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?

Ahead of elections on 7 October, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Central Electoral Commission has found that over 9,000 voters registered to vote outside BiH are fraudulent. “In all publications CEC BiH continuously points to the reasonable suspicion that in the process of registering voters outside BiH cases of forged signatures and misused personal documents were found”, the CEC BiH states in a press release, IBNA reports. The commission urged voters to check the status of their registration on their website. At the moment, it is unknown how many possible fraudulent cases there may be which might give ground to some parties to question the result of the election.

In a statement published on his website, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said Kosovo’s Western allies could not convince Serbia to recognise Kosovo’s independence nor could they guarantee they’ll be able to do it in the near future. Thaci adds that Serbia’s unwillingness to recognise Kosovo has become the main obstacle to the country joining the EU and NATO. “Somebody can say to Serbia it has to recognise Kosovo without conditions and within current borders, and I would want the same, but do you think we could persuade Serbia to do something like that soon? Unfortunately, no.” Thaci believes the agreement between Belgrade and Priština can only be achieved if both sides make concessions and again recommends the option of rectifying the border with Serbia. He adds that those who doubt in a possibility of such agreement are spreading false fears of destabilisation of the region and the deepening of ethnic divisions in the Balkans. He reiterates there will be no correction of borders along ethnic lines, departures of ethnic population, or a domino effect on stability in this part of Europe.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić spoke yesterday with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, about the current political situation in the Western Balkans region, as well as the results of economic reforms in Serbia. Brnabić pointed out that economic cooperation with Germany is improving constantly, and there will be a special focus on the cooperation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the future. Speaking about the continuation of reforms in Serbia, she stressed that great efforts are being invested in strengthening and development of e-government, and there are accelerated reforms in public administration and judiciary. Brnabić and Roth agreed Serbia’s entry into the EU is beneficial to both EU and Serbia, as it contributes to the preservation of peace, prosperity and stability of Europe as a whole.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić arrived yesterday in Beijing on a visit to China, where he will take part in the World Economic Forum, known as Summer Davos. During his stay, Vučić is also expected to meet with China’s President, Xi Jinping. It is anticipated that the Serbian delegation will sign ten agreements with the Chinese side during the visit. This morning Finance Minister Siniša Mali signed one of those agreements in Beijing between the Government of Serbia and the Chinese company Shandong Linglong Tire Co. on investments in Zrenjanin. In April next year the company will start a construction of a tire manufacturing factory in Zrenjanin with the investment worth EUR 870.4m.

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