Embarrassment in Podgorica - Montenegro-Russia qualifications match interruptedRussian ambassador to Romania vexed by article written by “boors”Gold ingots and paintings – former Romanian Finance minister hid treasure behind fake wallsMontenegrin government announces tax reductionZagreb's Deputy Mayor steps down from officeRomania’s once most wanted, sentenced to 23 years in prisonGovernment acts are like a time bomb for the Albanian economy, says the oppositionIBNA Analysis/Diplomacy of the imageBulgaria business climate rises in MarchErdogan will have access to the secret funds of Turkey

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Russian ambassador to Romania vexed by article written by “boors”

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Bucharest, March 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Russian ambassador in Bucharest, Oleg Malgynov, has reacted in anger to an essay published by two prominent authors Vladimir Tismaneanu and Marius Stan, titled “The Fascist Temptation of Comrade Putin”, calling the two writers “boors”. In a press release posted on the embassy’s website, […]

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Gold ingots and paintings – former Romanian Finance minister hid treasure behind fake walls

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Bucharest, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Former Romanian Finance minister Darius Valcov (photo) will be held under house arrest for 30 days, a top court ruled in a case which continues to reveal details about the magnitude of the corruption scandal the former official is involved in. Thus, the anti-corruption […]

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Zagreb’s Deputy Mayor steps down from office

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Zagreb, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Deputy Mayor of Zagreb Sandra Švaljek submitted her resignation on Friday and announced that she will return to the Institute of Economics. Mayor of the capital, Milan Bandic, yesterday from prison, where he’s currently, withdrew the authority of the office of mayor and gave […]

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Romania’s once most wanted, sentenced to 23 years in prison

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Bucharest, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Omar Hayssam, Syrian national who was once Romania’s most wanted fugitive, was today sentenced to 23 years in prison by the country’s High Court of Justice after merging sentences in three separate files, putting an end to a decade long saga which shamed many […]

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Recommendations of Self Determination on the Special Tribunal are refused

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Pristina, March 27, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo MPs did not approve the recommendations proposed by the Parliamentary Group of Self Determination in relation to the creation of the Special Tribunal. With 37 votes against, 22 in favor and 2 abstains, the recommendations of Self Determination were turned down. Kosovo’s PM, Isa […]

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Government acts are like a time bomb for the Albanian economy, says the opposition

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Tirana, March 27, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Opposition in Albania says that poverty and unemployment have increased, economic growth has fallen along with the level of wellbeing and that the acts of the government, according to it, are like time bombs for the Albanian economy. This was said today by the leader of the Democratic […]

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IBNA Analysis/Diplomacy of the image

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By Dr. Jorgji Kote Public diplomacy, also known as “diplomacy of the image” has constantly, especially in the recent years, represented an absolute priority for all states and even more for countries such as Albania and our official diplomacy in particular. Even more, in circumstances when we have realized or are in the process of finalizing […]

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Erdogan will have access to the secret funds of Turkey

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Ankara, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis The strong reaction of the Turkish opposition has caused the concession of the right to access secret funds to the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The Turkish government at the last time tabled an amendment that gives the right to the Turkish president […]

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Montenegrin government announces tax reduction

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Podgorica, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Adnan Prekic One of the major advantages of the Montenegrin economy in the international market has for a long time now been the generous tax regime. Foreign investors who invested in Montenegro could expect favorable taxes and many other benefits. But, economic crisis, beyond 2009, have […]

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BoG: Deposits have dropped to EUR 140.46 billion

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Athens, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The total deposits in February dropped to 140.46 billion euros, according to figures released Thursday by the Bank of Greece. Depositors withdrew funds totaling 7,57bn euros in the previous month due to the uncertainty and rumors of a Grexit. Households withdrew from the banks […]

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Cooperation between Greece and Switzerland to tackle tax fraud

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By   2 days ago

Athens, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The governments of Greece and Switzerland today expressed their common will to not waste time and take advantage of their tax authorities in order to identify cases of tax fraud and illegal financial transactions, is mentioned in an information note of the government on […]

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Government – New Democracy dispute over the text of the loan agreement

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Athens, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris War of announcements between the government and main opposition has caused the publication by Antonis Samaras on noon Thursday, of the full text of the decision to extend the loan agreement. “Mr Samaras is in full strategic stalemate. First he blames the government for […]

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Trade Unions demand the reform of the Montenegrin pension system

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Podgorica, March 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Adnan Prekic The reform of the Montenegrin pension system takes longer than ten years. Although pensions have been paid regularly and is one of the largest in the region, still, nobody is satisfied with the current situation. Trade unions are dissatisfied with higher retirement ages and […]

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Slovenian Govt predicts 2.4% growth this year

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Ljubljana, March 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenia’s economy will expand by 2.4% this year, up from its earlier estimate of 2%, after faster-than-expected 2.6% growth in 2014, according to projections of IMAD, the government’s macroeconomic forecaster, which upgraded its prediction for 2016 from 1.6% to 2%. Exports will remain the […]

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Croatian Govt’s plan for saving a billion kuna gets forwarded to the European Commission

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Zagreb, March 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic The inner cabinet of the Croatian government discussed and accepted on Thursday the first set of measures to reduce government expenditure which, would bring a billion of kuna (a little over than 130 million euro) savings on an annual basis and the proposal of […]

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‘Great potential’ for development of Bulgarian – Romanian border areas

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By   3 days ago

Sofia, March 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe There is great potential for the development of the Bulgarian – Romanian border areas, with the cross-border co-operation programme providing an opportunity, Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Denitsa Nikolova said. Nikolova was speaking at the March […]

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Bulgaria business climate rises in March

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Sofia, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Managers’ outlook on the business climate in Bulgaria improved for a third consecutive month in March, rising by 0.9 percentage points, boosted by increased optimism in the industry and services sectors, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on March 27. […]

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Intervention of SEV in Brussels

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Athens, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The access of the greek private sector to European funding and the use of the so-called Juncker package, namely the European Fund for Strategic Investments / EFSI, were the focal points of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) intervention in Brussels as part of […]

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Must Albania remain with one civil airport?

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IBNA Special Report Tirana, March 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani Rinas international airport in Albania has seen a rise in the number of passengers in 2014. The concessionary company says that 1,8 million people have traveled from this airport, the only one in Albania. Many people say that flights to and from […]

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‘Great potential’ for development of Bulgarian – Romanian border areas

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Sofia, March 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe There is great potential for the development of the Bulgarian – Romanian border areas, with the cross-border co-operation programme providing an opportunity, Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Denitsa Nikolova said. Nikolova was speaking at the March […]

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Slovenia’s industrial production up by 8.8% yoy in January

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Ljubljana, March 20, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos January has been a good year for Slovenia’s industrial production, registering a 8.8% production in January compared to the same month last year, with the positive trend that started in mid-2013 accelerating, says the country’s statistical authority. The output value soared 11.3% in electricity, […]

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Skopje’s airport among the best ten airports in Eastern Europe

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Skopje, March 24, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti “Alexander the Great” airport in Skopje, secured a sport among the ten best airports in East Europe in the “Skytrax 2015” world awards. During the allocation of “Skytrax” awards held as part of the Passenger Terminal Expo in Paris, Skopje’s airport was announced the ninth […]

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Free economic zone exempted from taxes for 35 years in the Albanian coast

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Tirana, March 24, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency On the coast of the city of Durres, the government has decided to announce a free economic zone for trading and production businesses for 35 years in a row. The decision has been taken by the ministry of Economy. The area in question where this tax haven will […]

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Albania and Kosovo sign agreements for the facilitation of trade

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Tirana, March 23, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Albania and Kosovo signed today 11 cooperation agreements involving different domains, among which is the “Stimulation and Facilitation of Trade”. The agreement was signed by the minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Enterprise of Albania, Arben Ahmetaj and the minister of Commerce and Industry of Kosovo, Hykmete […]

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Serbia looks for new sources of energy supply

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Belgrade, March 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic Serbia will strive to participate in all the projects that could provide new sources and routes for gas supply, Minister for Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic (photo) said today. Abandoning South Stream project has raised many questions considering gas supply, Minister Antic added. Earlier […]

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If demand for energy doesn’t go down, Albania will be a net importer

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Tirana, March 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency If measures are not taken to increase energy efficiency and reduce demand, Albania is likely to remain a net importer of electricity at least until 2024. This is the result of the report issued by the non government organization branch CEE Bankwatch and environmental center EDEN. Contrary to […]

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71,7% of power supply is secured through internal sources

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Skopje, March 25, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti 71,7% of the power supply in FYR Macedonian has been secured through internal sources from the start of the year. This was said today in a report published by the State Authority of Statistics. In January of this year, FYROM has consumed 903.598 megawatt hours, […]

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Switzerland grants 6.6 million Euros to support Albania in reaping full benefits from TAP

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Tirana, March 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency A new Swiss government grant will support Albanian institutions in developing capacities to create a gas market, to successfully implement large investment projects and to benefit from the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). Ambassador Beatrice Maser, Director at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) together with ministers […]

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Obama: ‘Energy revenue to be shared by Greek and Turkish Cypriots’

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Nicosia, March 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou The United States remains committed to finding a just and lasting settlement, reunifying Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, US Assistant Secretary Legislative Affairs Julia Frifield said in a letter attached to the US President`s bi-monthly report on Cyprus covering the period October 1, […]

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Bulgaria can play key role in EU gas distribution – Foreign Minister

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Sofia, March 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister has re-affirmed Sofia’s goal to play a bigger role in the European energy sector, despite the cancellation of South Stream, the Russian gas pipeline that would have crossed Bulgaria on its way to other EU markets. At […]

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Cyprus – Russia to implement agreements

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Nicosia, March 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou Ways to implement the agreements signed between Russia and Cyprus during President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades` visit to Moscow last month will be examined at the Cyprus – Russia Business and Investment Forum that will be held in Limassol with the participation of […]

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No agreement between Government and Italian investors on cooperation in the national energy company

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By   2 weeks ago

Podgorica, March 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Adnan Prekic Another round of negotiations between representatives of the Montenegrin government and the Italian company A2A ended out without results. Though after the meeting it was announced that discussions would continue until the end of the month, they still do not have consensus on the […]

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Exhortations and spikes in political party messages for March 25

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Athens, March 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The references to contemporary reality dominate the party messages for national holiday on March 25. “The Revolution of 1821 is not just another anniversary, a historic event of the 19th century, but a pivotal moment, a living proof of when the peoples decide to […]

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Budget cuts threaten to cancel many festivals

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IBNA Special Report Pristina, March 24, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The recent decisions of the Minister of Culture, Kujtim Shala to make budget cuts for several film and music festivals has irritated artists to a great extent. They have even lost patience and decided to openly object these decisions. Artists have united […]

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“Sonata” participates in the “Three Cities Festival and Conference”

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Pristina, March 23, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The movie “Sonata” directed by Durim Kryeziu has participated in the “Three Cities Festival and Conference” in the Dominican Republic. This movie talks about the love between two opposite personalities, producing dilemmas which are hard to be answered. “Sonata” is based on the novel written […]

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Hugh Jackman says his grandfather was an Ottoman

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Ankara, March 19, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos In an interview with the newspaper Hurriyet, Hugh Jackman said that his grandfather was an Ottoman and that “I could call myself a Turk”, since his grandfather immigrated to Australia not from Greece, but from the Ottoman lands. “My father and uncle went to […]

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President holds pre-election promise and removes Tito from office

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Zagreb, March 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic State president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic held a promise and evicted Josip Broz Tito from Pantovčak according to the statement from her office, “the transfer of works of art and other artifacts, legacy of Josip and Jovanka Broz from the former Villa Zagorje” were carried […]

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Parthenon Marbles possible crunch time coming up

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London, March 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Thanasis Gavos The end of March will signify a potentially major shift of the basis on which the Parthenon Marbles reunification case has been developing. Following years of deconstructing the British Museum’s arguments for retaining the ancient Greek Sculptures in London and cultivating a favourable public […]

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Premier of the show “Adriana Lecouvreur” in Skopje

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Skopje, March 16, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The premier of the opera show “Adriana Lecouvreur” of the prominent Italian author, Francesco Cilea, was shown last night in Skopje. This show was prepared by a group of international artists, directed by Enrico Castilone from Italy, while the music conductor of the show was the Italian […]

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Albania presents its new song for Eurovision 2015

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Tirana, March 16, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Eurovision has published the new song that will represent Albania in the European song contest which will be held in the month of May in Vienna, Austria. The singer from Shkodra comes with the song “I’m Alive”, for which she has also prepared the clip that you can see […]

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Embarrassment in Podgorica – Montenegro-Russia qualifications match interrupted

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By   13 hours ago

Podgorica, March 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Adnan Prekic Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit on the head by a flare in the first minute of the Euro 2016 Group G qualifier between Russia and Montenegro that took place in Podgorica. The referee stopped the match, but it was resumed after 35 miniutes. […]

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FYROM prepares for its match against Belarus

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Skopje, March 18, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYR Macedonia’s national football side is hoping on a positive result in the framework of the Euro 2016 qualifying matches. The coach of the national team, Bosko Djurovski published the list of players that will face the Belarus side on March 27. This fixture also […]

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Kosovo’s Basketball Association accepted by FIBA

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Pristina, March 16, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has officially accepted Kosovo as its member According to its official announcement, Kosovo’s Basketball Association (FBK) has become its 215th member of BIBA and the 52nd member of FIBA Europe. The decision was taken in the meeting of FIBA’s executive committee […]

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Kosovo officially applies for UEFA accession

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Pristina, March 9, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Delegation of Kosovo’s Football Association (FKK), led by its chairman Fadil Vokrri and general secretary, Eroll Salihu, have met today at UEFA head office with its chairman, Michel Platini. During this meeting, they have officially submitted the necessary paperwork for accession in UEFA. The heads […]

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Football Association in FYROM demands support for the creation of a regional football league

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Skopje, March 6, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Football Association in FYR Macedonia (FSM) says that its idea for the creation of a regional league in Southeast Europe is being supported by other federations. This proposal suggests a league between the countries of this region. Ilco Gorgioski, president of FSM said that this […]

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Greek Super League starts again amid allegations of the existence of a mafia in football

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By   3 weeks ago

Athens, March 6, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Revelations, which if accompanied by evidence and names, will cause an “earthquake” not only to greek football, but to the entire society, made the former president of Professional Sports (EEA) between 2003 and 2008 and now honorary vice president of the Supreme Court, Constantinos […]

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Inmates defeat the national side in a football match

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Tirana, February 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency For the first time, inmates who suffer prison sentences in Albanian correctional facilities have played a match against the Albanian national football team and which they have won. General Prisons Directorate, in collaboration with the Albanian Football Association organized the final match of the 2015 football mini-championship […]

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Greek government decides the suspension of the Super League

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Athens, February 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris After the meeting between Deputy Minister of Sports, Stavros Kontonis with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the former announced the suspension only of the Super League and not of the other leagues or activities in other sports. At the same time, the situation will be […]

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Gold ingots and paintings – former Romanian Finance minister hid treasure behind fake walls

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Bucharest, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Former Romanian Finance minister Darius Valcov (photo) will be held under house arrest for 30 days, a top court ruled in a case which continues to reveal details about the magnitude of the corruption scandal the former official is involved in. Thus, the anti-corruption […]

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Romania’s once most wanted, sentenced to 23 years in prison

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By   2 days ago

Bucharest, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Omar Hayssam, Syrian national who was once Romania’s most wanted fugitive, was today sentenced to 23 years in prison by the country’s High Court of Justice after merging sentences in three separate files, putting an end to a decade long saga which shamed many […]

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Kosovo has met most of the criteria for the removal of visas

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Pristina, March 27, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Minister of Interior, Skender Hyseni has received on Friday in a meeting the head of the Council of Europe Office in Pristina, Isabelle Servoz-Galluci and her deputy, Andre Forde. This meeting discussed the priorities of the Ministry of Interior in meeting the obligations for the […]

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17 prosecutors are investigating the wiretapping scandal, EU experts expected to arrive

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Skopje, March 27, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The wiretapping scandal in FYR Macedonia has started to be investigated by 17 national prosecutors. This was declared by the Public Prosecution. “The files for the wiretapping scandal and the criminal charges raised by opposition party SDSM have been distributed to 17 prosecutors. Their examination continues […]

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Two emigrants jump at sea and die in order not to return to Albania

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Tirana, March 27, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Two Albanian emigrants have lost their lives refusing to return to Albania. The two Albanians threw themselves in the waters of the North Sea in order to avoid their return to Albania by British authorities. The victims are Leonard Isufaj, 27 years of age, who lost his life […]

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New prosecution for kickbacks from supply of antitank systems

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Athens, March 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris New prosecution for kickbacks in another armament program have started corruption prosecutors Popi Papandreou and Antonis Eleftherianos. The prosecution relates to the supply of anti-tank KORNET-E and is against the former acquisition programs director of the Ministry of Defense Antonis Kantas and the representative […]

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Albania signs the Convention of the Council of Europe against the trafficking of human beings

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Tirana, March 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The Convention of the Council of Europe against Traffic of Human Beings, was signed in Santiago in Spain by 14 countries and Albania was one of them. This is the first convention of this kind and it aims to create international cooperation against the traffic of human organs […]

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Trade Unions demand the reform of the Montenegrin pension system

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Podgorica, March 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Adnan Prekic The reform of the Montenegrin pension system takes longer than ten years. Although pensions have been paid regularly and is one of the largest in the region, still, nobody is satisfied with the current situation. Trade unions are dissatisfied with higher retirement ages and […]

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