(ANSA) - VENICE, JULY 25 - Green light was given to 50 programs of the Italy-Croatia programme, which is supported by a 101m euro fund. The decision was made by the Monitoring Committee of the Italy-Croatia Cross-Border Cooperation 2014/2020 Programme, at the meeting that took place in Venice on 19…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 LUG - Croatia's national energy company Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP Group) has secured 130 million euros in loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The funds will allow HEP to upgrade the heat and power plant…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 LUG - Average net salaries and wages in Serbia amounted to 426 euro in May 2018, the Serbian statistical office (RZS) said in a statement today. According to RZS data, average net salaries and wages increased by 6.9% in nominal terms and by 4.7% in real terms in May 2018, compared…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 24 LUG -"The stability of the Balkans is a European security issue," Chief Security Advisor to the Hungarian Prime Minister György Bakondi said on Hungarian Tv on Monday evening, a government statement informed today. Bakondi stressed that a 'corridor' used by refugees and migrants…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 24 LUG - Every month 150 to 200 Greek graduates look for work in the Czech Republic, according to a report of Radio Praha, in a feature dedicated to the Czech labour market. Radio Praha recalled that the unemployment rate in the Czech Republic, currently at 2.9 percent, is the lowest…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 24 LUG - The reconstruction and modernization of the railway line connecting the Serbian capital Belgrade to the Montenegrin coastal and harbor town of Bar, one of the most important in the Balkans, will be completed by 2021, the news agency Beta reported, quoting a memorandum of…
(AP-ANSA) - ATHENS - Greece's fire department says 49 people are confirmed to have died in forest fires that have swept through popular seaside holiday areas near the Greek capital. Fire department spokeswoman Stavroula Malliri added that 156 adults and 16 children have been hospitalized with injuries.…
(ANSA) - Berlin, July 23 - Austrian future plan to give ethnic Austrians in Italy's South Tyrol region a double passport is a "curious act", Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said Monday. "Before being a hostile act it is a frankly curious act, the suitability of which we are wondering about,"…
(ANSA) - ISTANBUL - Turkish authorities have apprehended 6,801 migrants and refugees over the past week as they were trying to cross the border with the European Union or to enter the country without regular documents. They included 740 who were intercepted at sea, the Turkish interior ministry said.…
(ANSA) - ROME - ''The news about the Austrian Government's plan to proceed on the path towards dual-nationality passports for South Tyrolean citizens are a cause for concern, and if confirmed by the media, we would be facing an inappropriate and hostile act that we intend to reject with firmness''.…
(ANSA) - ISCHIA (Naples) - Romania focuses on the film industry: vice premier Ana Birchall, attending the Ischia Global Film & Music fest, presented the support programme for productions that decide to shoot films in Romania. ''The Romanian government is very interested in developing that sector, in…
(ANSA) - WARSAW - In Poland, 2019 will be the year of the remembrance of Gustaw Herling Grudzinski (1919 - 2000), renowned Polish writer and essayist, former prisoner of a Soviet Gulag, who in the post-war period (since 1955) had been living in Naples, where he married Lidia Croce. The parliament in…
(ANSA) - BOLZANO/BOZEN - A draft of the Austrian government bill on dual citizenship for South Tyroleans will be ready in early September, according to Tiroler Tageszeitung. The daily newspaper announced that as a "turning point" reached in the Vienna-based working group. In the next session, scheduled…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS - The Council of Europe backed a 1 million euros grant to support Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities in setting up a reception and transit facility for up to 400 people in Usivak, near Sarajevo. On 25th July the Council of Europe's Special Representative on for Migration Tomas Bocek,…
(ANSA) - PRISTINA - By continuing to regard Kosovo as a part of Serbia, president Aleksandar Vucic shows that he is ''far from reality'', Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci said today. Speaking to journalists in Pristina, Thaci confirmed that the last negotiation session with Vucic held on Wednesday in…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE - The Romania government has allotted a budget for the 2018-2025 period of one billion euro for the acquisition, rehabilitation and construction of cultural objectives, the portal Romania Insider reports. Romania Insider clarified that the funds can be used for restoring historical…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE - Estonia has recorded the lowest government debt in the European Union at the end of the first quarter of 2018, the EU statistical office Eurostat announced today. Eurostat said that the Estonian gov't debt was 8.7% to the gross domestic product, very much below the 81.5% in the EU…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE - The economies in the Western Balkans region accelerated their growth in the first quarter of 2018, according to the report 'EU Candidate Countries' & Potential Candidates' Economic Quarterly', produced by the European Commission and published on Wednesday. "Growth dynamics improved…
(ANSA) - MOSCOW - Russia's ambassador to the United States said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed a possible referendum in eastern Ukraine, AP reported. Anatoly Antonov told a conference in Moscow that "this issue was discussed" and that Putin made "concrete…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE - In the European Union, agriculture appears not to be a profession for young people, with the notable exception of certain Central- and Eastern European countries, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. According to Eurostat data released today, 10.3 million people were working as farm managers…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 19 LUG - The Piraeus port in Greece has registered a new container handling record in June, the daily Kathimerini reported last Tuesday. The Chinese Cosco Shipping Ports stated that the Piraeus Port Authority registered the highest performance among Cosco-managed ports, with 374,300…
(ANSA) - LUBIANA, JULY 19 - In Slovenia, the president of the Democratic Party (SDS), the conservative Janez Janša, who in recent days was given the mandate to form a new government, informed President Borut Pahor of not being able to count on a parliamentary majority. According to STA news agency,…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, JULY 19 - EU High Representative Federica Mogherini has appointed the Italian diplomat Luigi Soreca as new head of the EU delegation to Albania. He replaced the Croatian diplomat Romana Vlahutin, in charge since 2014. Soreca is currently serving as Director for Security at European…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 19 LUG - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned in a statement today that "dozens of people are being treated" by Ifcr "daily for injuries sustained while attempting to cross from Bosnia and Herzegovina into Croatia." IFRC said that…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 19 LUG - More than 220,000 people in Bulgaria have signed a petition to ask for a referendum against the introduction of the euro in the country, according to Vuzrazhdane (Revival), a non-parliamentary party, which organised the signature collection, Radio Bulgaria reports on its…
(AP-ANSA) - GENEVA - The European Union's executive body says it is referring Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU because of its failure to comply with EU asylum rules. The European Commission said Thursday that it is also opening up a new infringement procedure against Hungary because of recently…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE - Serbia is doing 'goo job' on its path towards EU accession, the reform process is going on, but further efforts are needed, especially in the rule of law and press freedom. That is what was the head of the EU delegation in Belgrade, Italy's Sem Fabrizi, said in interviews released…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS - The European Union is not planning to create centers for migrants in Macedonia. During a press point with the interior minister of Macedonia Oliver Spasovski, the European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "We are not planning any centers in the territory of…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS - European Commission backed today visa liberalisation for Kosovo citizens. During a joint press point with Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, EU Commissioner for Migration said that Pristina "met the benchmarks" requested by Brussels. Now the ball is in the court of the European…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS - EU Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Macedonian Interior Minister, Oliver Spasovski, initialed today a cooperation agreement between Skopje and Frontex to carry out joint operations, especially in the event of sudden migratory peaks and for the management of…

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