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Belgrade Media Report 09 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 9 October 2020


Brnabic: EU membership Serbia’s key foreign policy priority (Tanjug)
Vucic: A big assignment for the new pro-European government (Tanjug/B92)
Djuric appointed Serbian Ambassador to the US (Tanjug/Politika/RTS)
Falconi: EC report shows foundation in place, progress limited or non-existent (Radio Sto Plus/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Members of B&H Presidency travel to Brussels to meet EU officials (Hayat)
Belgium ‘constituent’ model and federal units are model for B&H (Vecernji list)
US Embassy to B&H urges political leaders to implement political and economic reforms to bring country closer to EU (Oslobodjenje)
‘United Srpska’ to file appeal with Court of B&H over B&H CEC’s decision (ATV)
B&H politicians, political parties react to decision of B&H CEC to ban ‘United Srpska’ participating in local elections (ATV)
Chinese Embassy in B&H sends protest letter to B&H FM Turkovic (ATV)
Turkovic: B&H should always condemn jeopardizing of human rights and rights of minorities (Hayat)
B&H HoP convenes: Information on illegal and unprofessional activities of B&H Minister Turkovic not adopted (BHT1)
B&H HoP rejects report on work of B&H CoM and B&H CEC in 2019 (N1)

Deputy PM says war crimes perpetrators should answer regardless of ethnicity (Hina)

Djukanovic to send proposal for prime minister-designate (CdM)
Krivokapic: Today is the day of the victory of democracy (CdM)
Djukanovic: Transition of power is going smoothly (CdM)

CAA calls Albanian government to fulfill requests on Progress Report 2020 (ADN)
EU calls for improvement of political dialogue in Albania (ADN)
Netherlands discussions on EU Enlargement and Albania (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 9, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 9, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 79 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Hoti receives letter from U.S. President Trump (RTK)
• Hoti: We have worked hard on the main principles (media)
• Greek Foreign Minister Dendias visits Kosovo (media)
• The IMF objects to the 10 percent withdrawal from the Trust (Koha)
• NISMA demands international reaction to Dacic’s statement (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on Varhelyi’s visit, EC report, Covid, Kosovo (B92)
• Vucic: A big assignment for new pro-European government (B92)
• Vucic accepts responsibility for claims in EC report (N1)
• Brnabic says European Commission assessment arbitrary (FoNet, N1)
• EP rapporteur says EC investments will be tightly controlled (N1)
• Serbian Government appoints Marko Djuric ambassador in Washington (media)
• “Djuric’s appointment as ambassador in US would change nothing” (Radio KIM)
• “Kosovo police violates Law on use of languages” (Radio KIM)
• Hasani: Point on Gazivode Lake in Washington Agreement doesn’t endanger Kosovo territory (Kosovo-online)


• DW: ”Citizens of Serbia and Kosovo need to be prepared for the truth” (Danas)
• Kosovo: Three governments, one country report (EWB)


• EC report on Serbia – Not a pleasant read for the citizens of Serbia (EWB)
• Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN World Food Programme (BBC)


• EU presents guidelines on Green Agenda for Western Balkans (balkangreenenergynews.com)
• Workshop on human rights protection organized for RAE students (Radio KIM)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 October

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Serbia hands in protest note to Albania (Tanjug/RTS)
Godfrey: I am an optimist, compromise solution between Belgrade and Pristina in a year or two (Kurir/Tanjug/RTV)
Bilcik: European Commission report on Serbia objective (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sattler hands 2020 Report on B&H to B&H Presidency members; Dodik says it will be difficult to agree changes to Constitution of B&H; Dzaferovic: First step would be to adopt amendments to Law HJPC (Nova BH)
B&H CEC bans ‘United Srpska’ from taking part in upcoming local elections in B&H (FTV)
Due to B&H CEC’s decision on ‘United Srpska’ SNSD leader Dodik will ask coalition partners to reexamine their participation on upcoming elections (ATV)
PDP leader Borenovic responds to Dodik’s accusations (BN TV)
Cvijanovic: Problem with CEC is its political involvement (ATV)
Covic sends letter to international officials to warn on lack of progress in implementation of SDA-HDZ B&H agreements (FTV)
SDA calls upon HDZ B&H to behave responsibly and in line with Constitution of B&H, to complete their obligation after which negotiations on Election Law of B&H can resume (Hayat)
Dodik objects behavior of Minister Turkovic because B&H signed joint statement of 39 countries condemning violence of Chinese authorities over Uighur Muslims (Dnevni avaz)

Djukanovic: Steinmeier praises Montenegro’s role as promoter of European values (CdM)
Djukanovic in Germany: New government will have my absolute support for everything aimed at adopting European values (CdM)
Mass: Western Balkans will remain one of Germany’s priorities (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Varhelyi calls on Macedonia and Bulgaria to resolve their dispute (Republika)

Varhelyi: I have brought good news for Albanians, we are serious about enlargement policy (Radio Tirana)
Varhelyi from the rostrum of the parliament: The future of the whole region is in the EU and our strategic interest is to bring you closer (Radio Tirana)
Rama Vulin Twitter spat: Albanian PM asks Vucic to react (Tirana Times)


Berlin hosts Montenegrin autocrat Djukanovic (Deutsche Welle)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 9, 2020

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• COVID-19: 33 new cases, no deaths (media)
• LDK calls extraordinary session on economic recovery bill (media)
• Government called to accountability for failed attempt to pass economic recovery law (Koha)
• German ambassador reacts to failed adoption of economic recovery bill (media)
• Kosovo President Thaci travels to Washington (media)
• Greek FM Dendias to visit Kosovo today (media)
• Hoti to report to the Parliament on 100 days of the government (media)
• Ahead of SC session, Serb propaganda against Kosovo increases (Telegrafi)
• LVV: We do not support Citaku for president (Express)
• Hasani: Ramush Haradinaj has best chances to become President (media)
• Ceku: Court’s ruling on Decan Monastery, a closed matter (KTV)
• WB: Kosovo’s economy is expected to contract by 8.8 percent (Express)

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