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Belgrade Media Report 27 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 27 December 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Authorities working solely for benefit of Serbia and its people (Beta)
• Vucic: We are just one of guarantors of the Dayton (Novosti)
• Disputed articles in the controversial Law on Freedom of Religion (Telegraf)
• Patriarch Irinej deeply distressed over events in Montenegro (RTS)
• Police beat up Bishop Metodije (Beta/B92)
• SzS: Montenegro to declare controversial law null and void, de-escalate tensions (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Komsic on Serbia’s Strategy of Defense: Unless this document is suspended, relations between two countries will be seriously undermined (Hayat)
• Dodik: B&H Presidency did not take position on Defense and National Security Strategy of Serbia which is why Komsic cannot speak neither on behalf of B&H Presidency nor on behalf of B&H (Srna)
• Protest of opposition in RS held in Banja Luka, protestors request removal of Lukac and criticize RS authorities for failure to deliver original Program of Reforms of B&H to RS parliament (BNTV)
• Stanivukovic files criminal report against Lukac (N1)
• SDS launches initiative for removal of Lukac (BNTV)
Montenegro
• Parliament adopts the Law on Freedom of Religion (CDM/N1)
• Markovic following Law adoption: We will make sure that everything runs smoothly (RTCG)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU’s broken promises in the Balkans lead to rocky road in 2020 (Deutsche Welle)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 25 December 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: I will not be dividing our people any further (Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
• Brnabic: We need to talk to the government of Montenegro (RTS)
• Patriarch Irinej: Stand to be defended in parliament not on the street (RTS/Vijesti)
• Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (spc.rs)
• Drecun: What’s most important for Serbs is to respect their election will (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Jeremic: Kosovo is issue of all issues (RTS)
• Tepic: Dacic took money from arms dealers to finance revoking of other countries’ recognitions of Kosovo (Beta)
• Serbian government proposes changes to law on local elections (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Komsic urges Vucic to suspend national defense and security strategy of Serbia as it would undermine regional peace and stability; Dzaferovic warns of violation of sovereignty of B&H (N1/BHT1/Al Jazeera)
• Dodik reacts to comments of Dzaferovic and Komsic (ATV/RTRS/Srna)
• Dzaferovic: Program of Reforms of B&H is first ANP for NATO (BNTV)
• SDS caucus in RS parliament demands entire text of Program of Reforms of B&H (BHT1)
• Stanivukovic calls on Lukac to resign; Opposition to organize protests on Thursday (O Kanal/N1)
• Banja Luka Police Administration says it is establishing facts on incident at RS parliament (ATV)
• Pavic and Rodic resign as DNS leader and deputy president, Trninic to be removed as RS Minister of Transport and Communications (ATV)
• US Embassy: No room for threats in democratic discussion (Hayat/FTV/N1)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: Nobody can jeopardize Montenegro’s stability (CDM)
• Patriarch Irinej met with DF leaders, Mandic and Knezevic received blessing for fighting in defense of SPC (IN4S)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Outgoing Prime Minister: If the opposition stalls laws, I will not resign on 3 January (Republika)
• Zaev expects a new mandate and a continuation of the economy’s growth (Meta/MRTV)
Albania
• Debate with PM Rama, Haradinaj apologizes to Albanians (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 24 December 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Next year, Putin, Jinping, Merkel and Johnson are coming to Serbia(O2/B92/Beta)
• Vucic: Whatever we say we are interfering in internal politics (NSPM/Tanjug/O2)
• Portals close to Montenegrin authorities spin Vucic’s words (Novosti)
• Djuric: Perhaps there will be new elections in Kosovo and Metohija (TV Happy/Tanjug)
• Law on religious freedom adopted, SPC priests gathered (B92/Vijesti/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Incomplete new convocation of B&H CoM appointed (FTV)
• Brief biographies of new ministers in B&H CoM (Hayat)
• International community welcomes appointment of new convocation of B&H CoM (FTV/ATV/BHT1)
• B&H submits Program of Reforms to NATO HQ in Brussels (FTV)
Croatia
• Presidential elections in Croatia to go into second round (HRT)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Citizens’ disappointment in the government growing, the judiciary and the Prime Minister rated very low, VMRO-DPMNE leads convincingly ahead of SDSM (Republika)
• Zaev: If Mickoski wins the elections, he will do everything to annul agreements with Greece and Bulgaria (Republika)
• Outgoing PM Zaev: There is great trust between SDSM and DUI (Republika)
Albania
• EC President Ursula von der Leyen fully supports opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania (Radio Tirana)
• RCC Secretary General Bregu reveals beneficiaries from Balkan Schengen (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 23 December 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic to EU ambassadors: Serbia remains committed to reform process, EU membership (Tanjug)
• Vucic: Belgrade meeting to be historic (Tanjug)
• Cadez: “Little Schengen” initiative has produced results (RTS)
• Vucic: Tahiri threatening with war and nobody reacts (RTV/Tanjug)
• High level of strategic partnership with Russian Federation (Tanjug/Beta)
• Dacic in Moscow: Russia always on Serbia’s side (RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• DF: Serbian Minister Vulin should know border between Serbia and B&H is on Drina River, this will soon be border between NATO and Serbia (BN TV)
• B&H CoM composition to be confirmed (BHT1, ATV)
• Parties still without agreement on Mostar (Oslobodjenje)
• OHR: Elected leaders of this country should be ashamed for failing to comply with ECHR ruling (N1)
• RS parliament to discuss information about Program of Reforms of B&H (ATV)
Croatia
• Croatia Presidential Election: Grabar-Kitarovic, Milanovic go to round two (TCN)
• Milanovic: We are going into second round but not to war, wars are over (Hina)
• Grabar-Kitarovic calls on Skoro’s voters to vote for her in runoff (Hina)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: Serbian Orthodox Church and some parties are seeking to implement ideology of Great Serbian nationalism (CDM)
• Djukanovic on ‘mini Schengen’: A Balkan union cannot replace the EU (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Twelve days until Zaev resigns (Republika)
• Xhaferi says interim prime minister can be elected the same day Zaev resigns (Republika)
Albania
• Tirana: Participants of ‘Regional Meeting Western Balkans’ says doors remain open for B&H to joint Mini Schengen (N1)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Serbian newspaper Srpski Telegraf, published on December 20, 2019 (Russian Foreign Ministry)
• What Macron plans for Europe (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 20 December 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: EC is now giving optimistic signals for enlargement (RTS/Tanjug)
• Brnabic, Conte meet on sidelines of CEI summit (Tanjug)
• Kozarev: Serbia will not recognize Kosovo under threats (Tanjug/RTV)
• Vulin: No independent Kosovo and that’s it (Tanjug/RTV)
• Chitaku’s lawsuit against Dacic blocked with the intervention of Russia and China (Novosti)
• Zivkovic calls Serbian opposition to stand in elections (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H citizens suspected of taking part in fights on side of ISIL deported to Sarajevo on Thursday (BHT1)
• Covic: HDZ B&H and SDA are ahead of the agreement on Federation of B&H government, but ministers will not be appointed until certain reorganization (N1)
• DF drafted its own proposal of Election Law of B&H; We have not presented it to our partners just yet (FTV)
• McAllister: B&H political leaders must start taking responsibility and ensure their country is moving forward (Dnevni avaz)
• Dodik: RS has the right to celebrate 9 January (EuroBlic)
Croatia
• Prime Minister in Rome for Central European Initiative summit (HRT)
Montenegro
• Várhelyi to Markovic: I want Montenegro to be fully ready for the EU by the end of my term of office (CDM)
• Montenegro to bring debate back into parliament (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• SDSM will try to push its changes to the Electoral Code next week (Republika)
• Outgoing Prime Minister Zaev to meet Western Balkan leaders in Tirana (Republika)
Albania
• Poster of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic as persona non- grata in Tirana (N1)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Marinelli: Serbia is becoming increasingly important partner to NATO (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 December

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LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Albanians frustrated due to upcoming indictments (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
• Mojsilovic: KFOR only legitimate armed formation in Kosovo (Beta/Politika)
• Jeremic: Montenegro’s draft law on religious non-freedom should be withdrawn immediately (Beta)
• Fajon: We might return to Serbia before elections (Danas)
• What scenario for Kosovo and Metohija is most acceptable to Serbian citizens (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H CEC completes vetting procedure of nine candidates for posts of ministers and deputy ministers in B&H CoM (ATV)
• Tegeltija holds consultations with SBB B&H leader Radoncic (ATV)
• SDA wants HDZ B&H nominates candidate for Federation of B&H President and that Mostar is separated from other issues, HDZ B&H’s Kristo says Law on Elections is priority (Dnevni list)
• Dodik sends RS parliament request for holding of special session on Program of Reforms for NATO; Inzko says RS parliament can only confirm program of reforms but it cannot decide on it (BN TV)
• Request of Bosniak caucus unacceptable (RTRS)
• Dodik shows support to US President Trump (ATV)
• Meeting of prosecutors from region held in Sarajevo within regional war crimes project (FTV)
Montenegro
• Markovic: Ostrog can’t belong to the Serbian patriarchate (CDM)
• Russia meddles into the adoption of the law on freedom of religion (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Grubi: DUI to run in the elections alone, Albanian opposition to unite so that Albanians don’t lose (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Provocative statements by former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Wesley Clark on Russia’s role in the Balkans (Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova)
• EC non-paper on Serbia: Pressures on media and judiciary still very much present (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 December

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LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Serbia-Slovenia relations at highest level (Tanjug)
• Sarec: Serbia belongs in EU, no alternative to that (Tanjug)
• Upward trend in development of cooperation with Russian Federation (Tanjug/RTS)
• Godfrey: I want to give my best to improve Washington – Belgrade relations (RTS/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Zvizdic says new B&H CoM will be formed by 30 December (N1)
• New majority in SC assembly submits initiative for dismissal of current SC government (BHT1)
• ZDC: SDA, SBB B&H and DF will follow stance of party bodies re reshuffling (FTV)
• Cvijanovic: TurkStream brings energy independence and lower gas prices to RS (Srna)
Croatia
• Presidential candidates face off in TV debate (Hina/HTV)
Montenegro
• Religious Freedom Law to be reached through the dialogue (RTCG)
• Montenegro and China: Plans afoot for visa liberalization (CDM)
• Hodges: Kremlin doesn’t want stability of the Balkan region (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• EU doesn’t trust Zaev, is waiting for his replacement, the vetting will wait for the new government (Republika)
• Albanian opposition parties preparing a coalition to take on DUI (Republika)
• Parliament meets over the blocked SDSM election request (Republika)
Albania
• PM’s Office responds to Haradinaj on next ‘mini Schengen’ meeting (ADN)
• Regional meeting of Western Balkans to be held on 20-21 December in Tirana (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia will not rush to join the EU until it is truly ready (EurActiv)
• State capture threatens Serbia’s EU integration process (EurActiv)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 December

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LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Italy’s support for Serbia’s European path stability of region (Tanjug)
• Cooperation agreements between police of Serbia, North Macedonia (RTS/Tanjug)
• Algeria will continue to respect principles of international law and remain consistent in stance of non-recognition of self-proclaimed state of Kosovo (Tanjug)
• Obradovic: Majority of opposition favors election boycott (RTV)
• Fabrizi: Region needs normalization of Belgrade-Pristina relations (Beta)
• Campaign to start on 5 March, along with parliamentary and local assemblies’ elections (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Embassies of US, UK, France, Germany and Italy in B&H comment decision of SDA, SBB and DF to oust SC government (FTV)
• SDA Presidency presents names of candidates for B&H CoM (ATV)
• SBB B&H Presidency confirms candidacy of Radoncic for post of new B&H Minister of Security; Arnaut resigns to all posts in SBB B&H (ATV)
• Cvijanovic: 9 January will be marked in RS same way it was marked before (BHT1)
Montenegro
• Markovic: The law has never been subject of electoral legislation (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Macedonians in Albania demand that Orthodox Christmas is national holiday (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Conditions for fair elections in Serbia not established after three rounds of dialogue (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 16 December 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Postponement of elections in line with Constitution, law (Tanjug)
• No new leads on murder of Serb youths in Pec 21 years after the crime (Beta)
• Gojkovic: Agreement made not to hold elections in March (Tanjug)
• SzS welcomes European parliament’s role in vote, warns Vucic offering deceit (Beta)
• Fajon hails postponement of election (Beta)
• Dacic: I want to go the The Hague as a witness against KLA (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SDA, SBB B&H and DF sign coalition agreement on formation of authorities at B&H, Federation of B&H and cantonal levels (BHT1)
• Coalition agreement of SDA, SBB B&H and DF on formation of new parliamentary majority in SC causes reactions (N1)
• Borenovic blames Izetbegovic and SDA for enabling Dodik and Covic to control majority in B&H HoP (Face TV)
• Komsic: Program of Reforms contains certain obligations towards NATO (BN TV)
• Dodik: We reject possible imposing of law banning denial of genocide (ATV)
• Inzko: B&H parliament to do its job and adopt law banning genocide denial (Dnevni avaz)
Montenegro
• Rakocevic: There won’t be any new Committees or working groups (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Electoral model talks end in deadlock (Republika)
• Mickoski: Who changes the election law three months before the elections (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Foggo: It is up to Serbia how much it wants to cooperate with NATO (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 13 December 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Serbia committed to cooperation in Black Sea region (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Serbia respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity (Politika)
• Serbia, B&H sign agreement on Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway (Tanjug/RTS)
• Jeremic: Illusion ends, election boycott only option (Beta)
• Russian gas to Serbia via Bulgaria in May next year (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Izetbegovic and Covic discuss formation of Federation of B&H government, changes to Election Law and issue of Mostar, no agreement reached (N1)
• Bosnia’s international administrator: Support for Bonn Powers increasing (BHRT)
• SDA to Serbian Def. Minister: Truth about war crimes in Bosnia cannot be denied (N1)
• Duty handover at NATO HQ Sarajevo, new commander wishes to resume partnership (N1)
Croatia
• Forty four polling stations to be set up in B&H for Croatia’s presidential vote (Hina)
Montenegro
• Radulovic: EU keeps the door wide open to Montenegro (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev says he will stick with his Albanian language law (Republika)
• Ahmeti: We used Venice Commission to reduce tensions and prejudices among Macedonians (Republika)
• Dimitrov pleads with Bulgaria to show greatness in the language dispute (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• New tensions between Belgrade and Pristina due to representation of 1999 events in Racak (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation)
• Ukraine’s MFA concerned over Crimean occupation administration envoys’ visit to Serbia (UNIAN)
• French connections: How to revitalise the EU enlargement process (European Council on Foreign Relations)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 12 December 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Fabrizi: Opening of chapters recognition of Serbia’ progress (Beta)
• Schieb: Enlargement will be in focus of German EU Presidency; Serbia’s campaign on withdrawals of recognitions doesn’t contribute to a better atmosphere (RTS)
• Fajon: Serbia in political crisis, authorities don’t implement recommendations (RFE/FoNet)
• Djilas: No free election possible in unfree country (Beta)
• Zelenovic:We are committed to a democratic Serbia in EU (Beta)
• Obradovic: Friday to be D-Day for EU role in Serbia (Beta)
• Foggo: It would be great if Serbia wanted to join NATO (Blic/Tanjug/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Tegeltija submits names of Serb and Croat ministers to B&H CEC and SIPA (FTV)
• Dodik expects new convocation of B&H CoM to be formed by end of month (RTRS)
• Formation of Council of Ministers opens opportunity for project implementation (Srna)
• Around 700 migrants from Vucjak relocated (N1/RTRS)
Croatia
• Training centre of NATO’s Multinational Special Aviation Program established at Zemunik (Hina)
• Croatia will push for ‘constructive EU-Turkey dialogue’ (Hina)
Montenegro
• Montenegro to step into 2020 with new Religious Freedom Law (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Mickoski in Paris: The main obstacle to justice in Macedonia is the Prime Minister (Republika)
• Outgoing Prime Minister: Venice Commission’s recommendations must be respected (Republika)
• Albanian parties united in the position that the law on languages will not change (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• North Macedonia in the “mini Schengen” looking glass (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 11 December 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Argentina has always protected Serbia’s integrity (RTV/Tanjug)
• Serbia, Greece sign declaration on strategic partnership (Tanjug)
• Serbia opens new chapter in negotiations with EU (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Joksimovic: Serbia can be ready for EU membership in five years (Tanjug)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: There is no constructive condition for continuing Belgrade-Pristina talks (RTV/FoNet)
• Moscow will agree with UN SC discussion of division of Kosovo, if Serbia wants (N1)
• Foggo: Good job of KFOR over the past two decades (RTS)
• Jeremic: Participation in election under present conditions insults intelligence of ordinary people (TV N1/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• EU Council adopts Conclusions on EC’s Opinion on B&H’s EU membership application (FTV)
• RS CC to decide on veto of Bosniak Caucus to Information on unconstitutional transformation of Dayton structure of B&H (Oslobodjenje)
• Russian Ambassador to Serbia comments military neutrality of Serbia and RS (RTRS)
• HNS’ Ljubic: HNS has made its proposal of changes to Law on Elections, will not make new one (Dnevni list)
• Komsic and Dzaferovic meet with Afghan President Ghani who commends B&H AF for contribution (FTV)
Montenegro
• Those who want negotiations to be ready as Montenegro (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Mickoski calls on Zaev to accept the changes VMRO is proposing to the law on languages (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Belgrade seeking even closer ties with Athens (ekathimerini)
• Pendarovski says he offered Macron troops for Mali and the option to expel future EU members (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)
• Nine EU Members release a new proposal for the reform of enlargement process (European Western Balkans)

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