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Belgrade Media Report 06 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Phone conversation between Vucic and Tanin (RTS)
Pompeo thanks Vucic for helping Americans get back home in the time of coronavirus (RTS/Politika/Tanjug/Beta)
Israeli President voices support to the people of Serbia (RTS)
Vucic hands over 13 ventilators for hospital in Novi Pazar (RTS/B92)
Vucic: The next two weeks will determine our destiny (B92)
Brnabic: Next two weeks crucial in fight against coronavirus (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Dacic receives letter of gratitude from German, French, British Ambassadors (Beta)
Ljaljic: Reciprocity worse than taxes (Beta)
Borrell: Lajcak will be able to move the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS)
Jeremic: Idea of borderless Europe shaken, international solidarity scant (Beta/BBC)
In Serbia 2,200 infected, 58 deaths (RTS)
All migrants in Serbia quarantined (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

FB&H introduces new measures regarding the coronavirus pandemic (Hayat)
Measure preventing citizens to leave their place of residence during weekends enters into force in RS (BHT1)
FB&H government annuls decision on distribution of budget funds intended for cantons, cities and municipalities (BHT1/Dnveni avaz)
Representatives of municipalities with Serb majority in FB&H express dissatisfaction with both annulled decision and new decision of FB&H government on distribution of funds (RTRS)
Sattler says EU will give B&H 80 million Euros of assistance during coronavirus situation (FTV)
Inzko publishes video message to citizens and authorities in B&H, says politicians must work together (Dnevni list)
Number of persons infected with Coronavirus in B&H increases (O kanal)
In RS 10 people has died so far and 304 people have been infected (N1)
Two people died in FB&H (N1)
Eighty-three B&H citizens arrive to Sarajevo by plane from Stockholm (RTRS)
Croatia

In Croatia, 40 more infected, one more died (HRT)
Montenegro

Data shows significant number of children infected with coronavirus in Montenegro (CDM)
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Montenegro rises to 223 (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Leave the vanities, politics must now have only two goals, saving lives and economic chance of surviving the crisis (Republika)
Szijjarto: I’m here on invitation from Mickoski, who asked for our assistance (Republika)
Szijjarto: North Macedonia to start EU accession negotiations by June (MIA)
Filipche: Out of 555 confirmed coronavirus cases, 52 are healthcare workers (MIA)
Three patients died from the coronavirus in North Macedonia overnight (Atlas TV)
Health Minister: We enter new phase in COVID-19 pandemic management process (MIA)

Albania

Measures to be loosened after Monday (Radio Tirana)
The number of people infected with coronavirus in Albania has increased to 377 (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Sassoli responds to speakers of WB parliaments (EWB, 3 April 2020)

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Belgrade Media Report 02 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: We will withdraw the decision on informing, we do not want to cast a shadow on our work (RTS)
Djuric: No blockade of trucks (FoNet/Tanjug/RTV)
Two more planes with equipment purchased by Serbia arrive in cooperation with EU (Tanjug)
Another plane arrives from China with medical assistance (Tanjug)
Fourteen million masks shipped from China (RTS)
In Serbia 111 people tested positive, totaling to 1171 cases (RTS)
SzS: Government should introduce possible movement ban without blaming people (Beta)
Lawyers question legality of state of emergency in Serbia (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mandic to replace Radoncic at helm of coordination Body until CoM’s final decision (Dnevni avaz)
Novalic meets with Heads of Caucuses in FB&H HoR, presents plan of economic measures aimed at mitigating economic consequences of coronavirus pandemic (Hayat)
Dodik: Budget of B&H institutions will not be adopted due to the lack of assessment on fiscal revenues (RTRS/N1)
Foreign ambassadors compliment domestic leaders for functioning without blockades and quarrels in fight against coronavirus pandemic (EuroBlic)
RS Main Coordination Team thanks Serbian leadership for first shipment of medical aid delivered to RS in fight against COVID-19 (RTRS)
Croatia approves construction of nuclear waste disposal site regardless of B&H’s disapproval (FTV)
PIC: International community will assist B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Letter of intent towards IMF for quick financing to help battle COVID-19 approved (O kanal)
Covic with Ivantsov: Everything must be done in B&H to prevent the crisis from being prolonged (Nezavisne novine)
Roth calls on political actors to implement unity presented during coronavirus crisis in their everyday approach (FTV)
B&H sees new fatalities; number of patients 512 (N1)
Banja Luka City Crisis HQ passes new measures in fight against COVID-19 pandemic (RTRS)
Kosovo government abolishes one hundred percent tariffs on raw materials and products from B&H (BHT1)
Croatia

Police in Istria charge two with spreading false information about coronavirus (HRT)
In Croatia, 1011 infected with coronavirus, another person dies (N1)
Montenegro

The number of infected people with coronavirus in Montenegro 140 (CDM)
Employees in quarantine are entitled to full salary (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Filipche: Health system prepared for larger number of patients (MIA)
Osmani-Varhelyi: North Macedonia granted access to EU Solidarity Fund (MIA)
Thirty new cases of coronavirus in North Macedonia, total 384 (MIA)
Albania

Manastirliu: Public and non-public educational institutions and nursery schools stay closed down until the end of pandemics (Radio Tirana)
US assisting Albania, donating laboratory equipment and tests to detect COVID-19 cases (ADN)
EU Delegation and US Embassy praise Albanian gov’t for repatriation of citizens (Tirana Times)
In Albania 277 total COVID-19 cases confirmed, 16 victims (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 1 April, 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 1 April 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Djuric: Kurti did not abolish taxes (RTS/RTV/Tanjug/Beta)
The first death in the Serbian government of a coronavirus: State Secretary deceased (B92)
Another 160 cases, totally 1,060 infected (RTS)
Brnabic: Coronavirus Self-Checker available as of today (Tanjug/RTS)
Vekic: Citizens to go to healthcare centers as soon as they symptoms (RTS)
Temporary hospital at Belgrade Fairgrounds meets all conditions prescribed (Tanjug)
Kon: No serious reason to shut down Belgrade (RTS/Beta)
Constitutional Court to assess legality of state of emergency measures (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic welcomes decision of EU to allocate funds for healthcare sector and support to economy of B&H (Fena)
First contingent of Serbia’s assistance to arrive to the RS (RTRS)
Domestic, regional politicians and analysts agree that EU failed test of solidarity in crisis caused by coronavirus pandemic (EuroBlic)
In B&H, over 440 confirmed cases of the virus corona (N1)
Authorities in Una-Sana Canton intensively work on preparation of isolation facilities for patients infected with COVID-19 in all municipalities (FTV)
FB&H cantonal hospitals face lack of equipment and test kits (BHT1)
Less than 3,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in B&H since start of coronavirus crisis (N1)
Names of those violating home isolation measures in the RS published (ATV)
Croatia

In Croatia 963 infected: 96 new cases (N1)
Drive-in testing launches in Zagreb (Hina)
Montenegro

National Coordination Body of Montenegro extends application of temporary measures (CDM)
In Montenegro 14 people under the age of 18 infected with coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: Situation remains complex, future developments depending on pandemic duration (MIA)
Osmani: Crisis teams to be set up in local communities to deal with Covid-19 (Republika)
Government presents second set of measures to cushion blow from coronavirus (MIA)
Mickoski: The set of measures is a huge disappointment for the citizens (Republika)
One patient died; 25 new cases registered in North Macedonia (MIA)
Albania

Albania confirms 16 new coronavirus cases (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Export of medical items to Serbia triggers debate (The Hindu)

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Belgrade Media Report 31 March

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LOCAL PRESS

Várhelyi to Vucic over phone: 15 million Euros to Serbia for urgent needs (RTS)
Brnabic: Our experts to consult with Chinese experts on all future decisions (Tanjug/Beta)
Joksimovic: Cooperation with Hungary in overcoming consequences of COVID-19 (Tanjug)
Stefanovic: 80,000 Serbian citizens in self-isolation (TV Pink/Tanjug)
The worst day for Serbia – seven more deaths (RTS)
Kon: 24 hour curfew only if situation gets much worse suddenly (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Cvijanovic: Veto of Bosniak Caucus on decision to declare state of emergency stops effective fight against pandemic (ATV)
RS Crisis Headquarters adjusts measures and prolongs them until 13 April (ATV)
RS MoI denies controlling entrance from Federation of B&H to RS (ATV)
Data of B&H Association of Independent Trade Unions show more than 7,000 workers in B&H got laid off because of coronavirus pandemic (BHT1)
B&H receives assistance in fight against Coronavirus (RTRS/N1/FTV)
In B&H 379 persons infected, three people die (O kanal)
RS: 201 people positive for COVID-19, 11 recover (ATV)
Croatia

Government temporarily closes six maritime border crossings for passengers (HRT)
Croatia reports 77 new cases (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic congratulates Pendarovski on NATO accession (CDM)
Coronavirus epidemic in Montenegro is under control, says Mugosa (CDM)
Montenegro reports 14 new coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Stoltenberg: NATO membership means that a potential attack on North Macedonia triggers response from the whole Alliance (MIA)
Filipche: Linear growth of new cases encouraging (MIA)
Albania

Government expects unemployment to rise (Top Channel/ADN)
Number of infected in Albania reached 243 (Top Channel)
Head of Microbiology lab gets infected with COVID-19 (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia’s coronavirus state of emergency measures draw eyes of human rights groups (AP)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 March 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 30 March 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Within 3 to 4 days, the decision on a 24-hour curfew (TV Prva/B92)
Brnabic: State ready for more rigorous measures if necessary (TV Pink)
For the past 24 hours, three people died, another 44 infected, a total of 785 cases (RTS)
Joksimovic: Another 90 tons of medical equipment arrive at Belgrade airport (Tanjug)
Godfrey: Washington sending aid to Serbia (Beta)
First part of aid from UAE arrives (Tanjug)
Djilas’ open letter to Vucic (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS parliament declares state of emergency due to Coronavirus pandemic (BHT1)
Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP announces invoking of vital national interest in case of no compromise over declaration of state of emergency (BHT1)
Dodik: Bosniaks obviously want to obstruct decision on state of emergency in RS; Cvijanovic: Decision will be delayed due to the announcement by Bosniaks (ATV)
Inzko welcomes readiness of Cvijanovic to use emergency authority in interest of public health; US Embassy: We support authorities which are undertaking short-term, legal and appropriate measures in order to face the current pandemic (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik: EU’s assistance should have been in form of respirators, medical equipment (ATV)
RS registers 38 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday (ATV)
B&H introducing new measures as number of patients rises to 353 (N1)
Federation of B&H Crisis HQ declares movement ban between 20:00 and 5:00 hours (BHT1)
Srebrenik Crisis HQ declares quarantine for settlement Srednja Spionica (BHT1)
Croatia

There are 77 new cases of coronavirus in Croatia, a total of 790 patients; Police are turning away all the vehicles trying to enter Zagreb (Hina)
Croatia receives 12.5 tons of medical equipment from China (Hina)
Dragan Vasiljkovic released from prison, expelled from Croatia (Hina)
Montenegro

Montenegro asks NATO to provide medical equipment (CDM)
Six more test positive for coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonia becomes NATO’s 30th ally (MIA)
Filipce: 26 new cases of coronavirus registered, 1 deceased, 9 patients cured (MIA)
Mickoski: We are facing a disaster and the government acts as if they are not from around here (Republika)
Albania

Eleven new COVID-19 cases reported by Ministry of Health (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Turkey welcomes North Macedonia NATO membership (Daily Sabah)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 March 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 26 March 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vulin: US won in Kosovo (RTS)
Dacic: Modalities of health cooperation with Cuba (Tanjug/RTS)
Godfrey: US Embassy organizes flight to LA for US citizens and residents (FoNet/N1)
Fajon: Coronavirus not excuse for locking democracy, EU biggest donor to Serbia (Danas/Beta)
Total of 457 cases, seven die (RTS)
Nestorovic warns Valjevo could be under quarantine (TV Pink/N1/FoNet)
Transport Community Permanent Secretariat and CEFTA propose a set of measures for Western Balkans (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency issues joint statement calling on citizens to respect measures and trust authorities (Dnevni avaz)
B&H CoM decision preventing foreign nationals from entering B&H being enforced (BHT1)
Quarantine for people entering B&H through border crossing Samac formed (ATV)
Croatia to close down small-border crossings with B&H (Dnevni avaz)
B&H has eight new cases, bringing the total to 185 (N1)
Local healthcare center in Sarajevo-based district closed after woman (52) died of consequences of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday (O kanal)
Olympic Hall in Sarajevo to serve as quarantine where patients with mild-symptoms of COVID-19 will be relocated from hospitals in FB&H if necessary (O kanal)
Solak: We are definitely evaluating stricter and more rigorous measures (BHT1)
Pavilions of student center ‘Nikola Tesla’ in Banja Luka to serve as quarantine center for people infected with COVID-19 (N1)
Koc: Solidarity and mutual assistance only way to be successful in this fight (Oslobodjenje)
Norway prepares financial assistance for B&H to help country in fight against coronavirus infection (O kanal)
Zvizdic, Covic write letter to EU officials asking for exemption of Western Balkans from restriction decision (Dnevni avaz)
Covic: Plenkovic promised that B&H will receive help from EU (Nezavisne)
Borrell: China aggressively pushes the message that, unlike US, it is a responsible and reliable partner (Dnevni list)
Croatia

Croatia reports 481 cases and the second coronavirus victim (Hina)
Quarantine in Murter and Betina, police not allowing anyone in or out (HRT)
Montenegro

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Montenegro rise to 67 (CDM)
Djukanovic: Montenegro and UAE together in fight against coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov-Borell: Coordination, solidarity and channeling EU support to Western Balkans (MIA)
Twenty-four new coronavirus cases in North Macedonia, total cases 201 (MIA)
Albania

Albania’s leaders unite to cope with COVID-19 (ADN)
Number of Coronavirus infected in Albania increasing too fast (ADN)
COVID-19/71-year-old patient dies in infectious hospital, 6 deaths in Albania (Top channel)
Three field hospitals to be established (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

EU and US in opposite camps as Kosovo government toppled (EurActiv/AFP)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 March

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic’s address on the occasion of 21st anniversary of NATO aggression (Politika)
Solidarity evidence of closeness of peoples of Serbia, Turkey (Tanjug)
Joksimovic: €94 million redeployed from IPA funds for Serbia (Tanjug)
Vucic: Belgrade, Valjevo and Nis – for hotspots of virus, special measures (B92/Tanjug)
Radojicic: The city is ready to isolate 10 central municipalities (B92/TV Prva)
Kon: No need for isolation of Belgrade (RTS)
Another 81 cases, 384 infected in Serbia (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CoM adopts draft budget for 2020 and decision on closure of airport in B&H; Ministers from RS vote against draft of budget that implies increase of salaries, purchase of cars and buildings (FTV)
Dodik, Dzaferovic talk about coronavirus situation with Varhelyi (RTRS/BHT1)
Dodik with Lavrov: Russia is ready to help RS and B&H amid coronavirus crisis (ATV)
Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Konjic; Total number of infected in B&H increased to 168 (Klix.ba/O kanal)
Banja Luka City Headquarters for Emergency Situations: New measures will be introduced (ATV)
Are B&H citizens confused by different instructions coming from 13 crisis headquarters in the country? (N1)
Croatia

Croatia welcomes green-light for launch of EU entry talks with Macedonia and Albania (Hina)
Coronavirus cases rise to 418 (HTR)
Montenegro

EU’s support: €3 million for healthcare system and €50 million for long-term program (CDM)
Number of coronavirus cases in Montenegro reaches 52 (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Start of EU negotiations, historic mistake fixed, no obstacles or conditions (MIA)
Twenty-nine new coronavirus cases in North Macedonia, total tally hits 177 (MIA)
Kumanovo public transport cancelled (MIA)
Albania

Rama: Finally, the accession talks are open (ADN)
Coronavirus cases rise to 146 across Albania (ADN)
Government announces state of natural disaster (ADN)
COVID-19, EU pledges 50 million Euros for Albania (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Coronavirus postpones elections across emerging Europe. Except in Poland (Emerging Europe)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 March 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 24 March 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Twenty-one years since the NATO bombing without UN Security Council approval (B92/Tanjug)
Vulin: NATO crime was the last crime in the XX century that had gone unpunished (Beta/Tanjug)
Vucic: Change in approach in fighting coronavirus; very possible that we isolate Belgrade (Tanjug/RTS/B92)
Gojkovic denies request for parliament session (FoNet/RTV)
Djuric: We are not interested in Pristina’s games of throne (Politika)
Ljajic: 10 million masks arriving from China this week (RTS)
A total of 301 infected people in Serbia (RTS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H has 150 COVID-19 cases, Security Minister wants airport closed (N1)
New four COVID-19 cases registered in Konjic (Klix.ba)
FB&H Civil Protection Crisis Headquarters discusses adoption of special regulation that would tighten measures for those who violate orders on self-isolation or curfew (BHT1)
No new cases of COVID-19 reported in RS (RTRS)
Dodik: Introduction of harsher measures to tackle Coronavirus necessary (ATV)
Quarantine for citizens who are not complying with prescribed measures of self-isolation to be formed in Bijeljina (BHT1)
Quarantine tents at border crossings in B&H ready for use (RTRS)
Radoncic holds video-conference with representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations in B&H on current situation and B&H’s needs in fight against coronavirus (BHT1)
Inzko: State budget a priority for stopping COVID-19 (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia

In Croatia, 361 infected with coronavirus, six of them on the respirators (N1)
Sunday’s earthquake claims its first victim (HRT)
Montenegro

In Montenegro, 29 infected with a coronavirus, 938 are quarantined (CDM)
Camaj: Albanians negotiate joint run in parliamentary elections in Montenegro (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Varhelyi: EU approves opening of negotiations with North Macedonia, Albania (MIA)
Twelve new coronavirus cases registered, total tally hits 148 (MIA)
Government restricts movement of teenagers, senior citizens to fight coronavirus spread (MIA/TV24)
Filipche: Coronavirus outbreak will be over after two incubation cycles without new cases (MIA)
Army members deployed to guard vital public locations (MIA)
Albania

Coronavirus cases surge to 123 in Albania (ADN)
COVID-19 and international assistance to Albania (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia blasts NATO’s 1999 aggression as crime against humanity (TASS)
Could Trump Spark a New Balkan Ethnic War? (The New Republic)
Only a matter of time’: Greek migrant camps brace for coronavirus outbreak (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 March

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbian government adopts new measures as COVID-19 response (Tanjug)
Brnabic thanks China on support in fight against COVID-19 (Tanjug/RTS)
Loncar: Chinese experts propose first set of new measures to combat COVID-19 (RTS)
Dodik: Gratefulness to Serbia for readiness to assist RS and B&H (Tanjug/RTV)
Vucic meets with Orban in Budapest (Beta)
Borrell: Lajcak will do an excellent job mediating Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Another 27 cases of coronavirus in Serbia, a total of 249 (RTS/N1)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic takes over chairmanship over B&H Presidency (N1)
Total number of infected patients with the new coronavirus in B&H is now 128 (N1)
Curfew from 1800 hrs. to 0500 hrs. in force as of Sunday (FTV/ATV)
B&H AF set tents up at border crossings (ATV)
Tuzla receives 50 new migrants’ daily; Migrants not being screened (BHT1)

Croatia

Total of coronavirus infections in Croatia has grown to 306,  52 new cases; leaving place of residence prohibited (HRT)
Earthquake rocks Croatian capital (HRT)

Montenegro

Five more infected with coronavirus in Montenegro (RTCG)
The first coronavirus victim in Montenegro, recently visited Serbia (RTCG)
Montenegro government ramped up its coronavirus measures (CDM)

Republic of North Macedonia

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 114 (MIA)
Second coronavirus patient dies at Clinic for Infectious Diseases in North Macedonia (MIA)
Filipce announced new measures to limit the movement of people over 65 and up to 18 years of age (Republika)
Army comes to aid in tackling coronacrisis (MIA)
Sugareski: If necessary, intercity passenger transport will be banned (MIA)

Albania

Fifteen new coronavirus cases in Albania, total number 104 (Top channel)
Coronavirus situation in Albania worsens, 5 deaths (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Powerful earthquake puts Croatia in a coronavirus conundrum (The Week)
EU Governments Reach Breakthrough Over Balkans Expansion Plan (Bloomberg News)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 March 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 20 March 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Borrel to Vucic: EU doing all it can to help Serbia (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Norway donates Serbia five million Euros for fight against coronavirus (RTS/Tanjug)
Coronavirus epidemic officially declared in Serbia (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic: Curfew will be extended (B92)
Serbian Army opens camp in Morovic (Tanjug/RTS)
New 15 cases of coronavirus in Serbia – 118 in total (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Five new cases of coronavirus confirmed in B&H, 69 in total (N1)
Nine new cases of Coronavirus infection registered in FB&H, total number of infected persons increases to 18 (N1)
FB&H Civil Protection HQ adopts four new orders (Hayat)
Sixteen new cases of coronavirus infection confirmed in RS on Thursday, total number in the RS increased to 45 (RTRS)
B&H AF and B&H Border police define eight border crossings to set up quarantine tents (ATV)
Podzic confirms that B&H AF will be deployed to eight border crossings (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik, Covic, Izetbegovic and Radoncic meet with Sattler to discuss current situation caused by COVID-19 (N1)
Turkey to help B&H with medical materials (RTRS/Dnevni avaz)
Turkovic calls on heads of diplomatic-consular missions accredited in B&H to help B&H purchase respirators and other necessary medical equipment (Nezavisne novine)
B&H Border Police Director passes decision on temporary suspension of five police officers of Brod unit (BHT1)
Croatia

In Croatia, 113 people are infected with coronaviruses (N1/Hina)
Montenegro

The number of infected in Montenegro increased to 13 (RTCG)
DSC will consider information on the epidemiological situation (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Filipche: Skopje Health Center to open coronavirus testing sites next week (MIA)
Nineteen new coronavirus cases in Macedonia, a total of 67 confirmed cases (MIA)
Albania

COVID 19: Opposition leader sends letter to WHO office to seek assistance (TemA)
Total number of COVID-19 cases in Albania hits 70 (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

The Quiet Success of Trump’s Politically Appointed Ambassadors in Europe (The Daily Signal)
China Casts Itself as Global Savior While U.S. and EU Focus on Virus at Home (Foreign Policy)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 March

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic-Merkel video meeting: Fast dialogue resumption (Tanjug/Beta/B92/RTS/RTV)
Brnabic: If needed, the state of emergency will last four months (Tanjug/B92)
Stefanovic: Thousands of potentially infected come to Serbia: 25.000 people in self-isolation (TV Prva/Tanjug)
Government suspends international passenger traffic from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport until further notice (Tanjug/Beta)
Number of coronavirus cases rises to 97 in Serbia (N1)
Army of Serbia secures borders, migrant centers, hospitals, airports (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Thirty-nine confirmed coronavirus cases in B&H more than 15,000 under medical supervision (FTV)
B&H Presidency adopts decision on engagement of B&H Armed Forces (BHT1)
Dodik: Set up check point of our police at each border crossing; It is high time this was done at inter-entity boundary line as well (RTRS)
Extraordinary session of B&H Coordination Body for Protection and Rescue held (O kanal)
Federation of B&H Civil Protection Headquarters introduces two new measures due to coronavirus pandemic (FTV)
SC government adopts decision to declare state of natural and other disaster in SC (N1)
USC Crisis Headquarters bans work of restaurants, coffee bars and other services due to coronavirus pandemic (BHT1)
Border police officer arrested for allowing persons from countries with COVID-19 to enter B&H in return for money (ATV)
Minimum of 6,000 people receive decision on isolation in B&H (Hayat)
Croatia

President Milanovic addresses the nation on Coronavirus crisis (Hina)
In Croatia, 99 are infected with coronavirus (HRT)
Montenegro

Montenegro guarantees protection and assistance (CDM)
Six new cases of coronavirus in Montenegro (CDM)
New measures of Montenegro’s Ministry of Health (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: The fact that we are declaring a state of emergency for the first time indicates how complex the situation in the country is (Republika)
Osmani: EU reaches consensus to launch accession talks with North Macedonia (MIA)
Seven new coronavirus cases confirmed Wednesday evening, total number of patients in Macedonia rises to 42 (Republika)
Albania

As of today, only 6 hours of pedestrian traffic permitted in Albania (Oranews)
Number of Coronavirus cases in Albania reaches 64 (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

China is winning the coronavirus propaganda war (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 March 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 18 March 2020

LOCAL PRESS

No one aged 65 is allowed to go outside, no one on the street from 8 pm to 5 am (B92/Tanjug)
Brnabic: Huge influx of Serbian citizens from abroad causes major concern (RTS/Tanjug)
Dacic instructs all diplomatic missions and consular posts (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/Beta)
Stefanovic: Two quarantine sites for Serbians returning home (RTS/TV Pink)
Godfrey calls on Serbian citizens to be responsible, self-isolate (Beta)
Várhely holds a video conference on COVID-19 with WB Prime Ministers (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Seven new cases of coronavirus confirmed in RS; RS Minister Klokic positive for coronavirus (BN TV)
New cases of Coronavirus in Federation of B&H (N1/FTV)
B&H CoM declares state of natural and other disaster in B&H over Coronavirus (BHT1)
Federation of B&H Civil Protection Headquarters bans all public gatherings (BHT1)
China donates disinfectants to RS authorities (ATV)
Croatia

Croatia COVID-19: 81 Cases, 12 New (TCN/Index)
Montenegro

First cases of coronavirus in Montenegro (N1)
Republic of North Macedonia

Four new corona cases in Macedonia, 35 in total; Macedonian citizens who are exiting the country to sign a statement that they will not return in three months (Republika)
Elections to be postponed (Republika)
We have no resources to enforce crisis situation nationwide, says Pendarovski (MIA)
King Felipe VI of Spain signs North Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol (MIA)
Albania

Albania tops 59 Coronavirus cases (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia turns to China due to ‘lack of EU solidarity’ on coronavirus (EurActiv)

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