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Acting JusMin Birchall to convene CVM committee

Acting Justice Minister Ana Birchall said on Tuesday that she will convene the committee dealing with the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) in an urgent meeting to devise an action plan for the implementation of the recommendations contained in the European Commission report on Romania's progress under CVM, showing that one explicit aim in the report is the disbandment of the Specia

North Macedonia Vaccine Row Keeps 200 Children from Schools

Education Minister Aeber Ademi said on Tuesday that at least 200 children are not being allowed to attend school because they are not vaccinated, but added that these are only the preliminary numbers that the ministry gathered from education inspectorates across the country, and that the real figure might be higher.

Bulgaria Ranks First in Utilisation of Pesticide Packaging

his conference is a successful policy regarding the utilisation of packaging of plant protection products, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forests Desislava Taneva said at a conference For Clean Agriculture and Safe Environment, Focus News Agency reported.

Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev and Vietnam's Prime Minister Discuss Prospects for Expanding Bilateral Economic and Investment Partnership

Increasing the economic, trade and investment exchange between Bulgaria and Vietnam is a common priority and the institutions in both countries are ready to support business initiatives. This was the common position of Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who had a meeting in Tokyo, the presidential press office reported.

Bayern fans beaten ahead of game with Olympiacos

At least four German fans of Bayern Munich were injured on Tuesday evening when dozens of men barged into Olympiacos' training center in Rendi, Athens, during a game between the two clubs' under-19 teams and attacked them.

The incident took place just hours before a Champions League clash between the two clubs in Piraeus.

Turkey Is Arming Ukraine with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Leading Turkish developer of unmanned aerial vehicles Baykar has delivered another batch of drones Bayraktar TB2 in Ukraine.

Three aircraft, ammunition, simulator, camera systems and ground data terminals were delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force.

The newly delivered drones are being tested at an air base in Starokostiantyniv in Western Ukraine, Sabah reported.

AIA arrival caught with 1.45 kg of cocaine

A 36-year-old foreign national tried to smuggle 1.45 kilograms of cocaine through Greek customs at Athens International Airport on Tuesday.
The man, who had swallowed the drug in 34 small packages, flew into Athens from Sao Paolo in Brazil via Rome.
He appeared before an Athens prosecutor later in the day.

The Fastest Ant on the Planet Travels Nearly a Meter in a Second

The Saharan silver ant (Cataglyphis bombycina) can overcome almost a meter per second, making it the fastest ant and one of the fastest insects, TASS informs.

This conclusion was made by scientists at the University of Ulm, whose research was published in the scientific journal "Journal of Experimental Biology".

PM says Thessaloniki metro will be ready in April 2023

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledged on Tuesday that the long-delayed Thessaloniki metro will be up and running in April 2023.

After two meetings with local officials at the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace, he said he was pleased that timetables are being kept, adding that the problems with the city's public transport will improve at the start of 2020. 

CITUB Wants Bulgaria to Ratify the Convention against Workplace Violence

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria (CITUB) sent a letter to the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy a few days ago, asking the government and the National Assembly to ratify Convention 190 of the International Labor Organization, which deals with non-violence and harassment in the workplace, announced BTA.

Climate Change Is Making Stronger El Niños

Climate change is making stronger El Niños, which change weather worldwide and heat up an already warming planet, AP reported, citing a study published in the American Academy of Sciences.

AHI calls for Turkey sanctions over Syria incursion

The American Hellenic Institute (AHI), a nonprofit Greek-American public policy center and think tank, has urged Washington to end its "appeasement" policy toward Turkey, while reiterating a call upon Congress to sanction Ankara over its military incursion into northeast Syria. 

JusMin Birchall: CVM Report is critical; only two recommendations have been fulfilled

Justice Minister Ana Birchall stated on Tuesday that the European Commission Report regarding the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) is a critical one, showing that only two recommendations have been fulfilled out of the 12 included in the January 2017 Report. "Certainly, we would have wanted a better report.

European Commission Backs Croatia to Join Schengen Area

The European Commission announced on Tuesday that Croatia has "taken the measures needed to ensure that the necessary conditions for the full application of the Schengen rules and standards are met".