WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina marked 27 years since its induction to the United Nations on Tuesday. 
  • NATO Joint Forces Chief Commander James Foggo is in Pristina, Kosovo where he says the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces to an army will be done in close coordination with NATO.
  • President of N. Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski has completed his cabinet and is now asking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an assessment of the diplomatic network.
  • Pendarovski named Erol Musliu as the head of its intelligence agency. He added multiple senior advisers to his team, as well. 
  • Meanwhile, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will lead a team on Thursday to Montenegro at the invitation of Prime Minister Dusko Markovic a two-day official visit. There will be  a joint session of government and multiple bilateral agreements are expected to be signed.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina marked 27 years since its induction to the United Nations on Tuesday. 
  • But Bosnian Serb Member of Presidency Milorad Dodik didn’t seem too interested in marking it in Mostar, deciding not to attend a ceremony marking the occasion after a meeting with HDZ-BiH leader Dragan Covic
  • Dodik also met with the EUFOR Commander in BiH Martin Dorfer and agreed that the situation in BiH is stable with the help of EUFOR. 
  • Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic was at the presidential palace in Mogadishu,Somalia when a suicide car bomb killed at least nine. 
  • Most of the Croatian European Parliament candidates support the ambition to adopt the Euro. Croatia currently uses the Croatian Kuna.
  • Kosovo Speaker of Parliament Kadri Veseli has changed his tune on the 100% tariffs on Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina – he thinks they should remain in place. 
  • Serbian media reports that Kosovo President Hashim Thaci will have the talking point of adding primarily ethnic Albanian municipalities from Serbia to Kosovo without any compensation.
  • Albanian President Ilir Meta is against any redrawing of borders: “No nation won in Balkans after the fall of the Iron Curtain. We at that time were as North Korea. We always listen ‘why Albanians not be united?’ But why all Serbs, Croats and Bosnians not be united and these patriotic deliriums represent a living diabolism rather than being just folklorist statements.” 
  • Johns Hopkins SAIS Professor Edward P. Joseph’s article was picked up by news outlets across the region, including Glas Amerike (Voice of America), Blic (Serbia), and Klan Kosova (Kosovo).
  • Republika Srpska is looking to join the TurkStream project, according to Russian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Pyotr Ivantsev. He says Russia is supporting RS’s ambition to join the project.
  • But much to the dismay of Republika Srpska, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are investigating the feasibility of linking gas networks. A $500,000 grant was awarded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • Sarajevo Times reports that twenty-eight of forty-two parliamentarians in BiH were inactive.
  • Croatia to ask Bosnia and Herzegovina to extradite Zdravko Mamic, a former soccer boss who fled to BiH after corruption charges were brought upon him.
  • A film producer in Serbia says the film festival was interfered with by the Chinese Embassy in Serbia. His film depicts the persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong/Dafa in China and beyond its borders.

BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • Slovenian Milan Eržen is being investigated for his connection into a cycling doping scandal.
  • In New Jersey and looking for a dog? How about Petit, a dog rescued from Kosovo?
  • In Philadelphia for National Wine Day? Well, you can find Macedonian wine Tikves at select locations. See the full list here.