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Belgrade Media Report 25 January 2022

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 25 January 2022

• Brnabic in Brussels at the meeting of the Stabilization and Association Council (RTS)
• Pristina, investigation against several officials of the Serbian List (RTS)
• Petkovic: Kurti’s efforts to ban the elections on April 3 in KiM will lead to unforeseeable consequences (RTS)
• Stefanovic with the British Minister of Defense: Serbia is determined to strengthen its relations between the two countries (RTS)
• Obradovic filed criminal charges on suspicion of election theft in a referendum (RTS)
• Enough is Enough, Healthy Serbia and I live for Serbia together in the elections (RTS)
• Democratic Party: Talks on joint candidates to be suspended over Ponos nomination, or democrat leaders to step down (Beta)
• Djilas: Party not to give up on Ponos (Beta)
• Former Army Chief-of-Staff Ponos most suitable candidate opposition can currently offer (Danas)
• Fear from ‘non-paper’ again starts spreading in region (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Schmidt for German media: EU could easily reach consent on introduction of sanctions to Dodik (Nova BH, O kanal)
• Group of MEPs calls on EU to change strategy towards Dodik (BHT1)
• UK Ambassador Field publishes blog post ‘End to B&H’s consequence-free environment’ warning that current crisis is dangerous distraction from corruption (BN TV)
• Dodik: Field confirms thesis that B&H is last colony in Europe (RTRS)
• Cubrilovic calls on Izetbegovic, Covic to address RSNA; Osmanovic: They should first address B&H Parliament (RTRS)
• B&H HoR to discuss changes to Law on B&H HJPC on February 3; RS representatives say it is pointless to discuss those changes right when RS is about to adopt law on formation of RS HJPC (EuroBlic)
• SDA, DF MPs demand that the December 10 RSNA conclusions are put out of force; RS representatives reject request calling it “very irritating” (Glas Srpske)
• Sarovic: US and EU probably exerted pressure on Orban, and Orban showed that relations with US and EU countries are more important to him (BN TV)
• New round of negotiations on electoral reform in B&H (N1)
• HDZ B&H’s Kozul: Solution for electoral reform is possible, but atmosphere in political Sarajevo is hindering progress (Dnevni avaz)
• SNSD’s Prodanovic on changes to B&H Election Law: It would be very important to remove obstacles regarding election of Croat member of B&H Presidency (O kanal)
• Sejdic prepares his own proposal of changes to Election Law, criticizes Eishhorst and Palmer for advocating their own and not EU’s and US’ interests in talks on electoral reform (Glas Srpske)
• Croatian FM Grlic-Radman: EU must send clear message to those who inhibit process of election reform in B&H (Hina)
• Grlic Radman; There are no reasons to withdraw diplomats from Ukraine (Hina)
• Milanovic on the conflict in Ukraine: If there is an escalation, we will withdraw our troops to the last Croatian soldier (Jutarnji list)
• Abazovic: If someone touches the security sector against Constitution to provoke tensions, outbursts of nationalism, they’ll get an adequate response immediately (CDM)
• Krivokapic: A coup attempt is underway in Montenegro (Antena M)
• Govt. dismisses Radulovic from Delegation for EU Accession Negotiations, Milatovic replaces him (CDM)
• Krivokapic dismisses Sekulovic and appoints himself head of Ministry of Justice, Human and Minority Rights (CDM)
• URA: The minority government model is currently the optimal solution for overcoming the political crisis (FoNet)
• Medojevic: DF will not support the minority government (RTCG)
• US Embassy: Political leaders to avoid inflammatory nationalist rhetoric (VOA)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Key parties agree to abolish the technical Government rule, but SDSM and DUI don’t want it to lead to early elections (Republika)
• The Macedonian Army is preparing a plan for possible participation in NATO intervention in Ukraine (Telma TV)
• Meta: Albania appeals for the settlement of Ukraine-Russia disputes through dialogue (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 25, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 25, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo marks slight progress in anti-corruption fight (RFE/media)
• KDI recognises Kosovo’s progress but notes that a great deal of work remains (media)
• Kosovo’s progress in fight against corruption hailed (media)
• Kurti says justice institutions to deal with Serbian List officials, not Government (Telegrafi)
• Northern municipalities not included in energy price increase proposal, ERO head says (Kosovapress/media)
• GAP: Kosovo to increase minimum wage to mitigate price increase impact (media)
• COVID-19: 2,707 new cases, two deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian communities in Kosovo: 192 people infected and one death recorded (Kontakt plus radio)
• Petkovic: Preventing Serbian elections in Kosovo would have consequences (Beta, N1)
• Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency launches proceedings against Serbian List officials (Radio KIM)
• Brnabic holds bilateral meetings with Varhelyi, Borrell (Tanjug)
• Corruption 2021: Serbia at its lowest score in decade for second year in a row (N1)
• Petkovic, Selakovic with Davenport on situation in Kosovo, rights of Serbs (Kosovo-online)


• Do not assume COVID pandemic reaching ‘end game’, warns WHO (Reuters)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 25, 2022

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• Assembly to vote today on motion against energy price increase (media)
• Rizvanolli: Energy tariff increase is inevitable (KTV)
• COVID-19: 2,243 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Kosovo defends new COVID-19 measures for visitors against backlash (BIRN)
• Mehaj-Hovenier: KSF, partner of NATO for regional and global security (RTK)
• Court closes ‘Pronto’ affair without convictions (Prishtina Insight)
• Not wanted: Roma graduates remain jobless in Kosovo (BIRN)
• Cameras blacklisted by the U.S. monitor the Government of Kosovo (RFE)

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