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Belgrade Media Report 12 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 12 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic in United Arab Emirates: Mogherini is not to be blamed for the dialogue (RTS)
• Kuburovic: UNMIK making arrest warrants invisible (Tanjug)
• Serbia losing war crimes cases because of harmful agreements with Croatia and B&H (Politika)
• Odalovic: Haradinaj playing with fire (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H CEC fails to discuss issue of filling of Federation of B&H HoP (FTV)
• Dodik postpones consultations on appointment of Chairman of B&H CoM designate (N1)
• Members of Serb Caucus in B&H HoR will insist on adoption of law on B&H CC, in order to remove foreign judges from that institution (ATV)
• Mogherini on reform of Election Law (TV1)
• Covic: OHR chiefs have mutilated B&H with their decisions (Glas Srpske)
• Brammertz: Croatian government influences the justice process in war crime cases, which resulted in blocking of a large number of cases against former members of the Croatian army and HVO (N1)
Croatia
• Originally offered F-16 fighter jets or nothing, says Prime Minister (Hina)
Montenegro
• Without consent on Knezevic’s and Medojevic’s appeals (RTCG)
Albania
• Massive protests, Basha: Students killed fear (ADN)
• Students protest, Rama reacts (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Zaev reignites controversy over ‘Macedonian’ language (Ekathimerini)
• French Foreign Minister: Small arms from the Western Balkans are a threat to European security (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 11 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Czech Republic values Serbia’s constructive approach to problems in Kosovo (Beta)
• Pellegrini: Slovakia explicitly against formation of Kosovo army (Tanjug/B92)
• Djuric: New measures would threaten future of both Serbs and Albanians (RTS)
• Joksimovic: Two chapters important, but Serbiacold have opened more (RTV/Tanjug)
• Fabrizi: Road to EU depends on Serbia (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• FAC discusses issues regarding Western Balkans (BHT1)
• Croats and Serbs together in fight against desecration of status of constituent people (Dnevni list/Srna)
• Komsic accuses Croatia of undermining B&H and its sovereignty (N1)
• Covic informs Orban that post of Croat member of B&H Presidency was once again taken away from Croats (ATV)
• B&H CEC passes decision to call and hold early elections for mayors and heads of nine cities, municipalities in B&H (ATV)
Montenegro
• Chapter 27 opened in Brussels: Great success for Montenegro (TMN)
fYROM
• Xhaferi: Constitutional amendments to be voted on January 15 (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev: there will be no general amnesty law (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Hahn: I hope Gruevski’s extradition will happen, but it’s unlikely (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Students refuse PM calls for dialogue (ADN)
• New protests hit Albania, Rama reacts (ADN)
• Vasili: The end of Rama inevitable (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Ninth meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at Ministerial level, Brussels, 10 December 2018 (EEAS press release)
• Germany urges Kosovo to drop tariffs on Serbia (Reuters)
• Kosovo prime minister warns Brussels of risk to Balkans stability (The Financial Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 10 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Serbs in Kosovo on brink of humanitarian disaster (Tanjug)
• Stefanovic: We will fight for peace to be preserved and Serbs protected (RTS)
• Djuric: Every new measure by Pristina is a one-way ticket for disaster of both Serbs and Albanians (RTS)
• Djuric: Pristina is destabilizing the region (Politika)
• Ljajic: Pristina opened Pandora’s box, crisis of EU authority at work (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H CEC determines results of indirect elections for B&H HoP and RS CoP (FTV)
• EU has reacted to an open letter of former High Representatives (BHT1)
• Lavrov: Protectorate in B&H prevents development of B&H and hampers process of reconciliation (RTRS)
• Dodik: Without dialogue on solutions imposed by HRs, B&H should not exist (ATV)
Croatia
• Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs replies to letter of three former HRs (HRT)
fYROM
• Greek government swifts focus to constitutional amendments in Macedonia – reactions to Zaev’s statements continue (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Macedonian Foreign Ministry responds to Bulgarian Deputy PM Karakachanov’s threat over Zaev’s ‘Macedonian language’ (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Lavrov: Constitutional changes imposed by blackmailing and bribing lawmakers (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• EU Ambassador: Important week for government and opposition (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Macedonia’s Amnesty Caught Between Law and Pragmatism (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 December

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LOCAL PRESS

• Pristina, Tirana sabotage peaceful resolution of problem with trade taxes (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Destabilizing measures of Pristina deserve condemnation from OSCE (Beta)
• Madagascar withdraws recognition of Kosovo (Tanjug)
• “Commander Remi”, first passenger for the Special Court in The Hague (RTS)
• Miscevic: Nearly 55 percent of foreign policy aligned with EU (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Inaugural session of B&H HoR takes place (N1)
• SDP, PDP slam SDA for supporting election of SNSD delegates in B&H HoP (EuroBlic)
• RS parliament elects four delegates in B&H HoP from SNSD with help of SDA (TV1)
• Deadline for formation of authorities in Federation of B&H HoP expires; B&H CEC still has not published decision on population census (FTV)
• Former HRs send letter to Mogherini regarding Croatia’s interfering with political processes in B&H (BHT1)
Croatia
• Croatian Parliament Committee on Croats outside Republic of Croatia adopts Proposal of Declaration on Position of Croats in B&H (HRT1)
Montenegro
• Constitutional Court initiated the proceedings against Medojevic (Dan)
• Montenegro at NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels (TMN)
fYROM
• No doubts about the rule of law – Macedonia NATO member in February 2020 (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Parliamentary boycott, opposition MPs risk mandates (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU’s Failure to Make Kosovo Respect Duties Questions Bloc’s Reputation – Lavrov (Sputnik)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 6 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Our focus education and schools, not arms and army (Tanjug)
• Vucic: I’m convinced there’ll be no war (B92/TV Pink)
• Vucic and Stoltenberg to be constantly in direct communication (N1)
• Dacic: Soon less than 100 countries that recognize Kosovo (Blic/Beta)
• Ljajic: EU has chance to tell Pristina to abolish taxes on 17 December (TV Pink/Beta)
• Drecun: Yellow House case in report and testimonies of Albanians who took part in human organ trafficking (RTS)
• Kuburovic: Belgrade persistently replied to all inquiries by Pristina (RTS/FoNet)
• Schieb on Chapter 31: It means to impose sanctions against Russia (RTV)
• Alexander Chepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia: Solution for Kosovo and Resolution 1244 Inseparable (CorD Magazine)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• NATO’s green light for some historic success – others against the activation of the MAP for B&H (BHT)
• Two-day session of PIC SB ends (N1)
• B&H Presidency members meet with Palmer and Cormack in Sarajevo (TV1)
• SIPA arrests former commander of RB&H Army 4th Corps Drekovic (N1)
Croatia
• Plenkovic meets Rama to talk EU membership and cooperation (Hina)
fYROM
• Stoltenberg: NATO expects Macedonia to become member in February 2020 (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Dimitrov encouraged by NATO support (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Fleckenstein and McAllister support the Prespa Agreement and the reconciliation process (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• NATO Ministerial, Bushati stresses Western Balkans importance (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following conversations with President Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia, and Mr.Ramush Haradinaj of Kosovo (NATO)

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Belgrade Media Report 05 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 05 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• European Commission: Tariff problem can be solved, Hahn asked Pristina to do it (Beta)
• Meeting with UNMIK regarding the agreement (Vecernje Novosti)
• Chepurin: Pristina’s moves “result of nervousness and dead-end” (Tanjug)
• Scott: The EU and the United States united – abolish the tariffs (Tanjug)
• Vucic and Kurz discuss current political situation (Beta)
• Djuric: Formation of Kosovo army threat to security of Serbia and the region (RTS)
• Drecun: Belgrade can’t prevent creation of Kosovo’s army (N1)
• Brnabic: I hope Serbia won’t have to use army – but it’s an option (Tanjug)
• Moscow: Formation of Kosovo Army violates UN Security Council resolution (Tanjug)
• CIA sending ship full of arms to Kosovo army (Vecernje Novosti)
• Selakovic: Citizens must understand how serious our situation is (Prva TV)
• Minister Joksimovic meets Bundestag’s MP (Beta)
• UNMIK knew all along about atrocious crimes against the Serbs in KiM, purposely kept quiet and refused to give the evidence to the authorities (Kurir)
• Serbia opening two new chapters on December 10 (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik leaves meeting with PIC over absence of RS flag in the room (N1)
• Komsic: Problems between Belgrade and Pristina cannot affect B&H (Dnevni list)
• Palmer: Dodik remains under sanctions of US (TV1)
• B&H gets green light for NATO’s plan activation (N1)
• Dodik: I will stick to RSNA resolution on military neutrality (BN TV)
• Reactions of other B&H officials to activation of MAP for B&H (RTRS)
• RS President Cvijanovic meets Serbian President Vucic in Belgrade (TV1)
Croatia
• CEI Summit in Zagreb ends; Hahn calls for abolition of Kosovo’s customs tariffs (HRT)
• Croatia strongly in favor of Albanian EU Accession Negotiations (Hina)
fYROM
• Zaev: Macedonia has support of the European countries for Prespa Agreement (Nezavisen dnevnik)
• 2/3 of the steps towards the changes in the Constitution have been done (Meta)
• Zaev receives Croatia’s support for EU integration (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Rama in Zagreb calls for opening of Accession Talks (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army (AP)
• Serbian PM: Armed intervention in Kosovo an option (AP)

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Belgrade Media Report 04 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 04 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Hahn: I offered ideas to Belgrade and Pristina (B92, Beta)
• Joint Letter of Serbia and B&H to EU Members (RTS)
• Vucic: We are driven into corner (Tanjug)
• Djuric: The announced formation of the army is the biggest threat to peace (Tanjug)
• Serbian president asks China and Russia for help (RTS)
• Vucic wants United States to warn Pristina (Tanjug)
• Jeremic: Introduction of taxes agreed by Vucic and Thaci (VIP)
• Kozarev and “Partizan” prevented from entering Kosovo (Tanjug)
• Vucic: Macron’s visit to Belgrade postponed (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS officials announce constitutional changes (Oslobodjenje, Vecernje Novosti)
• Referendum on judiciary once again in Assembly (Glas Srpske)
• BH Bloc and SDA fail to reach agreement on formation of coalition (BHT1)
• PIC SB to hold two-day session in Sarajevo and discuss situation in B&H (Oslobodjenje)
• Stoltenberg: I expect Ministers will support readiness of NATO to accept first annual national program of B&H on Wednesday (Hayat)
• RS President Cvijanovic to meets Vucic in Belgrade on Tuesday (RTRS)

Croatia
• Summit of South-East European Initiative begins in Zagreb (HRT)

fYROM
• Parliament adopts third draft amendment of the Constitution (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• European parliament adopts a number of Western Balkans resolutions (Emerging Europe)

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Belgrade Media Report 03 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 03 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Solomon Islands withdrew the recognition of Kosovo (RTS, Tanjug)
• Kosovo’s Hoxhaj claims calling for pact against Serbia in region (RTS, Beta)
• Vucic claims announcements of Kosovo’s new steps lead to “certain and complete disaster” (VIP)
• President of Cyprus will write to European leaders over Pristina’s move (Beta)
• Hahn visits Belgrade, Pristina to discuss Kosovo customs tariffs (Beta)
• Obradovic: Demarcation with Kosovo agreed (RTS)
• NATO chief comments on “border correction” idea (Beta)
• Vucic and Dacic find it hard to believe that Oric is not convicted (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency Chairman Dodik condemns Hoxhaj’s statement on creation of pact against Serbia (RTRS)
• B&H FM Crnadak: Pristina should commit to fulfilling its obligations from Brussels agreement and not care about RS and B&H (N1)
• Oric: I expect from Aleksandar Vucic to publicly apologize for falsely accusing me of horrendous war crimes (Face TV)
• Delegations of SDA and HDZ B&H meet to discuss formation of new authorities in B&H (TV1)
• SNSD’s Dodik, Cvijanovic, Viskovic meet and discuss formation of new RS Government (ATV)

Montenegro
• Officials of Montenegro did not discuss the “pact” against Serbia (MINA)
• Appellate Court rejected appeals of Medojevic and Knezevic (CDM)
• Montenegro soon opens Chapter 27 (CDM)

fYROM
• Parliament adopts draft amendment to change the name with 67 votes ‘in favor’ (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Stoltenberg: Gruevski is not an issue for NATO (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo’s Rival Leaders Compete for US Support (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 30 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Rakic: Vucic wants peaceful protests regardless of Pristina’s further actions (B92/Tanjug)
• Jevtic: Pristina conducts a policy of populism (RTS)
• Ljajic: Solution only with political pressure from international community (TV Pink/RTV)
• Chepurin: Haradinaj’s text a caricature (Novosti)
• Government adopts Proposal to amend Constitution (Beta)
• Montenegrin opposition MP taken from parliament to prison (Beta/Tanjug)
• Montenegrin parliament annuls parliamentary decision from 1918 to unite with Kingdom of Serbia (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Kosovo’s decision on 100% taxes for products from Serbia and B&H stipulates that bills should include term Republic of Kosovo (TV1)
• EP passes Resolution on Serbia jointly with amendment on recognition of Srebrenica genocide as condition for country’s EU accession (TV1)
• Bosniak member of B&H Presidency Dzaferovic welcomes EP’s report on Serbia (N1)
• Still no decision either from B&H CEC or B&H CC on manner of formation of Federation of B&H HoP (BHT1)
• SDP B&H, DF and NS ready to negotiate with HDZ B&H on formation of authorities (Hayat)
• ZDC parliamentary majority formed without SDA and HDZ B&H (BHT1)
• Dodik will request participation of B&H Armed Forces Third Regiment in parade on occasion of RS Day (Glas Srpske)
• War Crimes court acquits former Srebrenica commander Naser Oric again (N1)
Croatia
• In a puzzling statement, Croatian President denies trying to topple government (Hina)
fYROM
• European Parliament votes in favor of Gruevski’s extradition from Hungary (Nezavisen vesnik)
• European Parliament call for opening accession talks with Macedonia in June 2019 (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• S&Ds: The Gruevski affair undermines credibility of EU enlargement policy (European Interest)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 29 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: We don’t have control over one inch of Kosovo (B92/Tanjug)
• Dacic: We don’t need a verbal reaction, but for taxes to be abolished (RTS)
• Dacic: Pen is not a tool Haradinaj uses best (TV Prva/B92)
• Djuric urges EU to help stop escalation of situation in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS/Tanjug)
• EP adopts resolution on Serbia (Beta)
• NATO commander warns Kosovo it could face isolation (Tanjug/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Crnadak: Brussels’ reaction to Pristina’s decision to introduce 100 percent tax on goods from B&H and Serbia will be essential (TV1)
• Leaders of SDA and DF Izetbegovic and Komsic meet; DF refuses to form coalition with SDA, SDA to try to find solution with smaller parties (Hayat)
• Deadline to submit lists of candidates for B&H HoP and RS CoP expires, SNSD to have most reps in Serb caucuses (RTRS)
• HR Inzko: Dodik’s request for closing down of OHR is unrealistic (Glas Srpske)
• B&H Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies informs Dodik that no police agency other than Directorate can secure Presidency members (FTV)
• Cvijanovic: I have no confidence in B&H judiciary (Srna)
Croatia
• Parliament to debate historical revisionism in Croatia (Hina)
fYROM
• The reconciliation body still has not discussed “reconciliation” (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Bundestag: Macedonia needs to accelerate reforms (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Independence Day, Albanian state leaders divided (ADN)
• Meta honors former Croatian President with ‘National Flag’ decoration; Mesic reacts against the border correction for Kosovo (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini speaks to President Thaci of Kosovo (EEAS)
• Kosovo’s prime minister: We will not accept Serbia’s violation of our sovereignty (The Washington Post)
• Former UN president Jeremic backs indicted Hong Kong businessman (AP)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 28 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic submits request to CEFTA (Beta)
• Vucic to Mondoloni: Dialogue with Pristina when it abolishes taxes (FoNet)
• Dacic, Crnadak: Serbia, B&H will not introduce counter-measures against Pristina (Beta)
• Dacic: Enough with games, put pressure on Pristina (Tanjug)
• Djuric: They wanted 100% tax, they got 100% reaction (Prva TV/B92)
• Kocijancic gives no explanation about provocative measures (Tanjug)
• Dacic thanks Egypt for not further improving relations with Kosovo (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Inaugural session of Federation of B&H HoR held (N1)
• Inaugural session of B&H HoR scheduled for 6 December (RTRS)
• Covic: Since B&H CC’s decision was not implemented, results of elections cannot be implemented either (Hayat)
• Govedarica says that SDS will support Dodik if he invokes VNI (BN TV)
• Komsic and Dzaferovic comment Dodik’s announcement about engagement of RS MoI as his protection detail (TV1)
• Ambassador Ivantsov advocates abolition of OHR (ATV/Srna)
• Program of celebration of 9 January adopted (Srna)
fYROM
• Zaev will not run for President (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Parliament lifts immunity for former PM Gruevski (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, important for region’s European future (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue: Where the EU Went Wrong (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 26 November 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Serbia must prepare for long-term assistance to Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Dacic: Some countries gave birth to political monster in Pristina (B92/FoNet/Tanjug)
• Odalovic: Brussels and Washington can stop Pristina’s ruggedness (RTS)
• Scott: Kosovo is one state (Beta)
• KFOR: No unlawful operation, KSF not deployed to north Kosovo (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Zvizdic and Brnabic agree that B&H and Serbia will, for now, not introduce countermeasures against Kosovo (N1)
• Dodik: Pristina is trying to force the Serb community in Kosovo to exodus (ATV)
• Dodik responds to Trump: B&H does not have statehood day (ATV)
• Statehood Day of B&H marked in Federation of B&H only (TV1)
• Issue of RS flag displayed in stateroom of B&H Presidency (ATV/TV1)
• Dzaferovic says HR and foreign judges are in B&H in line with DPA; Dodik’s criticism against OSA is attack on state agency that works in line with law (BHT1)
• Authority formation (TV1/BHT1/FTV)
• SDP B&H, DF and NS to form B&H bloc to participate in formation of authorities in Federation of B&H and B&H (FTV)
• Centenary of annexation of Vojvodina to Kingdom of Serbia marked in Novi Sad on Sunday; Dodik: I am sorry we are not together (RTRS)
fYROM
• Zaev: How did four friendly countries allow Gruevski to escape? (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev: I have not had any communication with Gruevski since I became PM (Nezavisen vesnik)
• EP Kouloglou asks Mogherini: What will the EU do about Gruevski’s asylum? (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Albania-Kosovo joint meeting (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Rule of law remains high on the EP’s agenda in advance of this week plenary session (European Western Balkans)

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