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Belgrade Media Report 05 May

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Elections in Serbia slated for 21 June (Tanjug)
Proposal of decision on abolition of the state of emergency submitted to the parliament (Tanjug/B92)
Another 120 cases, 1,723 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS officials express concern over increase of number of infected in RS, they argue that control of protection measures must be strengthened (ATV)
Dodik: RS government ready to propose to RS parliament to lift state of emergency and return to emergency situation in upcoming days (N1)
Chinese President sends letter to Dodik, wishing authorities and citizens in B&H fast victory over pandemic (RTRS)
Russian Embassy dismisses insinuations that Russian medical workers visit B&H for different reasons other than assistance to hospital in Mostar (BHT1)
US Embassy: All assistance needs to be adequately coordinated with relevant authorities (Dnevni avaz)
FB&H House of Peoples adopts Law on Mitigation of Negative Economic Consequences of Coronavirus Pandemic (FTV)
Working group tasked to launch reform process and implementation of 14 priorities from EC’s Opinion holds meeting (BHT1)
B&H’s Covid-19 tally nears 2,000, death toll stands at 79 (N1)

Coronavirus has turned public’s focus away from upcoming parliamentary election in Croatia (HRT)
EU promises greater assistance to Balkans, but does not mention membership or enlargement (Jutarnji list)
In Croatia, 11 new infections, totaling 2.112, 3 more died (N1)

Around €1,9 million for subsidies, sport activities to resume on Wednesday, competition without audience on 1 June (CDM)
Only one test coronavirus positive in Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Sela rejects Pendarovski’s warning that Macedonia may give up its EU integration, claims that the Albanian language is discriminated against (Republika)
Gruevski: You’re naive if you think that the Bulgarian demands will end with the Macedonian language and history (Republika)
Filipche: Elections in North Macedonia to be administered using strict protocol (MIA)
Government plans to reduce the curfew, re-open restaurants and cafes (Republika)
In North Macedonia 8 new cases of Covid-19, 21 recovered, 1 died (Libertas)

First medical aid from the EU arrives in Albania (Radio Tirana)
In Albania lockdown loosened, COVID-19 cases rise again (ADN)


Zagreb Declaration in shadow of COVID-19: WB has an EU perspective, EU assistance deserves public acknowledgement (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 5, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Zagreb summit: EU to reaffirm Western Balkans perspective (RFE/Koha)
• President Thaci to represent Kosovo at Zagreb Summit (media)
• EU: Kosovo to decide who represents it at the Zagreb Summit (Express)
• Borrell is not against Kosovo border changes (Koha)
• Mayors’ call on citizens: Danger has not passed, be cautious (Telegrafi)
• PDK: Special committee to investigate quarantine centre death case (media)
• CoE rapporteur urges political responsibility and respect for the rule of law (Koha)
• U.S. Embassy: Success of youth is our top priority, education is key (media)
• Police commander suspended over social media comments (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• North Mitrovica: One new person infected of Covid-19 (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic says elections for Serbian parliament on June 21 (N1)
• Bilcik: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue important for EU perspective (media)
• Pavicevic: Horrible and flagrant violation of Pristina’s obligations (TV Most)
• Dacic: Opening of borders doesn’t depend on Serbia (FoNet, N1)


• Balkans Face Same Problems, Only Worse, Once Pandemic Ends (Balkan Insight)


• Spain: We will not boycott Zagreb Summit over Kosovo’s presence (EWB)
• MEPs: Westerns Balkans summit must bring step-change and strengthen democracy (EWB)
• EU to reassure Balkan hopefuls they are not forgotten (france24.com)
• Elections Return to Balkan Agenda as Pandemic Wanes (Balkan Insight)


• OpisMEDIJavanje: Even-steven, only in the interest of truth (KoSSev)
• Coronavirus Causes Massive Layoffs Across the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 5

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• Health Institute confirms four new cases of COVID-19 (media)
• Ministry reacts to reports concerning the death at quarantine centre (media)
• Opposition calls for resignations of Health and Interior ministers (media)
• Haziri: Agon Musliu case must not be politicised (media)
• Mushkolaj: LDK-led govt will be short-lived (Koha)
• EU and Western Balkans to hold a virtual summit (RTK)
• “Kosovo will suffer first recession since independence” (Koha)
• Serbia to hold elections on June 21 (RFE)

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