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?

International SOS organisation and Control Risks have published a travel risks map for 2019, with Slovenia ranking amongst the safest countries alongside Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Luxembourg,  Slovenian Tourist Board reports. The map classifies countries according to the degree of risk that travelers can encounter in across the globe. The two organisations intially created the interactive map to better understand risk in countries and markets where they operate and travel to. For the seven safest countries, the risk is considered to be insignificant. For the rest of Western Europe, Canada, the USA and Australia, the risk for travellers is considered to be low. The least safe countries for travel are Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Somalia. At the same time, the map also shows each country’s assessment level for health and traffic safety. Slovenia has low health risks, while it is slightly behind the top countries in terms of traffic safety, the Slovene Tourism Organisation reports.

After discussions this weekend between Serbia’s prime minister Ana Brnabić and the president of the council of ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić, the two officials announced neither country will impose retaliatory measures on Priština. Last week, Kosovo introduced 100% import tariffs on products from the two countries. Brnabić and Zvizdić agreed in a telephone conversation that neither Serbia nor Bosnia-Herzegovina will make hasty moves towards Priština. The two added that both countries will remain committed to European values and respect for international agreements, in particular the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) and CEFTA, and will invite again, together, the European Commission, EU member states, as well as the UN mission in Kosovo-Metohija to react and push for the abolition of the new tariffs. While the EU has called on Kosovo to reverse its decision, the country’s prime minister Ramush Haradinaj remains adamant that they will only do so “when Serbia ceases its agression” and “when Serbia recognises Kosovo”, according to Priština based daily Gazeta Express.

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