Noticias

Bosnians Hope For Good News at EU Council

18 Jul 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

Bosnian leaders hope for positive feedback from the EU Council of Foreign Ministers, which meets on Monday, after the country's Presidency secured last-minute approval of one of the key measures Brussels wanted Sarajevo to fulfil.

"In the past year-and-a-half, Bosnia has made more progress in the EU integration process than in all previous years put together," Edin Dilberovic, head of Bosnia's Directorate for EU integration, told BIRN.

Political Wrangles Put Bosnia’s IMF Loan on Hold

07 Jul 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, has postponed approval of a 550-million-euros program for Bosnia and Herzegovina after Bosnia’s authorities failed to sign the already reached agreement.

“Due to a delay in the signing of the Letter of Intent, LOI, the IMF Executive Board meeting to consider the authorities' request for an arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility had to be delayed until further notice,” Francisco Parodi, the IMF Representative to Bosnia, said in a statement on Thursday.

IMF delays new deal for Bosnia after authorities fail to sign

07 Jul 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Daily Mail

The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday it had delayed approval of a three-year, 550 million euro ($608 million) loan agreement for Bosnia after authorities there failed to sign the deal in what appeared to be an internal political spat.

The two autonomous regions, the Bosniak-Croat Federation and the Serb Republic, whose total budget deficit amounts to about 1 billion Bosnian marka ($570 million), badly need IMF cash to help cover their financing needs, and the IMF Executive Board had been expected to approve the deal in mid-July.

Balkan Leaders Approve Ex-Yugoslav Youth Cooperation Office

05 Jul 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

Leaders of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia on Monday signed up to approve the establishment of the new Regional Youth Cooperation Office - an idea based on a reconciliation project to bring French and German youth closer together after World War II.

"Serbia was among the first to support this idea last year," Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told media after the signing ceremony at the Balkan Summit in Paris.

EU, U.S. urge Bosnia to pass reforms critical for EU bid, IMF funds

29 Jun 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
REUTERS

European Union and U.S. envoys warned Bosnia's leaders on Wednesday that the country risked missing out on closer ties with the EU in the near term and losing 2 billion euros in support due to an impasse over reforms.

Bosnia hoped Brussels would consider its EU membership bid at its next ministerial council in mid-July, but without the reforms this may not happen.

Islamophobia Summit Opens in Bosnian Capital

24 Jun 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

The first European Islamophobia Summit opens on Friday in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. Lasting until June 26, it will bring together European and US political, academic and civil-society leaders with the goal of finding solutions to the challenge of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes in Europe.

Farid Hafez of Salzburg University, who is the academic advisor to the summit, told BIRN that Islamophobia had reached a worrying dimension in Europe.

Bosnia's NATO Hopes Fade Ahead of Summit

21 Jun 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

Bosnia's NATO Membership Action Plan, MAP, is not likely to be activated at the next Alliance summit in Warsaw on July 8 and 9, given its failure to adopt key reforms which were set as a key condition for membership, Ines Kuburovic, the spokesperson of the NATO headquarters in Sarajevo, told BIRN on Monday.

"The MAP for Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be activated at the next NATO Summit in Warsaw... since the condition [set for its activation at the 2010 NATO summit in Tallinn] has not been met," Kuburovic said.

The Balkans Will Suffer if Britain Quits Europe

15 Jun 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

Britain’s Prime Minister is staring political disaster in the face as polls suggest that voters are set to defy his advice and vote to crash out of the EU in the historic “in-out” vote on June 23.

With less than ten days to go before the referendum - whose result is binding, not advisory, on the UK government - there is growing panic in the “Remain” camp that their message is not getting through.

No Agreement on Bosnia's Coordination Mechanism

10 Jun 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, and the Prime Ministers of the country’s two political entities, Republika Srpska’s [RS] Zeljka Cvijanovic and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s [FBiH] Fadil Novalic, still couldn't agree on the adoption of a coordination mechanism between Bosnian institutions.
 
The agreement is  a central component of the country’s efforts to become an EU ascension candidate.

Crisis-Wracked Bosnia Approaches Tipping Point

09 Jun 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

The first few months of 2016 have seen almost frantic attempts by leading Western diplomats to salvage the new EU initiative for Bosnia and Herzegovina - which is not even that new anymore - and break through endless obstructions erected by local politicians.

Despite optimistic statements that still occasionally come from local and international officials about the country's progress on its EU path, by the beginning of June, local leaders had still failed to find solutions to any of the key issues that were supposed to unlock Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU accession process.

European Court: Bosnia's Constitution Violates Human Rights

09 Jun 2016
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
ABC News

 

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Bosnia is violating human rights by not letting a Muslim Bosniak residing in the Serb part of the country run for president. Bosnia has three months to appeal.

The settlement ending the 1992-95 war carved the country into two regions — a Serb region and one shared by the Bosniaks and Croats. The county's presidency must consist of a Serb from the Serb region and a Bosniak and Croat from the other.

Montenegro, Bosnia to Sign Border Agreement

17 Ago 2015
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic on Sunday said Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be the first ex-Yugoslav republics to sign a border demarcation agreement.

After meeting the President of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Covic, in the town of Tivat, Vujanovic said the agreement would be signed  by the end of August in Vienna. 

"The agreement with Montenegro is of special importance for Bosnia and Herzegovina since it will be the first one with one of our neighbours," Covic said.

Second largest party of the left wing majority doesn’t rule out a reunification with the right wing

03 Ago 2015
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

In Albania, Socialist Movement for Integration of the parliamentary speaker, Ilir Meta, doesn’t rule out a possible reunification with the right wing in the future, as long as this serves to the interest of the country and the citizens.

Commenting the possible return to cooperating with Democratic Party, leader of the SMI, who is a speaker of the Albanian Parliament, Ilir Meta, alludes that the 2009-2013 period may be repeated.

“What’s important for us is for SMI to serve to the country in terms of governing”, Meta says.

‘Pro et contra’ referendum in BiH

28 Jul 2015
Bosnia y Herzegovina
Fuente: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Since, earlier this month, Republic of Srpska National Assembly adopted a decision to hold a referendum on the work of state Court and Prosecution office, with discussion about the legality of it among politicians and international community representatives growing.

RS president, Milorad Dodik, said on Tuesday that there is no doubt that the referendum would be held and emphasized that it represents a fight against legal violence of High representative in BiH and the fight for the affirmation of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

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