"Everyone will be judged by the people and the History", says the Government on the Prespes Agreement
The Prespes Agreement will head for ratification next week through the contract procedure in the Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs in the Greek Parliament followed by a discussion and voting in plenary We will not follow Fast Track procedures the government stressesThis is the second big bet of the Tsipras Government since the first obstacle the vote of confidence after the withdrawal of INdependent Greeks from the government was successfully overcome The goal of Athens is to ratify the Agreement by at least 151 MPs with all eyes turned to the processes of The River KINAL as well as the position of individual MPs In such major national issues what is supposed to prevail is the patriotic interest and the certainty that everyone will be judged by the people and his...
New protection model for primary residence and... negotiations
A new protection model for the primary residence is promoted by the government in order to succeed the framework of the KatseliStathakis law the extension of which ends on 28 February According to the Ministry of Finances relevant sources if the new framework has not been prepared by then a new extension will be givenIt is worth noting that the new scheme will be based on the value of the loan in relation to the objective value of the primary residence which will be the basis for of a bank arrangement through a haircut and extension Then the state will come under certain conditions to subsidize the new amount of the installmentFramework a la CyprusIn essence this is a similar context to the Cypriot Estia and is being discussed with banks in order to set the new...
EBRD has invested EUR 846 mln in the Greek economy in 2018
A vote of confidence in the Greek economy was given by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD in 2018 as it invested EUR 846 million in the Greek economy As stated in a relevant EBRD statement the Banks work in the country is aimed at supporting reforms mobilizing foreign and domestic investment and contributing to the full recovery of the Greek economy The results of 2018 bring EBRDs total investment in Greece close to EUR 24 billion while the total number of projects in the country reached 44 at the end of the year There is also a decision for the bank to remain in Greece until 2025Increase compared to 2017EBRD has greatly increased its investment in the Greek economy from total investment of EUR 614 million in 2017 to EUR 846 million in 2018 ma...
Putin in Belgrade calls Serbia “sister country”
I thank to the citizens of Belgrade and Serbia for their warm welcome I am very happy that I have the opportunity to visit the friendlysister country of Serbia as well as to have talks on what we have achieved and what will we achieve said Russian president Vladimir Putin during his visit to Belgrade todayTalking to his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in the Presidential Palace Putin said Dear mister president in recent years you did a lot for the development of the RussoSerbian relations today I will have the great opportunity to deliver you the state reward for your contribution for everything you didPutin decorated Vucic with the medal of the Order of Aleksandar Nevsky Vucic gave his guest a dog sarplaninac shepherd dogThe Serbian people will ...
EU Commissioner Hahn to visit Tirana
After his visit to Kosovo EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn will also stop in the Albanian capital Tirana where he will meet the countrys Prime Minister Edi RamaThe news was announced by the ambassador of the European Union to Tirana Luigi SorecaAccording to him the meeting between PM Rama and Hahn will focus on the assessment of the ongoing reforms Let us recall that commissioner Hahn arrives in Tirana following a visit held in Pristina Kosovo ibna...
The Netherlands supports Albania’s EU integration
Dutch Foreign minister Stef Blok declared today from Tirana that his country supports Albanias European perspectiveIn a joint press conference with his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati he said that Holland is committed to assist Albanias European perspective Rule of law and democracy stand at the very core of EUs values and were seeing that the Albanian government is strongly engaged in this area This declaration by the Dutch Foreign minister comes at a time when his country is one of the most skeptic ones regarding Albanias advancement in the EU accession talks He said that Albania and Holland are working together to fight illegal emigration in the EU and to discourage Albanians from applying for asylum in these countriesBlok said that the European Commission...
Albania: New govt ministers sworn in,EU considers it an important moment
The new government ministers who were nominated by Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama just before the New Year were sworn in today in a special ceremony hosted in front of the president of Republic Ilir Meta They are the new deputy Prime Minister Erion Braçe and the other new ministers Anila Denaj Belinda Balluku Besa Shahini Elva Margariti Bledar Çuçi Eduard Shalsi and Elisa SpiropaliOn his part the president of Republic Ilir Meta wished the new cabinet members good luck in their challenges aheadMeanwhile the EU ambassador to Tirana Luigi Soreca has also reacted following this ceremonyCongratulations to the new members ofAlbaniangovernment who were sworn today before President Meta They take office at a critical moment for the European future of Albaniao...
HWR: Kosovo has made slow progress in defending human rights
Kosovo has made slow progress in defending human rights This is stressed in the latest report of Human Rights WatchThe report which was published today states that leaders from Serbia and Kosovo in the month of August announced a plan for redrawing borders as part of a peaceful agreement between the two countriesAccording to the report the plan caused human rights concerns due to the exchange of population that was going to take place based on that planThe report also stresses the discrimination of minorities and tension between Serbs and AlbaniansJournalists faced threats and intimidation and the investigation of these cases was slow Tension between Serbs and Albanians of Kosovo has continued to be present especially in the north Roma Ashkali and Egyptian comm...
Romania will provide support to the IGB pipeline
Collaborations with Greece Bulgaria and Serbia as well as with the other countries in the Balkans will be sought by Romania during its current EU Presidency with the aim of ensuring the best conditions for energy security and diversification of supplies through the Vertical Gas Corridor as well as the Gas Interconnection Greece Bulgaria IGBWe need to work together on energy efficiency but also on diversification of supply the security of transit corridors and by saying safety we mean not only the security of pipelines which is important but also the safe flow of energy said the Romanian Ambassadorto Athens IGB at New EuropeEnergy as he pointed out is not a political issue but political will is needed to promote diversification plansAt the end o...
Kosovo - BiH negotiations on custom tax case to start soon
BiH Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Minister Mirko arovi said on Thursday that the preparations for intensive negotiations with Kosovo authorities on the 100 percent customs tax are ongoing and that he expects the first meeting soonarovi stated that at the request of Bosnia and Herzegovina the Kosovo side agreed to hold bilateral negotiations The desirable result is the abolishment of the customs tax for goods from BiH This situation already caused several million euro economic damage to BiH entrepreneurs and economy The first meeting should be at the level of experts and should be dedicated to finding an adequate solution and the prevention of the further consequences of Pristinas decisionWe can not predict the outcome but it is important that we managed to op...