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Erdogan assesses Kyrgyz-Turkish relations and their further development


During a conference at the presidential complex with Kyrgyz counterpart Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will help in the fight against FETO, which posed “a great threat to Kyrgyzstan“ and had tried to derail Turkey-Kyrgyzstan relations. Erdogan added that the visit of President Jeenbekov is the best answer to FETO’s efforts, adding that Jeenbekov will be much more vigorous against FETO and take the necessary measures promptly. Jeenbekov said that the two presidents had “constructive and fruitful talks.

Jeenbekov said that the development of partnership relations with Turkey is the priority direction of his politics. He added that a common goal is to develop the level of high strategic business association forward and to achieve success in this area. The two countries signed some very important agreements during his visit, as the agreement in the field of social security.

Bosnia Herzegovina: necessity to establish cooperation between BiH and EUROPOL

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Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mektić and Head of the Delegation of the European Union and EU Special Representative to BiH Lars-Gunnar Wigemark met to discuss the possible solutions for the establishment of full cooperation between BiH security institutions and EUROPOL. Minister Mektić pointed out that that the stumbling block that prevented a full cooperation has been the lack of agreement between the police agencies on the location of the joint contact point for cooperation with EUROPOL. Another block was provided by the opposition of the Republika Srpska Ministry of Interior to place headquarters in the Directorate for Coordination of the police bodies of BiH. Mektić further stated that BiH can no longer delay the establishment of cooperation with EUROPOL. Indeed, given the existence of a European Center for the Fight Against Terrorism, it is important for BiH security agencies to be able to exchange information. Minister Mektić emphasized that the security of the electoral process and voting must be improved too, in order to reduce the possibilities of manipulation and thereby restore citizens’ confidence in fair and democratic elections. 

Assembly committees discuss important economic laws

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According to the agenda published today in the official website of the Assembly, the Committee on Economy and Finance discusses the draft law “On the ratification of the Financing Agreement between the Republic of Albania, the Republic of Italy and the European Commission for the 2014-2014 Adrien-Ionian Adriatic Interreg Program (ADRION) 2020 “. 

This program includes 31 regions and provinces, from 4 different EU countries, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Croatia and 4 candidate (or potential candidate) countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia. 

The Committee on Economy and Finance will also discuss the “Annual Report of the Bank of Albania for 2017”. 

Montenegro: Radulović on the abolition of the Ministry of European Affairs


The President of the Montenegrin European Movement Momčilo Radulović believes that the abolition of the Ministry of European Affairs should not cause harm or cause a stalemate in the integration process, but that the current situation should be resolved as soon as the EU will not tolerate indecision on the path of European integration.

Radulović claimed that what the EU is thinking about this situation must not be ignored, because it is even more important that Montenegro does not endanger the speed and quality of its integration process and overall internal reforms. He further claimed that Montenegro is still in advantage over competitors from the Western Balkans, but no one will tolerate the indecision or unwillingness to solve these unexpected problems on the path of EU integration for a long time.

Zaev presented programs from the Operational Plan for active measures for employment


In the framework of the working visit to Stip today, Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mila Carova, presented a working meeting with the employers from the region of Stip, the measures and programs from the Operational Plan for Active Measures for Employment and Services on the labor market. At the working meeting, opinions, ideas and suggestions from employers were shared about their needs from skilled staff and workers, and discussed the possibilities opened by the Operational Plan for Active Employment Measures to overcome the shortage of skilled labor. Prime Minister Zaev and Minister Carova called on employers to use the measures and support from the Government at their disposal and to be part of the process of creating professional and qualified staff for the development of the economy and job creation.

After the closing of the working meeting, Prime Minister Zaev and Minister Carova gave brief statements for the media. Finally, Prime Minister Zaev shared the experience of a recent visit to Austria where this problem, among other things, is solved by dual education, and said that the state will finance retraining and that the purpose of the measures is to gain practical experience and permanent employment.


Military exercises for crisis situations in Montenegro

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At the Podgorica airport, a military exercise involving a hijacking of an aircraft showed that Montenegrin institutions are ready to react promptly to incidents. This was the most complex and demanding exercise in the illegal interference of civil aviation in which a large number of participants and competent state authorities were engaged. The aim of the exercise is to train and verify the system of notification and coordination of activities between the competent authorities and institutions, to check the quality of the adopted legislation and plans and procedures in case of hijack. The president of the National Committee for Civil Aviation Security, Dragan Đurović, assessed that the exercise was successful and showed a high level of compliance of all entities that are activated in such crisis situations. He stated that this is another confirmation of the high standards of civil aviation safety that the European Commission has confirmed to be in line with the standards of EU member states. 

JUFREX: reform in the Montenegrin media sector


Recommendations for further reform in the Montenegrin media sector were presented within the project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. As part of the Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX), a group of independent experts was in Montenegro to conduct a detailed analysis of the media sector. It resulted that Montenegro should implement 67 recommendations, which should help the country formulate a national media policy. Some of the topics analyzed include state aid rules, copyright issues, media self-regulation, and freedom of speech in the digital age. Plamena Halacheva, Acting EU Ambassador to Montenegro and Head of the Political Section at the EU Delegation, stated that this is yet another opportunity to emphasize that media freedom is an unquestionable condition for any candidate country on its path to EU membership and an important indicator of functioning rule of law. Indeed, freedom of expression and freedom of the media are the basic elements of key chapter 23, one of the final negotiating chapters. Director General for EU Accession in the Ministry of European Affairs, Jelena Burzan, affirmed that Montenegro, with its work and results in the negotiation process, showed that it is serious in its intention to continuously improve the legislative and institutional framework in this area and to encourage further development in all spheres of society. 

Macedonian Foreing Minister Nikola Dimitrov visits Paris


Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, in the framework of his first working visit to the French Republic, met with his French host, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drion. At the meeting, the Ministers expressed satisfaction with the mutual efforts for introducing new dynamics in the political dialogue, which is in function of enriching the overall bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the French Republic. In the conversation, Minister Dimitrov stressed the importance that the Republic of Macedonia attaches to relations with France, both bilaterally and in the context of the European and Euro-Atlantic future of the Republic of Macedonia.

He confirmed to his French counterpart that the Republic of Macedonia is trying, through its pro-European foreign policy action, to be a serious and credible partner to the international community. MFA Dimitrov also met his French counterpart with the reform activities undertaken by the Government in the light of the European and Euro-Atlantic integrations, but also in a wider context, in the context of the role of the Republic of Macedonia, as a catalyst for regional cooperation and stability. Minister Dimitrov also met with Philip Etienne, a diplomatic adviser to French President Emanuel Macron, where he argued why the Republic of Macedonia is the opportunity for joint success in the Balkans this year.

Montenegro: security operations praised by National Security Council


The National Security Council, chaired by President Duško Marković, welcomed the prompt and effective detection and arrest of perpetrators of serious crimes committed this past week. Marković reiterated the commitment of the institutions to continue their efforts to fight organized criminal groups, and especially their content providers. Indeed, the newly-formed specialized teams made up of representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Police Directorate and other bodies have a clear task, namely to be a step ahead of any criminal intent. Prime Minister Duško Marković affirmed that the current period to be overcome does not require just the work of institutions in accordance with their regular legal obligations. Indeed, he claimed also that, at the moment of state budgeting, everyone must give additional and stronger contribution in order to protect every citizen and family in Montenegro. 

Milo Đukanović: The EU should not repeat its mistakes

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President of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) Milo Đukanović, at the opening of the Conference “Meeting the EU-Western Balkans Summit” organized by DPS along with the European Socialists Party (PES), claimed that the centuries-old interweaving of the great global powers in the Balkans threatens to endanger the countries in the region. Indeed, according to Đukanović, more EU in the Balkans means a faster level of integration and the EU needs to make stronger efforts to tackle problems beyond its borders. On this premises, President of the PES Sergei Stanishev claimed that it was wrong of President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker, at the beginning of his term, to affirm that there would be no EU enlargement during his mandate. Indeed, according to Stanishev, without the Balkans, the enlargement process would not be complete. EU accession is not only a formal process, continued Stanishev, it is already a difficult process that requires mutual efforts and concrete solutions. 

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