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Belgrade Media Report 10 May 2022

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 10 May 2022


• Brnabic: EU most important political, trade partner of Serbia (Tanjug/RTS)
• Giaufret: Russia starts a war, strong EU required, able to defense itself (Beta)
• Vucic meets with Sarrazin (B92)
• Dacic meets with German Ambassador (Tanjug/Politika)
• Mihajlovic: Serbia must defend its energy stability even if it would require changing ownership structure in oil and NIS (Beta)
• Macron: Western Balkans should continue its path towards EU membership (RTS)
• RIK confirms Vucic election win (N1)
• GIK adopts results of Belgrade elections (Tanjug)
• Will Dodik be prohibited to participate in elections (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• May 9 as Victory Day, Europe Day and Day of ‘Golden Lilies’ of RBiH Army marked with protest walk in Sarajevo in support of Ukraine; Dzaferovic: B&H has condemned Russian aggression on Ukraine despite internal disagreements (Hayat)
• Cvijanovic: RS celebrates and observes two days of victory – 9 May and 9 January (RTRS)
• Komsic and Dzaferovic’s statements on Victory Day spark reactions of Dodik (N1/ATV)
• MEPs Schieder, Koster and Reuten arrive in B&H; Schieder says MEPs and especially Social Democrats will do everything they can to ensure B&H obtains status of candidate for membership in EU as soon as possible (AJB)
• Dodik says that he will be candidate in general elections in B&H despite messages coming from Sarajevo (ATV)
• Kosarac slams Arnautovic, warns of dangerous intentions of leading Bosniak politicians (Dnevni list)
• Komsic announces he will run for Presidency again, Dodik accuses Komsic of preparing another electoral theft (Nezavisne)
• HNS Presidency and HDZ B&H Presidency hold separate sessions; HNS will participate in general elections (Hayat)
• Izetbegovic: New negotiations will not bring any significant results because political atmosphere is bad; Dzaferovic: It is too late for changes election changes (Nova BH)
• Granic: Big number of EU states do not understand problem in B&H (Dnevni list)
• Grlic Radman: Elections in B&H are implemented against constitution due to failure to implement verdicts of ECHR and B&H CC (HRT1)
• Croatia will continue to assist Ukraine, says PM (Hina)
• Croatia understands best what Ukraine is going through, FM says (Hina)
• Elections put off to autumn (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• EU and US diplomats call for quick opening of Macedonia’s accession talks (Republika)
• War in Ukraine last call for EU decision on enlargement (MIA)
• Macron raises prospect of a two-tier Europe, that would likely leave Macedonia on the outside (Republika)
• Political leaders welcome the church decision – Mickoski says it supports the Macedonian national identity (Republika)
• The Russian church dismisses Bartholomew’s move, says it still considers Macedonia under jurisdiction of the Serbian church (Republika)
• Meta meets with Bundestag MP: Germany is an important partner and constant supporter of our country (Radio Tirana)
• Romania in support of Albania’s EU integration process (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 10, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 10, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Sarrazin in Kosovo on Thursday; aims to restore dialogue with Serbia (Indeksonline)
• Sarrazin: Kosovo needs visa liberalisation; we must not miss opportunity (Express)
• Kurti in U.S.; Borrell invites Western Balkans leaders to Brussels (Express)
• Kurti: Kosovo offers favorable climate for investment by U.S. companies (media)
• U.S. supports Kosovo’s membership in Partnership for Peace (RFE)
• At opening of Munich Leaders Meeting, Osmani meets U.S., European officials (media)
• Thaci, Veseli plead not guilty to new war crimes charges (media)
• Albanian PM Rama visits Thaci in Hague (Klan Kosova)
• Konjufca received representatives of the Venice Commission (Koha)
• Education Union: One-hour strike on Thursday; preparing for general strike (Telegrafi)
• COVID-19: Four new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Western Balkans leaders at the traditional Brussels annual dinner tomorrow (RTS)
• Vucic with Sarrazin: Belgrade-Pristina talks only way to reaching sustainable agreement (Kosovo-online)
• Dacic met German ambassador (Tanjug)
• Rakic meets Japanese Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (Kosovo-online)
• Energy minister says ownership of Serbian oil company could change (N1, Beta)
• Le Monde: Macron and Draghi for EU “confederation” with Western Balkans, Scholz abstains (Beta, N1)
• Less than half of Serbians support EU membership (FoNet, N1)


• Western Balkans must once again become a priority for the EU (brusselstimes.com)


• EBRD affirms Kosovo’s 2022 economic growth forecast at 4% (SeeNews)
• Constantinople Ends Schism with North Macedonia Church (Balkan Insight)
• Montenegro Govt Urged to Compensate NATO Bombing Victims’ Families (Balkan Insight)


• Lessons of War: Kosovo Trains Ukrainian Women in Demining (BIRN)
• Kosovo War Widow Wins ‘European of the Year’ Award (BIRN)
• Helping Migrants in the Western Balkans End “the Game” (gmfus.org)
• Oracle opened a regional IT center in Kragujevac (Beta, N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 10, 2022

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• Osmani: End four years of unjust denying of visa liberalization (media)
• Some countries were convinced for visa liberalization, government says (RFE)
• Osmani travels to Washington; will attend Munich Leaders Meeting (media)
• Kosovo Compact Negotiations with MCC begin (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo, Israel ink deal year after Jerusalem embassy opens (Jerusalem Post)
• Rukiqi: Kosovo faced with unprecedented inflation (Kosovapress)
• Journalist recounts meeting former Kosovo President at The Hague (euronews.al)
• Macron proposes new political union for non-EU member states (RFE)
• COVID-19: Two new cases (media)

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