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Belgrade Media Report 03 December 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 3 December 2021


Government protests harshly over ban on Petkovic’s entry to Kosovo (Novosti/Politika/Tanjug)
Brnabic in parliament: We expect opening of chapters by year’s end; Fifty-seven percent of Serbian citizens support EU membership (Tanjug/Politika)
Selakovic voices concern over security situation in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/Beta)
Selakovic with Lavrov on relations between Serbia and Russia (RTS/Politika/Tanjug)
Good cooperation between Serbia, ODIHR (RTV/Tanjug)
Vulin with Shoygu: Serbia buying additional “pantsirs” (Beta/Politika)
Right bloc at elections, Bosko Obradovic presidential candidate (RTS/Tanjug)
Right bloc at elections, Bosko Obradovic presidential candidate (RTS/Tanjug)
Construction works begin on Nis-Merdare motorway (Tanjug/Politika)
European Commission denies inviting Tanjug to join European Newsdesk (Raskrinkavanje/N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik meets Putin in Moscow; Dodik: Only legally appointed HR can have the support and the legitimacy in B&H; The important thing is that the RS has Russia’s support and understanding (ATV)
Four-day talks on changes of electoral legislation mediated by Palmer and Eichhorst end, no solution agreed (BHT1)
Izetbegovic on electoral reform negotiations (FTV)
Dodik: Political representatives of RS are not participating in negotiations of political parties from FB&H (RTRS)
Roth: Sanctions for those responsible for boycott of the state (Dnevni avaz)
UK parliament discusses situation in B&H (BHT1)
Turkovic in Stockholm at OSCE Ministerial Council session (Oslobodjenje/O Kanal)
Komsic and Dzaferovic discuss situation in B&H with Gonzales (BHT1)
Izetbegovic: International community needs to take stricter measures against Dodik instead of just putting him on blacklists of US Department of State (FTV/BBC)
Dodik: B&H has problem with Greater Muslim nationalism, whose main ideologue is Izetbegovic (Srna/RTRS)
B&H CC gives more time to Joint Concessions Commission to resolve case related to construction of hydroelectric power plants on Drina River: B&H CC rejects request of Campara re Dodik (N1)
B&H CC partially upholds Izetbegovic’s motion allowing members of B&H AF to wear beards (ATV)

Borrell op-ed: B&H citizens are tired of corruption, while B&H is falling behind rest of the Balkans; EU supports sovereignty and territorial integrity of B&H and EUFOR will continue its mandate (Jutarnji list)

Initiative for removal of government will have support of parliament (RTCG)
Bilcik: Tensions in political establishment spill over into divisions in society
(Antena M/Pobjeda)
Abazovic: Open Balkans idea has been rather poorly communicated from start, region needs trust (CdM)
Krivokapic meets with Tegeltija (Office of the Prime Minister)
Republic of North Macedonia

Early parliamentary elections may be held this spring (Alsat TV)
Siljanovska: A government without 61 MPs has no legitimacy” (TV Kanal 5)
Kovacevski: I do not mind Zaev remaining Prime Minister until the political crisis is resolved (Republika)
Dimitrov: In order not to be disappointed, let us not expect an unblocking in December (Nezavisen vesnik/TV Klan)
VMRO-DPMNE will not respect a unilateral agreement signed with Zaev, Mickoski tells Sofia (TV Alsat)
Spasovski meets EU officials in Brdo near Kranj (Republika)
Radev and Macron talked about Macedonia in Strasbourg (Nezavisen vesnik)

MP urges Rama to resign after failing with Open Balkans (ADN)
Rama: Open Balkans creates new opportunities for the business (Radio Tirana)
President Meta seeks separation of Albania from N. Macedonia for EU talks (ADN)
Venice Commission, in favor of extending the vetting deadline! (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 3, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 3, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• PDK: Shadow government will be formed after New Year holidays (T7)
• Kosovo Minister of Defense reports to parliamentary committee (media)
• Berisha: Army was never involved in police operations (media)
• The Western Balkans with “Russian troubles” (Radio Free Europe)
• New board no silver bullet for troubled Kosovo broadcaster (BIRN)
• Haradinaj: Deeply grateful to Merkel, a great friend of Kosovo (media)
• Abazovic: If Open Balkans is alternative to EU, Montenegro disagrees (Telegrafi)
• COVID-19: 13 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian Government most strongly protested the Pristina’s new ban for Petkovic (GoS website, media)
• Serbian PM says support for EU membership highest in five years (N1)
• Serbian media continue reacting to awards presented to language non-compliant institutions, seek public apology (KoSSev, Gracanica-online, Radio KIM)
• Lawyer: Rada Trajkovic acquitted of charges for slander against BIA official (KoSSev)
• Vucic grateful for EU financial gift for Nis-Merdare highway construction (N1)
• Rakic: SOC pillar of support for Serbian people (Kosovo-online)
• Vasic: Confirmation of verdict to Krstic a scandal that is no surprising (Radio KIM)
• Tadic on Rio Tinto Company: “Negotiations started during time of Zoran Djindjic’s government” (B92)
• EC’s Pisonero: Rio Tinto ‘Jadar’ project can be good economic chance for Serbia (N1)
• Godfrey: US support participation of other countries from region in “Open Balkan” initiative (Kosovo-online)
• EU-W. Balkans Ministerial Forum: Importance of rule of law, judicial reforms (N1)


• Far-Right Exploiting Pandemic to Spread Hate, in the Balkans Too (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, December 3, 2021

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• Kurti meets Quint ambassadors and head of EU office (media)
• Kurti: Any initiative aimed at replacing EU integration is deviation from genuine democratic reforms (media)
• Politicians react to appointment of UK special envoy to Western Balkans (media)
• Mustafa: Association to either be formed or Assembly to invalidate 2013 agreement (Koha)
• Analysts discuss implementation of Constitutional Court rulings (Klan)
• Kosovo rejects entrance permission to Petkovic (RTK)
• Svecla meets Johansson, discuss fight against crime and corruption (media)
• EC 2021 Reports on Western Balkans: Corruption is widespread and remains an issue of concern (EWB)
• Arrested development: the unfinished church dividing Kosovo (AFP/France 24)
• Kosovo to Simplify Path to Citizenship for Albanians from Presevo Valley (Exit)
• Kosovo Confirms Jailing of Serb Ex-Policemen for War Crimes (BIRN)
• ‘Art Without Limit’ Film Festival Opens in Capital (BIRN)
• COVID-19: 16 new cases, no deaths (media)

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