17 June 2019
  • 09:44 MAY HOT TOPICS: EC delivers its latest report on progress in Balkans; Merkel supports Croatia’s bid to join Euro and Schengen; Serbia and Bosnia threaten retaliation against Kosovo tariffs; EU elections deliver (almost) expected results in Slovenia and Croatia; Uljanik starts bankruptcy proceedings
  • 14:41 What are the expectations in Western Balkans after the EU elections?
  • 13:22 Top events in June
  • 13:10 Looking for New Identity
  • 13:04 How do shifts in international political economy affect national politics?

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) of Bosnia and Herzegovina has written a bill proposal to raise minimum wage in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina which it will introduce in the parliamentary session next week. The minimum wage currently stands at 45% of the average salary, and the party will propose a ten-point increase in the next year so the ratio reaches 55%, Aner Žuljević, member of the SDP presidency, said at a press conference. The rise will increase to 60% of average wage in 2020 and after this period, it will be adapted to the rise in the cost of living in FBiH, Žuljević explained. He added the SDP will start a dialogue with trade unions and businessmen, and that the law of this kind will also be proposed in Republika Srpska. At present, salaries in BiH are amongst the lowest in Europe, so the increase is no longer just an economic but a survival issue, he said. If someone thinks the law can be improved further, SDP is open to such ideas, Žuljević concluded.

This coming Friday, Montenegrins will join the communities across the globe in a campaign attempting to rid the country of illegal waste. Let’s do it! foundation is part of the World Cleanup Day and will be held in several locations across the capital Podgorica. Millions of people from 150 countries will join to address illegal waste problems by participating in the cleaning of roads, parks, beaches, forests and river banks. In Slovenia, more than 70% of its 200 municipalities will also take part on Saturday. Serbia will organise the initiative across 194 municipalities with the participation of utility companies, the civil sector, and businesses, Dragana Katić, national coordinator of Junior Chamber International (JCI), told Balkan Green Energy News.

At a joint press conference with Olivier Cadic, Senator of French people living outside of France, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić announced the French President, Emmanuel Macron will visit Serbia at the beginning of December. Cadic said that President Macron reiterated France’s support for the efforts made by Belgrade and Priština, adding that all possible options which would lead to an agreement and thus to stability of the region should be supported. Cadic emphasised he is an advocate for Serbia’s EU accession, stressing it is in the interests of both sides and it should be done as soon as possible.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci will be in Podgorica today, where he will meet with Montenegrin President Milo Djukanović. An announcement on the Kosovo President’s website reports the meeting will focus on the Euro-Atlantic perspective of the countries of the Western Balkans, the dialogue process, normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, strengthening of peace and stability in the region, as well as further deepening of cooperation between the two countries.”Good neighbourly relations are the best message for integrating our region into the European Union,” the Kosovo President’s website reported.

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