Balkans

NATO Chief Reiterates Alliance’s Commitment to Southeast Europe

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Tuesday (31 May) that the Alliance anticipates closer co-operation with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia-Montenegro, assuming the two countries fulfil their international obligations. “We are holding out the prospect of enhanced co-operation with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia-Montenegro — …

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Romanian Car Market Is Booming

On 29 December 2004, just one day after being sworn in, the new Romanian government decided to radically change the tax system. Since 1 January, profit taxes have been reduced from 25 per cent to 16 per cent, and the graduated income tax was replaced with a 16 per cent …

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Serbia-Montenegro Streamlines its Armed Forces

Serbia-Montenegro will downsize its military by 9,300 people this year as part of its efforts to adjust to NATO standards, the defence ministry’s office of public relations said Sunday (29 May). A total of 1,400 professional soldiers and 5,300 civilians will be released in Serbia, while in Montenegro the number …

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Republika Srpska Government Blamed for Stalling BiH’s Progress on Road to EU

The decision by the Republika Srpska National Assembly (RSNA) to reject an EU-backed proposal to unify Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) police forces jeopardises the country’s future, top international envoy Paddy Ashdown said Tuesday (31 May). After 12 hours of debate, 62 lawmakers in the 83-seat RSNA voted against the police …

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EU Candidate Countries Assess Impact of France’s “No” Vote”

Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish officials have voiced regret over France’s rejection of the EU constitution on Sunday (29 May). While insisting they do not expect the result to affect their countries’ EU bids, they called for stronger efforts towards meeting all membership requirements. Tariceanu A “no” vote would mean EU …

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EU Candidate Countries Assess Impact of France’s “No” Vote”

Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish officials have voiced regret over France’s rejection of the EU constitution on Sunday (29 May). While insisting they do not expect the result to affect their countries’ EU bids, they called for stronger efforts towards meeting all membership requirements.

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