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Turkey interested in stronger cooperation with Serbia

BELGRADE - The Serbian-Turkish Business Forum gathering over 200 participants opened in Belgrade on Monday and the organisers say that the textile, food and construction industry offer the biggest room for cooperation.

The forum gathers 26 Turkish businessmen and 150-200 businessmen from Serbia.

Migrants who survived Samos boat sinking arrive in Athens

The 32 migrants who survived their boat capsizing off Samos last week, an incident in which 22 people lost their lives and another seven have yet to be found, have arrived in Athens.

IEA Denies Albania Breached Iran Oil Embargo

“The IEA did not suggest that Albania broke sanctions on Iran and any report that says otherwise needs to run a correction,” Magdalena Sanocka, a spokesperson for the IEA, said.

Sanocka said its report only mentioned Albania as a temporary destination for an Iranian oil tanker, which eventually unloaded its cargo elsewhere.

Survivors from Samos shipwrecks granted deportation stay

Thirty-four migrants rescued from two boats that capsized while entering Greek waters illegally from Turkey have been granted a six-month reprieve from deportation on humanitarian grounds, the police said on Friday.

Albanians Row Over Oil Imports from Iran

Former Prime Minister Sali Berisha on Thursday called for a parliamentary inquiry into claims that the centre-left government of Premier Edi Rama has imported oil from Teheran, breaking the UN-imposed embargo.

“The government has breached the embargo by allowing imports of oil from Iran, a grave national and international act,” Berisha said during Thursday's parliamentary session.

Coast Guard figures show big increase in migrant arrivals

A total of 4,363 would-be migrants were stopped by the Coast Guard and the Greek Police during the first four months of the year, a 142 percent increase compared to the same period last year, official statistics showed on Friday.

Bulgaria's Pamporovo Boasts 10%Tourism Growth Despite Snowless Winter

Despite the snowless winter, Bulgaria's Pamporovo ski resort registered a 10% growth in the number of tourists at the end of the season, according to data of Pamporovo AD.

Marian Belyakov, CEO of Pamporovo AD, explained in an interview for the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA) that the resort had registered yet another successful winter season.

Serbian-Turkish business forum in Belgrade on May 12

BELGRADE - The Serbia International Trade Association (SITA) and the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce will organize a Serbian-Turkish business forum in Belgrade on May 12, and the Turkish business delegation will comprise officials of 26 companies.

Court rejects Turkish appeal to extradite DHKP-C suspect

A Thessaloniki court on Thursday rejected an appeal by Turkish authorities for the extradition of Mehmet Yayla, an alleged member of the outlawed leftist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C) who was arrested in the northern port in January on an Interpol warrant.

Greek education ranked worst in the EU

Greece has the worst education system in the 28-member European Union, according to a global league table compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the British publishing firm Pearson which shows Asian countries overtaking Scandinavian nations that have traditionally excelled in this area.

Global Vehicle Production to Increase by 21 Million Units by 2021

Global automobile production will increase by 21 million units by 2021, according to a forecast by IHS Automotive.

Car production has grown by 25 million units since 2009 as the industry continues to recover from the impact of the global economic recession, the analysis of IHS states.

Bulgarians Dispute Size of EU Electoral Roll

Petar Ivanov, from the Center for Demographic Policy, says there is a huge discrepancy between the electoral roll and the size of the population that needs to be explained.

Greece comes second in Blue Flag program for clean beaches

Greek beaches have been awarded 408 Blue Flags for excellent water quality, putting the country in second place out of 51 countries after Spain, according to the Blue Flag program which is managed by the Copenhagen-based Foundation for Environmental Education.

Top 8 Ways to Use Bulgaria and Romania in Your Election Campaign

Bulgaria and Romania are quite often paired up in European and regional powers' approach to the Balkans. They are said to be both wrapped in political, economic and social problems, but usually do not provoke a huge interest from EU politicians.

Bulgarians Splash Out in Greece in May

Bulgarian tourists spent nearly 50 million euro in Greece over the holidays between May 1 and 6, estimates of tourist agencies show.

According to police data, 260,000 Bulgarians crossed the border to Greece over that period and at least 85,000 of them spent more than one night in Greece.