Announcement of the dissolution of the ruling coalitionOn the eve of August, Bulgaria's 2014 summer holiday season appears troubledNew structure with old names, Parliament in Skopje votes the new Lustration CommitteeDegradation of the political system and democracy in KosovoRomania braces for severe floods in the south-westGreece is not ready to engage in talks about the name dispute, says BarchmannBank of Albania is optimistic about the economy of the countryIBNA\Interview:  Vucic suggests he's a kind of PrometheusBritish MP blasts EU and the UK for stance over Cyprus after 40 years of occupationVice chairman of the Supreme Council of Justice accused of abusing with properties amounting to 100 million Euros

Politics View All →

Announcement of the dissolution of the ruling coalition

Djukanovic_DPS Krivokapic_SDP

By   10 hours ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Two months after the municipal elections it becomes clearer that the ruling coalition at the national level between the Democratic Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party has lived its final days. The smaller coalition member the Social Democratic Party has already generally agreed on the composition of the […]

Read More →

Degradation of the political system and democracy in Kosovo

Kosovo's parliament

By   12 hours ago

IBNA Special Report Pristina, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Experts of political affairs in Kosovo say that the political system in the country is deformed and it’s not operating like it should do. According to them, the current leadership has turned into a “murderer” of democracy by abusing with the system […]

Read More →

Greece is not ready to engage in talks about the name dispute, says Barchmann

Barchmann

By   13 hours ago

Skopje, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency International diplomacy continues to be involved in the debate on the name dispute between Skopje and Athens. Heinz-Joachim Barchman, German MP of the SPD, is critical toward Athens, when he says that Athens is not ready to engage in talks and it ignores what European countries are demanding, […]

Read More →

IBNA\Interview:  Vucic suggests he’s a kind of Prometheus

korac1

By   14 hours ago

  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade – I think that European Union has made very clear distinction between Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. Nikolic is strongly pro-Russian orientated and he rarely visits EU countries officially. Vucic has been recognized as far more pragmatic and inclined to European integration of Serbia – […]

Read More →

British MP blasts EU and the UK for stance over Cyprus after 40 years of occupation

Sir Alan Meale Commons

By   15 hours ago

  By Thanasis Gavos – London Cyprus needs to become more assertive when reminding Britain of its responsibilities towards the island, Labour MP for Mansfield Sir Alan Meale has told IBNA. In an interview to mark 40 years of the Turkish occupation of the northern part of the Mediterranean island, Sir Alan, a long-standing friend […]

Read More →

Turks and Israelis come to their “own” Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki GR IBNA

By   17 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens For Turks and Israelis, Thessaloniki is not just a tourist destination but a very important destination. For the Turks it is the birthplace of Kemal Ataturk, for Israelis the “Mother of Israel”. Many come to look for their roots. Turkish and Israeli tourists (along with Russian and Balkan) have […]

Read More →

Bad time for the government to go on holidays

Izvanredna sjednica Hrvatskog Sabora 231211

By   17 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Croatian government yesterday held a final session for the first half of the year after which Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and ministers went on a vacation that will last until August 18. This year none of the ministers will be left ‘on duty’ in the cabinet. This government’s results […]

Read More →

‘Asset Means Declaration’ tightens – heavy penalties imposed

GR IBNA

By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Those exercising public authority or manage public money without complying with the obligation to make precise “Asset Means Declaration” statements will be put under close scrutiny starting next year. Within a special section of the multi-bill expands the list of those obliged to make an “Asset Means Declaration” statement, […]

Read More →

Finance View All →

Bank of Albania is optimistic about the economy of the country

ardian fullani

By   14 hours ago

IBNA Analysis/Governor of the Bank of Albania, Ardian Fullani talks about the monetary policy decision making of the Oversight Committee of the Bank of Albania. Why did the interest rate remain unchanged and how is the economic situation in the country. What are the forecasts for the upcoming period Tirana, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News […]

Read More →

Bad time for the government to go on holidays

Izvanredna sjednica Hrvatskog Sabora 231211

By   17 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Croatian government yesterday held a final session for the first half of the year after which Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and ministers went on a vacation that will last until August 18. This year none of the ministers will be left ‘on duty’ in the cabinet. This government’s results […]

Read More →

Greece gears up for troika showdown talks

Lagarde GR IBNA

By   20 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has openly questioned whether Greece is in need of debt relief while maintaining that a review of the status of the economy in coming weeks would determine if Athens’ debt is sustainable. “I would not pass judgment on whether or […]

Read More →

Serbia: Public Sector losses 2.2 times higher than Private

Serbia RS IBNA

By   20 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Losses recorded in public companies were 2.2 times higher than that recorded in the rest of the Serbian economy in 2013, amounting to RSD 51bn (about EUR 438mln), as opposed to the RSD 23 billion (EUR 198mln) recorded by other companies, “Nova Ekonomija” weekly published on Wednesday. According to the reports […]

Read More →

‘Asset Means Declaration’ tightens – heavy penalties imposed

GR IBNA

By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Those exercising public authority or manage public money without complying with the obligation to make precise “Asset Means Declaration” statements will be put under close scrutiny starting next year. Within a special section of the multi-bill expands the list of those obliged to make an “Asset Means Declaration” statement, […]

Read More →

FYROM’s public debt amounts to 3.5 billion Euros or 45% of GDP

vlada

By   1 day ago

Skopje, July 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Public debt of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has amounted to 3 billion and 584 million Euros. This amount accounts for 44.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). International Monetary fund published the amount of the public debt. This is the first time after several years that IMF […]

Read More →

Council of Europe: Romania’s underground economy comes to 40 billion Euros

ro

By   2 days ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s shadow economy represented about 28.4 % of the country’s GDP in 2013, a little lower than the level reached in 2012 when it came to 30 per cent of the gross domestic product, reads a report of the Council of Europe released yesterday. But the proportion of shadow […]

Read More →

Official figure of the amount stolen at the Bank of Albania is made public

leke ibna

By   2 days ago

Tirana, July 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Bank of Albania has completed the full inventory of the bank notes contained in its warehouses and says that the amount which is missing is 713 million ALL or nearly 7.1 million USD. “The full inventory of all banknotes contained in the warehouses of the Bank of Albania […]

Read More →

Business View All →

On the eve of August, Bulgaria’s 2014 summer holiday season appears troubled

beach-kavatsi-sozopol-bulgaria-photo-copyright-clive-leviev-sawyer-600x450

By   10 hours ago

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe The summer tourist industry in Bulgaria is eyeing the 2014 season with concern, given the factors that could hamstring it – everything from the war in Ukraine to the rainy weather earlier in July to the overall difficult domestic economic situation. On the eve of August, there were […]

Read More →

Agrokor publishes bid for remaining Merkator shares

sl

By   14 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Agrokor, the croatian conglomerate, published a bid today (Thursday) for the acquisition of the remaining 47% stake in the slovenian retail company Mercator. Agrokor, which owns the rest of the 53% of the slovenian company has priced the remaining shares at EUR 86 per share, as was the initial takeover. This […]

Read More →

Kosovo’s trade deficit goes down

EKSPORTI

By   16 hours ago

Pristina, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Data on Kosovo’s foreign trade indicate a lower trade deficit for the month of June 2014 amounting to 188,6 million Euros as opposed to a 195,9 million Euros deficit in the same period of 2013. Export amounts to 12.6% of imports. Based on the latest […]

Read More →

Turks and Israelis come to their “own” Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki GR IBNA

By   17 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens For Turks and Israelis, Thessaloniki is not just a tourist destination but a very important destination. For the Turks it is the birthplace of Kemal Ataturk, for Israelis the “Mother of Israel”. Many come to look for their roots. Turkish and Israeli tourists (along with Russian and Balkan) have […]

Read More →

Serbia: Public Sector losses 2.2 times higher than Private

Serbia RS IBNA

By   20 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Losses recorded in public companies were 2.2 times higher than that recorded in the rest of the Serbian economy in 2013, amounting to RSD 51bn (about EUR 438mln), as opposed to the RSD 23 billion (EUR 198mln) recorded by other companies, “Nova Ekonomija” weekly published on Wednesday. According to the reports […]

Read More →

The first 300 days of the Albanian government in the focus of experts and former ministers

economy ibna

By   1 day ago

IBNA Special Report/IBNA hears from former ministers, MPs, business people, experts of economy and finance, merchants and consumers By Edison Kurani A debate is taking place in Albania over the first 300 days of the left wing government in office. The majority led by prime minister Edi Rama says that the country is marking progress, […]

Read More →

New industrial areas opened in FYROM

Aleksandar Georgiev

By   1 day ago

Skopje, July 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Government in Skopje has decided the opening of two new industrial areas near Vinica and Berova. 1 million Euros were allocated for their construction. The Vinica area will have a surface of 21 acres, while the one in Berova 17 acres. The tender for the construction of these […]

Read More →

New funds for researchers in Montenegro

MNE HOR2020

By   2 days ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Montenegro became the first country in the region to join the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020 worth 77 billion euros. Sanja Vlahović, Minister of Science of Montenegro thanked the EU for its continued support and understanding for Montenegro’s accession bid. Montenegro in the last […]

Read More →

Energy View All →

Cyprus starts exploratory drilling

Gas CY IBNA

By   20 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Energy Minister of Cyprus, George Lakkotrypis announced that before the end of summer, exploratory drilling will start in the “Onasagoras’ area, located in block 9 of the Cypriot EEZ. He also announced that for this as well as five other deposits, the signs are encouraging. Moreover, today the Republic of Cyprus […]

Read More →

Albania will hit historical records in the production of oil

gjiknuri

By   2 days ago

Tirana, July 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian Minister of Energy, Damian Gjiknuri says that the based on the recent research for hydrocarbons, Albania is expected to hit historical records in the production of oil. Gjiknuri has talked about the hydrocarbons sector today during the analysis of this ministry on the work done during the […]

Read More →

Another round of negotiations between the Government and MOL failed

INA-MOL: Pregovori završeni bez rezultata

By   4 days ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb The fifth round of negotiations between the Government and MOL on the future of INA held on Friday ended without results and progress, and as MOL teamstated, they were unable to agree on anything with the Government representatives, not even on a joint statement, the croatian media reported. The […]

Read More →

Montenegrin government increase its share in national energy company

EPCG

By   2 weeks ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica After months of negotiations and insistence from members of political parties in the Montenegrin parliament, the state has collected the tax debt of the national energy company. Tax receivables of 45 million euros that correspond to the dept will be converted into share capital. With the new shares, the […]

Read More →

OMV Petrom finds new oil reserves along the Black Sea coast

ro

By   2 weeks ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest OMV Petrom, a company controlled by the Austrian group OMV, announced it has discovered new reserves of oil in shallow waters off the Romanian coast of the Black Sea, but production wouldn’t start sooner than 3 to 4 years,  reads a press release of the company. The discovery of […]

Read More →

German Chancellor supports European perspective for the Balkans

cr

By   2 weeks ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave strong support to the European perspective of southeastern Europe yesterday in Dubrovnik, stating that the distractive climate of the past has been replaced by the construction and renewal of an area, which aspires to join the European Union. It’s joint wish that all the […]

Read More →

Croatian Economy Minister announces exploration of hydrocarbons in continental Croatia

cr

By   3 weeks ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb The Croatian government yesterday adopted a decision for the implementation of a public bidding for the issuing of licenses for the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in continental Croatia. The tender, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Economy, should be announced around mid-July. According to […]

Read More →

Albanian onshore licensing round

4886943_albaniaexplorationblocks

By   3 weeks ago

    Albania holds two of continental Europe’s largest onshore fields, the Patos-Marinza and Kucova field, both operated by Bankers Petroleum, placing Albania amongst Europe’s largest and oldest oil and gas producers with substantial onshore and offshore fields. Patos-Marinza alone is Europe’s largest onshore heavy oil field,  originally holding 5.4 billion barrels of oil,  and […]

Read More →

Culture View All →

Love for “Guiness”, the new record of the talent Saimir Strati is ready

Saimir Strati2

By   7 days ago

Tirana, July 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency He’s a very special artist and perhaps unique in his kind. For years in a row, his creative works have been very bizarre and he’s constantly registered in the record book of Guiness. The next challenge of Saimir Strati consists on a gigantic work built with recyclable materials […]

Read More →

Many treats for movie buffs at this year’s Motovun Film Festival

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

By   7 days ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb This year’s Motovun Film Festival (MFF), which is to be held July 26 to 30, will set a record in the number of visitors and films shown. Along the regular film program, one can expect many new events, Festival Director Igor Mirkovic announced at today’s press conference in Pula. […]

Read More →

“Balcony” by Lendita Zeqiraj in the “KahBang” festival in the USA

Balcony 1

By   1 week ago

Pristina, July 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota “Balcony”, a short film by the producer from Kosovo, Lendita Zeqiri, continues its journey in the international cinema stage. The next stop was the “KahBang” festival, which is held in Maine, USA, a typical American festival dedicated to independent cinema, from August 7 to August […]

Read More →

“Stobi 2014” ancient drama festival kicks off

festival

By   2 weeks ago

Skopje, July 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti “Stobi 2014” 13th international festival of ancient drama opened last night   in the suburbs of the town of Veles, in the eastern part of FYR Macedonia. The festival opened with the performance of the Turkish Theater from Skopje, with its play “The soldier”. The director […]

Read More →

IBNA Interview/Silvana Brace, the emblematic figure of the Albanian stage

Silvana Brace ibna

By   2 weeks ago

IBNA Interview/She’s without any doubt the most prominent figure of the Albanian TV screen. She’s the presenter of the best and most followed programs of the Albanian Public Radio television and musical stages for several decades. The Saturday’s shows, music programs and national and international events have been moderated by her. She has also presented […]

Read More →

Opatija celebrates 170 years of tourism by recalling the resort’s glorious season

opatija-volosko_1853304b

By   2 weeks ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb The three-day event ‘Golden Opatija’, is the central celebration of the 170th anniversary of tourism in this city, but also in Croatia, opened on Saturday night in Opatija with the musical – theatrical spectacle ‘Emperor City’. Through a variety of programs across the entire city of Opatija, the number […]

Read More →

“The World” affirms Kosovo in the world cinema

The World

By   2 weeks ago

Pristina, July 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The success of the movie “The World” in one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world has affirmed Kosovo in the world cinema. Kosovo’s Cinematography Center (KCC) has been mentioned for the first time in the reports of the media where it was […]

Read More →

“Ohrid Summer” festival takes place in Ohrid

foto (3)

By   3 weeks ago

Skopje, July 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti International traditional classical music festival “Ohrid Summer” has started in the Antique Theater of Ohrid. The festival opened on Saturday evening with the concert of the Italian soprano, Barbara Frittoli and baritone Leo Nucci, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of FYR Macedonia, conducted by Maestro […]

Read More →

Sports View All →

Minister Krasniqi receives the Albanian football player of the German national team, Shkodran Mustafi

Mustafi-Krasniqi

By   3 days ago

Pristina, July 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Memli Krasniqi has received today in a meeting, the Albanian football player from FYR Macedonia, Shkodran Mustafi, who was declared world champion with the German national team during the Brazil World Cup. Minister Krasniqi congratulated Mr. Mustafi on this […]

Read More →

Gostivar draws against Partizani

gostivar

By   7 days ago

Gostivar, July 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Gostivar held its first friendly match in the framework of the training phase taking place in Mavrova, against Partizani of Tirana, a match which ended in a 1-1 draw. The first two score were the guests from Tirana with a goal by the Brazilian player, […]

Read More →

Olympiacos-Milan 3-0 for the International Champions Cup (ICC)

OSFP-MILAN GR IBNA

By   7 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens A very good Olympiakos team made the ​​perfect debut at an international tournament in Toronto beating AC Milan 3-0 with goals from Domínguez, Diamantakos and Mpouchalakis (16 ‘, 49′ and 78 ‘). The Italians, with several changes in their team, had a classic opportunity to score with Saponara on […]

Read More →

Croatia teams all going to Europa League third qualifying round

22796004153b5104652208863744197_orig

By   7 days ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb All three Croatian representatives in Europa League Hajduk, Split and Rijeka managed last night to reach the third round of the competition. RNK Split footballers secured their place in the third qualifying round of Europa League after they played against the Israeli team Hapoel from Be’er Sheva without goals […]

Read More →

Maribor cruise past Zrinjski to reach UEFA Champions League third qualifying round 

sl

By   1 week ago

Review Hari Stefanatos NK Maribor secured a place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round after an easy 2-0 victory against HŠK Zrinjski in Slovenia. Dare Vršič scored near the end of half-time for the hosts with a free-kick and Agim Ibraimi extended Maribor’s lead with a 57th-minute penalty after Zrinjski goalkeeper Ratko Dujković […]

Read More →

Volleyball European League: Greece – Montenegro 2-3

GR MNG IBNA

By   1 week ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The Men’s Volleyball Greek National Team lost to Montenegro with 2-3 (18-25, 25-22, 25-19, 23-25​​, 6-15) in the first final of the European League, held in the packed with 2,500 fans “Evosmos” stadium in Thessaloniki. The rematch will take place on Saturday, July 26 in the city of Budva and to […]

Read More →

Babunski, the talent from Skopje making a debut with Barcelona

david babunski

By   2 weeks ago

Skopje, July 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti David Babunski is the youngest player from Skopje, who for the first time has debuted with the uniform of Barcelona in its match against Recreativo Uelva. This debut of the Macedonian player was thanks to the new manager of the club, Luis Enrique, who has […]

Read More →

FYROM’s national volleyball team concedes a defeat

match

By   2 weeks ago

Skopje, July 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYR Macedonian’s national volleyball team could not reach the final of the European League, after conceding a defeat against Montenegro. In the match played in Budva, Macedonian national team lost 3 to 1 sets. In spite of the efforts and the good game played […]

Read More →

Social View All →

New structure with old names, Parliament in Skopje votes the new Lustration Committee

tome adziev ibna

By   11 hours ago

Skopje, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Parliament in Skopje has voted today the new composition of the Committee for the Verification of Facts and Figure of Public People. The old members of this Committee were proposed to be voted. Parliament elected with 82 votes in favor, none against and no abstains the chairman of […]

Read More →

Over 115 thousand citizens seek justice for women raped during the war

petition

By   11 hours ago

Pristina, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Around 115 thousand signatures have been collected for the petition “We seek International Justice for Women Raped During the Last War in Kosovo”. The initiator of this incentive, Edita Tahiri said during a news conference that with these signatures, the citizens showed that they feel […]

Read More →

Romania braces for severe floods in the south-west

Flood RO IBNA

By   12 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Two people have died so far and other four are missing after SW Romania was hit by severe flooding, seven counties being under a red flood alert until tomorrow afternoon. The Government mobilized rescuers from other counties to be deployed in the affected areas after rivers overflowed and destroyed […]

Read More →

Direct democracy

kanan braho

By   13 hours ago

IBNA Op-Ed/The claim that this way improves representative democracy and strengthens direct democracy is completely absurd. This is pure demagogy. In fact, the opposite has taken place, the centralization of power in the famous ‘Executive Committees’ which come back more than 24 years later. I don’t understand where they have seen this ‘direct democracy’. Perhaps […]

Read More →

Two Albanians and a Turkish national die in a power plant in Albania

tunel

By   15 hours ago

Tirana, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The collapse of a tunnel in a power plant in the north of Albania has claimed the life of three people who were working there, among them a Turkish national. The victims are Ndue Legisi and Pjeter Doda, both 50 years of age, resident in Miredita and Lezha, […]

Read More →

Vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Justice accused of abusing with properties amounting to 100 million Euros

elvis-cefa

By   17 hours ago

According to the criminal charge, the area recognized with a decision of ARCP, when Elvis Cefa was its head, based on forged documents, is 2000 hectares and its estimated value is nearly 100 million Euros Tirana, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, the vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Justice has been […]

Read More →

Turks and Israelis come to their “own” Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki GR IBNA

By   17 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens For Turks and Israelis, Thessaloniki is not just a tourist destination but a very important destination. For the Turks it is the birthplace of Kemal Ataturk, for Israelis the “Mother of Israel”. Many come to look for their roots. Turkish and Israeli tourists (along with Russian and Balkan) have […]

Read More →

Albania closes its embassies in Lisbon, New Delhi, Sarajevo and Kuala Lumpur

amb bosnia ibna

By   18 hours ago

Tirana, July 31, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian government has decided to close its diplomatic centers in several countries of the world. The government said that the closure of these embassies was proposed by the minister of Foreign Affairs. Under the decision of the Council of Ministers, Albania closes its embassy in the capital of […]

Read More →