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Seenews: news report of 26.06.2009


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Friday 26 June 2009, by Emanuele G. - 1286 letture

Countries:

* Albania *

Glover: vote "pivotal" for Albania’s future Jun 26, 2009, 18:07 CET | Story | SETimes ODIHR mission head Audrey Glover shares her views on electoral reforms, media coverage, and the stakes for Albania in holding a fair and democratic vote this Sunday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/glover_vote_pivotal_foralbania_sfuture-18071521

Greece eyes visa-free travel to US Jun 26, 2009, 18:06 CET | Story | SETimes Expectations are high that the United States will grant Greece entry into the Visa Waiver Programme later this year. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/greeceeyesvisa-freetraveltous-180658136

Albania’s EU hopes hinge on vote Jun 26, 2009, 18:06 CET | Story | SETimes Prime Minister Sali Berisha seeks a new mandate, while Socialist opponent Edi Rama calls for change. Meanwhile, Brussels will be watching carefully to see if standards are met. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/albania_seuhopeshingeonvote-180640881

BNP Paribas Real Estate Division Enters Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania Jun 26, 2009, 15:49 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) – France’s BNP Paribas said its real estate division sets foot in Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia through a partnership with Cyprus-based real estate company Danos & Associates. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bnpparibasrealestatesetsfootinbulgaria_serbia_albania-152908

ANALYSIS - Socialists, Democrats Run in Neck-and-Neck Election Race in Albania Jun 26, 2009, 15:41 CET | Analysis | SeeNews TIRANA (Albania), June 26 (SeeNews) - Albania’s two dominant political parties, the ruling pro-West right-wing Democrats and the ex-communist Socialists, are locked in a neck-and-neck race to win Sunday’s parliamentary elections and bring the country closer to the European Union, analysts said. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/analysis-socialists_democratsruninneck-to-neckelectionraceinalbania-134826

Albania Opposition Supporters Clash With Police Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com Supporters of the opposition Socialist Party clashed withpolice on Friday when a row erupted over the location of a rally to be held later this evening to finalize the electoral campaign. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/albaniaoppositionsupportersclashwithpolice-152550384

KEY FACTS: Albania During PM Berisha’s Governance 2005-2009 Jun 26, 2009, 15:11 CET | Story | SeeNews TIRANA (Albania), June 26 (SeeNews) - On Sunday, when Albania will hold its seventh general election after the fall of communism in 1991, the two parties dominating the political scene - the Democrats led by outgoing Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the Socialists led by Tirana mayor Edi Rama - will once again face each other in a race expected to be tighter than ever. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/mainachievementsinalbaniainpmberishagovernance___05-___09-121929

Albania Press Review - June 26 Jun 26, 2009, 11:45 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com Here are the top stories in Albania’s main newspapers. Balkan Insighthas not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/albaniapressreview-june26-114532645

* Bosnia *

"Competition infringement" in wheat market Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 The Ministry of Agriculture has asked the Competition Protection Commission to look into allegations that irregularities are occurring in the wheat market. The ministry made the request on June 22, and says it has information that ahead of this year’s harvest, big buyers have agreed to offer RSD 9, plus VAT, for one kilogram of wheat. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/_competitioninfringement_inwheatmarket-184039150

Thousands protest in Bulgaria Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 Thousands of Bulgarian citizens and trade union members rallied in downtown Sofia on Friday. The rally was organized by the Bulgarian Trade Union Confederation Podkrepa and included a march from the National Vasil Levski stadium to the National Alexander Nevski cathedral in downtown Sofia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/thousandsprotestinbulgaria-184022298

Berezovsky sentenced to 13 years Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 Fugitive former Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was convicted of embezzlement earlier this week, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison The Krasnogorsk City Court in Moscow Oblast found Berezovsky guilty of stealing 58 million rubles (USD 1.8mn) from the AvtoVAZ and LogoVAZ automotive companies in the 1990s. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/berezovskysentencedto13years-184005131

Banja Luka Bourse Indices End Week Lower in Higher Turnover Jun 26, 2009, 18:23 CET | Story | SeeNews SARAJEVO (Bosnia and Herzegovina), June 26 (SeeNews) - The share indices of Bosnia’s Banja Luka Stock Exchange (BLSE) ended the week down in higher turnover, bourse data showed on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/banjalukaindicesclosedown_turnoverup-181423

BiH lags in visa benchmarks Jun 26, 2009, 18:09 CET | Story | SETimes Despite efforts to meet EU criteria for visa liberalisation, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still behind, and is not likely to catch up this year. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bihlagsinvisabenchmarks-1809494

Former BiH commander sentenced for weapons possession Jun 26, 2009, 18:09 CET | Story | SETimes SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) — A Sarajevo-based court sentenced former commander of Bosnian Muslim forces in Srebrenica, Naser Oric, to tw... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/formerbihcommandersentencedforweaponspossession-180932257

Party leaders on local level coalitions Jun 26, 2009, 17:00 CET | Story | B92 Deputy leader of the SNS Aleksandar Vučić says coalition talks to form local governments in Zemun and Voždovac will begin on Monday. “We are convinced that the people from the SPS-PUPS-JS coalition will accept the cooperation program for solving the key communal problems residents of Zemun and Voždovac, and taking care of the people, and we think that they will show more responsibility than some factors from the opposition have shown,” Vučić said at a press conference in Belgrade on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/partyleadersonlocallevelcoalitions-170004375

Nine Cos File Bids in Bosnian Tender for Construction of Six Hydro Power Plants - Media Jun 26, 2009, 16:45 CET | Story | SeeNews BANJA LUKA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), June 26 (SeeNews) – Nine companies have filed bids in a tender invited by Norwegian investor Technor Energy for the construction of six small hydro power plants in Bosnia with a combined capacity of 74 megawatts, local media reported on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/nineforeigncontractorseyingtenderforsixhydropowerplantsinbosnia-media-150345

Belgrade "not thinking" about Kosovo elections Jun 26, 2009, 16:30 CET | Story | B92 Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović says the state is “not thinking" about whether it will call on Serbs to participate in Kosovo’s November local elections. Bogdanović said in Kosovska Mitrovica on Thursday that Belgrade does not recognize Ahtisaari’s plan, nor the institutions of the self-proclaimed "state of Kosovo”. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/belgrade_notthinking_aboutkosovoelections-16302290

G8 seeks common response over Iran Jun 26, 2009, 16:30 CET | Story | B92 Their meeting was scheduled to focus on stabilising Afghanistan. But the crisis in Iran is now set to dominate a gathering of G8 foreign ministers in the Italian city of Trieste. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/g8seekscommonresponseoveriran-16300553

Appeal to "lower tensions over Vojvodina" Jun 26, 2009, 16:00 CET | Story | B92 President Boris Tadić called for passions to be eased in order to avoid tension regarding the draft Vojvodina statute issue. Tadić told journalists that the Vojvodina statute and the law for transferring jurisdiction to the province are topics of discussions among officials of the Serbian government and that the media and other public debates are "starting up false information" regarding the issues. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/appealto_lowertensionsovervojvodina_-160005601

Indictment against KLA’s Gnjilane Group Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | B92 The War Crimes Prosecution has raised a war crimes indictment against 17 former members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The group – nine members of which are in custody in Belgrade, while the rest remain at large – has been charged with vicious murder of at least 52 Serbs, Roma and ethnic Albanians and rape of a large number of women in the town of Gnjilane in eastern Kosovo, in the wake of the war in the province – from June to September 1999. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/indictmentagainstkla_sgnjilanegroup-152521915

Violence rocks Iraq as U.S. prepares to withdraw from cities Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | B92 Iraqi officials say an explosion tore through a bus station in Baghdad Thursday, killing two people and wounding at least 30 others. It is the latest violence to hit Iraq just days before U.S. forces withdraw from urban areas. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/violencerocksiraqasu_s_preparestowithdrawfromcities-152504863

Jeremić disappointed by Ceku’s release Jun 26, 2009, 14:55 CET | Story | B92 Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Agim Ceku’s release from custody represents a devastating blow to international law. Jeremić said that the news of Ceku’s release has caused great disappointment, and damage to the relationship and friendship between Serbia and Bulgaria, where the former leader of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was detained. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jeremi__disappointedbyceku___srelease-145505159

Dutch FM to visit Belgrade in July Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said that his Dutch counterpart Maxime Verhagen will be visiting Serbia in July. Jeremić said that this will be a prime opportunity for Serbian officials to try and convince Holland to change its stance regarding the unfreezing of agreements between the European Union and Serbia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/dutchfmtovisitbelgradeinjuly-142022747

Tadić discusses cooperation with Berlusconi Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Story | B92 Serbian President Boris Tadić and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have agreed to hold a summit between the two countries in Italy in the fall. According to reports, the official strategic partnership of the two countries will be announced at the summit. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/tadi__discussescooperationwithberlusconi-142005277

Arrests of alleged corrupt businesspeople continue Jun 26, 2009, 13:20 CET | Story | B92 Police have arrested Slaviša Purić, founder and owner of the Inter-Export company, and three other company senior officials, according to unofficial reports. Purić is also known as the owner of the Slap gas stations. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/arrestsofallegedcorruptbusinesspeoplecontinue-132022256

Attacks on gay activist in Ljubljana Jun 26, 2009, 13:20 CET | Story | B92 Eight masked individuals attacked participators of a gay and lesbian literature night and assaulted journalist and gay activist Mitja Blažić. The masked assailants, dressed in all black, shouted anti-gay slogans during the attack, which took place on Thursday night in a Ljubljana café called Open, in which the literary night was being held in honor of the traditional gay pride parade week. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/attacksongayactivistinljubljana-132004776

Washington’s refutes Karadžić claims Jun 26, 2009, 12:50 CET | Story | B92 The State Department denies claims made by Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić regarding an alleged deal made with U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke. The State Department claims that the U.S. has on several occasions clearly stated that no such deal existed offering Karadžić immunity from criminal prosecution, according to Voice of America. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/washington___srefuteskarad__i__claims-12500541

U.S. hits back at Ahmadinejad claim Jun 26, 2009, 11:45 CET | Story | B92 The White House has accused Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of seeking to blame the U.S. for unrest following Iran’s disputed election. The U.S. replied one day after Ahmadinejad was sharply critical of President Barack Obama for condemning Iranian violence against protesters. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/u_s_hitsbackatahmadinejadclaim-114504987

Jeremić disappointed by Ceku’s release Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Agim Ceku’s release from custody represents a devastating blow to international law. Jeremić said that the news of Ceku’s release has caused great disappointment, and that the decision has caused damage to the relationship and friendship between two countries. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jeremi__disappointedbyceku___srelease-111022233

Customs protests continue in north Kosovo Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | B92 Leposavić and Zubin Potok residents in north Kosovo are continuing a selective blockade of roads in protest of the new customs control at crossings with Serbia. The road will be blocked until EULEX changes its decision for implementing customs on the administrative line with Serbia, protesters say. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/customsprotestscontinueinnorthkosovo-111005144

Girl infected with swine flu “feels good” Jun 26, 2009, 10:40 CET | Story | B92 The young girl in Sombor confirmed to be infected with the swine flu virus is receiving therapy and feels good, health officials in her town of Sombor said. She is the second case of the flu registered in Serbia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/girlinfectedwithswineflu___feelsgood___-104021856

Mystery surrounds Michael Jackson’s sudden death Jun 26, 2009, 10:40 CET | Story | B92 One day after Michael Jackson’s sudden death, speculation was already turning on Friday to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop." He death comes just weeks before his long-awaited series of comeback concerts. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/mysterysurroundsmichaeljackson_ssuddendeath-104004831

Cvetković: Serbia’s contributions during crisis Jun 26, 2009, 10:10 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković said in New York that developed countries should participate more in the building of a new world economic order. Cvetković, who is participating in a United Nations conference on the world financial and economic crisis, said that the potential duration of the global recession was also discussed at the conference. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/cvetkovi___serbia___scontributionsduringcrisis-101005213

* Bulgaria *

Bulgaria arrests Kosovo’s Ceku Jun 26, 2009, 18:07 CET | Story | SETimes SOFIA, Bulgaria — Former Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku was arrested Tuesday night (June 23rd) at a border crossing between Bulgaria and Macedonia.... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgariaarrestskosovo_sceku-180749126

Kosovo’s Ceku remains in Bulgarian custody Jun 26, 2009, 18:07 CET | Story | SETimes SOFIA , Bulgaria — Former Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku will remain in custody for 72 hours, Bulgarian authorities said on Wednesday (June 24th).... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/kosovo_scekuremainsinbulgariancustody-180732402

Bulgarian Engineering/Energy Group Enemona To Issue Share Warrants Jun 26, 2009, 17:34 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - Bulgarian engineering, construction and energy group Enemona said on Friday it has decided to issue warrants. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgaria___senemonatoallotwarrants-162358

Bulgarian Barley Prices Seen Falling by up to 20% in ‘09 - Head of Brewers’ Union Jun 26, 2009, 16:04 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - Bulgarian barley prices, a key cost component for the local brewing industry, are expected to drop this year by up to 20% to 270 levs ($194/139 euro) pet tonne from last year’s 300-340 levs per tonne, the head of the Union of Brewers in Bulgaria (UBB) said on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/barleypriceexpectedtofallbyupto20_in___09-134852

BNP Paribas Real Estate Division Enters Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania Jun 26, 2009, 15:49 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) – France’s BNP Paribas said its real estate division sets foot in Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia through a partnership with Cyprus-based real estate company Danos & Associates. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bnpparibasrealestatesetsfootinbulgaria_serbia_albania-152908

Bulgaria Reports Eighth Case of A/H1N1 Flu Jun 26, 2009, 15:43 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria on Friday reported one more case of A/H1N1 flu, bringing the total number of infections in the country to eight. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgariareportsonemorecaseofa_h1n1flu-152856

Some 93% of Bulgarian Cigarette Mill Slantse Stara Zagora Trade on Sofia Bourse Jun 26, 2009, 14:48 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - A total of 92.9% of the share capital of recently privatisaed Bulgarian cigarette mill Slantse Stara Zagora changed hands on the over-the-counter market of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange on Friday, bourse data showed. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/almost____inbulgariancigarettemillslantsestarazagorachangehands-bourse-130055

Bulgarian Business Sentiment Index Falls in June Jun 26, 2009, 14:40 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria’s business sentiment index fell by a monthly 1.1 percentage points in June after staying flat on May, the National Statistics Institute (NSI) said on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgarianmaybusinesssentimentfallsinjune-121903

United Bulgarian Bank - Economic & Market Analyses - May 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 14:05 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews
- In April 2009 the current account was negative and amounted to EUR 418.3 mn- As of end-March 2009 gross external debt was EUR 36,410.8 mn- The NSI confirmed the express results showing a real GDP decline of 3.5% y/y in Q1- The total business indicator for May is 12.5%- CPI inflation decreased to 3.94% y/y in May- Producer price index in domestic market in April 2009 fell by 0.8% compared to the previous month- The industrial production index fell by real 20% y/y in April from revised 16.9%y/y in March- By preliminary data the receipts from sales in April 2009 decreased by 10.7% compared to the same month previous year- The unemployment rate rose to 7.08% at the end of May- The fiscal reserve amounted to BGN 8 306.9 mn- In April 2009, the annual growth rate of broad money (monetary aggregate M3) was 5.1%- Net Domestic Assets reached BGN 44.914 bn. at the end of April 2009- As at the end of April the banking system’s total assets stood at BGN 69.5 bn- At the end of March th e insurance and reinsurance companies amounted to BGN 3.711 bn- The average daily turnover on the BSE in May amounted to BGN 2.52 mn- In the first quarter of 2009 the newly built residential buildings were 547 and marked a decrease of 10.6% compared to the first quarter of 2008 http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/unitedbulgarianbank-economic_marketanalyses-apr2009-140329

Bulgarian Share Indices End Mixed in Subdued Trade Jun 26, 2009, 14:01 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - Bulgarian share indices ended mixed on Friday in a subdued session, bourse data showed. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/stox-132756

Bulgaria Wraps up 255.6 Mln Euro Capital Hike at State-owned Bulgarian Development Bank Jun 26, 2009, 13:53 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria said it wrapped up a 500 million lev ($356.5 million/255.6 million euro) capital hike at state-owned Bulgarian Development Bank (BDB) in a bid to back small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgariawrapsup255_6mlneurocapitalhikeofbulgariandevelopmentbank-130909

Balkan Region Needs 20 Bln Euro for New Power Generation Facilities by 2020 - Media Jun 26, 2009, 12:48 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - The Balkans will need an investment of some 20 billion euro ($28.1 billion) in new power generation capacities if a region-wide net shortage of 8-10 million megawatthours (MWh) expected by 2020 is to be averted, local media reported on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/some20blneuroneededfornewpowercapacitiesaaaa2020-media-111542

FFBH - Bulgaria Morning Update - June 26, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:48 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews MARKET WRAP-UP http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/ffbh-bulgariamorningupdate-june26_2009-093002

Karoll - Bulgarian Daily Newsletter - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:47 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews Headlines http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/karoll-bulgariandailynewsletter-june25_2009-080206

Bulbrokers - Daily FX Analysis - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:45 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews The Euro and the Swiss Franc under pressure http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulbrokers-dailyfxanalysis-june25_2009-074545

Bulbrokers - Stock Market Daily Review - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:44 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews US Indices Consolidate After FOMC Meeting http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulbrokers-stockmarketdailyreview-june25_2009-075322

Bulbrokers - Stock Market Daily Review - June 24, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:43 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews Quiet Trading On Wall Street Before FOMC Meeting http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulbrokers-stockmarketdailyreview-june24_2009-074939

Bulbrokers - Daily FX Analysis - June 24, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:42 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews The US dollar under pressure against the majors http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulbrokers-dailyfxanalysis-june24_2009-074153

Bulgarian Stock Exchange - Daily Bulletin, Selected Announcements - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:04 CET | Specialists Reports | SeeNews Kyustendil Industrial Park AD-Kyustendil (in bankruptcy) /4CU/ has submitted to X3 News quarterly information about the current stage of insolvency proceedings as at 18.06.2009.The entire notice is available at http://www.x3news.com. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgarianstockexchange-dailybulletin_selectedannouncements-june25_2009-073322

Bulgarian Stock Exchange - Daily Report - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:02 CET | Specialists Reports | SeeNews The Bulgarian Stock Еxchange has published its daily report on turnover and prices for June 25, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgarianstockexchange-dailyreport-june25_2009-072559

Bulgaria Opens Three Gas, Oil Exploration Tenders - Media Jun 26, 2009, 10:52 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - The Bulgarian government has opened three gas and oil exploration tenders, local media reported on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgariaextendsthreegas_oilexplorationlicences-102343

INTERVIEW – Bulgarian Digital Map Provider Naviteq Targets 20% Market Share by 2011 Jun 26, 2009, 10:09 CET | Interview | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 25 (SeeNews) – Bulgarian digital map provider Naviteq plans to control a market share of 20% in the country by 2011, its chief executive officer Tim Buisseret said. “Our market share is very small at the moment. Realistically, considering that we have a product with the only locally produced map on the market, I think we can be looking at 20% market share by 2011,” Buisseret told SeeNews in a recent interview. Established in 2005, SB Group Corporation, trading as Naviteq, develops and maintains its own network of active Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reference stations. Based on the GNSS network, Naviteq provides services for precise position determination for data post processing and in real time, including data for road network, districts, municipalities, populated areas, hydrographic network, relief, up-to-date address database and data for Points Of Interest. GNSS allows small electronic receivers to determine their longitud e, latitude, and altitude to within a few metres using time signals transmitted along a line-of-sight by radio from satellites. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/nterview___bulgaria_sdigitalmapprovidernaviteqtargets20_marketshareby2011-182104

Bulgaria Releases Former Kosovo PM Ceku - Media Jun 26, 2009, 10:06 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA, June 26 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria late on Thursday released former Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku, two days after he was arrested on a warrant requested by Serbia where he is wanted on war crimes charges, Bulgarian news agency Focus reported. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgariareleasesformerkosovopmceku-media-091939

Bulgaria Schedule of Events - June 26 - July 27 Jun 26, 2009, 09:37 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) - Following is a schedule of corporate, economic and political events taking place in or related to Bulgaria through July 27. New or amended entries are marked (*). http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgariascheduleofevents-june26-july27-084540

Former Kosovo PM Released in Bulgaria Jun 26, 2009, 09:35 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com Bulgarian authorities on Thursday released former Kosovo prime ministerAgim Ceku from custody, after he was arrested two days earlier on aninternational warrant requested by Serbia for alleged war crimes. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/formerkosovopmreleasedinbulgaria-093530427

Bulgarian Statistical Institute Launches Foreign Trade Database Jun 25, 2009, 23:05 CET | Story | Novinite.com The Bulgarian Statistical Institute (NSI) has launched a "Foreign Trade" informational system on its website.That has been announced Thursday by NSI’s spokesperson, Lyubomir Blatski.The system costs BGN 400 000, and is financed by the institute budget, Blatski said.... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgarianstatisticalinstitutelaunchesforeigntradedatabase-23055741

Bulgaria Energy Watchdog Confirms 33,14% Gas Price Cut Jun 25, 2009, 23:05 CET | Story | Novinite.com The Bulgarian State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (DKEVR) confirmed Thursday the 33,14% decrease in gas prices from July 1.This is the greatest ever reduction of natural gas prices in Bulgaria compared to a previous quarter. It was proposed to the Commission by the Bulgarian state-owned gas monopoly Bulgargaz at the beginning of June.... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgariaenergywatchdogconfirms33_14_gaspricecut-230540460

Sofia Airport Boasts Beautiful New Park Jun 25, 2009, 23:05 CET | Story | Novinite.com Sofia’s Airport now has a beautiful park worth BGN 7,2 M, according to Bulgaria’s Transport Minister, Petar Mutafchiev.Mutafchiev officially inaugurated the park Thursday in the presence of the airport management and representatives of Varna’s "Roads and Bridges"company that accomplished the project.The park is adjacent to the airport and has an area of 365 dekares of green space.... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/sofiaairportboastsbeautifulnewpark-230523908

EBRD Provides EUR 34,5 M in Grants for Bulgaria Energy Efficiency Jun 25, 2009, 23:05 CET | Story | Novinite.com The "Maritsa Iztok" mines received Thursday a EUR 15 M grant to increase the energy efficiency of the mining operations.The CEO of the"Maritsa Iztok" (Maritsa East) mines, Ivan Markov, and the Deputy Director of the Department for Nuclear Safety of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Balthasar Lindauer, signed Thursday in Radnevo an agreement for the grant from the EBRD-administered Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund.Another EUR 19,5 M grant will contribute to the rehabilitation and modernization of the Maritza East 2 Thermal Power Plant (TPP) through the installation of gypsum dewatering systems for units 1-6 and construction of a cooling pump station.... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/ebrdprovideseur34_5mingrantsforbulgariaenergyefficiency-23050744

* Croatia *

"Competition infringement" in wheat market Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 The Ministry of Agriculture has asked the Competition Protection Commission to look into allegations that irregularities are occurring in the wheat market. The ministry made the request on June 22, and says it has information that ahead of this year’s harvest, big buyers have agreed to offer RSD 9, plus VAT, for one kilogram of wheat. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/_competitioninfringement_inwheatmarket-184039150

Thousands protest in Bulgaria Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 Thousands of Bulgarian citizens and trade union members rallied in downtown Sofia on Friday. The rally was organized by the Bulgarian Trade Union Confederation Podkrepa and included a march from the National Vasil Levski stadium to the National Alexander Nevski cathedral in downtown Sofia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/thousandsprotestinbulgaria-184022298

Berezovsky sentenced to 13 years Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 Fugitive former Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was convicted of embezzlement earlier this week, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison The Krasnogorsk City Court in Moscow Oblast found Berezovsky guilty of stealing 58 million rubles (USD 1.8mn) from the AvtoVAZ and LogoVAZ automotive companies in the 1990s. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/berezovskysentencedto13years-184005131

BiH refuses to extradite Glavas Jun 26, 2009, 18:08 CET | Story | SETimes SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) — A court in BiH on Tuesday (June 23rd) turned down Croatia’s request for the extradition of Croatian politic... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bihrefusestoextraditeglavas-180823365

EU cancels Croatia’s intergovernmental accession conference Jun 26, 2009, 18:08 CET | Story | SETimes ZAGREB, Croatia — The Czech presidency of the EU decided on Wednesday (June 24th) to cancel an intergovernmental accession conference with Croatia,... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/eucancelscroatia_sintergovernmentalaccessionconference-180806597

Croatia’s C-Bank Sees No Risk in Repaying Maturing Debt in 2009 - Deputy Gov for Bloomberg Jun 26, 2009, 17:07 CET | Story | SeeNews ZAGREB (Croatia), June 26 (SeeNews) - Croatia’s central bank sees no risks in repaying state debt maturing this year even though several neighbours were forced to seek international aid to prevent defaults, the Deputy Governor of the central bank, Boris Vujcic, told news agency Bloomberg in an interview on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/c-bank-113721

Croatian Share Indices Mostly Rise in Lower Turnover Jun 26, 2009, 17:00 CET | Story | SeeNews ZAGREB (Croatia), June 26 (SeeNews) - The indices of the Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) mostly rose on Friday in lower turnover, bourse data showed. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/croatianshareindicesmostlyupinlowerturnover-165437

Lessons for the Balkans from Belfast Jun 26, 2009, 17:00 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com

The expulsion of Roma families from their homes in Northern Ireland shows how wrong the application of multi-culturalism can go when it is half-hearted.

http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/lessonsforthebalkansfrombelfast-170031827

Party leaders on local level coalitions Jun 26, 2009, 17:00 CET | Story | B92 Deputy leader of the SNS Aleksandar Vučić says coalition talks to form local governments in Zemun and Voždovac will begin on Monday. “We are convinced that the people from the SPS-PUPS-JS coalition will accept the cooperation program for solving the key communal problems residents of Zemun and Voždovac, and taking care of the people, and we think that they will show more responsibility than some factors from the opposition have shown,” Vučić said at a press conference in Belgrade on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/partyleadersonlocallevelcoalitions-170004375

Belgrade "not thinking" about Kosovo elections Jun 26, 2009, 16:30 CET | Story | B92 Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović says the state is “not thinking" about whether it will call on Serbs to participate in Kosovo’s November local elections. Bogdanović said in Kosovska Mitrovica on Thursday that Belgrade does not recognize Ahtisaari’s plan, nor the institutions of the self-proclaimed "state of Kosovo”. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/belgrade_notthinking_aboutkosovoelections-16302290

G8 seeks common response over Iran Jun 26, 2009, 16:30 CET | Story | B92 Their meeting was scheduled to focus on stabilising Afghanistan. But the crisis in Iran is now set to dominate a gathering of G8 foreign ministers in the Italian city of Trieste. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/g8seekscommonresponseoveriran-16300553

Appeal to "lower tensions over Vojvodina" Jun 26, 2009, 16:00 CET | Story | B92 President Boris Tadić called for passions to be eased in order to avoid tension regarding the draft Vojvodina statute issue. Tadić told journalists that the Vojvodina statute and the law for transferring jurisdiction to the province are topics of discussions among officials of the Serbian government and that the media and other public debates are "starting up false information" regarding the issues. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/appealto_lowertensionsovervojvodina_-160005601

Germany’s KfW Backs Wind Farm Project in Croatia with 10.1 Mln Euro Jun 26, 2009, 15:39 CET | Story | SeeNews ZAGREB (Croatia), June 26 (SeeNews) - Germany’s KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH said on Friday it is supporting the construction of the Orlice wind farm, near the Croatian town of Sibenik, with 10.1 million euro ($14.1 million). http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/germany___skfwtosupportbuildingofwindfarmincroatiawith10_1mlneuro-134928

Indictment against KLA’s Gnjilane Group Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | B92 The War Crimes Prosecution has raised a war crimes indictment against 17 former members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The group – nine members of which are in custody in Belgrade, while the rest remain at large – has been charged with vicious murder of at least 52 Serbs, Roma and ethnic Albanians and rape of a large number of women in the town of Gnjilane in eastern Kosovo, in the wake of the war in the province – from June to September 1999. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/indictmentagainstkla_sgnjilanegroup-152521915

Violence rocks Iraq as U.S. prepares to withdraw from cities Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | B92 Iraqi officials say an explosion tore through a bus station in Baghdad Thursday, killing two people and wounding at least 30 others. It is the latest violence to hit Iraq just days before U.S. forces withdraw from urban areas. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/violencerocksiraqasu_s_preparestowithdrawfromcities-152504863

Jeremić disappointed by Ceku’s release Jun 26, 2009, 14:55 CET | Story | B92 Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Agim Ceku’s release from custody represents a devastating blow to international law. Jeremić said that the news of Ceku’s release has caused great disappointment, and damage to the relationship and friendship between Serbia and Bulgaria, where the former leader of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was detained. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jeremi__disappointedbyceku___srelease-145505159

Dutch FM to visit Belgrade in July Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said that his Dutch counterpart Maxime Verhagen will be visiting Serbia in July. Jeremić said that this will be a prime opportunity for Serbian officials to try and convince Holland to change its stance regarding the unfreezing of agreements between the European Union and Serbia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/dutchfmtovisitbelgradeinjuly-142022747

Tadić discusses cooperation with Berlusconi Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Story | B92 Serbian President Boris Tadić and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have agreed to hold a summit between the two countries in Italy in the fall. According to reports, the official strategic partnership of the two countries will be announced at the summit. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/tadi__discussescooperationwithberlusconi-142005277

Croatian Veterinary Drug Maker Veterina Renamed to Genera Jun 26, 2009, 13:55 CET | Story | SeeNews ZAGREB (Croatia), June 26 (SeeNews) - Croatian maker of animal health products Veterina said it has changed its name to Genera. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/croatia___sveterinarenamesingenera-123924

Arrests of alleged corrupt businesspeople continue Jun 26, 2009, 13:20 CET | Story | B92 Police have arrested Slaviša Purić, founder and owner of the Inter-Export company, and three other company senior officials, according to unofficial reports. Purić is also known as the owner of the Slap gas stations. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/arrestsofallegedcorruptbusinesspeoplecontinue-132022256

Attacks on gay activist in Ljubljana Jun 26, 2009, 13:20 CET | Story | B92 Eight masked individuals attacked participators of a gay and lesbian literature night and assaulted journalist and gay activist Mitja Blažić. The masked assailants, dressed in all black, shouted anti-gay slogans during the attack, which took place on Thursday night in a Ljubljana café called Open, in which the literary night was being held in honor of the traditional gay pride parade week. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/attacksongayactivistinljubljana-132004776

Washington’s refutes Karadžić claims Jun 26, 2009, 12:50 CET | Story | B92 The State Department denies claims made by Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić regarding an alleged deal made with U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke. The State Department claims that the U.S. has on several occasions clearly stated that no such deal existed offering Karadžić immunity from criminal prosecution, according to Voice of America. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/washington___srefuteskarad__i__claims-12500541

FIMA Stock Monitor - Morning News - June 26, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 12:24 CET | Broker’s Report | AII Data Processing Ltd Shorter working week against the crisisA shorter working week as one of the measures for protecting the industry from crisis and keeping jobs was one of the key topics at the meeting between PM Ivo Sanader and representatives of the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP) and trade unions. At a press conference following the meeting, Sanader said that HUP and the Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia (UATUC) had drafted a joint proposal for shortening the working week. This topic should also be discussed at the meeting with minister of economy Damir Polancec on Tuesday. HUP president Damir Kustrak explains the proposal refers to certain industries that can temporarily cut the working week by a day without jeopardizing technological processes. In that case, salaries would also be cut, while the Government would partially compensate for the work-free Friday. (Source: www.limun.hr) http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/fimastockmonitor-morningnews-june26_2009-121533

STOCKWATCH - Raiffeisen Recommends "Reduce" for Croatia’s Viro Stock Jun 26, 2009, 12:19 CET | Story | SeeNews ZAGREB (Croatia), June 26 (SeeNews) - Austria’s Raiffeisen Centrobank (RCB) has downgraded to "reduce" from “hold” its recommendation on the stock of Croatian blue-chip sugar maker Viro. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/stockwatch-raiffeisenrecommends_reduce_oncroatia_svirostock-115024

Erste Securities - Croatian Equity Daily - June 26, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:50 CET | Broker’s Report | AII Data Processing Ltd Highlights: http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/erstesecurities-croatianequitydaily-june26_2009-091419

U.S. hits back at Ahmadinejad claim Jun 26, 2009, 11:45 CET | Story | B92 The White House has accused Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of seeking to blame the U.S. for unrest following Iran’s disputed election. The U.S. replied one day after Ahmadinejad was sharply critical of President Barack Obama for condemning Iranian violence against protesters. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/u_s_hitsbackatahmadinejadclaim-114504987

Jeremić disappointed by Ceku’s release Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Agim Ceku’s release from custody represents a devastating blow to international law. Jeremić said that the news of Ceku’s release has caused great disappointment, and that the decision has caused damage to the relationship and friendship between two countries. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jeremi__disappointedbyceku___srelease-111022233

Customs protests continue in north Kosovo Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | B92 Leposavić and Zubin Potok residents in north Kosovo are continuing a selective blockade of roads in protest of the new customs control at crossings with Serbia. The road will be blocked until EULEX changes its decision for implementing customs on the administrative line with Serbia, protesters say. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/customsprotestscontinueinnorthkosovo-111005144

Girl infected with swine flu “feels good” Jun 26, 2009, 10:40 CET | Story | B92 The young girl in Sombor confirmed to be infected with the swine flu virus is receiving therapy and feels good, health officials in her town of Sombor said. She is the second case of the flu registered in Serbia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/girlinfectedwithswineflu___feelsgood___-104021856

Mystery surrounds Michael Jackson’s sudden death Jun 26, 2009, 10:40 CET | Story | B92 One day after Michael Jackson’s sudden death, speculation was already turning on Friday to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop." He death comes just weeks before his long-awaited series of comeback concerts. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/mysterysurroundsmichaeljackson_ssuddendeath-104004831

Cvetković: Serbia’s contributions during crisis Jun 26, 2009, 10:10 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković said in New York that developed countries should participate more in the building of a new world economic order. Cvetković, who is participating in a United Nations conference on the world financial and economic crisis, said that the potential duration of the global recession was also discussed at the conference. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/cvetkovi___serbia___scontributionsduringcrisis-101005213

Croatia Considers Wage Subsidies Jun 26, 2009, 09:35 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com The Croatian government is discussing the possibility of shortening theworking week and subsidizing lower salaries in order to keep jobs amidst the global financial downturn, media reports say. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/croatiaconsiderswagesubsidies-093548488

Assassination Suspect Sentenced for Illegal Weapons Jun 26, 2009, 08:35 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com A Belgrade court on Wednesday sentenced to 22 months inprison Zeljko Milovanovic "Gavra", a suspect in the murder of a Croatian journalist, for old charges of illegal weapons possession of falsifying documents. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/assassinationsuspectsentencedforillegalweapons-08351716

* Macedonia *

New momentum in Macedonia name talks? Jun 26, 2009, 18:08 CET | Story | SETimes An OSCE meeting in Corfu will provide an opportunity for talks between the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia, and UN envoy Matthew Nimetz says the time is ripe for moving the process forward. Serious obstacles remain, however. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/newmomentuminmacedonianametalks_-180840639

Macedonian Bourse Main Indices Dip in Higher Turnover - Table Jun 26, 2009, 17:39 CET | Story | SeeNews SKOPJE (Macedonia), June 26 (SeeNews) – The main indices of the Macedonian Stock Exchange JSC (MSE) fell this week in higher turnover, bourse data showed on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/macedonianboursemainindicesfallinhigherturnover-table-172644

Macedonian Stock Exchange - Daily Report - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 10:57 CET | Specialists Reports | SeeNews Тhe Macedonian Stock exchange has published its daily report on turnover and prices for June 25, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/macedonianstockexchange-dailyreport-june25_2009-071235

* Moldova *

Cost of Moldova’s Consumer Basket Rises 1.5% Y/Y in Q1 Jun 26, 2009, 12:17 CET | Story | SeeNews CHISINAU (Moldova), June 26 (SeeNews) - The average monthly cost of Moldova’s consumer basket, measuring the per capita cost of basic goods and services, rose by 1.5% on the year to 1,338 lei ($119/85 euro), the country’s statistics bureau said on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/costofmoldova_sconsumerbasketrises1_5_y_yinq1-120623

Moldovan Banks’ End-May Assets Rise 6.62% Y/Y Jun 26, 2009, 12:15 CET | Story | SeeNews CHISINAU (Moldova), June 26 (SeeNews) - The Moldovan banks had 37.8 billion lei ($3.4 billion/2.4 billion euro) in total assets at the end of May, up 6.62% from a year earlier, the country’s central bank, BNM, said on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/moldovanbanks_end-mayassetsrise6_62_y_y-115929

Moldova Stock Exchange - Daily Report - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 10:55 CET | Specialists Reports | SeeNews The Moldova Stock exchange has published its daily report on trading volumes and prices for June 25, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/moldovastockexchange-dailyreport-june25_2009-071005

Moldova Schedule of Events - June 26 - Aug 31 Jun 26, 2009, 09:31 CET | Story | SeeNews CHISINAU (Moldova), June 26 (SeeNews) - Following is a schedule of corporate, economic and political events taking place in or related to Moldova through August 31. New or amended entries are marked (*). http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/moldovascheduleofevents-june26-aug31-150650

* Montenegro *

New Securities Exchange of Montenegro - Daily Report - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 10:54 CET | Specialists Reports | SeeNews The New Securities exchange of Montenegro (NEX) has published its daily report on trading volumes and prices for June 25, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/newsecuritiesexchangeofmontenegro-dailyreport-june25_2009-070630

* Romania *

Greece, Bulgaria, Romania report more swine flu Jun 26, 2009, 18:09 CET | Story | SETimes ATHENS, Greece — Health authorities have confirmed eight new H1N1 flu cases, raising the total number of people infected to 66, Greek media reported... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/greece_bulgaria_romaniareportmoreswineflu-180914746

Romanian parliament rejects Nastase prosecution Jun 26, 2009, 18:08 CET | Story | SETimes BUCHAREST, Romania — Parliament’s lower house on Tuesday (June 23rd) rejected a motion to launch a criminal investigation against former Prime Minis... http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romanianparliamentrejectsnastaseprosecution-180857926

Romanian Stock Indices Rise in Slim Turnover Jun 26, 2009, 17:56 CET | Story | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 26 (SeeNews) - Romania’s stock indices on Friday gained ground in very low turnover and dull trading due to lack of investors, brokers said. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romanianstocksriseinslimturnover-173427

Lessons for the Balkans from Belfast Jun 26, 2009, 17:00 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com

The expulsion of Roma families from their homes in Northern Ireland shows how wrong the application of multi-culturalism can go when it is half-hearted.

http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/lessonsforthebalkansfrombelfast-170049384

Romanian Leu Gains vs Euro on Increased Risk Appetite Jun 26, 2009, 16:37 CET | Story | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 26 (SeeNews) - The Romanian leu ended stronger versus the euro on Friday on increased investor appetite for currencies of emerging markets, dealers said. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romanianleugainsvseuroonincreasedriskappetite-162653

Romanian Businessman Dinu Patriciu Sells Its 25% Stake in Rompetrol Group to KazMunayGas Jun 26, 2009, 15:33 CET | Story | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 26 (SeeNews) - Romanian businessman Dinu Patriciu said on Friday he has exited the country’s second-largest private oil company Rompetrol Group by selling its 25% stake to the group’s majority owner, Kazakhstan’s KazMunayGas. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romanianbusinessmandinupatriciusellsits25_stakeinrompetrolgroupto-145324

Raiffeisen Capital & Investment - Company News - KazMunayGas Acquires Remaining Stake in the Rompetrol Group - June 26, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 15:10 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews According to a release to the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB), a 25% stake in The Rompetrol Group (TRG), which is the main shareholder of Rompetrol Rafinare (RRC) and Rompetrol Well Services (PTR), changed hands. The local businessman Mr. Dinu Patriciu sold its 25% remaining stake in TRG to KazMunayGas (KMG), which now owns 100% of the shares. The transaction value was not disclosed.RRC and PTR shares are currently suspended from trading and will resume trading on Monday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/raiffeisencapital_investment-companynews-kazmunaygasacquiresremainingin—150955

Romanian Closed-end Investment Fund OTP WiseRO Plans To Raise 6.0 Mln Lei (1.4 Mln Euro) in IPO Jun 26, 2009, 14:59 CET | Story | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 26 (SeeNews) - Romanian closed-end investment fund OTP WiseRO hopes to raise 6.0 million lei ($2.0 million/1.4 million euro) in an initial public offering (IPO) of 100% of its capital on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, BVB, the fund said on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romanianclosed-endinvestmentfundotpwiseroplanstoraise6_0mlnlei_1_4mlnin-144925

ROMANIAN BUSINESSMAN DINU PATRICIU SAYS SELLS ITS 25% STAKE IN ROMPETROL GROUP TO KAZMUNAYGAS Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Alert | SeeNews

http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romanianbusinessmandinupatriciusayssellsits25_stakeinrompetrolgroupto-141737

INTERVIEW - Romanian Furniture Maker Mobexpert Plans Expansion This Year Despite Crisis Jun 26, 2009, 14:13 CET | Interview | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 26 (SeeNews) - Romanian furniture producer and retailer Mobexpert Group plans to invest some 6.0 million euro ($8.4 million) in three new hyper-stores this year although the global crisis has hit its business, making it hard for the company to give estimates for its 2009 performance, the group’s president Dan Sucu said. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/_plsedit_decrease_interview-romanianfurnituremakermobexperthasnoplanstoin-142100

Raiffeisen Capital & Investment - Investment Daily Romania - June 26, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:52 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews In the news http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/raiffeisencapital_investment-investmentdailyromania-june26_2009-085602

Ieba Trust - Market Daily Monitor - June 26, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:49 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews Market Comment http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/iebatrust-marketdailymonitor-june26_2009-090836

EC Warns Romania on Car Tax Law Jun 26, 2009, 11:45 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com

The European Commission on Thursday sent Romania a formal letter of notice regarding vehicle registration taxes, demanding a revision of the relevant legislation, saying that the current system is discriminatory in favor of the domestic new car industry.

http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/ecwarnsromaniaoncartaxlaw-114552247

Italy’s Euroholding To Invest 15 Mln Euro in Two New Plants in Romania by Sept – Media Jun 26, 2009, 11:28 CET | Story | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 26 (SeeNews) – Italian diversified group Euroholding will complete a 15 million euro ($21.1 million) investment in two construction materials plants in western Romania by September aiming to strengthen its market position, Bucharest-based daily Ziarul Financiar reported on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/italy___seuroholdingtoinvest15mlneurointwonewfactoriesinromaniabysept___-111104

Romania Press Review – June 26 Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | BalkanInsight.com Here are the top stories in Romania’s main newspapers. Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romaniapressreview___june26-111053612

Bucharest Stock Exchange - Daily Report - RASDAQ Market - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 11:00 CET | Specialists Reports | SeeNews The Bucharest Stock exchange has published its daily RASDAQ market report for June 25, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/buchareststockexchange-dailyreport-rasdaqmarket-june25_2009-072259

Bucharest Stock Exchange - Daily Report - Regulated Market - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 10:59 CET | Specialists Reports | SeeNews The Bucharest Stock exchange has published its daily report on trading volumes and prices on the regulated market for June 25, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/buchareststockexchange-dailyreport-regulatedmarket-june25_2009-071856

Romania Schedule of Events - June 26 – Nov 12 Jun 26, 2009, 09:03 CET | Story | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 26 (SeeNews) - Following is a schedule of corporate, economic and political events taking place in or related to Romania through November 12. New or amended entries are marked (*). http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romaniascheduleofevents-june26___nov12-150402

Raiffeisen Capital & Investment - Corporate Events - June 29 - July 5, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 07:39 CET | Broker’s Report | SeeNews Corporate Actions http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/raiffeisencapital_investment-corporateevents-june29-july5_2009-162434

Petrom oil production core relocates to Kazakhstan Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard Romania’s largest company, Petrom, part of the Austrian OMV oil and gas group, began production at Komsomolskoe, in Kazakhstan, following a €180 million investment, at a deposit which is due to become the most important in the company’s portfolio, as of next year. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/petromoilproductioncorerelocatestokazakhstan-193509431

18 banks apply for “First Home” project with €1.4 bln Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard A total 18 banks applied for the “First Home” program by yesterday’s 5:00 p.m. application deadline. Funds allocated by lenders for this program, which is intended to get the real estate market out of its crisis-caused deadlock, amount to a total of some €1.4 billion. Two hours before the deadline, 12 banks had sent applications. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/18banksapplyfor___firsthome___projectwith___1_4bln-193509245

A fourth of Romania’s fertile land is unfarmed Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard This year’s agricultural production will be lower than in 2008, due to the drought currently affecting Romania, according to Agriculture Minister Ilie Sarbu in an interview for Business Standard. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/afourthofromania___sfertilelandisunfarmed-193508936

Boc forms his own team of cost-cutters Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard The spending of public funds by ministries and other institutions will be carefully supervised by a Council for Rationalizing Public Expenditure, headed by Prime Minister Emil Boc, and including representatives of the Ministry of Public Finance, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Prime Ministerial Board of Control, according to government decision. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bocformshisownteamofcost-cutters-193508747

Merrill Lynch: Romania and Hungary did not need IMF support Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard “In the end, Romania and Hungary did not need the support of the International Monetary Fund [IMF],” states a report by the American Merrill Lynch bank, quoted by the Mediafax news agency. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/merrilllynch_romaniaandhungarydidnotneedimfsupport-193508562

JD Power study: Dacia surpasses Renault and Ford in terms of vehicle owner satisfaction Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard The Dacia brand finds itself listed midway in an index ranking on vehicle ownership satisfaction, carried out by the JD Power consultancy company, in partnership with the German Auto Test magazine, ahead of brands such as Renault, Seat, Nissan, Citroen, Hyundai, and Ford. The domestic car brand, which excels in terms of low ownership and insurance costs, obtained a total of 810 points, ranking it 13th of 27 in the JD Power index ranking. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jdpowerstudy_daciasurpassesrenaultandfordintermsofvehicleowner-193508347

After a 20% drop in Q1, the dairy market resumes growth Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard Following a 20 percent decline in the first quarter of 2009, there is a renewed upward trend on the dairy market, and market players talk about a four percent increase in terms of volume in May and the first half of June. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/aftera20_dropinq1_thedairymarketresumesgrowth-1935087

Seasonal recruitment plunged 90% Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard Recruitment for the summer months in industries with seasonal activity plunged almost 90 percent compared to last year’s level, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/seasonalrecruitmentplunged90_-193507824

Gral Medical: We receive takeover proposals from funds every 15 days Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard The Gral Medical healthcare service provider, with a 12-clinic network and a project for a private hospital, has been assailed by offers from financial investors, but the cost of funds attracted in this way is too high. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/gralmedical_wereceivetakeoverproposalsfromfundsevery15days-193507633

Laura Chavin brings €50 cigars to Romania Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard One of the world’s most exclusive cigar brands, Laura Chavin, has entered the Romanian market through the Transilvania Hotels&Restaurants company, owned by Radu Niculescu, following an initial investment of €500,000. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/laurachavinbrings___50cigarstoromania-193507452

The volume of Immorent’s real estate leasing contracts fell 20% in 2008 Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard Immorent Romania, the local real estate leasing division of the Austrian Erste Bank group, ended 2008 with a portfolio of 218 contracts worth over €78 million, of which €29.3 mln in contracts signed in 2008, according to the company’s financial report. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/thevolumeofimmorent___srealestateleasingcontractsfell20_in2008-193507245

Gluvacov, Euroins: Subscriptions will exceed €38 mln in H1 Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard The Euroins insurance company, owned by the Bulgarian Eurohold group, will end the first half of 2009 with subscriptions exceeding €38 million, up over 200 percent year-on-year, according to the company’s General Manager, Andrei Gluvacov. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/gluvacov_euroins_subscriptionswillexceed___38mlninh1-193506913

DCS targets 20,000 new internet clients in 2009 Jun 25, 2009, 23:00 CET | Story | Business Standard Digital Cable Systems (DCS) TV, internet and landline phone services provider, is to invest some €5-10 million this year, as it targets sound growth on the internet services segment, a business with more than 50 percent annual advance, according to the company’s General Manager, Dinu Malacopol. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/dcstargets20_000newinternetclientsin2009-193506372

Romania Reports Three More Cases of A/H1N1 Flu Jun 25, 2009, 19:06 CET | Story | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 25 (SeeNews) - Romania on Thursday reported three more cases of A/H1N1 flu, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 22. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/romaniareportsthreemorecasesofa_h1n1_flu-185438

Erste Bank May Delay Romania’s BCR Bank Listing to 2010-2011 - Media Jun 25, 2009, 19:00 CET | Story | SeeNews BUCHAREST (Romania), June 25 (SeeNews) – Austria’s Erste Bank may postpone listing its Romanian unit, Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR), until 2010-2011, Bucharest-based news agency Mediafax reported on Thursday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/erstebankmaydelaybcrlistingto2010-2011-media-184440

* Serbia *

"Competition infringement" in wheat market Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 The Ministry of Agriculture has asked the Competition Protection Commission to look into allegations that irregularities are occurring in the wheat market. The ministry made the request on June 22, and says it has information that ahead of this year’s harvest, big buyers have agreed to offer RSD 9, plus VAT, for one kilogram of wheat. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/_competitioninfringement_inwheatmarket-184039150

Thousands protest in Bulgaria Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 Thousands of Bulgarian citizens and trade union members rallied in downtown Sofia on Friday. The rally was organized by the Bulgarian Trade Union Confederation Podkrepa and included a march from the National Vasil Levski stadium to the National Alexander Nevski cathedral in downtown Sofia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/thousandsprotestinbulgaria-184022298

Berezovsky sentenced to 13 years Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 Fugitive former Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was convicted of embezzlement earlier this week, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison The Krasnogorsk City Court in Moscow Oblast found Berezovsky guilty of stealing 58 million rubles (USD 1.8mn) from the AvtoVAZ and LogoVAZ automotive companies in the 1990s. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/berezovskysentencedto13years-184005131

Belgrade Stock Indices Edge Down, Trading in Tipoplastika Boosts Turnover Jun 26, 2009, 17:38 CET | Story | SeeNews BELGRADE (Serbia), June 26 (SeeNews) - The indices of the Belgrade Stock Exchange (BELEX) edged down on Friday but volumes rose five times boosted by trading in packaging material producer Tipoplastika, which accounted for 80% of total turnover, a local broker said. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/belgradestockindicestakeashallowdive_volumesstepup-155407

Party leaders on local level coalitions Jun 26, 2009, 17:00 CET | Story | B92 Deputy leader of the SNS Aleksandar Vučić says coalition talks to form local governments in Zemun and Voždovac will begin on Monday. “We are convinced that the people from the SPS-PUPS-JS coalition will accept the cooperation program for solving the key communal problems residents of Zemun and Voždovac, and taking care of the people, and we think that they will show more responsibility than some factors from the opposition have shown,” Vučić said at a press conference in Belgrade on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/partyleadersonlocallevelcoalitions-170004375

Belgrade "not thinking" about Kosovo elections Jun 26, 2009, 16:30 CET | Story | B92 Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović says the state is “not thinking" about whether it will call on Serbs to participate in Kosovo’s November local elections. Bogdanović said in Kosovska Mitrovica on Thursday that Belgrade does not recognize Ahtisaari’s plan, nor the institutions of the self-proclaimed "state of Kosovo”. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/belgrade_notthinking_aboutkosovoelections-16302290

G8 seeks common response over Iran Jun 26, 2009, 16:30 CET | Story | B92 Their meeting was scheduled to focus on stabilising Afghanistan. But the crisis in Iran is now set to dominate a gathering of G8 foreign ministers in the Italian city of Trieste. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/g8seekscommonresponseoveriran-16300553

Appeal to "lower tensions over Vojvodina" Jun 26, 2009, 16:00 CET | Story | B92 President Boris Tadić called for passions to be eased in order to avoid tension regarding the draft Vojvodina statute issue. Tadić told journalists that the Vojvodina statute and the law for transferring jurisdiction to the province are topics of discussions among officials of the Serbian government and that the media and other public debates are "starting up false information" regarding the issues. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/appealto_lowertensionsovervojvodina_-160005601

BNP Paribas Real Estate Division Enters Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania Jun 26, 2009, 15:49 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 26 (SeeNews) – France’s BNP Paribas said its real estate division sets foot in Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia through a partnership with Cyprus-based real estate company Danos & Associates. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bnpparibasrealestatesetsfootinbulgaria_serbia_albania-152908

Tandem Financial - Serbian Daily Report - June 26, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 15:39 CET | Broker’s Report | AII Data Processing Ltd Tandem Financial has released its Serbia Daily report for June 26, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/tandemfinancial-serbiandailyreport-june26_2009-153820

Indictment against KLA’s Gnjilane Group Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | B92 The War Crimes Prosecution has raised a war crimes indictment against 17 former members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The group – nine members of which are in custody in Belgrade, while the rest remain at large – has been charged with vicious murder of at least 52 Serbs, Roma and ethnic Albanians and rape of a large number of women in the town of Gnjilane in eastern Kosovo, in the wake of the war in the province – from June to September 1999. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/indictmentagainstkla_sgnjilanegroup-152521915

Violence rocks Iraq as U.S. prepares to withdraw from cities Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | B92 Iraqi officials say an explosion tore through a bus station in Baghdad Thursday, killing two people and wounding at least 30 others. It is the latest violence to hit Iraq just days before U.S. forces withdraw from urban areas. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/violencerocksiraqasu_s_preparestowithdrawfromcities-152504863

Jeremić disappointed by Ceku’s release Jun 26, 2009, 14:55 CET | Story | B92 Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Agim Ceku’s release from custody represents a devastating blow to international law. Jeremić said that the news of Ceku’s release has caused great disappointment, and damage to the relationship and friendship between Serbia and Bulgaria, where the former leader of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was detained. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jeremi__disappointedbyceku___srelease-145505159

Dutch FM to visit Belgrade in July Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said that his Dutch counterpart Maxime Verhagen will be visiting Serbia in July. Jeremić said that this will be a prime opportunity for Serbian officials to try and convince Holland to change its stance regarding the unfreezing of agreements between the European Union and Serbia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/dutchfmtovisitbelgradeinjuly-142022747

Tadić discusses cooperation with Berlusconi Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Story | B92 Serbian President Boris Tadić and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have agreed to hold a summit between the two countries in Italy in the fall. According to reports, the official strategic partnership of the two countries will be announced at the summit. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/tadi__discussescooperationwithberlusconi-142005277

Arrests of alleged corrupt businesspeople continue Jun 26, 2009, 13:20 CET | Story | B92 Police have arrested Slaviša Purić, founder and owner of the Inter-Export company, and three other company senior officials, according to unofficial reports. Purić is also known as the owner of the Slap gas stations. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/arrestsofallegedcorruptbusinesspeoplecontinue-132022256

Attacks on gay activist in Ljubljana Jun 26, 2009, 13:20 CET | Story | B92 Eight masked individuals attacked participators of a gay and lesbian literature night and assaulted journalist and gay activist Mitja Blažić. The masked assailants, dressed in all black, shouted anti-gay slogans during the attack, which took place on Thursday night in a Ljubljana café called Open, in which the literary night was being held in honor of the traditional gay pride parade week. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/attacksongayactivistinljubljana-132004776

Serbia Reports Second Case of A/H1N1 Flu Jun 26, 2009, 13:01 CET | Story | SeeNews BELGRADE (Serbia), June 26 (SeeNews) - Serbia said it has registered its second case of A/H1N1 influenza infection. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/serbiareportssecondcaseofa_h1n1flu-122249

Washington’s refutes Karadžić claims Jun 26, 2009, 12:50 CET | Story | B92 The State Department denies claims made by Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić regarding an alleged deal made with U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke. The State Department claims that the U.S. has on several occasions clearly stated that no such deal existed offering Karadžić immunity from criminal prosecution, according to Voice of America. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/washington___srefuteskarad__i__claims-12500541

U.S. hits back at Ahmadinejad claim Jun 26, 2009, 11:45 CET | Story | B92 The White House has accused Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of seeking to blame the U.S. for unrest following Iran’s disputed election. The U.S. replied one day after Ahmadinejad was sharply critical of President Barack Obama for condemning Iranian violence against protesters. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/u_s_hitsbackatahmadinejadclaim-114504987

Jeremić disappointed by Ceku’s release Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Agim Ceku’s release from custody represents a devastating blow to international law. Jeremić said that the news of Ceku’s release has caused great disappointment, and that the decision has caused damage to the relationship and friendship between two countries. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jeremi__disappointedbyceku___srelease-111022233

Customs protests continue in north Kosovo Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | B92 Leposavić and Zubin Potok residents in north Kosovo are continuing a selective blockade of roads in protest of the new customs control at crossings with Serbia. The road will be blocked until EULEX changes its decision for implementing customs on the administrative line with Serbia, protesters say. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/customsprotestscontinueinnorthkosovo-111005144

Belgrade Stock Exchange - Daily Report - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 10:58 CET | Specialists Reports | SeeNews The Belgrade Stock exchange has published its daily report on trading volumes and prices for June 25, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/belgradestockexchange-dailyreport-june25_2009-071605

Girl infected with swine flu “feels good” Jun 26, 2009, 10:40 CET | Story | B92 The young girl in Sombor confirmed to be infected with the swine flu virus is receiving therapy and feels good, health officials in her town of Sombor said. She is the second case of the flu registered in Serbia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/girlinfectedwithswineflu___feelsgood___-104021856

Mystery surrounds Michael Jackson’s sudden death Jun 26, 2009, 10:40 CET | Story | B92 One day after Michael Jackson’s sudden death, speculation was already turning on Friday to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop." He death comes just weeks before his long-awaited series of comeback concerts. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/mysterysurroundsmichaeljackson_ssuddendeath-104004831

Cvetković: Serbia’s contributions during crisis Jun 26, 2009, 10:10 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković said in New York that developed countries should participate more in the building of a new world economic order. Cvetković, who is participating in a United Nations conference on the world financial and economic crisis, said that the potential duration of the global recession was also discussed at the conference. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/cvetkovi___serbia___scontributionsduringcrisis-101005213

Bulgaria Releases Former Kosovo PM Ceku - Media Jun 26, 2009, 10:06 CET | Story | SeeNews SOFIA, June 26 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria late on Thursday released former Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku, two days after he was arrested on a warrant requested by Serbia where he is wanted on war crimes charges, Bulgarian news agency Focus reported. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/bulgariareleasesformerkosovopmceku-media-091939

Serbia Schedule of Events - June 26 - July 2 Jun 26, 2009, 08:59 CET | Story | SeeNews BELGRADE (Serbia), June 26 (SeeNews) - Following is a schedule of corporate, economic and political events taking place in or related to Serbia through July 2. New or amended entries are marked (*). http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/serbiascheduleofevents-june26-july2-055953

Tandem Financial - Serbian Daily Report - June 25, 2009 Jun 26, 2009, 07:37 CET | Broker’s Report | AII Data Processing Ltd Tandem Financial has released its Serbia Daily report for June 25, 2009. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/tandemfinancial-serbiandailyreport-june25_2009-160017

* Slovenia *

"Competition infringement" in wheat market Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 The Ministry of Agriculture has asked the Competition Protection Commission to look into allegations that irregularities are occurring in the wheat market. The ministry made the request on June 22, and says it has information that ahead of this year’s harvest, big buyers have agreed to offer RSD 9, plus VAT, for one kilogram of wheat. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/_competitioninfringement_inwheatmarket-184039150

Thousands protest in Bulgaria Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 Thousands of Bulgarian citizens and trade union members rallied in downtown Sofia on Friday. The rally was organized by the Bulgarian Trade Union Confederation Podkrepa and included a march from the National Vasil Levski stadium to the National Alexander Nevski cathedral in downtown Sofia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/thousandsprotestinbulgaria-184022298

Berezovsky sentenced to 13 years Jun 26, 2009, 18:40 CET | Story | B92 Fugitive former Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was convicted of embezzlement earlier this week, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison The Krasnogorsk City Court in Moscow Oblast found Berezovsky guilty of stealing 58 million rubles (USD 1.8mn) from the AvtoVAZ and LogoVAZ automotive companies in the 1990s. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/berezovskysentencedto13years-184005131

Party leaders on local level coalitions Jun 26, 2009, 17:00 CET | Story | B92 Deputy leader of the SNS Aleksandar Vučić says coalition talks to form local governments in Zemun and Voždovac will begin on Monday. “We are convinced that the people from the SPS-PUPS-JS coalition will accept the cooperation program for solving the key communal problems residents of Zemun and Voždovac, and taking care of the people, and we think that they will show more responsibility than some factors from the opposition have shown,” Vučić said at a press conference in Belgrade on Friday. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/partyleadersonlocallevelcoalitions-170004375

Slovenian Share Indices Advance in Falling Turnover Jun 26, 2009, 16:50 CET | Story | SeeNews LJUBLJANA (Slovenia), June 26 (SeeNews) - The Slovenian stock indices rose on Friday, but turnover declined, data of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LJSE) showed. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/slovenianshareindicesadvanceinfallingturnover-163655

Belgrade "not thinking" about Kosovo elections Jun 26, 2009, 16:30 CET | Story | B92 Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović says the state is “not thinking" about whether it will call on Serbs to participate in Kosovo’s November local elections. Bogdanović said in Kosovska Mitrovica on Thursday that Belgrade does not recognize Ahtisaari’s plan, nor the institutions of the self-proclaimed "state of Kosovo”. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/belgrade_notthinking_aboutkosovoelections-16302290

G8 seeks common response over Iran Jun 26, 2009, 16:30 CET | Story | B92 Their meeting was scheduled to focus on stabilising Afghanistan. But the crisis in Iran is now set to dominate a gathering of G8 foreign ministers in the Italian city of Trieste. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/g8seekscommonresponseoveriran-16300553

Appeal to "lower tensions over Vojvodina" Jun 26, 2009, 16:00 CET | Story | B92 President Boris Tadić called for passions to be eased in order to avoid tension regarding the draft Vojvodina statute issue. Tadić told journalists that the Vojvodina statute and the law for transferring jurisdiction to the province are topics of discussions among officials of the Serbian government and that the media and other public debates are "starting up false information" regarding the issues. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/appealto_lowertensionsovervojvodina_-160005601

Indictment against KLA’s Gnjilane Group Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | B92 The War Crimes Prosecution has raised a war crimes indictment against 17 former members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The group – nine members of which are in custody in Belgrade, while the rest remain at large – has been charged with vicious murder of at least 52 Serbs, Roma and ethnic Albanians and rape of a large number of women in the town of Gnjilane in eastern Kosovo, in the wake of the war in the province – from June to September 1999. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/indictmentagainstkla_sgnjilanegroup-152521915

Violence rocks Iraq as U.S. prepares to withdraw from cities Jun 26, 2009, 15:25 CET | Story | B92 Iraqi officials say an explosion tore through a bus station in Baghdad Thursday, killing two people and wounding at least 30 others. It is the latest violence to hit Iraq just days before U.S. forces withdraw from urban areas. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/violencerocksiraqasu_s_preparestowithdrawfromcities-152504863

Jeremić disappointed by Ceku’s release Jun 26, 2009, 14:55 CET | Story | B92 Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Agim Ceku’s release from custody represents a devastating blow to international law. Jeremić said that the news of Ceku’s release has caused great disappointment, and damage to the relationship and friendship between Serbia and Bulgaria, where the former leader of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was detained. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jeremi__disappointedbyceku___srelease-145505159

Dutch FM to visit Belgrade in July Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said that his Dutch counterpart Maxime Verhagen will be visiting Serbia in July. Jeremić said that this will be a prime opportunity for Serbian officials to try and convince Holland to change its stance regarding the unfreezing of agreements between the European Union and Serbia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/dutchfmtovisitbelgradeinjuly-142022747

Tadić discusses cooperation with Berlusconi Jun 26, 2009, 14:20 CET | Story | B92 Serbian President Boris Tadić and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have agreed to hold a summit between the two countries in Italy in the fall. According to reports, the official strategic partnership of the two countries will be announced at the summit. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/tadi__discussescooperationwithberlusconi-142005277

Arrests of alleged corrupt businesspeople continue Jun 26, 2009, 13:20 CET | Story | B92 Police have arrested Slaviša Purić, founder and owner of the Inter-Export company, and three other company senior officials, according to unofficial reports. Purić is also known as the owner of the Slap gas stations. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/arrestsofallegedcorruptbusinesspeoplecontinue-132022256

Attacks on gay activist in Ljubljana Jun 26, 2009, 13:20 CET | Story | B92 Eight masked individuals attacked participators of a gay and lesbian literature night and assaulted journalist and gay activist Mitja Blažić. The masked assailants, dressed in all black, shouted anti-gay slogans during the attack, which took place on Thursday night in a Ljubljana café called Open, in which the literary night was being held in honor of the traditional gay pride parade week. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/attacksongayactivistinljubljana-132004776

Washington’s refutes Karadžić claims Jun 26, 2009, 12:50 CET | Story | B92 The State Department denies claims made by Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić regarding an alleged deal made with U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke. The State Department claims that the U.S. has on several occasions clearly stated that no such deal existed offering Karadžić immunity from criminal prosecution, according to Voice of America. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/washington___srefuteskarad__i__claims-12500541

U.S. hits back at Ahmadinejad claim Jun 26, 2009, 11:45 CET | Story | B92 The White House has accused Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of seeking to blame the U.S. for unrest following Iran’s disputed election. The U.S. replied one day after Ahmadinejad was sharply critical of President Barack Obama for condemning Iranian violence against protesters. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/u_s_hitsbackatahmadinejadclaim-114504987

Jeremić disappointed by Ceku’s release Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Agim Ceku’s release from custody represents a devastating blow to international law. Jeremić said that the news of Ceku’s release has caused great disappointment, and that the decision has caused damage to the relationship and friendship between two countries. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/jeremi__disappointedbyceku___srelease-111022233

Customs protests continue in north Kosovo Jun 26, 2009, 11:10 CET | Story | B92 Leposavić and Zubin Potok residents in north Kosovo are continuing a selective blockade of roads in protest of the new customs control at crossings with Serbia. The road will be blocked until EULEX changes its decision for implementing customs on the administrative line with Serbia, protesters say. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/customsprotestscontinueinnorthkosovo-111005144

Girl infected with swine flu “feels good” Jun 26, 2009, 10:40 CET | Story | B92 The young girl in Sombor confirmed to be infected with the swine flu virus is receiving therapy and feels good, health officials in her town of Sombor said. She is the second case of the flu registered in Serbia. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/girlinfectedwithswineflu___feelsgood___-104021856

Mystery surrounds Michael Jackson’s sudden death Jun 26, 2009, 10:40 CET | Story | B92 One day after Michael Jackson’s sudden death, speculation was already turning on Friday to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop." He death comes just weeks before his long-awaited series of comeback concerts. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/mysterysurroundsmichaeljackson_ssuddendeath-104004831

Cvetković: Serbia’s contributions during crisis Jun 26, 2009, 10:10 CET | Story | B92 Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković said in New York that developed countries should participate more in the building of a new world economic order. Cvetković, who is participating in a United Nations conference on the world financial and economic crisis, said that the potential duration of the global recession was also discussed at the conference. http://seenews.com/news/latestnews/cvetkovi___serbia___scontributionsduringcrisis-101005213

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