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Croatian MEP says Moscow wants to influence in western Balkans

Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovcic said in an interview with the Montenegrin Pobjeda daily on Thursday that Moscow is trying to exploit the political forces in Montenegro and that Russia's meddling in Montenegro's internal affairs was "unacceptable behaviour."

EU anti-fraud office eyeing claims against Merkel challenger Schulz

Martin Schulz's time as European Parliament president could become the subject of a probe by EU's anti-fraud office it emerged on Thursday.

French police raid National Front over European Parliament payments

France's far-right National Front Monday said that investigators had searched its offices in relation to allegations that it misused European Parliament funds.

EP adopts resolution on Bosnia's progress which calls for federalism

The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution on the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016, which calls for respect for the principles of federalism, decentralisation and full equality of the country's constituent peoples and all citizens.

Croatian MEP asks EC to respond to Slovenia's pressure on Croatia

Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovcic of the ALDE group told the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday that the recent acts and statements by members of the Slovenian government in connection with the border demarcation arbitration and the use of the name of the Teran wine should be perceived as pressure on Croatia.

Croatian MEPs submit amendments to EP report on Serbia

Croatian members of the European Parliament (MEP) have submitted a number of amendments to a draft report on Serbia, of which most refer to Serbia's law on universal jurisdiction in the prosecution of war crimes, the treatment of the Croat minority in that country, Serbia's relations with neighbouring countries, the media situation, and the country's relations with Russia.

PM meets with Croatian members of European Parliament

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic met on Wednesday with the 11 Croatian members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to discuss issues of importance for the EU and Croatia, with Plenkovic saying that his government and the MEPs share Croatia's pro-European orientation.

Zovko and Tolic become two Croatian members of European Parliament

Zeljana Zovko and Ivica Tolic on Monday took oath as Croatian members of the European Parliament replacing Andrej Plenkovic and Davor Ivo Stier, who have become Croatia's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister respectively.

EU governments, lawmakers seek to hash out deal on 2017 budget

EU member states sought Wednesday to reach a deal with the European Parliament on the bloc's spending plans for 2017, with extra security and migration costs weighing on the traditionally fraught process.

EP okays inclusion of Port of Rijeka into Baltic-Adriatic Corridor

Two Croatian members of the European Parliament -- Jozo Rados and Ivan Jakovcic -- on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the decision of the European Parliament to give a go-ahead to the plan to include Croatia's Port of Rijeka in the Baltic-Adriatic transport corridor.  

EU parliament could impose fines in UKIP "altercation" probe

European Parliament President Martin Schulz launched a disciplinary inquiry Friday over events that led to the hospitalization of an EU lawmaker from Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP), with the possibility of imposing fines.

Plenkovic visits Ukraine at helm of EP delegation

The chair of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, Andrej Plenkovic, visited Kiev on Wednesday at the head of a European Parliament delegation for talks with Ukrainian officials about the political, security and economic situation in Ukraine, Plenkovic's party, the Croatian Democratic Union, said in a press release.

EP endorses establishment of European Border and Coast Guard

Plans to set up an integrated EU border management system, with a flagship European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) agency, bringing together Frontex and national border management authorities, were endorsed by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Leading Brexit campaigner Farage won't give up his EU parliament seat

The head of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage, a leading voice for the successful referendum campaign to pull Britain out of the European Union, said Tuesday he would not give up his seat in the bloc's legislature.

European Parliament rapporteur accuses Bosnian Serb authorities of constant obstruction

The European Parliament's rapporteur onr Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cristian Dan Preda, has accused Bosnian Serb authorities of obstructing the country's progress on the path to EU membership, saying that he was utterly disappointed with the latest developments in the country, the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz daily reported on Monday.

Croatian MEP on Brexit: Bad day for EU

A Croatian member of the European Parliament, Ivan Jakovcic of the Istrian Democratic Party (IDS) said on Friday that Britain's referendum decision to leave the European Union was a bad day for the EU and that it would have great consequences for the functioning and for relations among member states, Jakovcic's office said in a press release.

EU Parliament to block Turkey visa file until terrorism reforms made

The European Parliament will not deliberate on a proposal to grant Turkish citizens visa-free access to the European Union until Ankara changes its terrorism laws, officials said Tuesday.

European Parliament accuses Turkey of "serious backsliding" on rights

The migration deal struck between the European Union and Ankara should be separate from Turkey's negotiations to join the bloc, the European Parliament stressed on Thursday, as pressure grows on the country to improve its human rights record.

Brussels terrorist attacker held summer jobs in EU Parliament

One of the perpetrators in last month's terrorist attacks on Brussels twice held a summer job as a cleaner in the European Parliament several years ago, the institution said Wednesday.

EP greets Montenegro's reform efforts, urges Macedonia to deal with political crisis

The European Parliament said on Thursday that Montenegro was making good progress on the road to the EU and that the EU should start accession talks with Macedonia if it held free and fair elections.

Croatian smart bench exhibited outside EU parliament building

Mrvos said that the first version of the smart bench had been installed in about a dozen Croatian cities and abroad. The latest smart bench provides Wi-Fi phone charging and a Wi-Fi spot to connect to the Internet.

Croatian MEPS warn about Serbia's outstanding issues with Croatia

Croatian MEPs said during a debate in the European parliament about Serbia's progress on Wednesday that Belgrade needed to ensure a better treatment of ethnic minorities, underlining the importance of resolving issues of border, the fate of the missing persons and war crimes trials.

EP ratifies Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo

“This is very good news and another important step on Kosovo's path towards EU integration. For the first time, the EU and Kosovo will enter into a contractual agreement”, said rapporteur Ulrike Lunacek (Greens, AT).

Croatian MEP invites Greeks to join ‘Friends of Macedonia’

Although Macedonia is recognised as the country's constitutional name by most EU countries, the name dispute with Greece has blocked the country's membership of both the EU and NATO.

Kornati National Park awarded European Charter for Sustainable Development

The charter is awarded by the EUROPARC network of European protected areas, which consists of 376 protected areas in 36 countries. 

If it doesn't adjust its SAA, Bosnia will lose privileges in trade with EU

So far Bosnia and Herzegovina has been the only country refusing to accept the principle of free trade, ...

Serb refugees start taking inventory of their property

SSR chairman Miodrag Linta said that the existing list of property, compiled nearly 20 years ago, was outdated and incorrect, estimating the total value of the property at 30 billion US dollars.