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Belgrade Media Report 07 December 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade
Daily Media Highlights
Tuesday 7 December 2021
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic on the Law on Expropriation: We are looking for a suitable solution (Tanjug)
• Anti-corruption Council: Law on Expropriation violates people’s rights (Beta/N1/RTS)
• EU: Belgrade, Pristina not ready for dialogue at this time (RFE/Beta)
• Flags of the KLA and Albania hoisted in north Kosovska Mitrovica (Tanjug/RTV/RTS/B92)
• NATO official: Serbia is a valued and longstanding partner of the Alliance (Beta)
• Environmentalists maintain initial demands (Beta)
• Kusturica: Known elements in the protests since the fall of Milosevic (Novosti)
• Serbia to open Cluster 4 in EU accession talks on 14 December (Tanjug)
• Backwash in B&H over support of Croats to suspension of Inzko’s law (Politika)
• London attacking RS through Dayton 2 (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik says that RS is against abolition of ethnic prefix in election for members of Presidency; Dodik: If foreigners interfere in work of B&H CEC, elections might not be held in territory of RS (RTRS)
• Dodik suggests that absentee voting by mail should be abolished; SDS, DNS and PDP agree (Glas Srpske)
• Dodik announces potential support to HDZ B&H in boycotting of elections; Opposition in RS: Dodik again violates agreements reached with all political parties in RS (BN TV)
• Borenovic on Dodik’s claim that RS authorities might boycott elections (O Kanal)
• SDA: Dodik’s threats to prevent next general elections from taking place show solely his fear of electoral will of dissatisfied citizens in RS and increasingly certain loss of power (Nova BH)
• Covic visits Brussels and meets MEPs; He warns B&H is heading into even deeper crisis over electoral reform (Dnevni avaz)
• Kovacevic: RS and Serbia will face many challenges, they must show strength, unity and stability (Nezavisne)
• Sulic: Collegium to schedule special session on Tuesday (ATV)
• Our Party and SBB representatives leave meeting dedicated to unblocking of FB&H due to failure of SDA to send its political representative (N1)
• Secession will be ‘on hold’ for six months because he needs funds (Dnevni list/Der Standard)
Montenegro
• Elections in three municipalities: Neither DPS will easily return to power, nor will ruling parties easily keep it (CdM)
• The opposition has a majority in Cetinje, ready to negotiate (RTCG)
• URA: Without us, there is no new government in Mojkovac (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Escobar welcomes the “flexibility” of the government in Skopje, but… Now is not the time to travel to Sofia (Libertas)
• Zaev’s coalition partners dissatisfied with his deal with Gashi, but are unlikely to rock the boat (Republika)
• Nikoloski urges the opening of EU accession talks for Macedonia during meetings in Paris (Republika)
• Varhelyi warns delays in EU accession of Macedonia and Albania affect trust in EU (Republika)
Albania
• US Embassy reacts on Escobar’s visit to Tirana (ADN)
• Mazi: There is still hope for holding the first Intergovernmental Conference (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 7, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 7, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti meets Borrell and Lajcak, talks about future of dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Kurti: We have fulfilled all criteria for visa liberalization (media)
• Meeting between Kurti and Vucic, not expected this year (Koha)
• Sir Stuart Peach’s appointment as special envoy to Western Balkans, important step (RTK)
• Perparim Rama sworn in as mayor of Pristina (media)
• KOSTT’s request for allocation of 33 million euros for electricity in the north, rejected (media)
• Kurti represents Kosovo with a footnote in Stabilization and Association Council (Zeri)
• COVID-19: Eight new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 42 new cases, two deaths registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: We are ready to sign agreement on missing persons, but it is Pristina blocking dialogue (KoSSev)
• Office for KiM: Flags of Albania and KLA displayed in Bosniak Mahala (KoSSev)
• NATO senior official says Serbia valued, long-term partner (N1, BETA)
• RCC’s Bregu: Challenges facing EU linked to those W. Balkans experiences (FoNet, N1)
• Von Cramon met SOC Bishop Grigorije (N1, media)
• The White House announced a plan to fight corruption on a global level (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• OSCE Mission condemned repeated vandalism of memorial plaque dedicated to missing Serb journalists (social media)
• Vucic and Hasanpur: Iran respects territorial integrity of Serbia (Kosovo-online, Tanjug)

Opinion:

• The global fight for democracy begins at home (Politico)

International:

• Serbia Strengthening ‘Parallel Structures’, Kosovo Deputy PM Says (Balkan Insight)
• For Serbia’s Stevan Dojcinovic, journalism brings the Balkans’ corruption to light by ‘touching the untouchables’ (theglobeandmail.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• More than 100 cases of sexual violence this year (Koha, KoSSev, RTK2)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, December 7, 2021

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• Stano: Pristina and Belgrade have no readiness for dialogue (RFE)
• Kosovo delegation travels to Brussels for Stabilisation and Association Council (media)
• Kurti on Gllogjan case: Best investigators working on it (media)
• Bislimi: Parallel structures in the north stronger than ever (media)
• Kosovo leaders pay tribute to late US senator Bob Dole (euronews.al)
• Kosovo war veterans’ leader ‘trapped’ by leaked documents (BIRN)
• COVID-19: Four new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kosovo death rate soars as result of COVID, data reveal (Prishtina Insight)
• Head of private sector union warns Kurti of big protests next week (Express)
• Kosovo judges’ ‘sexist’ language in rape trial draws outrage (BIRN)
• Youth from Kosovo will receive direct help from Youth Guarantee scheme (EWB)

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