WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • The candidates are set: Vjosa Osmani (LDK) becomes the first woman to run for the position of prime minister, Albin Kurti (Vetvendosje), outgoing PM Ramush Haradinaj (AAK-PSD coalition), outgoing Speaker of Parliament Kadri Veseli (PDK), and Fatmir Limaj (AKR-Nimsa coalition).
  • Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will meet today to discuss the proposal to appoint Zoran Tegeltija as the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers.
  • European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman and European Rapporteur for Serbia, David McAllister, met with Serbian Parliament Members and President Aleksandar Vucic in separate meetings. McAllister focused on rule of law in both meetings.
  • President of N. Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski refuses to link the Racket case to getting a date for EU accession talks to open: “I believe that the Racket case isn’t a benchmark for getting a date to launch EU accession negotiations at the moment, nor that it will it become one by the end of the year, as so far, authorities have taken all the appropriate actions. But, this is a complex case, so it’s best we leave them to it. The situation might change if the investigation is hindered in any way.”
  • Two weeks before the Sarajevo Pride Parade, Canton Prime Minister Edin Fortohopes the momentum from a successful Sarajevo Film Festival will carry over to the Pride Parade. It faced criticism from the Bosniak Party for Democratic Action (SDA), led by former Member of the Presidency Bakir Izetbegovic
  • Sarajevo Canton (SC) Interior Minister Admir Katica said, “Sarajevo Canton Interior Ministry will implement this activity in line with the Law on Public Gathering, which stipulates in its Article 1, Paragraph 2, that citizens of Sarajevo Canton are entitled to free gatherings.”
  • Speaking of Interior Ministers, former Interior Minister of Croatia Ivica Kirin was acquitted in the Filmi Media corruption case due to lack of evidence.
  • “Over the past year, the region has seen 228.000 inhabitants leave, most from Albania (62,000) and the least from Montenegro (3,000). From Bosnia and Herzegovina, 53.500 people went to EU countries, 51.000 from Serbia, 34.500 from Kosovo, and 24.300 from North Macedonia, as shown by Eurostat data.” (Total Croatia News)
  • Crime: Border Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina seized 31kgs near Trebignje.

BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Slovenian author Boris Pahor turned 106 years old on Monday. He primarily writes on Slovenian identity.
  • Sport: A decommissioned Yugoslav tank, which is a Soviet-made T-55 tank, was parked outside of Red Star Belgrade’s home stadium ahead of their second leg tie tonight with BSC Young Boys of Switzerland.
  • Travel: FlyBosnia announced its first direct to Europe. It will launch to London Luton on September 19th from Sarajevo.