(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 30 - Today EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, praised Montenegro for the opening of the last chapter in the negotiations with the European Union. "I am pleased that Montenegro has opened today the last chapter on the competition. Focus is now needed on reforms,…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 30 - Interior Minister Ales Hojs resigned today in Slovenia as part of an investigation and the growing controversy over the purchase of a lot of respirators during the worst phase of the coronavirus crisis.Local media reported that Hojs broke the news at a press conference by…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 30 GIU - The Council of the EU has adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU starting from July 1, the Council said today. Travel restrictions should be lifted for Algeria. Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco,…
(ANSA) - PRAGUE, 30 GIU - The summer holidays have begun, and the Czech Republic has withdrawn some restrictive measures for travel to and from the EU. According to the so-called "traffic light" system, Italy falls into the green category, Sweden remains red, and Portugal is now orange. All EU citizens…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 29 - Large areas of the Balkans, which had been relatively spared during the first wave of the virus in the spring, are now top of Europe's worst affected-countries list, due to the increase in new cases. The number of infections is also increasing in countries that had managed…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 29 - A total of 457.452 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (+3106 day-on-day), were registered in countries in Central- and Eastern Europe, Germany, Austria and Greece, show official data of national authorities received by the World Health Organization (WHO) by June 29. The growth…
(ANSA-AFP) - BELGRADE, 29 GIU - Serbia announced Monday that masks will be mandatory on public transport and in closed spaces in the capital Belgrade as the country battles a second wave of coronavirus infections. After reining in its first outbreak of COVID-19 in early May, the Balkan state is now…
(ANSA) - ROME, JUNE 29 - Croatia is approaching the general election next Sunday amid growing tension due to the strong growth in coronavirus cases. Uncertainty about the outcome of the vote remains high, as there is substantial equality between the two main political sides. Many parties, including…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLINO, 29 GIU - Germany is investigating some 30,000 suspects as part of a widening probe into a paedophile network in the western Bergisch Gladbach region, authorities said Monday. The cyber crime unit in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is "investigating 30,000 unknown suspects"…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 29 - "Great first round at the presidential election result" for Rafal Trzaskowski "in Poland, we fully support his candidacy and are convinced he can bring the change that people want," the EPP president at the European Parliament Manfred Weber wrote on Twitter today. "Not hate,…
(ANSA-AFP) - WARSAW, JUNE 29 - Conservative incumbent Andrzej Duda has secured pole position in Poland's presidential election and will face Warsaw's liberal mayor in the run-off next month, official results showed Monday. Duda, who is backed by the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, got 45.24 percent…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE, 29 - Prysmian Group, a company leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded contracts for the SuedLink Corridor in Germany, the largest ever underground cable project, by the German transmission grid operators TransnetBW GmbH and TenneT. Under the…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 29 JUN - A total of 454.346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (+3840 day-on-day), were registered in countries in Central- and Eastern Europe, Germany, Austria and Greece, show official data of national authorities received by the World Health Organization (WHO) by 10:00, June 28. The growth…
(ANSA) - WARSAW, 28 GIU - Polish President Andrzej Duda is set for a tight run-off against liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski next month after an inconclusive first round on Sunday in an election that could prove decisive for the country's populist right-wing government. In Sunday's first round,…
(ANSA) - WARSAW, JUNE 26 - Poland prepares for the presidential election next Sunday when the mayor of Warsaw Trzaskowski will challenge the outgoing Andrej Duda, but the pandemic does not give up. In two municipalities, where the situation is more worrying, the vote will be held exclusively by mail-in-voting.…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 26 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced today the provision of 63 million euro for the construction and operation of two new wind farms in Austria (Prinzendorf III and Powi V) of Windkraft Simonsfeld. The total capacity of the farms is approximately 43.6 MW. The funds…
(ANSA) - MOSCOW, 26 GIU - "The recent significant increase in the number of coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Ukraine indicates that the second wave of Covid-19 has started in the country", said Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. "We are starting to arrange hospitals for the second wave of coronaviruses:…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 26 GIU - In Serbia, the electoral commission, having found some errors and irregularities, decided to repeat the general and local elections in 234 polling stations across the country, out of a total of over 8,300. In these stations, the vote will be repeated on July 1, from 7 am…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 26 GIU - A total of 442.279 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (+3964 day-on-day), were registered in countries in Central- and Eastern Europe, Germany, Austria and Greece, show official data of national authorities received by the World Health Organization (WHO) by 10:00, June 25. The growth…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, 25 GIU - Auditors EY said Thursday they saw "clear indications" of fraud on global scale at German payments provider Wirecard, which filed for insolvency after admitting that 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) were missing from its accounts. Wirecard's former CEO Markus Braun has…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 GIU - The national airline Air Serbia announced the resumption of air links to and from Italy on July 1, starting with the Belgrade-Milan flight. The company reported yesterday that the air link from Belgrade to Rome would resume the following day, and the air link between Belgrade…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 GIU - The European Commission has approved a German plan to contribute with 6 billion euro to the recapitalisation of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLH), the parent company of Lufthansa Group, the Commission said today. The recapitalisation measure is part of a larger support package…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 GIU - Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti will not take part in the talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Washington on Saturday. "I informed Ambassador Grenell," the US mediator for the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, "that I could not attend the June 27 meeting…
(ANSA-AFP) - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, 25 GIU - Lufthansa and German cabin crew union UFO said they clinched a deal Wednesday that would result in 500 million euros ($563 million) in savings for the stricken airline, ahead of a crucial vote on the group's government-backed bailout. The agreement, which still…
(ANSA-AFP) - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, 25 GIU - The mood among German consumers is brightening further as the country emerges from months of coronavirus lockdown, pollsters GfK said Thursday, but still has ground to make up on the pre-pandemic world. "Rapid reopening of the economy and society in Germany is…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 JUN - A total of 438.315 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (+3573 day-on-day), were registered in countries in Central- and Eastern Europe, Germany, Austria and Greece, show official data of national authorities received by the World Health Organization (WHO) by 10:00, June 24. The growth…
(ANSA-AFP) - THE HAGUE, JUNe 24 - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci has been charged with 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the country's 1990s conflict, a Hague-based tribunal said Wednesday. "The indictment alleges that Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli and the other charged…
(ANSA-AFP) - WARSAW, JUNE - Polish President Andrzej Duda will be hoping for a pre-election windfall from a trip to Washington on Wednesday that risks being overshadowed by the fallout from revelations about Donald Trump's foreign policy. The visit from Duda -- a populist closely allied with Trump --…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 24 - The Ifo index that measures the business climate in Germany rose from 79.7 in May to 86.2 points in June, the Ifo Institute said on Twitter today. "The German economy sees the light at the end of the tunnel," Ifo tweeted. (ANSA).
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 24 - Coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans are continuing to breach pollution limits, in violation of the rules of the Energy Community Treaty, according to a new report released by the CEE Bankwatch Network, a network of grassroots environmental…