WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • The US House of Representatives passes  H.Con.Res.20 calling for responsibility of the murder of the three Bytyqi Brothers and that “progress in resolving this case should remain a significant factor determining the further development of U.S.-Serbian relations.”
  • NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and Commander of US European Command, US Air Force General Tod Wolters met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin, in addition to head of the Serbian Armed Forces General Milan Mojsilovic.
  • Wolters noted “We spoke about a wide range of topics and I am glad to say that through hard work and dedication, Serbia is promoting peace and stability in the Western Balkans” and agreed to a Kosovo hotline.
  • Kosovo Speaker of Parliament Kadri Veseli met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) while on an official visit to the United States. 
  • Brammertz said, “The international community has betrayed the victims in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia by standing aside while crimes were committed. We must not betray them again now by not raising our voice against denial and glorification.” 
  • Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic proposes six new ministers including for public administration, state assets management, agriculture, foreign and European affairs, labor and pensions, welfare policy, regional development and European Union funds.
  • Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec nominates Janez Lenarcic as Slovenia’s EU Commissioner.
  • Croatian Member of European Parliament Zeljana Zvoko calls Bosnian Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik a “voice of reason.”
  • Turkey and Montenegro broaden their free trade agreement originally signed in 2010. It was signed in Ankara by Turkey’s Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan and Montenegro’s Economy Minister Dragica Sekulic.
  • Azerbaijani company Azmont Investments Company sold its 100% stake in Nova Banka AD Podgorica to Adriatic Capital LLC from the United States
  • “Slovenian state-run investment management firm Druzba za Upravljanje Investicij (DRI) will temporarily take control of Maribor Airport following the exit of airport operator Aerodrom Maribor, local media reported on Wednesday. Aerodrom Maribor owned by SHS Aviation, a Slovenian-registered company controlled by Chinese capital, is withdrawing from the management of the airport on Wednesday and DRI is expected to take over as of Thursday but is still awaiting a permit from Slovenia’s civil aviation agency, news daily Delo reported.” (See News)

BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • A fifteen-year-old New Jersey boy was electrocuted in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina while visiting his grandparents. A GoFundMe has been set up and has raised $64,000 for him to be airlifted to the United States.
  • Croatian emigration to Germany has slowed down, while more are looking north to Sweden to call home.