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Belgrade Media Report 15 December

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic visiting Cuba (Beta/B92/Tanjug)
Dacic: Serbia not to react to US decision regarding Jerusalem issue (RTV)
Djuric congratulates Serb List (Politika)
Serbian parliament adopts 2018 budget law (RTS/Beta/Tanjug)
Participation in EU peacekeeping missions important for Serbia (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
NATO HQ in Sarajevo reacts to Dodik’s statements (Glas Srpske)
Dodik’s statement on suspension of activities on MAP activation causes fierce reactions (BHT1)
Dodik: Covic follows Croatian stance, while SNSD follows Serbian stance on NATO (FTV)
B&H HoR adopts proposal of Changes and Amendments to Law on Excise Duties of B&H (Klix)
Increase of excise duties will cause chain reaction, cause grave consequences for citizens (Fena)
Hahn, Wigemark, Cormack welcome adoption of set of laws on excise duties (Dnevni avaz)
Wigemark: If I am persona non grata because of excise duties, Commissioner Hahn must be too (Nezavisne)
B&H HoR adopts Bosic’s Declaration on Sarajevo- Belgrade motorway route (RTRS)
Mogherini to meet Western Balkans officials on Monday (Fena)
Croatia
Croatia’s MEP Jakovcic wants EU to ban fascist symbols (Vecernji list)
fYROM
Besa will no longer participate in the debate for the Law on Languages as it was a “political theatre” (Meta)
Government reshuffle imminent (MIA)
Zaev-Iotova: 2017 – significant for Macedonia-Bulgaria relations (MIA)
Dimitrov: EU membership remains top priority of Macedonia’s foreign policy (MIA)
Nimetz’s Brussels meeting – first attempt in three years to break the deadlock (MIA)
Albania
Rama blames opposition for floods situation, tensions in parliament (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Youth Olympics Kindle Hopes of Unity for Sarajevo (BIRN)

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Minister claims: Europol started co-operating with Kosovo (B92, Beta)

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Kosovo Interior Minister Flamur Sefaj received an official announcement that Europol decided to start co-operation with Kosovo, the ministry announced, reports B92 today. Sefaj met with Deputy Director of the EU Security Council Olivier Onidi, who told him that at the meeting of the Steering Committee, Europol decided that Kosovo “should be on the list […]

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Mogherini on Monday with officials from the Western Balkans (Blic)

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini to meet officials from the six Western Balkan countries at an informal working dinner in Brussels on Monday, December 18th, reports Blic. In addition to the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, the Prime Ministers of Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, FYROM, as well as the Chairman […]

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EU officials: Terrorism danger for  Kosovo and Balkans (RTK)

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European Union and Kosovo officials met in Pristina on 14-15 December 2017 to discuss security, counterterrorism and countering violent extremism. The EU delegation was led by Deputy Secretary General Pedro Serrano from the European External Action Service (EEAS), together with EU Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove and Deputy Director General Olivier Onidi from DG HOME. […]

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Hoxhaj in charge of the joint meeting with the FYROM Government (RTK)

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The government of Kosovo has tasked today Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Enver Hoxhaj, to prepare the joint meeting with the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said there is readiness of the Prime Minister Zoran  Zaev for a joint meeting of the two governments. “I propose […]

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Djuric congratulates constitution of municipal authorities in Kosovo (Tanjug)

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On the occasion of the constitutive sessions of Serb majority municipal assemblies, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric congratulated the Mayors and MA members of the Serbian List in Kosovo the beginning of their mandate and constitution of the municipal authorities, reports Tanjug. -In the upcoming period, the Serbian List will […]

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Athletes request guidelines about how to behave towards Kosovo (Serbian media)

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The fifth round table, within the internal dialogue on Kosovo in Serbia, was held yesterday this time with athletes, representatives of the sports associations and university institutions, Serbian media reported. So far, the conduct of Serbian athletes at competitions involving the Kosovo sports persons was determined by the government’s recommendation, now it was asked that […]

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Kosovo Serb Minister: Learning Albanian is necessary (BIRN)

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Kosovo government minister Dalibor Jevtic says Serbs and Albanians need to build trust – and that Kosovo Serb children should learn the Albanian language to ensure better communication for the future. “The key word today in Kosovo is trust, which has to be built both between the two communities and towards [state] institutions,” Dalibor Jevtic, […]

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Shpend Ahmeti reaches coalition agreement with AAK in Pristina (Indeksonline)

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Citing unnamed sources, the news website reports that Pristina Mayor, Shpend Ahmeti, a member of Vetevendosje, has signed a coalition agreement with the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) for Pristina municipality on Thursday evening.

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Hoxhaj: Kosovo to apply for Council of Europe membership (media)

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Several online media quote Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, as saying that Kosovo will apply for membership of the Council of Europe this month or the latest by January next year. According to Hoxhaj, Kosovo could be admitted in the organization in two years. “The Council of Europe, after the European Union, is one […]

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Kosovo Prosecutor Drops Extradition Case Over Alleged Turkey Coup Links (Reuters, USnews)

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – A Kosovo prosecutor withdrew his bid on Thursday to extradite a Turkish citizen accused by Turkey of being part of a group linked to a failed coup there in 2016, saying Ankara had not provided enough evidence to back the case. Ugur Toksoy was arrested in October at the request of prosecutors […]

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Kosovo Extradition of Wanted Turkish ‘Gulenist’ Suspended (Balkan Insight)

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Kosovo’s prosecution withdrew its request to a Pristina court to allow the extradition of Ugur Toksoy, a teacher wanted by Turkey for alleged links to the so-called Gulen movement, suspending the procedure. Kosovo prosecutor Ali Rexha on Thursday withdrew his request for the court to allow the extradition of Turkish citizen Ugur Toksoy, who was […]

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