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Kosovo President Thaci announces unity team in talks with Serbia

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in an op/ed distributed to media announced that he will travel on Thursday to Brussels when he will meet his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic as part of the dialogue facilitated by the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini. Thaci called on political parties to form new …

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No bail for ex-Kosovo consulate worker accused of illegal arms trade

Former driver for the Kosovar consulate will remain in jail as he fights charges in arms trafficking, extortion and money laundering. Original post Here

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Serb-run municipalities in the north pay no taxes

The Law on taxes on immovable property, and the Law on construction and planning, are not being implemented by the four Serb-run municipalities in northern Kosovo – Mitrovica North, Zubin Potok, Leposavic, and Zvecan, daily Koha Ditore reports. Original post Here

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Pacolli’s party proposes technical Government

Deputy chairman of the Alliance New Kosova (AKR), Agim Bahtiri, denied media speculation that his party will support the PDK-AAK-Nisma (PAN) coalition to form new institutions. Original post Here

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Kosovo needs International Prosecution Office to Fight Corruption, KLI report

Kosovo Law Institute (KLI) published Tuesday a report on fighting corruption, which has been drafted based on the findings and analyses related to political influence in judiciary. The report “Prosecution and Special Court of the Republic of Kosovo” concludes that political influence in judiciary is still present. Original post Here

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Haradinaj: Assembly session resumes early September

Ramush Haradinaj, candidate for prime minister from the PDK-AAK-Nisma (PAN) coalition confirmed on Tuesday that the constitutive session of Assembly will resume in the first week of September. Original post Here

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Kosovo Serb suspected of war crimes remanded in 48-hour custody

Kosovo Serb man Bogdan Mitrovic who was arrested on Monday at the order of the Special Prosecution of the Republic of Kosovo (SPRK) suspected of committing war crimes, has been ordered 48 hour custody. Original post Here

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Europa League Draw: Albania’s Skenderbeu to face Partizan of Serbia

Albania’s Skenderbeu will face challenging test on its return in Europa League after two years following today’s group stage draw in Monaco. Albania’s most successful club of the past decade were drawn to play Serbia’s Partizan in Group B. Some of the Skenderbeu players will return again in Belgrade after …

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Hahn attends informal Western Balkans Prime Ministers' meeting in Durrës, Albania

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will travel to Durrës, Albania, on Saturday 26 August, to attend the informal meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans Six, his cabinet announced. Original post Here

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US and UK Embassies criticise appointment process of the presidents of Appeals Court and Supreme court

The Embassies of the United Kingdom and United States issued a joint press release on Friday announcing that they take note of the recent appointments by the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) of the Head of Appeals Court and the Head of the Supreme Court, following the annulment of the previous …

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Mogherini’s Office asks realistic agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, did not comment on partition

The US Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, said Friday that he was misunderstood when during a televised interview avoided commenting whether partition of Kosovo would be acceptable to Washington, sparking speculations that the US stance on Kosovo issue has changed. The Office of the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, who …

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Serbia bans entry of Kosovo's First Deputy Prime Minister, Behgjet Pacolli

Serbia’s authorities have not approved the request of the Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli to visit the Sandzak region in Serbia. Pacolli was invited by the Bosniak National Council (BNV) to attend their debate on regional cooperation in Balkans. Original post Here

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Veseli and Fajon discuss further steps on visa liberalisaiton

Speaker of Parliament Kadri Veseli spoke on the phone on Friday with the European Parliament Rapporteur for visa liberalisation process with Kosovo, Tanja Fajon. Original post Here

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Reports of a change in US policy on partition of Kosovo are simply wrong, says Daniel Serwer

Daniel Serwer, a former State Department official who served as a U.S. special envoy in the Balkans, analysing the statements of the US Ambassador Greg Delawie, who was asked whether Washington supports partition of Kosovo, said that the Ambassador in his interview with Kosovo TV channel KTV did not mention …

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Pacolli to visit Sandzak as Kosovo Foreign Minister

Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli received an official invitation to visit Sandzak in western Serbia. But Serbian Minister of Interior, Nebojsa Stefanovic, said that Pacolli has been informed that his visit has not been granted by authorities in Belgrade. However Jetlir Zyberi, advisor to Foreign Minister, says Pacolli will visit …

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Kosovo deserves visa-free regime, says President Thaci

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci says the European Commission (EC) positive recommendation on lifting visas for Kosovo is not a gift and was well-deserved by Kosovo. He made the comments during a joint press conference with the EU Commissioner on Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos in Brussels, who announced …

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It’s official: Avramopoulos confirms Kosovo fulfils all visa liberalisation benchmarks

The EU Commissioner on Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos says Kosovo has met all visa liberalisation benchmarks. He made the statements during a joint press conference with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Brussels. Original post Here

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Commissioner Avramopoulos confirms: Kosovo has fulfilled visa liberalization benchamrks

Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner on Home Affairs and Statehood, in an op.ed sent to the Kosovo daily Koha Ditore, which will be published on Thursday, has stated that Kosovo marked progress and fulfilled all visa liberalization benchmarks. Original post Here

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Kosovo leaders united on dialogue with Serbia, says PM Haradinaj after meeting Mogherini

Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, who is visiting Brussels as part of Kosovo high level delegation, said that they confirmed to the EU’s High Representative, Federica Mogherini, that Kosovo institutions are united when it comes to the dialogue with Serbia. Original post Here

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Mogherini: Thaci and Vucic agreed to reconvene in a few weeks' time

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted a meeting of the High Level Dialogue with President Hashim Thaci of Kosovo and President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia. Original post Here

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Mogherini’s Office asks realistic agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, did not comment on partition

The US Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, said Friday that he was misunderstood when during a televised interview avoided commenting whether partition of Kosovo would be acceptable to Washington, sparking speculations that the US stance on Kosovo issue has changed. The Office of the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, who …

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Serbia bans entry of Kosovo's First Deputy Prime Minister, Behgjet Pacolli

Serbia’s authorities have not approved the request of the Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli to visit the Sandzak region in Serbia. Pacolli was invited by the Bosniak National Council (BNV) to attend their debate on regional cooperation in Balkans. Original post Here

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Veseli and Fajon discuss further steps on visa liberalisaiton

Speaker of Parliament Kadri Veseli spoke on the phone on Friday with the European Parliament Rapporteur for visa liberalisation process with Kosovo, Tanja Fajon. Original post Here

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Reports of a change in US policy on partition of Kosovo are simply wrong, says Daniel Serwer

Daniel Serwer, a former State Department official who served as a U.S. special envoy in the Balkans, analysing the statements of the US Ambassador Greg Delawie, who was asked whether Washington supports partition of Kosovo, said that the Ambassador in his interview with Kosovo TV channel KTV did not mention …

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Pacolli to visit Sandzak as Kosovo Foreign Minister

Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli received an official invitation to visit Sandzak in western Serbia. But Serbian Minister of Interior, Nebojsa Stefanovic, said that Pacolli has been informed that his visit has not been granted by authorities in Belgrade. However Jetlir Zyberi, advisor to Foreign Minister, says Pacolli will visit …

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Kosovo deserves visa-free regime, says President Thaci

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci says the European Commission (EC) positive recommendation on lifting visas for Kosovo is not a gift and was well-deserved by Kosovo. He made the comments during a joint press conference with the EU Commissioner on Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos in Brussels, who announced …

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It’s official: Avramopoulos confirms Kosovo fulfils all visa liberalisation benchmarks

The EU Commissioner on Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos says Kosovo has met all visa liberalisation benchmarks. He made the statements during a joint press conference with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Brussels. Original post Here

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Commissioner Avramopoulos confirms: Kosovo has fulfilled visa liberalization benchamrks

Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner on Home Affairs and Statehood, in an op.ed sent to the Kosovo daily Koha Ditore, which will be published on Thursday, has stated that Kosovo marked progress and fulfilled all visa liberalization benchmarks. Original post Here

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Kosovo leaders united on dialogue with Serbia, says PM Haradinaj after meeting Mogherini

Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, who is visiting Brussels as part of Kosovo high level delegation, said that they confirmed to the EU’s High Representative, Federica Mogherini, that Kosovo institutions are united when it comes to the dialogue with Serbia. Original post Here

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Mogherini: Thaci and Vucic agreed to reconvene in a few weeks' time

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted a meeting of the High Level Dialogue with President Hashim Thaci of Kosovo and President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia. Original post Here