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Greeks expect more for their taxes, OECD report finds

Eight in 10 Greeks expect more and better services from the state in light of the taxes they pay, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report published on Tuesday.

Serbia Opposition MPs Boycott Parliament After Fresh Protests

MPs of parties mainly gathered in the opposition Alliance for Serbia boycotted Monday's session of the Serbian parliament, following mass anti-government protests, marring a visit by the President of Slovenia.

Serbian pensioners risk poverty less than many in EU

According to EU's statistical agency's analysis covering 2017, pensioners at risk of poverty in the European Union was estimated to be 14.2 percent, slightly above the figure of 13.8 percent in 2016. The rate has been rising gradually since 2013, when it was 12.6 percent, the organization has announced.

Tax restructure high on Government agenda

In a report from May 2018, the OECD identified that only 14% of total tax revenues in Slovenia comes from income tax (the average in OECD countries being 25%), while it collects 40% from social contributions (the OECD average is 26%). According to their assessment, such a system increases the cost of work and discourages employers from hiring.

Refugees In | Athens | November 29 & 30

The Greek Council for Refugees presents "Refugees In," a two-day event at the Bios venue addressing the many different aspects of the biggest wave of migration into Europe since World War II.

Bulgaria another country that wants out of UN migration pact

He added that this agreement would undermine Bulgarian national interests.

"The position of the Bulgarian government is not to join UN's global pact on migration," the deputy head of the GERB said after a meeting of coalition heads, Reuters reports. The agency says the juior coalition partner of GERB, the United Patrioty, strongly opposes the UN pact.

86,000 Bosnians Give Up Citizenship for Foreign Passports

From 1996 to 2018, a total of 86,755 people renounced their Bosnian citizenship - more than the population of the town of Brcko in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina - according to data that BIRN has obtained from the country's annual migration profile.

What should be on the priority list of the new government?

Advantage Austria

According to a survey conducted by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Ljubljana regarding the current economic conditions in Slovenia, almost two thirds of the questioned representatives of Austrian subsidiaries in Slovenia described the appeal to invest directly into the country as just "average".

Balkan Women Have Shortest Lives in EU, Report

Women from the Balkans have shorter lives than women in other EU states, according to the UK Guardian, comparing women's health in the bloc, and drawing on a new report issued by Public Health England and data from the EU statistics agency Eurostat.

Coalition committed to upgrading pension system

One of the coalition's priorities will be trying to build a consensus as soon as possible on how to amend the pension system to ensure its long-term financial sustainability. They also want to transform the Pension Fund Management (KAD) into an independent Demographic Fund.

Austria Keeps Door Part-Closed To Croatian Workers

After Slovenia on Friday announced that Croatian nationals no longer need visas to work there, Austria remains the only EU country that is still restricting access of Croatian citizens to its labour market.

Austria warned in March that it intended to seek the approval of the European Commission to extend the transitional period until 2020.

Austria's anti-illegal migrations drill "provocative"

Slovenia's outgoing Prime Minister Miro Cerar said this on Tuesday, as the exercise went ahead despite Slovenia's objections.

The Pro Borders drill saw Austrian police and army demonstrate emergency measures aimed at preventing illegal migrations.

Bosnia to Seal Borders if Austria Blocks Migrants

If Austria and Slovenia seal their borders to migrants, Bosnia and Herzegovina will be forced  to close its own borders with Serbia and Montenegro, Slobodan Ujic, Director of the Foreigners' Service of Bosnia, warned on Tuesday.

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