“Nearly 500 moral theologians and ethicists are to gather at the end of July for a first-of-its-kind meeting focused how they can respond to the shifting global geopolitical environment and address contentious issues such as climate change and migration.

Participants from about 80 countries are expected to take part in “A Critical Time for Bridge-Building: Catholic Theological Ethics Today,” a July 26-29 event being held in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Among the presenters will be a number of the most eminent voices in ethics, including Paul Schotsmans of KU Leuven in Belgium, Linda Hogan of Trinity College Dublin, and Fr. Charles Curran of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Also taking part will be three cardinals: Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, Blase Cupich of Chicago, and Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.” (National Catholic Reporter)

“During his press conference on recently held Summits in Sofia (16 + 1), London and Brussels (Stabilisation and Association Council), Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić assessed these events favourably. He highlighted economic cooperation and Bosnia’s European integration process as the areas that benefited the most.

Zvizdić informed the media about his meeting with Prime Minister of Romania during the Summit between China and Central and Eastern European Countries in Sofia. “It is important for us that focus on Western Balkans, established during the Bulgaria’s Presidency, be continued during that period, in which we expect to be confirmed as a EU candidate country”, he explained.

‘Bosnia completed the Questionnaire sent by European Union in February this year. We received additional 655 questions, and I do not expect that there will be any more conditions for gaining a candidate status. I expect that to happen in the first quarter of 2019’ said Zvizdić, adding that it is very important for the process of answering the questions to be separated from the current election campaign.” (European Western Balkans)

A member of the Joint BiH Defense and Security Committee, Dusanka Majkic, said that the declaration adopted by NATO leaders after the Brussels Summit was heading in the direction that the Alliance now treats BiH as if it had already become a member of NATO.

Majkić stressed that in this document, as well as in some previous ones, it is persistently stressing that BiH is at the door of NATO, which is not true. 

‘Unfortunately, Serbian representatives in the BiH Presidency and the Council of Ministers, who come from the Republika Srpska, do not follow the views of the Republika Srpska institutions on the issue of NATO,’ Majkic told Vecernje Novosti. ” (translated from Klix)