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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 1, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 1, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci: We’ll act based on previous practices (Indeksonline)
• Kurti: Kosovo to head to fresh elections following no-confidence motion (media)
• Mustafa: This is not the time for new elections (media)
• Veseli: Hypocrisy to speak of extraordinary elections at this time (media)
• Kurti sends letter to Thaci, after their meeting (RTK)
• US Embassy statement on the tariffs (media)
• Fields in which Kosovo is considering to introduce reciprocity measures (RTK)
• Judah: Tariff lifted to be replaced with what equalizes Kosovo-Serbia relationship (RTK)
• Vitia, Abbott discuss measures to contain coronavirus spread in Kosovo (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Borell: The complete abolition of taxes is an important decision in these times of crisis (KoSSev)
• Djuric: Fees have not been lifted; Pristina continues to play games (Beta, B92)
• Gerxhaliu: Kosovo more damaged by tariffs than Serbia (KIM radio)
• Stefanovic: Fake news that 24-hour curfew starts on Wednesday (N1, Nova S)
• The first death in the Serbian Government of a coronavirus: State Secretary deceased (media)
• Doctors: The worst day in Serbia: Seven more dead, 115 new cases of coronavirus (N1)
• Five persons infected with Covid-19 in Mitrovica North, 7 in total in Serb-populated areas (Radio kontakt plus)
• Taxi associations in Zvecan and Mitrovica suspended work until April 15 (Radio kontakt plus)
• Spiric: Contact epidemiologist if you were in contact with infected individuals (Radio Mitrovica sever)


• Surroi: Constitutional coup is being prepared (media)
• Coronavius is Not the Only Disease Afflicting the Balkans (Balkan Insight)


• Kosovo Lifts 100 Percent Tariff On Serbia; Belgrade Calls It ‘Fake News’ (RFE)
• Party leaders divided over steps to form Kosovo’s next government (Prishtina Insight)
• New enlargement strategy of the EU: a new chance for the Balkans (neweasterneurope.eu)
• COVID-19 pandemic as a threat to the rule of law in the Western Balkans (EWB)
• Serbian Govt Takes Control of Information Flow About Pandemic (Balkan Insight)


• Roma: Europe’s Neglected Coronavirus Victims (Balkan Insight)
• Balkan Tech Enthusiasts Deploy 3D Printers against COVID-19 (Balkan Insight)
• Center for Peace and Tolerance launches new cycle for graduates from non-majority communities (TV Most)

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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


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)


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)

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

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 confirms 16 new coronavirus cases (ADN)


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

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 1

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• Four more cases with coronavirus confirmed (media)
• Government decides with majority of votes for reciprocity with Serbia (media)
• Kurti: Tariff is lifted and reciprocity to be implemented from tomorrow (media)
• EU High Representative hails lifting of import tariff on Serbia (media)
• Haradinaj opposes decision to lift import tariff on Serbia (media)
• Kosovo acting Prime Minister Albin Kurti interview to KTV
• Mustafa speaks about no-confidence motion in interview with Klan Kosova
• Constitutional Court rules against govt’s decision to restrict movement (media)
• PDK’s Tahiri: We will remain in opposition (media)

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