Fri, May 24 2013
Montenegro's prime minister Milo Djukanovic, left, and European Council President Herman van Rompuy at a meeting earlier in 2010.
Photo: Council of the European Union
While welcoming Montenegro's progress in passing important legislation to fight corruption, MEP said that corruption is still prevalent in many areas, especially in the construction, privatisation and public procurements sectors.
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov, interviewed by The Sofia Echo Editor-in-Chief Clive Leviev-Sawyer, on the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Schengen and the Lisbon Treaty. An edited transcript:
European Commission reports on Western Balkans countries confirm tough approach, even to the 'best' countries
Specific attention is needed in strengthening the rule of law, including establishing a clear track record on the fight against corruption, organised crime and also on the pursuit of judicial reform, EC President says after talks with Montenegro’s prime minister Milo Djukanovic.
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.