Showing posts with label Balkans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Balkans. Show all posts

BGN 1 Mln Allocated for Programme to Support Bulgarian Communities in Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Moldova and North Macedonia


Sept 28, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas



The Council of Ministers allocated BGN 1 million to finance the implementation in 2023 of a programme to support the organizations of the Bulgarian communities in Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Ukraine and Moldova and of citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia with Bulgarian self-awareness, the government information service said.

The five Bulgarians charged in the UK with spying for Russia remain in custody


Sept 26, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


A court in the UK on September 26 formally charged five Bulgarian citizens with espionage. Orlin Rusev, Biser Dzhambazov, Katrin Ivanova, Vanya Gaberova and Ivan Stoyanov did not appear in court in person.

OMONIA claims for irregularities with census: Pressure being put on minority


Sept 25, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Democratic Union of the Greek Ethnic Minority, OMONIA, has denounced what it considers violations of minority rights by census enumerators in the first week of the population and housing census.

Bulgaria to Set January 1, 2025 as New Indicative Date for Euro Adoption


Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Sept 24, 2023.


Bulgaria will include January 1, 2025 in an official document as a target date for its euro zone membership, it transpired from a draft decree of the Council of Ministers amending and supplementing Government Decree No. 168 of July 2015 on the establishment of a Coordination Council for the preparation of the Republic of Bulgaria for euro zone membership.  

Former FBI official McGonigal admits to all charges related to Albania


Former FBI official Charles McGonigal. Photo from archive.

Sept 23, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Former FBI official Charles McGonigal confessed to his guilt on Friday for accepting 225,000 US dollars from Albanian-American Agron Nezaj, who, as per court documents, had become an informant for the FBI’s investigation into McGonigal’s contacts and activities in Albania.

Bulgaria: Missing Helicopter, Dead Pilot's Body Found


Sept 22, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Sofia/Blagoevgad - Southwest Bulgaria

The helicopter, which was reported missing earlier on Friday, was found with the dead pilot's body in a remote ravine a couple of kilometres from the village of Garmen (Southwest Bulgaria), the Interior Ministry said Friday evening. A medical team is headed towards the scene. 

Balkans: Money from the West flowing to pro-Russian oriented media in Serbia and the region

Sept 21, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Serbia, Bulgaria, and other countries in the region have media that openly favor in Russian side in its aggression against Ukraine and deliberately release disinformation on this conflict, while at the same time, they get funding from the West for their operations, it was said during the discussion organized in Brussels on Tuesday, organized by Balkan Free Media Initiative (BFMI).

Bulgaria: 500 Pupils Start New School Year in Sofia's Lebanese School


Sept 19, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas



A Lebanese school in Sofia started the new school year with nearly 500 pupils. It is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding and is now in a new building that will house only students from the school, which is named after Lebanese-American writer and poet Gibran Khalil Gibran, the organizers said. 

Albania’s Special Appeals Court rules to keep Fredi Beleri in prison


Elected Mayor of Himara Municipality, Fredi Beleri. Photo from archive.

Sept 18, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The Special Appeals Court for Corruption and Organized Crime has ruled to keep Fredi Beleri, the elected mayor of Himara, in prison. Beleri was arrested two days before the May 14 elections on charges of vote-buying.

Bulgaria's Vice President Iliiana Iotova talks with Albania about the Bulgarian minority


Sept 16, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Bulgaria stands fully behind the European future of Albania, which is an important factor for the security and stability not only of the region, but of the whole of Europe, Bulgaria’s Vice President Iliana Iotova said during her visit to Tirana on September 15.

Locals In North Macedonia Fear Disaster As Ancient Balkan Lake Recedes


Sept 14, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Lake Prespa, one of Europe's oldest lakes and home to more than 2,000 species of fish, birds, mammals, and plants, is rapidly receding. The locals, who depend on the lake for their livelihoods, fear what's to come.


President Radev: Bulgaria and Greece Form Strategic Axis of Stability


President Rumen Radev at Thessaloniki International Fair (Photo: President's press centre)

Sept 14, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


"Bulgaria and Greece form a strategic axis of stability which provides stability and perspectives for sustainable development and growth for the entire region," President Rumen Radev said in an interview for Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA).

China invests $3.8bn in Serbia


The MoUs were signed during the One China, One Serbia Investment Forum, part of the 23rd China International Investment and Trade Fair. /

Sept 10, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


China’s Zijin Mining has confirmed its intention to invest an additional $3.8bn in Serbia, according to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the company and the Serbian government. 

Greece closed to recognizing Kosovo’s Independence, Kurti


Sept 8, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Could Kosovo convince non-recognizers within the European Union to recognize it as an independent state? 

School in Turkey will be named “Macedonia”, and each classroom will be called after a North Macedonian city


Sept 7, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

A school named “Macedonia”, which has 24 classrooms named after North Macedonian cities, will start taking pupils on September 11, 2023, in Malatya, Turkey.

Albanian PM reacts after EPP resolution allowing Fredi Beleri to swear in


Sept 5, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The Political Assembly of the EPP in the European Parliament, which is being held these days in Brussels, approved a resolution presented by the New Democracy where it requests from the Albanian authorities the permission for Fredi Beleri, elected mayor of Himara, to swear in.

Hashim Thaçi in Kosovo, visits his sick father

Sept 4, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Hashim Thaçi has temporarily left the prison cell in The Hague to go to Kosovo.

Albania Opposition Angers Leftists, Hailing WWII Collaborationist’s Reburial

An undated photo of Qazim Mulleti


September 3, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The reburial of Qazim Mulleti, an official who served the Italian and German occupation, has angered left-wing activists after Mulleti received praise from others, who believe his story has another side to it.

Greek Foreign Minister for “Beleri”: Clear violation of presumption of innocence


September 1, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The Foreign Minister of Greece, Giorgos Gerapetritis, has called the extension of detention for Fredi Beleri a clear violation of the presumption of innocence, which is preventing him to swear as the mayor of Himarë.

Skopje: The five largest mines made a joint income of EUR 70 million last year!


August 31, 2023. Posted by Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The ‘’ website, in cooperation with the ‘’ platform, made an analysis: How much the mineral wealth and mineral resources brought turnover and profit to the companies from this sector.