WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • US Senate Resolution 466 reads that Iranian General Qasem Soleimani planned an attack at the US Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Croatia celebrated 28 years since its international recognition by EU countries.
  • Kosovo’s Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) proposed a candidate to be Speaker of Parliament in Kosovo. LDK and winner of the October 6th parliamentary election Vetvendosje (VV) have yet to form a coalition. VV leader Albin Kurti denied LDK’s proposal. The two most popular parties in the past election have yet to form a governing coalition.
  • “Kosovo’s president on Wednesday denounced what he called ‘an international amnesty’ for Serbia’s crimes in the 1998-1999 war. Hashim Thaci spoke after a commemorative ceremony in the southern Kosovo village of Recak, 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of the capital, Pristina. The event marked 21 years since 45 ethnic Albanians were slain by Serb forces in a mass killing that sparked international anger.” (AP News)
  • Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski expects a firm support about EU’s enlargement process with the countries of the Western Balkans from the new EU Commissioner-designated for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi. President Pendarovski has met today with Commissioner Varhelyi and has congratulated the appointment on a new position, informs the presidential cabinet.” (Meta.mk)
  • Chairman of the BiH Presidency Zeljko Komsic invited French President Emmanuel Macron to visit the country, according to Sarajevo Times.
  • Bosnian Serb Member of the Presidency Milorad Dodik claims that the British and Americans are plotting against Russian influence in the region through publicly presented organizations. He added that Republika Srpska should have its own intelligence agency.
  • Slovenian President Borut Pahor rejects claims that withdrawing six troops from Iraq tarnishes the country’s reputation.
  • Serbian PM Ana Brnabic assures there is no need to worry about air pollution. She said, “This is not something to panic about, there is no room for panic. The key problem at this moment are individual heating plants since 60 percent of households in Serbia are not hooked up to the central heating system.” She added that the number of automobiles in cities is adding to pollution.
  • It’s been two years since the assassination of Kosovo Serb politician Olivier Ivanovic. Serbia and Kosovo memorialized the slain politician, but no one has been brought to justice for the murder.
  • Human Rights Watch called out the European Union for ignoring Croatia’s pushback of migrants.
  • Bosnia’s Tuzla brewery will invest 2 million EUR this year to expand production.

 

 

  • Serbia’s population dipped below 7 million for the first time.

 

  • Demographics are on the downswing in the region – Croatia reports that it lost 500,000 workers in the last decade.

 

  • “Serbia has seen an outbreak of the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in the east of the country, close to the country’s borders with Bulgaria and Romania, the state Tanjug news agency said on Wednesday. ASF is harmless to humans but it is highly contagious and deadly in pigs. It spread from Africa to Europe and Asia and has already killed hundreds of millions of pigs, affecting global meat markets.” (Reuters)

 

  • MIGRANTS: Bosnia announced a new plan to combat migration.

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

  • SPORT: Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone will join the Serbian national basketball staff after the season.