes to borders in the region due to Serbia’s opposition.

Montenegro Scraps Plan to Join NATO Mission in Kosovo

Montenegrin soldiers on the training in a military camp near the town of Danilovgrad. Photo: Montenegrin Government

The Ministry of Defence said it had abandoned the plan to send a platoon of 30 soldiers to Kosovo, announced by the former government, led by the Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS.

Brdo-Brijuni Process summit to discuss EU enlargement

Brdo pri Kranju – President Borut Pahor will host on Monday a summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process featuring his counterparts from Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia and the presiding trio of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The meeting, marking a decade of the initiative, is designed to reaffirm committent to EU enlargement.

Summit of Brdo-Brijuni Process to discuss EU enlargement

Brdo pri Kranju – President Borut Pahor will host a summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process in Brdo pri Kranju on Monday featuring his counterparts from Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia and the presiding trio of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The meeting, marking the 10th anniversary of the initiative, is to reaffirm committent to EU enlargement.