Showing posts with label Bosnia-Herzegovina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bosnia-Herzegovina. Show all posts

Thursday, May 3, 2018

EU officials urge BiH leaders to compromise on electoral reform

Bosnia and Herzegovina
European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn have urged Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) political leaders to reach an agreement regarding electoral reform, a joint statement said on Wednesday.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sarajevo marks 100th anniversary of WWI assassination

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Saturday marked the 100th anniversary since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, which lit the fuse for World War One(WWI).

The centerpiece was a concert performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the City Hall, which just finished restoration since it was destroyed during the Bosnia War in 1990s.

The landmark building is just several minutes of walk from the Latin Bridge, which became famous over the assassination. On June 28, 1914, Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated with his wife Sophie near Latin Bridge by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb.

Monday, June 23, 2014

EU to mobilise additional support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina's post-disaster recovery

European Commission, Press release, Brussels, 23 June 2014:

The European Commission will host a Donors' Conference in Brussels on 16 July to continue its help with the aftermath of the devastating floods in the Western Balkans and mobilise further support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to deal with the consequences of this natural disaster. The conference will be co-organised with France and Slovenia.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The European Union's support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the floods

European Commission, MEMO, Brussels, 23 May 2014:

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are struggling with overwhelming floods which have also had a serious impact on large parts of Croatia. Since the start of the emergency, the European Union has been showing solidarity with the affected countries and will continue to help them overcome and recover from the dramatic situation.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

EU steps up assistance for flood victims in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as Commissioner Georgieva visits the region

European Commission, Press release, Brussels, 20 May 2014:

The number of Member States which have offered assistance to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has risen to nineteen in response to record-breaking floods which have caused widespread devastation. The European Commission is coordinating EU assistance, co-financing transportation costs and producing satellite imagery of the affected areas.

Flooding in the Balkans. -Press Statement (State Department)

Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson,Washington, DC,May 19, 2014:
 
"The United States wishes to express its condolences to all those in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia who have suffered as a result of the devastating flooding over the past several days. We extend our readiness to assist the governments and people of each of these countries as they mourn the dead, treat the injured, and address the extensive losses and damage caused by this natural disaster.

Monday, May 19, 2014

UN humanitarian chief rallies support for flood-hit Balkan regions

 UN, 19 May 2014 – Deeply concerned by the devastating floods in the Balkans – days of rainfall have reportedly submerged entire villages and triggered landslides across the region – the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator is rallying the international community to provide speedy assistance that can help save lives and put people on the road to recovery.

In a statement issued earlier today, Valerie Amos, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, expressed concern about the flooding that has struck Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Aleksandar Vučić: Danger still not over. -"The end is not close, but we have more hope today"

BELGRADE - Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday that the situation in Serbia was somewhat better, but that the threat from floods would remain over the next two days, mostly along the river Sava.

"The end is not close, but we have more hope today than we had yesterday," he said at a meeting of the national headquarters for emergencies.

The stabilisation has unfortunately occurred as the result of the Sava overflowing in other countries of the region (Bosnia-Herzegovina), but another rise in the water level will happen by Wednesday and that time should be used to prepare defences, he stated.

Überschwemmungen auf dem Balkan: Das Wasser geht zurück - das Leid bleibt

Das verheerende Balkan-Hochwasser fließt langsam ab, doch nun steigt die Zahl der Toten. Mindestens 40 Menschen sind bisher ums Leben gekommen. Aus Serbien werden 16 Opfer gemeldet, in Bosnien starben nach Behördenangaben bisher mindestens 27 Menschen, in Kroatien ertrank ein Mensch.

Allein in der nordbosnischen Stadt Doboj brachten Einsatzkräfte 20 Tote in die städtische Leichenhalle, wie der Bürgermeister mitteilte. In der Stadt stand das Wasser stellenweise noch bis zu vier Meter hoch.

Serbia evacuates 16,300 people from flood-stricken regions

About 78,000 houses in 13 municipal districts remain without electricity...

Serbia has evacuated 16,300 people from the flood-stricken areas in Obrenovac, Baric, Sremska Mitrovica, from the outskirts of Pozarevac, etc. People are being accommodated in schools, dormitories and institutes. Policemen, firefighters and a huge number of volunteers are involved in the rescue operations, the Serbian Interior Ministry reports.  


About 78,000 houses in 13 municipal districts remain without electricity; 2,060 facilities have been under-flooded and another 1,763 are under threat of inundation. The relief aid collected by the Serbian Interior Ministry has been distributed flooded and flood threatened areas.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

EU assistance underway for flood victims in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. - The EU Civil Protection Mechanism

© REUTERS Marko Djurica
European Commission, Press release, Brussels, 17 May 2014:

The European Union is providing coordinated assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which has been activated upon the request of Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina due to severe flooding in both countries. 

Serbia's urgent request for high capacity water pumps and operational teams has been channelled through the European Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) and was answered positively within a matter of hours by Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia and Austria.

Record Balkan floods claim at least 20 lives. More casualties expected after the waters begin receding

Officials say they expect more casualties after the waters begin receding in the next few days....
 
Authorities in Serbia and Bosnia say at least 20 people have died in the two nations from the record flooding that has hit the Balkans this week.

In the eastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina, some 10,000 people were being evacuated Saturday after the rain-swollen Sava River surged through flood defenses.

In Serbia, emergency crews and soldiers used boats and helicopters to rescue thousands more who had been trapped in the town of Obrenovac, near Belgrade.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Serb entity "has right to self-determination" - PM, Željka Cvijanović

BANJA LUKA -- RS Prime Minister Željka Cvijanović has said that the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina "has a right to self-determination."

According to her, "the talk about a referendum, when it comes to the Serb Republic (RS), is not taboo nor is it artificially imposed from time to time."
"I must remind you that this issue is present in both the political and the personal lives of the citizens of the RS. We have a right to self-determination, if international norms are accepted," Cvijanović told the Bosnian edition of the Croatian daily Večernji List.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Borders will not be redrawn in Balkans"

SARAJEVO -- The British foreign minister says there will be no more drawing of borders in the Balkans and that only a united Bosnia in its present borders can join the EU.

William Hague was quoted as saying in Sarajevo on Friday that any reasons for the breaking up of Bosnia-Herzegovina would encounter "strong resistance from the United Kingdom and the international community."
He is added that this belief is shared with all his colleagues from the 28 EU member states.

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