Balkan countries

Highlights of the Joint Meeting between Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and North Macedonia

The governments of Bulgaria and North Macedonia held a joint meeting in Bulgaria at the Boyana Residence. Prime Ministers Kiril Petkov and Dimitar Kovachevski also spoke in private. The meeting comes just a week after the Bulgarian prime minister visited Skopje.

Kiril Petrov Welcomed North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski in Sofia

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov welcomed the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Dimitar Kovachevski.

The official ceremony took place in front of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, where the two prime ministers laid wreaths.

The two prime ministers also laid flowers at the monument to the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius

Illicit Crime Cash ‘Flowing’ Through Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro – Report

Millions of euros generated from corruption, tax evasion and organized crime are moving through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia every year, a new report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, GI-TOC, published on Wednesday, says.

Kosovo, Serbia, CSOs Urge Govts to Break Dialogue Stalemate

In a bid to push the governments of Serbia and Kosovo to renew the stalled EU-facilitated dialogue on normalisation of relations, 47 civil society organisations, CSOs, from both countries on Friday urged them to make more of an effort, expressing "deep concern" about a "deteriorating situation on the ground".

CoE Torture Watchdog Accuses Croatia of Abusing Migrants at Borders

The Council of Europe's anti-torture committee has called on EU external border state Croatia to stop police ill-treatment of migrants and asylum seekers in its borders.

On Friday, its report called on authorities to take "determined action to stop migrants from being ill-treated by police officers and to ensure that cases of alleged ill-treatment are investigated effectively".