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Belgrade Media Report 5 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 5 December 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Putin: Serbia will be supplied with gas (Beta)
• Vucic: Military-technical cooperation is excellent (RTS)
• Palmer: US wants normalization of Belgrade-Pristina relations; Serbia’s reliance on Russian army is not good for its progress (N1)
• Vucic: Pristina obstructs talks and dialogue (RTS)
• Djuric on Todosijevic verdict: All rights of Serbs in Kosovo are suspended (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Belgrade expects the international community to influence the new Pristina authorities to abolish taxes (RTS)
• Borrell: I want to go to Kosovo and Serbia, but not before new gov’t is formed in Pristina (Beta)
• Macron: Opening of chapters doesn’t improve life in Serbia (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• PIC SB completes its two-day session, discusses situation at local level, migrant crisis (N1)
• Dodik: PIC is body that is not stipulated by DPA so commenting on its Communiqué is out of place; Migrant crisis is not issue that PIC should be dealing with (ATV)
• HR Inzko: Certainly Mr. Dodik from Laktasi is not one who will interpret DPA (BHT1)
• Palmer, Sattler, Inzko and Kavalec meet with Izetbegovic and Covic to discuss situation in Mostar (Hayat)
• Members of B&H Presidency start two-day official visit to Slovenia, meet Slovenian President Borut Pahor (BHT1)
• NATO Summit ends in London; NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Appathurai: NATO is not imposing anything on B&H (Nezavisne novine)
Croatia
• Twelve potential Croatian presidential candidates submit nominations (TCN)
Montenegro
• Markovic: Montenegro is in the place where it can contribute to peace and stability (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Xhaferi forwards VMRO proposal for a quick NATO vote to the Government (Republika)
Albania
• President Meta in Kosovo, praises the aid given by Kosovo’s authorities (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 4 December 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic with Putin in Sochi (RTS)
• Vucic and Putin: Strategic partnership between Serbia and Russia is getting stronger (Tanjug)
• Putin: Our stance on KiM is immutable (B92)
• Vucic about meeting Putin: We don’t stab friends in the back (Tanjug, Beta)
• Early helicopter delivery gesture from Russia, Vucic says (Beta)
• Vucic: Reforms of army to continue, no more weapons purchases (Beta)
• Vucic and Cerar discuss bilateral cooperation, ties in the region, EU integration (Beta)
• Varhelyi: Serbia needs to speed up reforms on road to EU (Beta)
• Weber: Continuous momentum in integration needed (Beta)
• Jeremic: SzS not giving up election boycott (Beta)
• Serbia receives agreement to open Chapter 4 in Accession Talks in December (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: NATO membership is not option for RS; This is century of Serb integration (ATV)
• Two-day session of PIC SB begins in Sarajevo (BHT1)
• B&H CoM session takes place; SNSD’s Kosarac: Postponing of B&H CoM’s session and holding of session afterwards only proves disputable behavior of current B&H CoM (ATV)
• B&H Presidency members pay official visit to Slovenia (FTV, Srna)
• Representatives of RS Government confirm that new decision is being prepared with aim of protecting January 9 as Day of RS (Glas Srpske)
• Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis challenges French President Emmanuel Macron over move to block EU enlargement (BHT1)
Croatia
• Nigerian students participating in World InterUniversities Championships exiled to Bosnia! (TCN)

Republic of North Macedonia
• NATO Summit in London – Zaev: Blocking EU negotiations was unfair (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Pendarovski: France will not veto Macedonia from opening EU accession talks again (Republika)
• Zaev’s corruption gives ammunition to the critics of enlargement, Mickoski tells Weber (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS ARTICLES

• Serbia “shielding” Russia from NATO (Russia Today)

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Belgrade Media Report 3 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 3 December 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: I don’t mind what others think, Serbia will maintain good relations with Russia and China (Beta)
• Vucic: If that’s okay with them, all right and thank you, if not – thank you, anyway (Tanjug)
• Falconi: French enlargement reform proposal could benefit Serbia (Beta)
• Slovenian FM: No doubt about Serbia wanting to join EU (Beta)
• Djuric and Schieb discuss situation in Kosovo, chances for resuming Belgrade-Pristina dialog (Beta)
• Lukashenko welcomed: Anthem, honorary military salute and red carpet (Tanjug, VIP)
• SNS official says second pro-Vucic gathering spontaneous (Beta, N1, VIP)
• Opposition dissatisfied over not being invited to the meeting with EP representatives (FoNet)
• Association 1 in 5 million demands meeting EP representatives (Beta)
• Djuric: Indictments are a continuation of the pursuit, aim to blame the Serbs (RTS)
• Kosovo’s power network is being separated from the Serbian power network (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SDA is again postponing appointment of B&H CoM because of issues with forming of Federation of B&H Government (EuroBlic)
• PIC SB to discuss situation in B&H on Tuesday and Wednesday (ATV)
• Organizing Committee for Marking of RS’ Day, January 9, holds inaugural session (ATV)
Montenegro
• PM DuskoMarkovic: Montenegro is committed to reform (RTCG)
• Pazin: We’ll become EU Member State if competent institutions assume full responsibility (CDM)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS ARTICLES

• ‘Mini Schengen’: A Balkan breakthrough or political stunt? (BIRN)
• Four new Russia’s helicopters arrive in Serbia (Sputnik)

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Belgrade Media Report 02 December

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LOCAL PRESS

• Pristina’s attempt to join ERGP thwarted (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vucic meets Grushko ahead of meeting with Putin (Tanjug/Novosti/Politika)
• Relations between Serbia, Russia at highest level (Tanjug/Beta)
• US expects Russia to respect Serbian strategic goals (Politika)
• Odalovic: “Hot winter” awaits us (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: I will not act like Ivanic and I will deliver Program of Reforms to RS parliament (Hayat)
• Dzaferovic: Sending of Program of Reforms to Brussels does not depend on decision or discussion in any body in B&H (Hayat)
• Inzko: B&H needs to act in line with its laws and strategies when it comes to relations with NATO (Nezavisne novine)
• Inzko: Russia wants to expand its influence, which is why Putin found time to hold 10 meetings with Dodik and even more meetings with Vucic (Face TV)
• Inzko claims that there is 60 percent chance B&H CoM will be formed as there may be additional obstacles or new ideas (Face TV)
• Transcript from recent session of Commission for Preparation of B&H CoM Appointment denies Borenovic’s claims that Tegeltija said that decisions and conclusions of RS parliament are not binding for him (ATV)
• Grabar-Kitarovic pays tribute to convicted war criminal Praljak (Hayat)
Croatia
• Croatian and Serbian Intelligence Services trade accusations (Hina)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic re-elected as DPS leader, Markovic as vice-president (CDM)
• Markovic, Zaev: EU integration has no alternative (CDM)
• Rood: Poor rule of law and Russia’s malign influence are main threats (Pobjeda)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Greece champions EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans (New Europe)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 Novembar

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Serbia economically progresses four times faster than European countries (TV Pink/Beta)
• Dacic: Two thirds of African countries support Serbia in preserving its territorial integrity and sovereignty (RTV/FoNet)
• Vulin: Greater Albania will not pass (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Bissel: B&H Presidency’s Program of Reforms represents continuation of reforms with B&H (N1/Dnevni avaz)
• Kavalec: Agreement on formation of authorities in B&H is good news; OSCE will support and respect B&H’s decision on its NATO path (FTV)
• Dzaferovic thanks Mattarella on Italy’s support to European and NATO path of B&H (FTV)
• Ivantsov and Dodik discuss agreement on formation of state authorities (ATV)
• Abolish immunity to Americans for sake of path to EU (EuroBlic)
Croatia
• Plenkovic and Orban open Hungarian student dormitory in Osijek (Hina)
Albania
• Rama’s future daughter-in-law is among dozens killed in earthquake (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbian, Chinese police demonstrate joint anti-terrorism capacities (Xinhua)
• Kosovo’s Kurti Set to Shake up Relations with Albania (BIRN)
• Turkey Urged to Send Special Envoy to Balkans (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Serbia sends aid to Albania in earthquake relief (Politika)
• Dacic thanks Iraq for support for Serbia’s territorial integrity (Beta)
• Djuric: Kurti fell into the trap of his own blurred reasoning (RTV/Tanjug)
• Stojanovic: Many appoint relatives, friends to control arms exports (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Commission for Preparation of Appointment of B&H CoM confirms candidacy of Tegeltija for new Chairman of B&H CoM (BN TV)
• RS parliament rejects request to discuss Program of Reforms of B&H (RTRS)
• Viskovic: ‘Program of Reforms of B&H’ does not prejudge final decision on NATO membership (Glas Srpske)
• Grabar-Kitarovic to pay visit to Mostar; HDZ B&H offers its full support in her pre-election campaign (Dnevni avaz)
• Media report that Lajcak will be appointed as Special Representative of EU for WB; Dodik says B&H does not need such representative (N1)
Montenegro
• Only one process should happen in WB – EU accession (CDM)
• “Odupri se” movement set to hit streets again (TMN)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Dendias in Skopje, Tsipras in Paris to support the European prospects of North Macedonia
• (Nezavisen vesnik/MIA)
Albania
• Deadly quake claims at least 22 lives (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• European Parliament confirms von der Leyen Commission (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: We are not close to a solution for Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/TV Happy)
• Dacic: Haradinaj and Kurti should the entire world that Pristina is the problem (RTS)
• Brnabic thanks Slovakia for principled position on non-recognition of Kosovo ‘s unilaterally declared independence (Tanjug)
• EU considering appointment of EU Special Representative for Western Balkans (RTS)
• Mustafa: We will demand unification of Presevo valley with Kosovo (FoNet/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Statehood Day marked in Federation of B&H only (FTV)
• Covic: It is yet to be seen when internal agreement on joint holidays will be reached in B&H (FTV)
• Dodik: November 25 is not a holiday in RS (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic says nothing in B&H is Serb, except name of RS; Dodik responds by saying that RS is property of Serb people and other citizens who live in it (RTRS)
• SDA’s Izetbegovic thanks SNSD’s Dodik for leading B&H towards NATO (BN TV)
• RS opposition demands from RS parliament to discuss Program of Reforms of B&H at session on Tuesday (BN TV)
Croatia
• 20,000 gather in Zagreb to support teachers’ strike (HRT)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kurti: I will not fall into Vučić’s trap (European Western Balkans)
• Berlin and Paris outline plan for EU makeover (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: We did not export weapons to Ukraine, Russian notified of possible re-exports (Beta/Politika)
• Ukrainian Embassy: Reports of Serbia’s arms sale to Ukraine are staged provocations (Beta)
• Dacic: We are forcing Pristina to compromise with campaign of withdrawals of recognitions (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
• Youth key driver of social change in region (Tanjug)
• Godfrey: Both sides must reach solution for Kosovo on their own (RTS/Beta)
• Fabrizi: Mini Schengen not an obstacle but stimulus to EU membership (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SNSD Executive Board accepts information provided by Serb member of B&H Presidency Dodik on Program of Reforms of B&H (ATV)
• Chairman Komsic says that B&H has been in MAP since December 2018 (Fena)
• NATO is looking forward to cooperation with B&H based on Program of Reforms, still has not received this document (TV1)
• Interview with Chief of Joint Staff of B&H Armed Forces (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Border dispute with Slovenia should be settled bilaterally (Hina)
Montenegro
• Sheikh Mohammed Al Nahyan: I’ll do everything to build bridges that will permanently connect us (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Sassoli: Blocking North Macedonia and Albania’s accession talks as an example why EU rules need to change (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• ‘I Would Probably Be Hanged in Brussels’ (Der Spiegel)
• Dodik: I will continue to prevent adoption of ANP and B&H’s NATO membership in the future (RT)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: I asked the Russian Ambassador – why? (RTS/Tanjug/B92)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: Despite provocations, we move on (RTS)
• Vucic: Relations with Skopje very good, we have no demands (Tanjug)
• Nauru withdraws recognition of Kosovo (RTS/Blic)
• Djuric: Ugljanin got everything from Serbia, now he is approaching Kurti (Tanjug)
• Serbia re-elected to UNESCO Executive Board membership (Tanjug/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Formal reception on occasion of B&H Statehood Day takes place at B&H Presidency building (FTV)
• 24th anniversary of initialing of DPA marked (ATV)
• Tegeltija addresses press conference (RTRS)
• SDS wants to see Program of Reforms of B&H before sending it to Brussels (Hayat)
• Pendes on adoption of Program of Reforms of B&H: Positive step forward (Glas Srpske)
• Radoncic welcomes agreement on authority formation, says SBB B&H is going to reconsider being part of authority (Dnevni avaz)
• Covic: Tusk is B&H’s great friend, Merkel knows a lot about our problems (Vecernji list)
Croatia
• Merkel supports Croatia’s efforts in protecting EU external borders (Hina)
• Von der Leyen confident nationalists, populists won’t destroy European way of life (Hina)
Montenegro
• Djenero: “Mini-Schengen” is a trap set by Serbia (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Ahmeti: Coalition with SDSM is working, Zekiri is not important (Republika)
• Outgoing PM Zaev to be awarded in Sarajevo (Republika)
Albania
• Amendola: Italy will reopen the issue of Albania’s accession to the European Union and North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• ‘I am breaking inside’: Balkan leader fears conflict after EU snub (The New York Times)
• Russia’s EU ambassador: The fall of the Berlin Wall was ‘a victory of common sense’ (EurActiv)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Vucic orders military agency to probe potential spy scandal (Blic/Tanjug)
• Drecun: A series of hybrid operations conducted against Serbia (RTS)
• Ruzic: New regulations on referendum are only harmonization with Constitution (RTS)
• Gojkovic: Progress in dialogue on election conditions’ improvement (TV 02/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Representatives in B&H HoR adopt changes to B&H HoR Rules of Procedure (N1)
• Document that the Presidency of B&H will send to Brussels is not ANP; Ambassador Ivantsov claims Program of Reforms of B&H is not ANP and is not related to MAP (ATV)
• Russian Ambassador Ivantsov: Russia welcomes B&H Presidency’s decision to appoint Tegeltija as B&H CoM Chairman (RTRS)
• Dzaferovic informs Merkel that B&H Presidency reached agreement on Tuesday (FTV)
• Kocijancic: New authorities in B&H will have to deal with key priorities identified in European Commission’s Opinion (Dnevni list)
• HNS welcomes agreement on authority formation (Dnevni avaz)
• Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP invokes VNI on conclusions of RS parliament special session (BHT1/Fena)
Croatia
• Tusk announces fight against populism in Europe (Hina)
• Plenkovic meets Chancellor Merkel (HRT1)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Mickoski at the EPP summit: Macedonia belongs in the EU (Republika)
• Oliver Spasovski will replace Zaev as interim Prime Minister in January (Republika)
Albania
• US Embassy: Take into consideration the Venice Commission recommendations (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kremlin certain incident involving Serbian officer won’t affect ties with Belgrade (TASS)
• Propaganda video of NATO’s smoke and mirrors over Kosovo hides some inconvenient truths (RT)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 November 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 20 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic to Falconi: We trust Macron, but we need a clear answer (RTS/Tanjug/Beta/RTV/Blic)
• Vukosavljevic concerned over cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija (Novosti)
• Markovic: Law on Referendum not to change Serbia’s borders (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency members reach agreement on Tegeltija’s appointment as B&H CoM Chairman-designate and Program of Reforms of B&H to be sent to NATO (BHT1)
• Tegeltija’s appointment and Program of Reforms of B&H to be sent to NATO spark numerous reactions (BN TV)
• Other B&H politicians, political parties comment on B&H Presidency agreement (N1)
• Inzko: B&H will have formed authorities soon (N1)
• Foreign Embassies, Head of EUD express support to adoption of Program of reforms of B&H (BN TV)
• Delegation of German Ministry of Interior pays visit to B&H, says burden of inflow of migrants should be distributed evenly among entities (TV1)
• Dodik: Proposal to deploy FRONTEX mission to B&H, but only on border with EU is unacceptable for RS (RTRS)
Croatia
• Tusk and Plenkovic want to restore EU’s unity regarding Macedonia and Albania (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Six member states agree to change EU’s enlargement procedure in exchange for talks with Macedonia and Albania (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Germany thinks France’s “non-paper” will slow down the enlargement process (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU faces rift over enlargement policy after French ‘non’ (EurActiv/AFP)
• De Montchalin: All Western Balkan countries might have to implement the new accession methodology (European Western Balkans)
• Border management: EU signs agreement with Serbia on European Border and Coast Guard cooperation (European Council Press release)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 November 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 19 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Joksimovic: French proposal doesn’t refer to Serbia (RTS)
• Ruzic: Census for referendum abolished; decision passed by majority of turned out voters (Tanjug/RTV)
• Miroslav Aleksic: We oppose amendments to the Law on Referendum that are aimed at alleviating recognition of Kosovo by the regime (Tanjug/NSPM)
• “Metla”: Abolishment of census for referendum is preparation for amending the Constitution and recognition of Kosovo’s secession (Tanjug/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H HoR scheduled to hold urgent session on Wednesday to discuss SDS-PDP Caucus’ initiative for amending HoR Rules of Procedure (FTV)
• Radmanovic and Kristo request convening of B&H HoR Collegium’s session to adopt proposal of decision on appointment of HoR’s permanent commissions (RTRS)
• HNS marks 28th anniversary of establishment of so-called Herzeg-Bosnia (N1)
Montenegro
• Markovic: Montenegro puts quality before speed (CDM)
• Omeragic: Bosniak Party will cooperate solely with progressive parties (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Thimonier: We expect reactions to non-paper from EU member states, rule of law a priority (Republika)
• Dimitrov hopes the French proposal will lead to “EU accession Olympics” (Republika)
• German MEP McAllister calls on EU member states to correct their mistake and approve EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania (Republika)
Albania
• Ruci: NATO’s perspective on security more advanced than that of EU (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• The French have got it wrong: An eccentric counterproposal (European Western Balkans)

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