Defence Ministry

Depot Blast Highlights Serbia's Weak Arms Controls

The latest blast in Serbia in the military facility at Kragujevac, which killed four persons, raises further questions about Serbia's ability to control its ageing stocks of ammunition, experts say.

Military analyst Aleksandar Radic told BIRN that speculation about the exact causes of the incident in Kragujevac was premature but the human factor was probably to blame.

Vice Admiral Eftimov: No Increased NATO Presence in Black Sea Region

There is no increased presence of NATO's forces in the Black Sea, stated interim head of defence Vice Admiral Emil Eftimov.

According to Eftimov, the focus right now is on training and exercises.

"We focused on optimising training and exercises conducted in the Black Sea region. We do not perceive an escalation or reinforcement in that presence," stated Eftimov.

Bulgaria's PM: No Violations at Some Ministries

Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov presented on Friday the results of the inspections of the ministries which he ordered at the first meeting of the caretaker cabinet.

The PM ordered the preparation of analytical reports on the state of the ministries with an emphasis on public procurement orders and steps to be taken in order to deal with possible violations.

Djordjevic heads working group on air traffic over Kosovo

BELGRADE - The Serbian government has set up a working group headed by Defence Minister Zoran Djordjevic to deal with normalisation of civilian air traffic over the Kosovo and Metohija province, including reintroduction of flights from Belgrade to Pristina, the Defence Ministry announced in a statement.

Bulgaria's Defence Minister Files Report on Violations of Public Procurement Orders

An inspection of the work of the Defence Ministry has uncovered irregularities in over 100 public procurement orders, announced at a briefing interim Defence Minister Stefan Yanev.

The report on the public procurement orders where violations and bad practices have been discovered has been sent to the Prosecutor's Office.