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Belgrade Media Report 10 April 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 10 April 2020


UN SC session on Kosovo and Metohija may be postponed but not canceled (Politika)
Brnabic sends greetings for Easter according to Gregorian calendar (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic awards Dimcevski for personal heroism and skillful command (RTS/Tanjug)
Joint struggle between Serbia, Hungary against effects of coronavirus (Politika/Tanjug)
Swiss Embassy on measure to help Serbia fight COVID-19 (Beta)
Russian military experts disinfect three hospitals in Belgrade (Tanjug/Novosti)
EIB earmarks €700 million to help the Western Balkans fight COVID-19 (Tanjug)
Another 238 confirmed cases, five more deaths in Serbia (RTS)
Djuric: 38 patients with COVID-19 in Serb communities in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

IMF says it is ready to approve €330 million in assistance to B&H, but only after authorities in B&H reach agreement on distribution of those funds between two entities (RTRS)
Sattler signs additional €5 million of EU assistance to B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Airplane carrying medical equipment, disinfection materials and medical experts from Russia arrives to Banja Luka, two more airplanes to arrive on Thursday (RTRS)
Dodik: RS healthcare system has capacities to combat coronavirus (RTRS)
RS government adopts decree prescribing measure of direct price control in RS, as well as decree delaying payment of income and real estate tax, forest and fire protection fees, and certain RS and local taxes (RTRS)
Central Election Commission launches initiative for adoption of changes to Election Law, which would allow it to postpone local elections in B&H (BHT1)
HNC bans movement of citizens outside place of residence as of Friday (BHT1)
Some public areas in Banja Luka to be closed due to mass gatherings (RTRS)
Association of Forensic Experts decides they will not perform autopsies on victims of coronavirus (O kanal)
B&H citizens come from London at International Airport in Sarajevo on Thursday; Plane with 31 foreign citizens takes off from Sarajevo (BHT1)
Bus with 45 citizens of B&H arrives at border crossing Izacic on Thursday (BHT1)
New official data on the number of infected people with coronavirus in B&H (N1)

Croatia to provide €5.6m to B&H to fight COVID-19 (Hina)
Thirty more residents of Split nursing home test positive for coronavirus (HRT)
Total of 1,495 people infected by Coronavirus in Croatia (N1)

Government bans coffee machines (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms three more coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev, Mickoski in mandatory self-isolation after interview with coronavirus-infected journalist (MIA)
Filipche: Plans for easing of lockdown measures made when conditions in place (MIA)
Skopje’s Shutka prison detainee tests positive for COVID-19 postmortem (MIA)
Two new deaths and 48 newly infected with coronavirus in North Macedonia, a total of 711 people (Alsat)

Government to begin easing restrictive measures from next week (Tirana Times)
President Meta concerned over health of Presevo Valley citizens (ADN)
Kim: Proud to oversee the donation of US aid with medical equipment to Albanian health personnel (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 416 total COVID-19 cases confirmed, 24 victims (Tirana Times)


Heated Parliamentary Debate on Budapest-Belgrade Railway Mega-project (Hungary Today)
EU agrees on €500B of economic aid but no ‘corona bonds’ (Politico)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 10, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 10, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Coming weeks, critical in coronavirus fight (Telegrafi)
• Thaci writes to Kurti, says he is waiting for reply for PM candidate (media)
• Lajcak writes to Thaci about his engagement in dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Croatia remains in support of visa liberalisation for Kosovo (media)
• Slovakia supports visa liberalisation for Kosovo (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• UNSG Guterres: “COVID-19 Pandemic threatens international peace and security” (B92, Tanjug)
• Mitrovica North and Zvecan: New movement restrictions in place (Radio kontakt plus)
• Two new Covid-19 infected cases in northern Kosovo (Radio kontakt plus)
• Crowding in Mitrovica North increases, citizens differently on new measures (Kosovo-online)
• Spiric: Press conference live streamed without our consent (KoSSev)
• Western Balkans call for EU exemption on exports of medical gear (N1, Politico)
• ”Coronavirus death rates in the former Yugoslav republics” (N1)


• Naming New PM Not A Priority During Pandemic, Kosovo’s Kurti Tells RFE/RL


• Civil Rights Defenders released report on Internet freedoms in the Western Balkan Region (crd.org)
• Teachers make the push for distance learning (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 10

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• Kosovo: Three new cases of coronavirus, one death (media)
• Ministry of Health announces new measures to contain pandemic (media)
• Kosovo Acting PM Kurti’s interview to RTV21
• Kurti: Alliance with US very deep; elections after the pandemic (RFE)
• President dismisses Kurti’s “negotiation team” (Prishtina Insight)
• “Kurti will play his constitutional role until new PM is elected” (Kosovapress)
• Assembly Presidency to decide on PDK-proposed emergency financial package (media)
• Surroi: Forming new gov’t without LVV consent is unconstitutional (Klan)
• AAK would support LDK in forming new govt (media)

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