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Belgrade Media Report 17 April 2018

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 17 April 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Pristina admitted that Americans conduct their policy (B92/TV Pink)
• Joksimovic expects positive European Commission report (FoNet/Danas)
• Dikovic meets KFOR Commander in Nis (RTS)
• NATO officially (RTS)
• Attack on our neutrality in three points (Novosti)
• Haradinaj in “Cirilica”: Did I murder anyone? I don’t know, probably, war is war! (TV Happy)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• EC to publish Enlargement Package today (TV1)
• Wigemark and Dodik discuss European path and Reform Agenda in Banja Luka (TV1)
• Wigemark meets Cvijanovic (BHT1)
• Govedarica and Vucic discuss cooperation of RS and Serbia (TV1/ATV/BNTV)
• US Ambassador to B&H Cormack expects meeting with Covic to take place soon (Hayat)
• Foreigners are trying to save sinking ship (EuroBlic)
• NATO PA delegation meets with reps of B&H authorities (TV1)
• Izetbegovic to meet Stoltenberg and Ambassadors in Brussels (NAP)
• Juncker: Distancing of Western Balkans from the EU would mean returning to nineties (Faktor.ba)
Croatia
• Croatia preparing for EU Summit with Western Balkans countries (Hina)
• Croatia to respond to Slovene complaint regarding border arbitration today (HRT)
• Croatian President congratulates newly-elected Montenegrin leader (Hina)
Montenegro
• Foreign media on Djukanovic’s victory (CDM)
• Presidential elections in Montenegro: Resurrection of the SDP (CDM)
• Progress not visible in practice (CDM)
• Dacic comments on the “friendship” between Montenegro and Kosovo (MINA)
fYROM
• Macedonia to get EU negotiations date by July: EU sources (MIA)
• Osmani gives Zbogar detailed report on Plan 3-6-9 (MIA)
• Zaev: No leaders’ meeting on name negotiations, only informative meetings (MIA)
Albania
• European Commission, conditional accession talks with Albania (ADN)
• Opposition requests CDU-CSU support for negotiations (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• France wants EU expansion freeze amid Balkans war warning (AP)
• Palmer: Kosovo solution only through dialogue (VOA)

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France wants EU expansion freeze amid Balkans war warning (The Washington Post)

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France wants EU expansion freeze amid Balkans war warning (The Washington Post)

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday ruled out any expansion of the European Union until the bloc is reformed, as a top EU official warned that the volatile Balkans could face a return to war if countries in the region have no hope of joining. The Balkans spiraled into conflict in the 1990s as former […]

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“The Law on Religious Freedom significant for the Serbian community” (RTK2)

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“The Law on Religious Freedom significant for the Serbian community” (RTK2)

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RTK2 reports that the Parliamentary Committee on Rights and Interests of Communities and Returns was supposed to consider the Law on Religious Freedom, but that this was not done today due to the absence of a majority of the members of this assembly body. The Law on Religious Freedom is very important, especially for the […]

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O’Conell comments on Association of Serb-majority municipalities (Indeksonline)

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O’Conell comments on Association of Serb-majority municipalities (Indeksonline)

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The British Ambassador in Kosovo, Ruairi O’Connell, commented today on the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities by comparing it to the Gracanica municipality and saying that the organization of the municipal administration has caused no obstacles. “The whole mindset of the democratic world about the Balkans, since the 1990s, was that the states that would emerge […]

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French Ambassador on how could Spain recognize Kosovo (Gazeta Express)

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French Ambassador on how could Spain recognize Kosovo (Gazeta Express)

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The French Ambassador to Kosovo, Didier Chabert said during a lecture of the French Professor, Frederik Charillon for the students of the Philological Faculty in Pristina, that if Kosovo fulfills its obligations towards the European Union, then it would have been easier for France to have an impact on Spain to recognize Kosovo. The French […]

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Sholtes: There is no date on removal of visas (Lajmi.net)

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Sholtes: There is no date on removal of visas (Lajmi.net)

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Despite the statements of Kosovo senior officials that visas for Kosovo people will be removed by the end of the year, the European Union has not set a deadline on the matter. The rapporteur for Kosovo at the European Parliament, Igor Soltes, told Lajmi.net that there is no certain date on visa liberalization. “There is […]

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Kosovo Tax Administration uncovers evasion scheme in the north (Pristina Insight)

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