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Albania

Slovenian and Montenegrin ministers talk about public administration reform

Slovenian Government Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik and Montenegrin Minister of Public Administration, Digitalization and Media Tamara Srzentić held a bilateral meeting Wednesday to discuss public administration reform, digital transformation, development of e-government and self-government services . . Minister Koritnik introduced his Montenegrin counterpart with the introduction of the electronic identity card in Slovenia,…

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

UN Security Council adjourns session on BiH

The UN Security Council adjourned its session on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to problems with Russian opposition to international envoy Christian Schmidt. As the media in BiH reported, the session was supposed to be dedicated to the situation in BiH and the members had to decide on the extension of EUFOR’s mandate…

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Montenegro

Montenegro awaits offshore oil exploration results

The first results of the investigation into whether there is oil on the Montenegrin submarine will be known by the end of the year, said the acting president. Hydrocarbon Administration Marko Adžić. Drilling, as he said, will continue tomorrow after the works for the additional security of the well. Adzic, a guest on Montenegro Television’s…

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Croatia

Croatia: Rimac Bugatti starts operating

Rimac Automobile formally joined forces with Bugatti Automobiles on Tuesday under the recently announced company, Bugatti Rimac doo The Rimac Group will be the main shareholder of Bugatti Rimac with 55% of the shares. Mate Rimac will hold its stake in Rimac Group at 35%, with Porsche at 22%, Hyundai Motor Group doing the same…

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Slovenia

Slovenia: PM Jansha at the COP26 International Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansha stressed in his speech to participants at the COP26 International Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, that “now is the last time to offer a realistic path towards the 1.5 degree target”. He added that Slovenia, in the role of presidency of the EU Council, is working with European partners…

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Romania

Romania: PSD decides to vote against Ciucă government

The PSD leadership at today’s meeting decided that the Social Democrats should vote against the Ciuca government. The PSD has also decided not to nominate a prime minister, sources told news.ro. Earlier, the website g4media.ro reported, citing PSD sources, that the party was considering Marcel Ciolacu’s nomination for prime minister if the Ciuca government does…

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Albania

Cyprus: Anastasiades had a series of contacts on the outskirts of the Climate Change Summit

The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, held a series of meetings today with the Heads of State and Government on the sidelines of the United Nations Summit on Climate Change (COP26). The President of the Republic arrived this morning at the Glasgow Summit site, where he was received by the Prime Minister…

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Albania

Greece: Inflation at 3% – disposable income of households increases by 7%

The disposable income of Greek households increased by 7% per year in the second quarter of 2021, after an increase of 5.1% in the first quarter, according to data from the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). Final household consumption increased by 15.3% in the same period. Retail sales rose for the fifth consecutive month in August,…

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Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia

Croatia: President intends to send army to BiH

The Croatian Defense Ministry said Monday that in March it prevented an international scandal involving the Honor and Defense Battalion’s participation in a commemoration in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ministry said in a press release that on March 17, the office of President Zoran Milanovic informed the Chief of Military Staff, Admiral Robert Hranj, that…

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

BiH: Citizens in front of the US Embassy asked Biden to resolve the crisis in BiH

An informal group of citizens, who a few days ago staged a protest in front of the Office of the High Representative in BiH, gathered in front of the US Embassy in Sarajevo on Monday, seeking US assistance in resolving the crisis in the country. According to Sarajevo media, a small group of demonstrators gathered…

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Montenegro

Montenegro: The Democratic Front demands the election of a new government

One of the leaders of the Democratic Front (DF) of Montenegro, Andrija Mandic, said that due to Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic and GP URA and Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic, the phase of rebuilding the government for the FD is over. He added that the political alliance had launched an initiative to elect a new…

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Slovenia

Slovenia: In October 2021, the annual growth of consumer prices 3%, at a monthly level of 0.9%.

Annual growth was driven mostly by higher oil prices, while monthly inflation was largely due to higher clothing and footwear prices, the Slovenian Statistics Agency said in a report. In October 2021, the annual increase in consumer prices was 3%. In October 2020, price growth was negative, -0.1%. The average 12-month price increase was 1%…

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Albania

Zaev resigns as PM and Socialist Party chairman after new defeat in second round of local elections

Developments in northern Macedonia are a storm ahead as Zoran Zaev’s Social Democratic Party (SDSM) suffered a crushing defeat in the second round of municipal elections held yesterday, Sunday. Zoran Zaev said late last night that he takes responsibility for the loss of his party and resigned as the country’s prime minister and as his…

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Albania

OP / ED: Energy crisis: Balkans one step closer to collapse – They take on European indifference

By Renato Lekka * Just as the planet is struggling to recover from a pandemic, it is suddenly – or rather not so much – hit by the energy crisis. The problem as a whole has not yet arisen, but countries are trying to defend themselves. Again in the Balkans the difficulties are very sharp,…

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Montenegro

Montenegro: I will not resign, says Krivokapic

The Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapic, said in the Prime Minister’s hour, answering the question of the head of the parliamentary club of the Movement for Change, Branko Radulovic, that the Government he leads and he personally, are doing everything to bring. Montenegrin society in the desired consensus and gathering all the potentials that…

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

BiH: Western countries are trying to find solutions to the crisis in BiH

The Western countries’ diplomatic offensive, which began a few days ago, aimed at reaching an agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, continued on Friday with meetings of BiH State Department Special Envoy for Electoral Reform Matthew Palmer and Director of European External Action Service (EEAS), Angelina Eichhorst, with leaders of political parties in BiH. The first…

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Croatia

Croatia: Household financial assets reach € 75 billion in Q2 2021

The financial assets of the Croatian economy stood at HRK 2.633 billion at the end of the second quarter of 2021 (Figure 1), increasing by HRK 36.3 billion in the quarter and HRK 157.3 billion in the one-year period. The financial liabilities of the Croatian economy amounted to HRK 2.810 billion, with HRK 30.0 billion…

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Slovenia

Slovenia: DuluxGroup Limited plans to take over the Jub factory

DuluxGroup Limited, an Australian paint group owned by Paint Holdings Co., Ltd. (NPHD) of Japan, has confirmed the entry into a binding agreement to buy Jub, a large Slovenian paint company, in a deal worth 194.5 million euros. DuluxGroup plans to turn Jub into a hub for Central and Eastern Europe, preserve its existing brands…