26 August 2019
  • 11:59 July Hot Topics: Macron in Belgrade; Kosovo PM resigns; Major media merger in Slovenia approved; BiH closing unprofitable coal mines
  • 11:40 The West did not want another Republika Srpska in the heart of Balkans
  • 10:15 Top events in August
  • 09:49 Everyone’s favourite little capital
  • 10:50 Zagreb is always a good idea

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

EC delivers its latest report on progress in Balkans The outgoing head of the European Commission, Johannes Hahn has published on 29 May his final report on the progress made by the Western Balkan countries aspiring to become EU members. In the report, EC recommends the opening of accession talks for Albania and North Macedonia, while […]

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HOT TOPICS IN MARCH: Karadžić gets life sentence; Croatia shipyards face bankruptcy; Gorenje’s record losses; Croatia’s back in investment category

Radovan Karadžić, the former president of Bosnian Serbs, was sentenced to life in prison at an appeals court in The Hague after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.​ In 2016, Karadžić was found guilty on 10 counts including genocide in Srebrenica, persecution of Bosniaks […]

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Serbia advances on global competitvness index

Serbia has advanced five places on the list of the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index 2018, ranking 65th amongst 140 countries. According to the report, based on the analysed institutional, political, economic and other indicators Serbia has a total score of 60.9 points, which is 1.7 points better than last year. Of the countries […]

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Norwegian company cancels orders from Uljanik

Norwegian company Siem Shipping Inc. canceled the delivery of four cargo ships from Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard on 1 September, the Uljanik Stock Exchange reported yesterday. The company cancelled the order because the shipmaker wasn’t able to deliver the vessels on time.  The troubled shipmaker also received other order cancellations by buyers from abroad. The cancellations are […]

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Brussells approves visa liberalisation for Kosovo

With 30 votes in favour, 10 votes against and two abstains, the European Parliament’s Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, LIBE, has voted overwhelmingly for liberalisation of visas for citizens of Kosovo. In order for the visa-free regime to take place, the recommendation also needs to receive the green light by other instances of […]

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Croatian PM meets Merkel today

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who meets with German President Angela Merkel today in Berlin, is expected to make a proposal on how to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries, with Germany being one of the largest investors in Croatia already. The talks will also focus on the situation in Southeast Europe; the […]

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Uljanik workers begin their strike

All 4,500 employees of Croatia’s shipbuilding group Uljanik have gone on strike this morning in protest over the late payment of their wages. After the meeting between Uljanik’s management board and the strike committe, the president of the Adriatic trade union, Boris Cerovac, said the administration did not accept the demands of the workers, who, […]

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Uljanik shipyard is running out of time

It is a crucial week for Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard which has been plagued by the debt crisis. In order to avoid an all out strike by its employees tomorrow, the shipyard is trying to secure HRK 50m for unpaid wages. But this would not be the end of its problems, Croatia’s Večernji reports, since the company […]

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Uljanik shipyard in Croatia begins settlement process

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, […]

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