Latest News from Slovenia
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.
Popularity Swedish furniture retailer IKEA, a byword for design and practicality throughout the Western hemisphere, is opening near Zagreb, Croatia, on 21 August.
The IKEA centre in Zagreb is the result of an investment of 91 million euro and is the first such store in the Western Balkans, where it is expected to act as a regional hub.
Advent International and a Bulgarian-Russian consortium headed by businessman Denis Barekov are reportedly the key bidders for nationalized Austrian bank Hypo Alpe Adria.
The bank, which Austria nationalized in 2009 to prevent its collapse, is to sell its Balkan network by mid-2015 at the behest of the EU Commission.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia has confirmed that he will visit Serbia on October 19 for the 70th anniversary celebration of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of Belgrade at the end of the Second World War.
At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Bulgaria's government debt increased by 1.4 percentage points from the last quarter of 2013 and by 2.3 pp from the first quarter of 2013, to 20.3% of the GDP, according to Eurostat.
In the last quarter of 2013 the government debt amounted to 18.9% of the GDP and in the first quarter of 2013 it stood at 18.0% of the GDP.
Marko Blagojevic, head of the Serbian Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief, said Serbia will use the funds raised at the donors' conference in Brussels primarily for the reconstruction of its energy system and for agricultural recovery.
The European Court for Human Rights, ECHR, on Wednesday ruled in favour of two citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina who sued the Ljubljana Bank and the state of Slovenia for not returning their foreign currency savings lost in the early 1990s.
Germany takes leading role in promoting EU integration for Balkans
Germany is taking a leadership role in the Balkans' integration to the European Union.
Leaders of western Balkan countries are invited to a high-profile conference next month in Germany to support their integration prospects into the European Union.