SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund predicted on Monday that economic growth in Bosnia would pick up pace in 2014-15 but warned that further funds from the lender would depend on the Balkan country meeting deficit targets.
The IMF last week raised its growth forecast for Bosnia for this year from 0.5 percent to “close to” 1 percent, citing an increase in industrial output and exports.
SARAJEVO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s main electricity
utility threatened on Wednesday to cut off power to the
capital’s waterworks, sewage system and transport network over
unpaid bills totalling millions of Bosnian markas.
EPBiH set a Thursday deadline, raising the
prospect of water shortages and transport chaos in Sarajevo,
whose water and sewage company ViK and public transport company
GRAS owe nearly 10 million Bosnian marka ($6.8 million).
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thirty-two people were indicted in Bosnia on Wednesday for a string of murders and bank robberies in what prosecutors hailed as one of the biggest crackdowns on organized crime since the 1992-95 war.
The crimes stretch back over the past decade and illustrate how criminals from across Bosnia’s ethnic divide have managed to work together while ethnic bickering on the political level has stalled the country’s bid to join the European mainstream.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), the largest movie competition in the Balkans, will open on August 16 and showcase 214 films, but this year’s edition faces deep budget cuts which organizers blamed on the political and economic crisis in Bosnia.
Bosnia’s Oscar-winning film director Danis Tanovic, whose acclaimed docu-drama “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” opens the festival, will chair the jury, SFF director Mirsad Purivatra told a news conference.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Lawmakers moved to end a near year-long political standoff that has paralyzed government in Bosnia’s autonomous Muslim-Croat federation on Thursday, when they finally agreed to appoint judges to a top court.
The decision will allow the Muslim, Serb and Croat judges to meet in the Constitutional Court and reach a long-delayed ruling on the validity of a new coalition government which ministers had hoped to set up last year.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – About 3,000 demonstrators blocked downtown Sarajevo’s streets on Monday in a sit-down protest at the failure of Bosnian lawmakers to pass a law on the registration of newborn babies.
The protesters included young mothers who set up an improvised playgroup for babies on the lawn outside parliament.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Serbian part of Bosnia’s presidency – which is shared between three ethnic groups – has rejected border regulations that are due to come into force when neighboring Croatia joins the EU next month.
The other two parts of Bosnia’s presidency – representing Muslims and Croats – have accepted the regulations which are needed to ensure people and goods can still cross the border after July 1.
Three Roman Catholic monks are fighting to keep alive a monastic cheese-making tradition in Bosnia that has been passed down by word of mouth for 130 years.
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia, June 13 (Reuters) – Three Roman Catholic
monks are fighting to keep alive a monastic cheese-making
tradition in Bosnia that has been passed down by word of mouth
for 130 years.
The pale yellow Trappist cheese made by monks of the Marija
Zvijezda monastery once graced the tables of royal courts in
Vienna and Belgrade, survived two world wars, a ban on public
sale by communist rulers and the break-up of Yugoslavia.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Around 5,000 Bosnians marched in Sarajevo on Tuesday to voice growing public anger over political paralysis, symbolized by the case of a baby who had to wait to travel abroad for a stem-cell transplant because authorities could not assign her an ID number.
It was the largest in a week of protests in the Bosnian capital sparked by the failure of lawmakers to agree new legislation on citizen ID numbers. The row has left babies born since February unregistered, and therefore denied passports or medical cards.