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?

Due to unpaid wages, the Uljanik shipyard in Pula, Croatia, begins the settlement process that was agreed by all three trade unions. The process will last until 24 August and if July salaries are not paid until then, the 4,500 shipyard employees will go on strike. Total monthly salaries amount to HRK 51m but Vijesti.hr reports that, although promised, Uljanik administration was unable to pay the salaries for July because it simply had no money. The administration was relying on the future strategic partner Danko Končar and his company Kermas Energy, who tried but failed to secure a loan for the salaries at HBOR, the portal reports.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10,881 migrants have been registered since the beginning of 2018 until yesterday, announced by Dragan Mektić, BiH’s Minister of Security, at the press conference in Banja Luka. Currently between 2,000 and 2,300 are still residing in BiH. Mektić emphasised that though there were some applications, no asylum was granted to migrants because they are treated as economic migrants and as such can not get asylum. “All the manipulations that speak about uncontrollably large numbers of migrants, about tens of thousands, are incorrect. Remember the stories that appeared about 150,000 migrants that someone wants to bring in and change the national structure,” Mektić said at the press conference, adding that BiH is a country of transit, not the ultimate destination of migrants.

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