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Belgrade Media Report 07 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 7 October 2020


Joksimovic, Fabrizi: Progress report, economic package at an important moment (Tanjug)
Varhelyi: Serbia can open one chapter this year, on competition policy (Beta)
Djuric: Hoti not for dialogue, wants only recognition (Tanjug/RTV)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sattler: Past 16 months was the period of stagnation, different blockades and lack of progress in the area of reforms (BN TV)
Varhelyi: B&H needs to make progress in areas of rule of law and restoring of trust of citizens to judicial system (BHT1)
Dodik: I will keep opinion on 2020 Report on B&H to myself, I am not informed about it (FTV)
B&H Presidency members Dodik and Komsic discuss mutual relations, B&H’s paths towards EU and NATO with members of Swedish delegation (RTRS)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Linde says significant progress must be made in all 14 priorities before B&H is granted status of candidate (Dnevni avaz)
Dzaferovic: B&H is on road to EU membership and it strives to join NATO; Only unreasonable ones are against initiatives like mini Schengen (N1)

Milanovic meets with Croat representatives from Serbia, says is willing to visit them (Hina)

Here’s who will be running departments in a new govt (CdM)
Djeka: We won’t join the government comprising Democratic Front (Mne.ul-info.com)
Knezevic: Abazovic told he’d vote for withdrawal of the Freedom of Religion Law (Pobjeda)
Popa: Lack of dialogue and mistrust among political actors recognized (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Key findings of the 2020 Report on North Macedonia (MIA)

EC report unveiled: Albania ready for Intergovernmental Conference, here are the issues that remain problematic (Radio Tirana/Report TV)
Varhelyi in the European Commission: Albania has met the conditions for the First Intergovernmental Conference (Radio Tirana)


Key findings of the 2020 Report on Serbia (European External Action Service)
Montenegro has recorded limited progress in justice system (RFE)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 7, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 7, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 49 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Selimi: No final agreement without inclusion of missing persons issue (Koha)
• LVV: Government disregarding fate of the missing (Express)
• Von Cramon: European Commission report, positive on Kosovo (Express)
• Kosovo visa liberalization not on EU Council’s October agenda (Express)
• EU Commission: ‘Corruption is widespread and remains an issue of serious concern’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Hamza: PDK will remain in opposition (media)
• WB: Kosovo’s economy expected to contract by 8.8 percent (Express)
• Thaci orders Ambassador Vlora Citaku to leave Washington (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Eight new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• PCR testing at personal request available twice a week in Mitrovica North (Radio kontakt plus)
• Risi: Gender equality important at all levels (Radio KIM)
• EC report says Serbia made little or no progress in key areas (N1)
• Varhelyi: Report as guidance for new Serbian Government (N1)
• Djuric: Serbs in Kosovo will not be Hoti’s hostages (RTS)
• EU Office Head: Existing agreements must be implemented (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic with Prince Albert II of Monaco: Serbia to join UN Alliance for Multilateralism (B92)
• Antonijevic: Vucic observed minute of silence for Kosovo Albanians (N1)
• On Saturday’s event at Our Lady of Ljevis: No crime took place and police does not comment on non-police activities (KoSSev)


• Kosovo’s Fragile Govt Aims to Lure PDK into Broader Coalition (Balkan Insight)
• Albania, North Macedonia ‘Should Start EU Accession Talks This Year’ (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 7, 2020

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• COVID-19: 34 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Hoti: Nothing will be implemented without the final agreement (media)
• EC issues report on Western Balkans, finds limited progress in Kosovo (media)
• “Progress Report recommendations to be addressed seriously” (RFE)
• EU unveils 9 billion euro investment plan for the Balkans (AP)
• PDK’s Hoxhaj: We will remain in the opposition (media)
• Bytyci: PDK has not discussed joining the government (Telegrafi)
• Minister Selimi’s resignation requested (Koha)
• Tahiri: Serbia is aiming for autonomy through the Association (media)
• Another mass grave with bodies of Albanians civilians in Serbia? (Gazeta Blic)
• Kumnova: I want to be part of the Brussels talks (Koha)
• Hague Court Document Leak Scares Kosovo War Crimes Witnesses (Balkan Insight)

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