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Professor: Inflation in Serbia twice the target

October 25, 2021
Serbia has a massive jump in prices, which indicates inflation twice as high as the target of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS), a professor of the Faculty of Economics in the southern city of Nis, has said on Monday.
Boban Stojanovic added that official data already put inflation at 6.5 percent a year but said that everyone saw higher prices.
„There are also inflation expectations, although the NBS says they do not exist. It is an additional disorder that can further affect the increase in prices,“ said Stojanović.
He added the state and the NBS were not doing enough to preserve the stability of the general price level, which is a precondition for macroeconomic stability.
„The state should find mechanisms from its domain that will prevent further growth of prices, i.e. the beginning of a spiral that can lead to double-digit inflation. Such a situation in the economy additionally destabilises market relations, and that is a vicious circle from which it is difficult to get out,“ Stojanovic warned.
Monetary and fiscal policy, he said, should be networked to curb price growth and thus influence the population living standard, which had been significantly reduced due to rising prices.
The purchasing power of the population, he added, is fragile even in stable conditions.
„The research showed that the purchase of any four staples in Germany requires 40 percent of the salary, and in Serbia, four average salaries are needed for the same,“ Stojanovic said.
According to him, with the growth of prices, the purchasing power decreases because salaries do not follow the rice in prices.
„Inflation is progressing in the medium and long term, and the sooner it is curbed, and the system returns to equilibrium, the better,“ said Stojanovic.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/professor-inflation-in-serbia-twice-the-target/

Serbia PM: Media created fertile soil for plan to kill Vucic; Lawyer: Scandalous

October 25, 2021
Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Monday she only used the security services' information when she spoke about plans to assassinate President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade in January, blaming media for creating an atmosphere in which it would be a normal thing,
She did not disclose any detail about the matter or why the prosecution had not opened a case.
„The unveiling of the monument was one of the events that were among of the riskiest. But the most important was that the atmosphere in the society, backed by foreign media, were such that the murder was prepared,“ Brnabic told the pro-regime Happy TV.
Reacting to those claims, Rodoljub Sabic, a lawyer and former Commissioner for Information of Public Importance, described them as scandalous and a serious attack on media freedom.
„It is impossible to bring Prime Minister’s words in line with the Constitutionally guaranteed right of the public to be informed, and with the freedom of the media. It is an irresponsible, doubly harmful procedure, a source of possible serious disturbance of the public and at the same time an inadmissible, rude insult to all media and media representatives who do their job professionally,“ Sabic said.
He added that „a general accusation of the media for creating a monstrous context in which the murder of any person is ‘something normal’, without specifying which media she talked about, and how they allegedly did it, and with an insinuation (‘they don’t write a word about our successes’) that it is about critical and opposition media, is a very serious attack on media freedom.“
She added that the media created the atmosphere in which the assassination attempt on Vucic „would be something normal.“
„The whole narrative was that Vucic and his family were criminals. That still exists in some media. There is not a single positive news about Vucic and our achievements,“ Brnabic said.
She added that if the former Interior and current Defence Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic were responsible for any crime, he would not be protected as a high-ranked official of the ruling Serbia Progressive Party (SNS).
Brnabic said she could not accuse anyone of anything since there was still no evidence.
Her Sunday’s statement, clarified on Monday, came amid the ‘Panama Papers’ report about links of some high-ranked officials linked to SNS to corruption.
At the same time, an inspector of the Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Drug Department and his colleague who discovered the Jovanjica cannabis farm said to be the largest in Europe and arrested its owner Predrag Koluvija, were called for the third polygraph testing.
They passed the first two and refused the third.
The MUP then suggested moving Slobodan Milenkovic from the Anti-Drug to War Crimes Department.
The order is pending signature.
In another recent development, Dijana Hrkalovic, said to have been Stefanovic’s protégé, was arrested and ordered 30 days in custody suspected of influence peddling.
Stefanovic has been under attack from some of his party’s colleagues and the media under Vucic’s and SNS control.
Vucic has defended him in public.
Serbia has been shaken by many serious affairs linking the SNS leadership to crime and corruption. They denied any wrongdoing, and the respective institutions had not reacted.
The European Parliament (EP) has mentioned some of them in its annual reports on Serbia, calling on the authorities to deal with them appropriately.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/serbias-pm-media-created-fertile-soil-for-planning-vucics-murder-lawer-scandalous/

KRIK: Huawei had secret offshore contracts with people linked to Telekom Serbia

October 25, 2021
Chinese technology giant Huawei has had secret contacts with people closely connected to Serbia's state company Telekom, through offshore companies in Panama and the British Virgin Islands, for years, according to the documents from the 'Pandora's Papers,' Crime and Corruption Investigative Network KRIK website reported on Monday.
The documents showed that at least a million euros ended in the accounts of those companies. A part is said to have gone to Telekom Serbia director Igor Jecl and lawyer Milorad Ignjacevic, who had business with the state-owned company through his „In the palm of your hand,“ KRIK wrote.
According to the website, Jecl owned an offshore company, ‘Rofly Investments“ at the British Virgin Islands and had lucrative contracts with the Chinese giant, earning at least 1.3 million euros.
Before Jecl, his friend, 84-year-old Ignjacevic, had contracts with Huawei through his offshore company „Goldberg Brokerage’ from Panama.
Jecl succeeded him eight years later.
In a database of nearly 12 million leaked documents under the ‘Pandora’s Papers’ project, led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), KRIK and Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) journalists found documents related to those secret deals.
The first contracts were signed in 2007, when Huawei was establishing a business in Serbia. According to the leaked documents, the last contract was made on January 1, 2014, before Huawei became one of Telecom’s most important partners.
In 2014, Huawei got the job of developing Internet television (IPTV) from Telecom. Two years later, a contract worth 150 million euros for introducing optical cables, writes KRIK.
Jecl worked at Telekom from 2003 to 2008 did not want to answer questions from KRIK journalists.
Ignjacevic cooperated profitably with Telekom Serbia, KRIK added.
His other offshore company ‘Travis Assets’ and his son Uros agreed with Jecl to develop the ‘On Your Palm’ website for Telekom at a time when the lawyer started cooperating with Huawei. After a few years, the Ignjacevics bought the site from Telecom for only one dinar.
„Huawei has been there for two or three years, trying to get some jobs. I worked as their consultant,“ Ignjacevic told reporters but did not want to give more details.
The lawyer also claimed he did not know that his Panamanian company transferred the contracts to Jecl. „It would be devastating for me if that proved right. That would mean that Jecl is a liar and forger „, Ignjacevic told KRIK.
The current Telekom CEO Vladimir Lucic, said that he did not know anything about the Ignjacevic and Jecl businesses with Huawei.
„Honestly, I’m shocked. It’s unnecessary; it’s embarrassing. Neither Huawei nor Telekom needed that,“ Lucic said.
Experts in fighting financial crime told KRIK and OCCRP that these deals were suspicious.
Ross Delston, an anti-money laundering expert from Washington, said the invoices were huge. „It’s a lot of money for a consulting contract, a lot of money. There is no doubt it’s strange. The ownership of companies is also strange. Why didn’t they use companies in Serbia?“ he asked.
„It is common for bribery and corruption to be disguised as consulting jobs. This scheme is reminiscent of others I have seen, which were set up solely for a bribe. I can’t say that this is a bribe, but it is complicated to distinguish what is at stake,“ Graham Barrow, also an expert, said.
Huawei did not answer KRIK’s questions.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/krik-huawei-had-secret-offshore-contracts-with-people-linked-to-telecom-serbia/

Bosnia logs 273 new coronavirus cases, 17 fatalities

October 24, 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina has logged 273 new coronavirus cases and 14 fatalities, the healthcare authorities confirmed on Sunday.
The new results come from 1,675 lab tests performed on those who reported the infection symptoms.
The Federation entity (FBiH) confirmed 161 new cases out of 1,233 those who tested, bringing the total in this part of BiH to 159,641. Six COVID-19 patients died over the past 24 hours and two deaths were reported retroactively, so the death toll now stands at 6,310.
In Republika Srpska entity (RS) 103 of 317 tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The coronavirus total in this part of BiH now stands at 81,117 and with eight new fatalities, the death toll is at 4,662.
Brcko District reported nine new COVID-19 patients out of 125 those who tested, bringing the total to 8,205. The authorities also confirmed three new fatalities, 393 in total.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/bosnia-logs-273-new-coronavirus-cases-17-fatalities/

Coronavirus UPDATE: 61 deaths, 5,733 new cases in Serbia

October 24, 2021
The Serbian Health Ministry said in its daily 3:00 pm bulletin on Sunday that 61 people died of coronavirus-related ailments over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 9,509.
It said that 17,354 people had been tested over the previous 24 hours, including 5,733 who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The total number of people tested to date stands at 6,159,689 with 1,098,209 confirmed cases.
The bulletin said that there are 6,724 hospitalised cases, including 289 patients on ventilators.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/coronavirus-update-61-deaths-5733-new-cases-in-serbia/

Protest announced in front of international envoy's office in Sarajevo

October 24, 2021
A group of citizens that gathered via social networks has announced a peaceful protest in front of the Office of the High Representative (OHR) on Monday, demanding from the international envoy among other things to establish the rule of law in the country and use all his competencies to make sure the laws are obeyed.
The organisers said that all those who come to the gathering, scheduled for 10 a.m., are not allowed to wear any clothes or items that would suggest their political affiliation, or to carry banners with insulting messages.
“Let's take to the streets in a dignified and peaceful manner and express our views, our demands for those whom the Constitutions obliges to act, with an aim to protect the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the organisers said, adding that they expect Christian Schmidt, the current High Representative in BiH, to address them.
They also addressed five demands to the UN Security Council, asking for the full support to the High Representative, who is expected among other things to establish the rule of law in the country, annul all decisions and laws that undermine BiH's sovereignty, territorial integrity and its international subjectivity, and to sanction those who deliberately spread fear and panic among citizens.
The organisers also welcomed the letter that European parliamentarians sent last week to the High Representative and European Union's Josep Borrell, asking them to take action over the situation in BiH.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/protest-announced-in-front-of-international-envoys-office-in-sarajevo/

EU's Eichhorst calls on Bosnian political leaders to focus on reforms

October 24, 2021
European Union's senior official Angelina Eichhorst called for a dialogue among Bosnian political leaders and finding a solution to current political crisis with focus on reforms, the EU's office in Sarajevo said after Eichhorst's talks with Bosnia's political representatives.
According to the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eichhorst held phone talks with Milorad Dodik, Bakir Izetbegovic and Dragan Covic, the leaders of three strongest political parties in the country.
She also talked to Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic.
“She raised the EU’s strong concerns regarding the political situation in BiH and urged the leaders to work with more energy and focus, together on a solution, through dialogue, compromise and a full return to the BiH institutions. She stressed the need to put an end to divisive and provocative rhetoric and actions. This includes questioning the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country,” said the statement.
Eichorst, who is serving as Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia at the European External Action Service (EEAS), reiterated the EU's “unequivocal commitment and support for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a single, united and sovereign country, underlining that an early agreement on constitutional and electoral reform is of utmost importance.”
She is set to pay a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina alongside US Special Envoy for electoral reform in BiH, Matthew Palmer later this month.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/eus-eichhorst-calls-on-bosnian-political-leaders-to-focus-on-reforms/

Opposition leader tells MEPs that dialogue on election rules failed

October 24, 2021
Dragan Djilas, the leader of the opposition Freedom and Justice Party (SSP), called on European parliamentarians Tanja Fajon, Vladimir Bilcik, Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan to “restrain" themselves from sending any further documents regarding the inter-party dialogue on election rules in Serbia, adding that the dialogue ended in "utter failure."
The statement comes a day after media reported that the ruling parties and the opposition reached an agreement on the election rules, without mediation of the EU representatives.
Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic said he hoped the agreement would be formally signed by all seven parties that took part in the talks.
Responding to the proposal of the MEPs that opposition parties should name a member of the supervisory body for media, which will control the representation of the opposition in media during the campaign, Djilas said that the dialogue between the ruling parties and the opposition “ended in utter failure.”
“Responsibility lays entirely on you as European inter-mediators that decided to abandon European values and stand in defence of the non-democratic and autocratic regime of (Serbian President) Aleksandar Vucic,” Djilas stressed.
He also said that the document offered by the MEPs at the end of the dialogue, which according to him was accepted by only two relevant ruling parties, the SNS and the SPS, brought no change into the election rules in Serbia.
“Yet another confirmation that the document that you had proposed is meaningless are newly proposed  changes to the Serbian Information Law  as a result of the document adopted by Serbian regime and you,” Djilas added in the note.
Janko Veselinovic, the leader of the Together for Serbia (PzP) movement, as well as Pavle Grbovic, the leader of the Free Citizens’ Movement (PSG), also told the MEPs they would not nominate their candidates for the supervisory body.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/opposition-leader-tells-meps-that-dialogue-on-election-rules-failed/

PM claims Vucic’s assassination planned in January this year

October 24, 2021
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that murder of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic was planned in January this year but she did not unveil any details or why the prosecution did not investigate this case.
Speaking to Pink TV, Brnabic also said that the allegations about wiretapping Vucic and the Jovanjica affair are considered coup attempts.
“It was planned for a long time and to the details. There were parallel structures in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and campaigns were led in tycoon media, which was then carried by media in the region in order to dehumanise Vucic and label him and his family as a criminal clan,” said the PM.
“A lot was happening in the ministry of Internal Affairs. It was monstrous how well connected that network was,” she added.
According to Brnabic, the plan for Vucic’s assassination dates back to January 27 and unveiling of the monument to Stefan Nemanja in Belgrade. However, she did not disclose any detail about this matter or why the prosecution has not opened a case.
Brnabic said that competent agencies are dealing with these cases and that no one will be protected here regardless of name, position or political affiliation.
“I know that the Serbian Progressive Party is the only political party in Serbia that said everyone will be treated equally and that there are no protected ones,” said Brnabic referring to her own party led by Vucic.
According to her, Vucic’s son is constantly being attacked and criminalised by “tycoon media,” and that he was a target because no one could criticise Vucic for any political or economic matter.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/pm-claims-vucics-assassination-planned-in-january-this-year/

Parliament Speaker says everyone „rather happy“ with agreement on election rules

October 24, 2021
Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic said that “everyone is rather happy” with the agreement on election rules that the ruling parties and the opposition reached without the mediation of the foreigners, adding that he expects all seven strongest parties and coalitions that participated in the talks to sign this document.
Speaking to the public broadcaster RTS, Dacic said that the document defines the rules and that it still needs to be officially signed by those who took part in the dialogue – the Dveri, the Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia, the Democratic Party of Serbia, the DJB coalition, the Serbian Radical Party, the Zavetnici, and the environmentalist party Healthy Serbia (Zdrava Srbija).
“They are all expected to run in the elections. The elections are set to take place on April 3, that’s what our papers (for talks) said,” he stressed, adding that the parliamentary and Belgrade local elections should be called mid-February while the presidential election would be called in March, 90 days prior to expiration of the President’s mandate.
Dacic noted that the authorities committed to implement everything they agreed on with the opposition, with the mediation of the European Union parliamentarians, and that based on this will be formed a supervisory body for media, which will control the representation of the opposition in media during the campaign.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/parliament-speaker-says-everyone-rather-happy-with-agreement-on-election-rules/

Bosnia logs 731 new coronavirus cases, 24 fatalities

October 23, 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina has logged 731 new coronavirus cases and 24 fatalities, the healthcare authorities confirmed on Saturday.
The new results come from 2,614 lab tests performed on those who reported the infection symptoms.
The Federation entity (FBiH) confirmed 461 new cases out of 1,700 those who tested, bringing the total in this part of BiH to 159,480. Eight COVID-19 patients died over the past 24 hours and the death toll now stands at 6,302.
In Republika Srpska entity (RS) 250 of 770 tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The coronavirus total in this part of BiH now stands at 81,014 and with 14 new fatalities, the death toll is at 4,654.
Brcko District reported 21 new COVID-19 patients out of 144 those who tested, bringing the total to 8,196. The authorities also confirmed two new fatalities, 390 in total.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/bosnia-logs-731-new-coronavirus-cases-24-fatalities/

Coronavirus UPDATE: 60 deaths, 6,748 new cases

October 23, 2021
The Serbian Health Ministry said in its daily 3:00 pm bulletin on Saturday that 60 people died of coronavirus-related ailments over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 9,448.
It said that 21,383 people had been tested over the previous 24 hours, including 6,748 who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The total number of people tested to date stands at 6,142,335 with 1,092,476 confirmed cases.
The bulletin said that there are 6,748 hospitalised cases, including 282 patients on ventilators.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/coronavirus-update-60-deaths-6748-new-cases/

Epidemiologist: COVID passes ‘pointless’, decision is ‘scandalous’

October 23, 2021
Introducing the COVID passes in the way that Serbian authorities did it is a symbolic measure that will not impact the number of infections with the coronavirus, epidemiologist Zoran Radovanovic told N1.
Speaking in N1’s show Novi dan, Radovanovic said that this was a “scandalously” passed measure.
Commenting on Prime Minister Ana Brnabic’s statement that she “does not believe in the measures,” the expert said he could agree if she referred to the “pointless” measures that she introduced.
He assessed that a greater part of the population “has no idea how tragic is what is happening in the fifth (pandemic) wave.”
According to him, this was a matter of “mass murder” and of “how much longer it will be tolerated.”
Radovanovic also said that the authorities first decided not to impose any measures “in order not to irritate the citizens – while their deaths do not matter,” and then they decided to introduce those that make no sense.
Serbian Government introduced COVID passes this week for entering indoor cafes and restaurant, and the decision is coming into effect on Saturday as of 10 p.m. The new regulation sparked protests in the capital Belgrade, with citizens saying they fight for their freedom of movement.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/epidemiologist-covid-passes-pointless-decision-is-scandalous/

Dodik says he is ready to sacrifice himself but not peace for Republika Srpska

October 23, 2021
Peace has no price, Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite Presidency Milorad Dodik said following a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Saturday, adding that he is ready to sacrifice himself but not the peace for Republika Srpska.
Dodik met Vucic amid increasing tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which emerged after he announced that Republika Srpska, Bosnia’s Serb-majority semi-autonomous region, would withdraw from some state-level institutions including Bosnian Armed Forces, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council and the Indirect Taxation Authority.
Dodik’s SNSD is the ruling party in this part of the country and SNSD-led coalition has a majority in the RS entity parliament.
“RS gave its consent for the Armed Forces. The situation of today is such that the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina does not recognise the army. It is absolutely clear that the culmination of negative events for the RS and the Serb people led to a reaction,” Dodik told a press conference after the meeting.
He also blamed the state institutions, namely the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of seizing property from Republika Srpska and annulling its holidays, referring to the court’s rulings passed over the past years.
“This was not done to the Federation,” Dodik said, suggesting that no such decisions were made at expense of the Bosniak-Croat shared entity, the Federation (FBiH).
However, he stressed, the peace in the country “has no price” and that he is not ready to sacrifice the peace for Republika Srpska, but that he would sacrifice himself for the entity.
He also said it is necessary to extend the mandate of the European Union’s military deployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina, EUFOR Althea, which is set for vote at the UN Security Council in November this year.
Vucic also addressed media, noting that he would not accept any sanctions on Dodik or Republika Srpska.
“What matters to me is Dodik’s message that, if problems are solved, he is ready to talk and have the institutions function uninterruptedly,” said Vucic, reiterating that it is of utmost importance to maintain talks.
“I said it is very important, regardless of thousands of insults from Sarajevo, to talk to the Bosniaks,” he added.
As for potential sanctions against Dodik or Republika Srpska, the President of Serbia said he would strongly object such attempts.
“I don’t want to warn anyone, because we cannot do that, but I am asking for the problems to be solved in dialogue. I saw tonight Dodik’s goodwill to talk. And sanctions would only heat up the atmosphere and lead to domino effect. Think twice before you make a decision on sanctions,” Vucic said.
Source: https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/dodik-says-he-is-ready-to-sacrifice-himself-but-not-peace-for-republika-srpska/

EU citizens opposed to violence against illegal migrants

October 23, 2021
EU citizens want illegal migrants arriving at EU borders to be treated more humanely, and on Saturday they called in the European Parliament on politicians to really help people in migrants' countries of origin to reduce their influx.

The European Parliament on Saturday started a plenary at which 80 EU citizens were presenting conclusions of discussions on different topics held by 800 randomly chosen citizens in September and October.
“Citizens are worried about illegal migrations so our working group discussed that topic more than labour migration between the member states,” Croatian pensioner Dajana Milinković said in a public address.
Migrations should be destigmatised, human rights respected
Milinković was speaking on behalf of 200 European citizens who discussed the topic of migrations and the EU in the world. Participating in the discussions was another Croatian pensioner, Dragan Volarević from Zadar, who was also presenting conclusions of that citizens’ working group on Saturday.
“One should tackle the real causes of migrations and find ways and funds to help people stay in their countries of origin, by helping them financially and otherwise,” Milinković added.
She advocated legal migrations.
“There will be less illegal migration if we establish good programmes of legal migration. That is what the EU lacks with regard to ‘third world’ countries,” she said.
Citizens across the EU feel that they have no influence on decision-making processes, which is why euro-skepticism has been on the rise so the three main EU institutions – the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament – have launched a series of discussions called the Conference on the Future of Europe.
“Citizens have asked to be more involved instead of just being called to go to the polls every five years, so this is our answer to their wish,” European Commissioner for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica said on Saturday.
Randomly chosen citizens who were invited in October to discuss migrations and the EU in the world have told politicians that they do not want violence against migrants such as that recorded on the Croatian border.
“Migrants’ human rights need to be respected. They are humans too and we need to respect them,” said Milinković, who comes from the northern Adriatic town of Umag.
Her speech in the European Parliament was welcomed by a round of loud applause.
Earlier this month, media broadcast footage of masked Croatian police officers clubbing migrants who had tried to enter Croatia from Bosnia and Herzegovina through a forest.
Wishing to lead the country into the Schengen area of passport-free movement, the Croatian government has been trying to convince the European Commission that it is capable of protecting the joint border. Similar reports of brutality by Croatian police have been arriving for months.
The Greek and Romanian governments have also been criticised in recent months over police conduct towards migrants.
“Migrations need to be destigmatised. They should be accepted as a fact,” Milinković said.
“European countries need voluntary, legal migrants. That is why they need to be provided with better education in the countries they come from,” she said.
Croatia not participating in refugee scholarship programme
Officials from the foreign ministries of 42 countries-members of the Union for the Mediterranean met in Barcelona this past Thursday to discuss the inclusion of refugees in the recipient-countries’ education systems.
The talks focused on a project as part of which 300 refugees, mostly from Syria, will be granted university scholarships.
The three-year project so far has been joined by 10 of the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean but Croatia is not among them.
A spokesperson for the Union has said that the aim is for as many countries as possible to join in and to extend the project.
A Croatian government official, however, told Hina: “That’s it as far as the project is concerned. Those who wanted to participate have joined in.”
Involved in the project are currently Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco. The initiative for the project was launched by Portugal where refugees staying there have already enrolled at universities.
The funds for the education of refugees would be raised through donations by foundations, solidary taxation of the academic community, and risk capital fund investments in talented students.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/eu-citizens-opposed-to-violence-against-illegal-migrants/

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