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Belgrade Media Report 6 May 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 6 May 2020


Vucic spoke with Charles Michel (Tanjug/B92)
Gratitude to Georgia on non-recognition of Kosovo (Politika)
Brnabic: There are no longer grounds for state of emergency (Tanjug/RTS)
Dacic: Opening state borders complicated process (Tanjug)
Borell concerned over political situation prior to Serbian elections (N1)
Borrell: Belgrade, Pristina need to find their own solution to normalizing relations (Beta)
Lajcak: Slovakia can pass on its experience of joining EU to Western Balkan countries (Tanjug/TASR/B92)
Grubjesic: Zagreb Summit to confirm region’s EU integration, enlargement not on agenda (Beta/Euraktiv)
Increase in number of certifying officers for electoral rolls (Tanjug)
Another 114 cases, 1,971 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

EP: Summit on Western Balkans is opportunity to deepen ties between the EU and the region (Dnevni list)
Dodik sends letter to EC, as well as to leaders of EU countries and leaders of the Western Balkans countries (RTRS)
Covic: EU will not have understanding for our divisions and conflicts (Vecernji list)
Sattler: B&H citizens want new beginning, not in 20 years but today and Summit in Zagreb is chance for B&H’s new beginning (Oslobodjenje)
Sattler says Covic was leader in process of preparation of B&H’s application for membership in EU but EU has been waiting for B&H authorities to respond to EC’s Opinion for long time (Dnevni list/RFE)
Djonlagic: Covic is promoter of Russian interests in B&H and that is now clear to everyone (Hayat)
Inzko talks to Guterres ahead of his semi-annual address to UN SC (Oslobodjenje)
Cvijanovic: It is hypocritical Inzko says policies could hurt DPA since HRs have ruined capacities for internal agreements (Srna)
New affair called ‘corona party’ in B&H (FTV)
EU approves 250 million Euros worth assistance to B&H (RTRS)
FB&H adopts long awaited ‘Corona law’ (Hayat)
FB&H prepared a plan of easing of restrictive measures (O kanal)
RS authorities decide to impose new movement restrictions on 6-7 May on occasion of Feast of Saint George, they announce easing of measures as of 11 May (BHT1)
Decision on prohibition of entrance of B&H citizens to Croatia remains in force (O kanal)
B&H sees another 41 Covid-19 cases, 6 more deaths (N1)

Croatia’s FM: Zagreb summit to confirm European perspective of Western Balkans (Hina)
Croatian MEP calls for solidarity ahead of Western Balkan Summit (HRT/Avaz)
Grlic Radman: All those who want to return to Croatia are welcome! (HRT)
More than 1,600 people have recovered from the coronavirus in Croatia (HRT)

Djukanovic sent telegrams of condolences to Putin and Kovind (CDM)
Montenegro reports no new cases of coronavirus, number of recovered cases amounts to 261 (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

EU-Western Balkans Summit takes place today (MIA)
Dimitrov: EU draft-negotiating framework expected in early June (MIA)
Dimitrov: Impossible to build friendship if challenging neighbor’s identity (MIA/Telma TV)
Zaev: Elections in mid-June if possible (MIA)
Mickoski: Elections in mid-July at the earliest (MIA/TV 24)
Osmani: Start of accession negotiations in 2020 to put European integration in spotlight (MIA)
Macedonia continues to be considered a hybrid regime in transit, according to the latest Freedom House report (Republika)
In Macedonia 13 new COVID-19 cases, 44 patients recover, 2 died (Republika)

Rama: The justice reform brought the opening of accession negotiations with EU (Radio Tirana)
President deeply concerned by conclusions of ‘Freedom House’ Report (ADN)
Albania’s democracy in decline; Freedom House (ADN)
Latest update on COVID-19 situation in Albania (Radio Tirana)


EU focuses on Western Balkans despite coronavirus pandemic (DW)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 6, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 6, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci has telephone call with Croatian PM Plenkovic ahead of Zagreb summit (media)
• Ahead of Zagreb summit, Thaci calls for visa liberalisation (Koha)
• Varhelyi: Western Balkans, EU’s priority (DW, media)
• AAK reacts against Borrell’s statement on border changes (Telegrafi)
• LVV submits answers on the PM candidate to the Constitutional Court (RTK)
• FH: Kosovo making continuous progress (RFE)

Serbian Language Media:

• Kosovo North: One new case, two cured of coronavirus in the last 24h (Kontakt plus radio)
• Borell concerned over political situation prior to Serbian elections (N1)
• EU-Western Balkans video summit takes place today: Vucic represents Serbia (B92)
• President Vucic thanked EU for help (SRNA, N1)
• Fajon: Not wise to stage elections now (DW, N1)
• Serbian opposition to discuss whether to boycott June elections (BETA, N1)
• Lajcak: Slovakia’s experience can have an impact on WB countries joining EU (Tanjug, TASR, B92)
• EBRD warns that Western Balkans can’t deal with pandemic fallout alone (N1)
• Gashi received death threats during broadcast (Kosovo-online)
• NAO: MLGA mostly allocated projects to Serbian municipalities without criteria (KoSSev)


• Against all odds, the COVID-19 pandemic cemented EU ties with the Western Balkans (media)
• An opportunity to end Kosovo’s isolation in Europe (EurActiv)
• Time for a new approach to the Western Balkans (EurActiv)


• Freedom House: Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary ‘No Longer Democracies’ (Balkan Insight)
• EU aims to counter Chinese, Russian influence at Balkan summit (Reuters)


• Minority media in Kosovo are important but financially vulnerable (KoSSev)
• Women entrepreneurs feel the strain amid COVID-19 pandemic (Prishtina Insight)
• Kosovo’s Museums in the Post-Corona World: an Opportunity for Change (Kosovo 2.0)
• Kosovo Film Festivals to Go Ahead Despite COVID-19 (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 6

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• One new case of Covid-19, 87 recoveries (media)
• Borrell is not against Kosovo border changes (Koha)
• Osmani: Intl community must stop border changes attempts (media)
• Von Cramon: Ethnoterritorial shifts are dangerous (media)
• Rouge: How did we get back to this dangerous idea? (media)
• Kurti: Vjosa Osmani, true leader of LDK (media)
• Participants of Zagreb summit without state symbols (RTK)
• Venice Commission replies to PM Kurti (media)
• President Thaci on reply from the Venice Commission (media)
• Osmani seeks legal interpretation on MP’s mandate (media)
• OECD expresses solidarity with Kosovo govt during pandemic (media)
• Kosovo loses around €6 million daily from the pandemic (RFE)
• Kurti appoints new head of Office for Community Affairs (media)

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