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A Historic Deal? “Fan tro´t” as we say in Swedish….

Kosovo Posted on Sat, April 20, 2013 22:51:48

You all heard about it by now. The initialisation of the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo last week. The draft agreement envisions that the local Serbian community will choose local police commanders, while the composition of the police will reflect the ethnic structure on the ground. The draft also proposes more judges coming from the Serbian minority.A so-called Association of Serb Municipalities with broad powers will include the four Serb-run northern municipalities of North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zvecan and Zubin Potok.
For the agreement to take force the two states have to finalise it within a few days. “Fan tro´t”.

Read more from Balkan Insight here.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=8PO_nZKSMTQ%3Ffeature%3Dplayer_embedded



Swedish Higher Education Council organises contact seminars in Western Balkans.

Events and Seminars Posted on Sat, April 20, 2013 22:25:47

The newly founded Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) is organizing a contact seminar in Sarajevo and Tirana 7-11 October 2013. The seminar is a cooperation between higher education programmes within the framework of the future EUprogramme of the current Erasmus Mundus and Tempus programmes as well as the Swedish funded Linnaeus-Palme programme.

The purpose of the seminar is to facilitate for the Swedish higher education institutions to establish new contacts with institutions in the Western Balkans, in order to create partnerships and new projects together. The seminar addresses scholars and administrative staff at Swedish higher education institutions with an interest to cooperate with institutions in Bosnia, Albania and other countries in the region who will be invited to participate. More information here.



Next Eurozone country to require a bailout?

Slovenia Posted on Sat, April 20, 2013 21:11:16

Slovenia must immediately take action to restructure and privatise its banks and shore up public finances if it wants to avoid becoming the next Eurozone country to require a bailout, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said in a Reuters interview.

Slovenia is back in recession, with a banking system that is coming part under the burden of bad loans worth about EUR7bn, or 20% of GDP, mostly at state-controlled banks. There’s been a political crisis too as politicians squabble over the reforms necessary to put the country’s finances in order. More here.



Croatia is on track to become the EU’s 28th member state on 1 July

Croatia Posted on Sat, April 20, 2013 20:51:20

Croatia is on track to become the EU’s 28th member state on 1 July, MEPs said on Thursday in their last resolution before it is scheduled to join. They highlighted the strength of Croatia’s democracy, social market economy and capacity to fulfil its membership obligations and called on the last two member states, Denmark and Germany, that still have to approve Croatia’s accession to do so without delay. More here.