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Belgrade Media Report 5 October

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Serbia, Malta interested in strengthening overall relations (Tanjug/RTS)
21st Belgrade Economic Forum opens (Tanjug/RTV)
Selakovic: Serbia has a moving target on its EU path (RTS/Beta)
Dacic: We pay great significance to relations with B&H (Politika)
Support to Open Balkans (Novosti)
Kurz: Turkey and China may fill in vacuum in Balkans (Tanjug)
Joint approach to irregular migration problem necessary (Tanjug)
Belgrade dismisses two Kosovo Serb officials ahead of local vote (Beta/N1)
Minister Mali did own 24 luxury properties on Bulgaria’s coast (KRIK/N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Brnabic visits Mostar, Nevesinje, Prebilovci: Visit is very productive and means lot for Serbs; NS: Brnabic ignores state institutions of B&H with this visit; Brnabic denies NS accusations (N1/Nova BH/BNTV)
Dodik informs Von der Leyen, Michel and Jansa that B&H did not make decision on participating in EU-Western Balkans Summit (ATV)
Linde meets Komsic, Dzaferovic, Turkovic (Nova BH/N1)
Podzic: All levels of authority in B&H intuitions have obligation to work on NATO integration; Nelson says B&H needs to work more and needs reforms (Hayat)
Podzic postpones exercise of B&H AF and Serbian Army (N1)
Dodik: Podzic’s decision on canceling B&H AF-Serbian Army’s joint exercise is illegal, attacks Serbia, Serb people, I will file charges against him (RTRS)
Ljubic: B&H should use this opportunity to amend electoral legislation (O Kanal)
Becirovic: Ethnic principles cannot be completely ignored in process of electoral reform; Sehic: Ethnic prefixes need to be removed if B&H wants to implement ECHR’s rulings (O Kanal)

Krivokapic welcomes and supports MANS in revealing secret offshore companies and trusts of Djukanovic; Abazovic: Montenegrin police was ready to investigate the alleged illegal activities (VOA/CdM)
Montenegrin Prosecution to examine claims about Djukanovic from Pandora Papers (RTCG)
Krivokapic: We will continue to implement the necessary reforms in the field of defence (Gov. Press service)
Republic of North Macedonia

Osmani seeks German support for Bulgaria solution (Republika)

Mazi: Albania has met the conditions for the first intergovernmental conference with the EU (Radio Tirana)
Preparing Albanians for large cost of life increases, PM warns of winter ‘energy crisis’ (Tirana Times)
Reports that UK aims to use Albania as migrant holding center stirs anger in Tirana, FM says ‘fake news’ (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 5, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• EP: EU-U.S. cooperation in the Balkans more than necessary (RFE)
• MCC: It is up to partner countries to select projects (Kosovapress)
• Serb sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing 13 civilians during war (media)
• Panel calls for more cooperation between KSC and KP for temporary release (BpD/Koha)
• COVID-19: Two deaths, 38 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 36 cases of Covid-19 in Serbian communities (KiM radio)
• Kurz: Slovenia summit extremely important (Tanjug)
• Office for KiM: Verdict to Stanisic points out Serbs are tried based on ethnicity, not the law (Kosovo-online)
• RSF wants EU-Western Balkans summit to discuss support for journalists (N1)
• Church in Jagnjenica village, Zubin Potok, burglarized (Radio kontakt plus)
• Twenty-one years after the ouster of Serbia’s strongman – what has changed? (N1)
• Serbian FM says EU should value Belgrade’s results more (N1)


• “Whether a new crisis will occur depends on outcome of local elections in Kosovo” (Danas)
• Don’t close the door on the Western Balkans (politico.eu)


• Biden tells EC commission chief international tax system must be fair (Reuters)
• Contractor on Albania Power Line Paid Millions to Offshore Consultancy (Balkan Insight)
• Olivér Várhelyi: Europe’s under-fire gatekeeper (politico.eu)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 5, 2021

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• EU leaders to restate membership guarantee for Balkans at summit (Reuters)
• What is expected from the EU-Western Balkans summit? (Radio Free Europe)
• US Senator: Association of Serbian municipalities, a recipe for disaster (media)
• Kurti: Increased budget for the army will be a priority (media)
• EULEX chief on implementation of license plates agreement (media)
• Krasniqi: Government allowed Serbia to intervene in our sovereignty (media)
• Latifi: Result of local elections will be different from national elections (Express)
• COVID-19: One death, seven new cases (media)
• All change: Merkel’s departure a moment to rethink EU Balkan policy (BIRN)
• Pandora Papers: New lead exposes Balkan PEPs’ hidden riches (BIRN)
• Vetevendosje’s man elected CEO of Kosovo Power Corporation (Kallxo)

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