Thu, May 23 2013
Croatia's foreign minister Gordan Jandrokovic, Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt, European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and Slovenia's foreign minister Samuel Zbogar at a news conference after an EU-Croatia accession conference in Brussels, October 2 2009.
Stejpan Mesic, president of Croatia, visits Pristina on January 8, timing his visit a day after the Serbian Christmas to avoid offending Belgrade, which already is irked by Zagreb’s recognition of Kosovo. Serbia-Croatia relations are tense over rival genocide claims.
For the Western Balkans and Turkey, the prospect of EU membership has been a factor for stability and societal progress, and for democratic and economic transformation, Enlargement Commissioner says.
Croatia could complete accession negotiations in 2010, Serbia's interim agreement should be implemented, while key reforms are needed in other countries.
Deal opens the way for Croatia’s accession negotiations with the European Union.
Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn says that he has met five out of the six goals he set for himself during his five-year term.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.