Bosnia Real Estate – FK Leotar Sat, 04 Sep 2021 02:37:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bosnia Real Estate – FK Leotar 32 32 For these Marines, a constant rush to zero hours to save stranded Americans Thu, 02 Sep 2021 18:28:00 +0000

For in recent weeks, Lt. Col. Jonathon Myers, a retired Marine Intelligence Officer, has led an insomniac and exhaustive effort to bring U.S. citizens and green card holders in contact with Marines in Afghanistan out of the countries before the August 31 withdrawal deadline.

On Monday afternoon, that mission went from terrible and dangerous to clandestine for the hundreds of American citizens and the thousands of green card holders and journalists stranded when the last military plane left Kabul airport.

“The situation as of Monday is heartbreaking,” Myers said. The Virginia native was part of the US response to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi and the rescue of Captain Scott O’Grady from Bosnia.

Myers’ last posting before his retirement last year was as an intelligence officer under the direction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.

Myers worked with two other retired Marines, Katy Garroway from Maryland and Rico Reyes from Texas. In the past 12 dark hours in Kabul, no matter what military leaders or President Joe Biden have said, no American who reached the airport has been able to get out, Myers said.

“In the past 12 hours, I have had four US citizen buses outside the door,” he said. “They were mostly pregnant women and babies, including a child with spina bifida, all piled up waiting at the door.”

Myers said his team paid the Taliban with a large bribe to allow their buses to pass. “They got to the gate, and there was an aid organization that was supposed to meet us with representatives, with the lists, and tell the Taliban to wait for them.”

The humanitarian organization did not show up.

“Me, in panic mode, I called and called and called all my marine networks, got the number of one of the main commanders there, I explained the situation and we had a fight when he told me that the Taliban were making the calls. down here, ”Myers said.

They never went out.

No American has been able to get out on the last five jets to leave Afghanistan, as General Frank McKenzie, head of the US central command, confirmed on Tuesday. He said the Americans had desperately tried to get to Kabul airport for the latest evacuations, but failed.

Myers spoke to Germany’s Washington Examiner after Biden proclaimed the withdrawal “an extraordinary success.”

He says what happened in the last few days in Afghanistan does not look like any type of success. Based on what he saw, he doesn’t believe Biden’s claim that 90% of people who wanted to leave did so.

On Wednesday, NBC News reported that of the 120,000 people Biden claimed to have evacuated, only about 8,500 of those who left Afghanistan were Afghans, according to early figures. This is a small number compared to the tens of thousands of Afghans who worked for the US government and applied for special US visas. In that same report, advocacy groups told NBC that when you combine the number of Afghans who worked with the U.S. government with their family members, you look at over 70,000 people, most of whom are now in the United States. hands of the Taliban.

Myers said he started this effort after he started receiving messages from fellow Marines asking if anyone knew how to help the interpreters who had helped them. “At the same time, I received messages from a friend of mine who was at Transcom, which is the organization that manages all planes for the military. He said, ‘Hey, Jon, if you start hearing about Navy interpreters, call me, because I’m working on these planes going over there.’ “

Myers said he took it upon himself to start hunting down the performers because there was clearly no plan to get them out. “The State Department does not follow our allies and our interpreters, and the Marine Corps does not follow them. Basically, I was providing all these names to the Marines over there in Kabul, ”he explained.

Myers brought in a friend of his, Garroway, a former Navy sergeant, and another friend of his, Reyes, a former Navy major and lawyer in Texas, and they started collecting names of people to go out. . “I know there is a lot of effort going on, but ours was a little different as it turned out that we were well connected with the task force that was carrying out the mission.”

Myers said what increasingly frustrated them in the weeks and days leading up to the final evacuation is that the US government has repeatedly said that anyone can get out if they wanted it with the procedures in place. “But the point is, we couldn’t get anyone through that wall. We couldn’t get anyone through the wall, ”he repeats with frustration.

“I even resorted to sending American citizens to a certain location. Then I would send them an aerial photo of where they needed to be to meet our network of Marines.

He told a desperate 17-year-old boy to wear a white shirt with a pink bandana. “So he went to that place and he stood there. And then I coordinated with the Marines inside the wire. When they saw him he ran and jumped into the sewage channel, full of excrement, swam across it, ran, showed his passport and they shot him over the top. wall, ”he explained.

“He was an American citizen. This is how desperate we were to get people over the wall.

It has been several days since he slept and exhaustion, he says, is starting to wear him down. “When Katie, Rico and I started doing this, we just thought it would be the right thing to do,” he said.

But the weight of not getting someone, anybody out is overwhelming for them. “Telling people, ‘I can’t help you save your family’ wasn’t something I had planned. But go through spreadsheets and say this family can live because they have four members and I have four seats, but this family cannot because they have five members and I don’t have enough seats… ”he said, his voice dropping.

“We shouldn’t be doing this. We shouldn’t be the ones to do it. It should have been taken care of by the government. I literally tell people that their families are going to die because I have no room for them.

The operation has gone underground since the US military abandoned thousands of US citizens, green card holders and journalists to the Taliban.

The Myers team is always working to ‘get people out’; he just doesn’t discuss the details.

The regular and intelligence officer, who has spent three decades at the epicenter of the action, is furious not only at Biden, but also at the very military man he served honorably for nearly three decades.

Myers says when people make comparisons to Vietnam and the failures there, he argues that what happened in Afghanistan is on a whole new level of indifference and neglect of duty.

He is also rigid with anger at the lies of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the administration was not leaving any Americans stranded in Afghanistan. “They were lying. So many times over the past week I have seen people lie. I literally have stranded Americans calling me and begging me all day and night, and emailing me saying, “We’re stuck.” We have blue passports. We have been stuck here. The Taliban are shooting at us, ”he said.

“I sent an American family in the middle of the night on the phone, leading them through town, because I had heard that maybe they could get in through that one entrance. And the Taliban started shooting them with automatic weapons, and they were hiding under the cars, ”he explains.

“It was four blue passports with children,” he said solemnly.

Myers says his distaste for senior military personnel stems from the way the ideals of the political class have infiltrated our national security apparatus. “Important national security decisions that affect our lives and our troops are now hyper-politicized. There has always been some political influence, but they are hyper-politicized, ”he said.

Myers said he and his team shifted their mission to get out any U.S. citizens they could get out because the State Department didn’t care. “I pulled 20 today,” he explained.

As we speak, Myers says he has US citizens messaging him, begging him for help. He adds that his issue, along with the numbers of his partners, circulated widely among U.S. citizens and left-behind performers, starting before the deadline and continuing after the U.S. military leaves.

“I have this American with an American passport who has been hiding for a week and a half, terrified, who has never been contacted by the State Department,” he said.

Myers explains that they took her on a bus to another place where they can try to steal people.

“I don’t know how successful we will be up there, because I guess the Taliban will decide to stop us from flying at some point.”

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VAT refund to foreign legal entities – Tax Thu, 02 Sep 2021 09:01:13 +0000

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Refund of VAT to foreign legal persons

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Foreign citizens or legal persons who have purchased certain goods or services in Bosnia and Herzegovina are legally entitled to a VAT refund for such goods or services provided certain conditions are met.

According to the law on VAT reimbursement, the terms and conditions for exercising the rights of foreign legal persons in matters of declarations were insufficiently defined. With the entry into force of the Regulation on the Application of the Law on Value Added Tax (“Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, No. 44/20) this has changed.

Legal persons registered abroad are entitled to a refund of VAT when the following conditions apply:

  • A foreign legal person must be registered as subject to VAT in the country where it has established its activity
  • A foreign legal person is not registered and has no obligation to register for VAT in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • It does not have a permanent residence, business unit or other form of business in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • A foreign legal person must appoint a VAT taxable person registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, representative to the ITA for the purpose of exercising the right to VAT refund.
  • A foreign legal entity must be previously registered in the ITA records and have a registration number for the purpose of return
  • The VAT refund can only be claimed for purchases for which (if it was a domestic taxpayer operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina) there would be a right to deduct input tax
  • A foreign legal person must have original copies of invoices for the purchase of goods and services in Bosnia and Herzegovina, issued in accordance with Article 55 of the Law.

The request for VAT refund must be submitted by the legal person no later than June 30e of the current year for any contract of the previous year, and it cannot be submitted for a period of less than three months and more than 12 months during a calendar year.

Regarding reimbursements, the minimum amount to be reimbursed is 800.00 BAM, except in cases where the request is made for the entire calendar year. In this case, a lower amount of VAT refund can be made, but not lower than 100.00 BAM.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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Emirates news agency – Ajman Chamber discusses business cooperation with delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Wed, 25 Aug 2021 14:12:42 +0000
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AJMAN, August 25, 2021 (WAM) – The Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry discussed, with a delegation from the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by Mustafa Ruznic, Prime Minister of Una-Sana Canton of Bosia, means to boost their commercial activity and economic cooperation.

The meeting took place during the delegation’s visit to the headquarters of the chamber, where they were received by Abdullah Al Muwaiji, president of the chamber, and Mohammed Al Janahy, executive director of trade development and international relations at the bedroom.

During the meeting, the parties discussed ways to strengthen their cooperation and expand trade, within the framework of the UAE’s free economic policy that encourages openness to foreign investment and expansion of the sector. private.

Al Muwaiji highlighted the bilateral and economic relations between the UAE and Bosnia, noting that the visit will help advance their cooperation, highlight mutual investment opportunities and serve the economic development of the two countries.

He also expressed the chamber’s willingness to support companies investing in the food, technology, real estate, processing and entertainment tourism sectors.

Al Muwaiji presented the investment opportunities available in the United Arab Emirates, in particular Ajman, and the facilities provided by the chamber to support the local business community, as directed by His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, member of the Supreme and Sovereign Council of Ajman. .

Al Janahy explained that the visit aligns with the chamber’s keen efforts to support its members and help them expand into new markets.

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Tallest buildings in Central and Eastern Europe Sat, 21 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Central and Eastern Europe was late for the Skyscraper Festival, but is quickly catching up. Here are ten of the tallest buildings in the area: some are still under construction.

Floreasca City Center – Bucharest, Romania

Culminating at 137 meters high, the city center of Floreasca is the tallest building in Romania. Completed in 2013, it has 37 floors and an area of ​​214,000 square meters.

The tower is mainly used for commercial purposes, but it also houses a restaurant on its highest floor. On the ground floor, the building offers visitors a shopping and entertainment center.

Although located on the northern outskirts of Bucharest, the building is easily accessible via the Aurel Vlaicu metro station.

Europa Tower – Vilnius, Lithuania

This 153-meter building is the tallest on the Vilnius skyline. It has 33 floors intended for commercial use, as well as an observation deck open to 114 meters.

The structure was officially inaugurated in May 2004 to celebrate the country’s entry into the European Union. It is located in the so-called new city center or business district of Vilnius, on the banks of the Neris river.

Klovskyi Descent 7A – Kiev, Ukraine

This Kiev skyscraper is 168 meters high and has 57 floors. Completed in 2012, it is primarily a residential building with limited commercial use.

Gulliver (162 meters) and Parus Business Center (156 meters), the second and third tallest buildings in the Ukrainian capital, completed in 2003 and 2007, provide office space for local and international companies.

Eurovea Tower 2 – Bratislava, Slovakia

This building, currently under construction in the Slovak capital, is expected to be 168 meters high and have 47 floors. The project is expected to be completed in 2023 and it will be the country’s first real skyscraper.

Located along the Danube, the large structure will mainly offer residential spaces, as well as other “living, cultural and sporting activities”, and a shopping center.

Currently, the tallest building in the country is the 125-meter Nivy Tower, but Slovakia also plans to erect five more towers over 100 meters in height by 2026.

Avaz Twist Tower – Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

The tallest building in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the entire Balkans is the 172-meter-high Avaz Twist tower located in the prestigious Marijin Dvor district of Sarajevo. The project was completed in 2008 and the building’s observation deck is open to the public.

The tower is also home to the headquarters of the best-selling Bosnian newspaper, Dnevni Avaz, as well as, the country’s most visited website.

Batumi Technological University Tower – Batumi, Georgia

Georgia’s tallest building is 200 meters tall and is not located in its capital, Tbilisi, but in the city of Batumi on the Black Sea.

The tower was completed in 2012 and, as the name suggests, was intended to house the American Technology University. However, plans for the educational institution were scrapped, and the skyscraper was sold to US hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2015 for US $ 25 million.

The most unique aspect of the massive building is the fully functional Ferris wheel integrated into the facade at a height of 100 meters. The attraction offers space for 40 people at a time.

Georgia is also currently building the Cube Tower in Batumi, which is expected to be completed by 2025, with some sources suggesting it could be 260 meters tall. The Centropolis Alliance, the Privilege Alliance, the Babillion Tower and Orbi City are also under construction in Batumi, all placed 200 meters high.

Sky Fort – Sofia, Bulgaria

When completed, the Sky Fort in Sofia is expected to be 202 meters high and have 47 floors. The project is expected to be completed in 2022 and its main function will be to provide office space.

The building is located far from the historic center of Sofia but easily accessible via the Inter Expo Center metro station, and is close to the Sofia Business Park.

It is being developed by the Bulgarian real estate agency Fort Noks which mainly focuses on seaside property but has also completed Capital Fort (126 meters), currently the tallest building in Bulgaria.

Baku Tower – Baku, Azerbaijan

Completed in 2021, the tallest skyscraper in the Azerbaijani capital Baku is 276 meters high. The Baku Tower contains 49 floors of offices.

Baku is also home to a number of other impressive buildings, including Crescent City (210 meters), SOCAR Tower (209 meters), as well as the famous three Flame Towers, the tallest of which stands at 182 meters.

Varso Tower – Warsaw, Poland

Completed in February 2021, the Varso Tower is the tallest building in Poland and the European Union. It is the same height as the London Shard.

The structure offers 53 floors of offices and includes two other buildings in addition to the main tower – Varso 1 (81 meters) and Varso 2 (90 meters). The tower will soon also offer visitors an observation deck, restaurant and bar on the upper floors.

The building was completed by HB Reavis, a real estate development company first established in Bratislava and now operating primarily in Slovakia, Poland, the UK and the Czech Republic.

Varso is located 10 minutes walk from the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, for decades the tallest building in Poland, reaching 231 meters. The city skyline also includes the Warsaw Spire (220 meters), the Warsaw Trade Tower (208 meters) and the Warsaw Unit (202 meters).

Abu Dhabi Plaza – Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Also crowned this year, the 311-meter-high Abu Dhabi Plaza is the tallest building in the region. The structure has 75 floors and offers both office and residential spaces.

The structure offers nearly 27,000 square meters of space. It houses a four-star Sheraton hotel with 190 rooms and 100 apartments, as well as a shopping center. The project was developed by Aldar Properties, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, and represents the company’s first construction project outside the United Arab Emirates.

It is located in the most central part of the Kazakh capital, between the famous Baiterek Tower and the Linear Park, and a 20-minute drive from Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.

In addition to the Abu Dhabi Plaza, Kazakhstan has several other impressive skyscrapers, including the Emerald 1 Towers (240 meters), the Northern Lights Towers WTC Nur-Sultan (221 meters) and the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Building 2 (208 meters) in Nur -Sultan, as well as the Esentai Tower (200 meters) in Almaty.

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‘Make our community stronger’: St. Louis leaders say Afghans are an opportunity | Politics Thu, 19 Aug 2021 23:28:00 +0000

The president of the International Institute, Arrey Obenson, said his organization was already under strain.

Finding suitable accommodation for everyone in one of the hottest real estate markets in recent memory is perhaps the biggest challenge.

“We will have to be creative as a community to meet the need,” Obenson said.

It was not immediately clear what assistance other organizations would provide, although Jones noted that President Joe Biden had set aside $ 500 million to help Afghan refugees.

Other speakers at the press conference sought to further highlight the opportunity in St. Louis and the desperate situation Afghans are fleeing after a US-backed government fell last weekend.

Azizullah Ahmadi recounted how, as a child, Taliban fighters arrested him simply for carrying a book.

Peter Lucier, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, said those who came had fought alongside the Americans and should be treated accordingly.

“We owe a debt to these people,” he said.

And Adnan Omeragic, a Bosnian who came here in 1999, offered himself as an example of the kind of person who needs St. Louis’s help. As a teenager, he made his way from descent of a plane on a wet summer day to raising a family, earning a master’s degree in architecture, partnering in his firm and finally to join the board of directors of the International Institute to give back.

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Three bedroom townhouse for sale in Society Hill for $ 895,000 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 16:02:12 +0000

“It was the block that sold us at the start,” Dubravka Ritter explains.

With the kids looming, she and her husband, Moritz, were looking for something bigger than their Society Hill skyscraper condo, but wanted to stay in the neighborhood.

The federal-style brick townhouse did well, with three bedrooms, a den, 2 ½ baths and, most importantly, a community atmosphere that allowed them to go from anonymity to socializing and coming back home. little effort.

“It’s a low-density building, with a yard on one side and five houses on the other and lots of open space,” she says.

The couple come from Europe: Dubravka, researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank, is from Bosnia-Moritz, professor of economics, Germany. And to her, the region has an almost European feel.

They relish close relationships with their neighbors – “shovel snow, search for packages” – and look forward to frequently entertaining foreign visitors in a post-COVID period.

Three Bears Park “is our backyard, the crown jewel of the neighborhood,” she says.

But now, with two school-aged children, they are looking for something bigger in Queen Village.

Their current home gets more sun than most townhouses and has plenty of outdoor space and a full basement.

Built in 1809, it features historic accents such as pine floors with inlaid patterns, moldings, and marble steps leading to the vestibule.

The first floor has a powder room and an open plan living / dining room that can accommodate up to eight people.

The kitchen has large south-facing windows, a gas stove, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and plenty of storage. The brick courtyard has storage receptacles hidden away from view.

The second floor has high ceilings and an open living room, a large bedroom currently used as a home office, and an updated full bathroom with two wardrobes.

The top floor features a master bedroom with historic wide plank wood floors, another bedroom and a full bathroom.

The basement has a large storage space, a wine cellar of over 1000 bottles, a closed mechanical room and laundry room, as well as an additional room currently used for storage. but convertible into a home office.

The house is in the McCall School catchment area.

“Our children say they will love this house more than any other house,” Dubravka says.

The house is listed by Pamela Rosser-Thistle of BHHS Fox & Roach at Harper, Rittenhouse Square for $ 895,000.

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China’s digital presence dominates in the Western Balkans Tue, 10 Aug 2021 23:00:27 +0000

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Chinese 5G technology. Credit: Rebeccaswitch / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

China has made inroads in the Balkans by dominating digital infrastructure in some countries and providing telecommunications technology in others.

According to an editorial in the online blog “War on the Rocks”, China’s digital presence in the Balkans is expanding, raising concerns in the West.

Grecian Delight supports Greece

The so-called “Chinese Digital Silk Road” now dominates telecommunications in the Western Balkans, ie Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo.

The Chinese Digital Silk Road is a crucial part of the Belt and Road initiative. It aims to provide digital and telecommunications infrastructure in several countries.

The Belt and Road Initiative is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organizations.

By providing telecommunications networks in the Balkans, and in particular 5G digital technology, China is establishing its geopolitical influence in Europe, raising concerns in the Western world.

The Digital Silk Road is an alliance of Chinese ICT companies and the Chinese state with the aim of increasing China’s strategic power.

At the same time, the Digital Silk Road is an effort for the global expansion of Chinese technologies into markets previously dominated by local or Western companies.

China has built bilateral cross-border optical cable networks, plans transcontinental submarine optical cable projects, improves satellite information channels to expand information exchange and cooperation.

Now, China’s 5G technology aims to dominate the international telecommunications arena with super-fast mobile networks.

Greece – China cooperation

While the Chinese shipping company COSCO is the main shareholder in the port of Piraeus – the largest in Greece and one of the largest in Europe – the Asian giant does not have a significant share of the country’s digital infrastructure.

China has also made a number of major investments in Greece, notably in energy and real estate.

However, this is not the case in the field of ICT. The lion’s share of Greece’s digital infrastructure belongs to the Deutsche Telekom group, the German giant which bought out the former state-owned telecommunications company OTE and changed its name to COSMOTE.

COSMOTE launched the first 5G network in Greece in December 2020 without using Huawei technology.

At the same time, Greece still has a duty to Brussels, as Beijing is accused of attempting to sabotage a unified EU with initiatives such as the “17 + 1” summit.

The European Commission has announced that it will further crack down on Chinese investment in Europe, signaling Greece and other European countries to open up to China’s plans.

Serbia – China digital cooperation

China has successfully promoted the Digital Silk Road in the Western Balkans.

Serbia is China’s main partner in the region, as Huawei dominates the country’s fixed and broadband internet network.

In 2016, Telekom Srbija announced that the company had signed a $ 150 million contract with Huawei for the development of optical networks and fast internet.

In the same year, Serbia and China signed a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement.

The strategic and economic ties between Belgrade and Beijing have enabled increased cooperation in the digital and telecommunications fields.

Huawei has built its regional headquarters in Belgrade and is a long-standing partner of the state-owned telecommunications company Telekom Srbija.

Along with Huawei, Chinese Hikvision and Dahua technologies have also been established in Serbia, providing video surveillance solutions for commercial and public safety purposes.

According to 2020 data, the amount of contracts signed with Chinese banks to modernize Serbian infrastructure has exceeded $ 7 billion.

Today, there are 1,000 Huawei security surveillance cameras in the Serbian capital Belgrade, while all digital communications are equipped by the Chinese company.

Balkan countries not aligned with China

Kosovo and China have yet to establish formal diplomatic relations. The Balkan country is clearly aligned with the US Clean Network initiative.

Likewise, North Macedonia and Albania have limited Chinese influence in their digital infrastructure, including 5G networks. In 2020, the two countries joined the Clean Network Initiative.

Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo have openly expressed their willingness to push China out of the existing digital infrastructure and prohibit the participation of Chinese companies in further development.

Montenegro has allowed Chinese companies to participate in the rollout of 5G in the country. However, the country has announced that it will seek to diversify its suppliers to mitigate security risks.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the other hand, did not limit China’s digital influence. The capital, Sarajevo, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei.

Huawei has a strong presence in the country’s telecommunications system and has been involved in the education system by cooperating with the University of Mostar.

European Union and United States concerned

The Chinese “digital invasion” in the Balkans is a source of concern for both the EU and the United States.

The Balkan countries are in the immediate neighborhood of the EU, while some of them are potential members who are queuing up.

If these Balkan countries do indeed become partners of the EU, China’s digital influence could potentially be transferred to the European Union.

In addition to their aspirations for EU membership, Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia are also NATO members and, with Kosovo, have established close defense and security relations with Washington. .

If China creates digital infrastructure in the region, it could pose a potential security challenge not only for Europe, but also for the United States.

Ian Bremmer and Cliff Kupchan, respectively chairman and chairman of the Eurasia group, wrote in a 2020 report:

“China will step up efforts to reshape international technology, commerce and financial architecture to better promote its interests in an increasingly bifurcated world.”

Washington has so far attempted to curb China’s attempt to dominate the digital realm with the Clean Network Initiative.

The Clean Network Initiative is an approach to protect US assets, including the privacy of citizens and the most sensitive corporate information, against “intrusions by malicious actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party.”

It was former President Trump’s initiative to protect data streams, which President Joe Biden adopted.

Several countries in the Western Balkans have joined the US Clean Network initiative, including Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo.

Other Western Balkan countries that have not joined the initiative are under pressure to limit China’s 5G digital presence in the region.

The Biden administration is trying to strengthen ties with the EU in order to counter China’s growing influence in the Balkan countries and around the world.

For its part, the European Commission itself has taken precautionary measures and asked member countries to adopt policies that will limit the presence of “high risk suppliers”.

It also serves as a warning to potential EU members in the Western Balkans. They will have to follow EU digital technology rules if they want to integrate.

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Images show deserted Olympic venues around the world – even in Tokyo – NBC Chicago Thu, 05 Aug 2021 17:49:03 +0000

Olympic host cities spend millions on competition courses, athlete accommodation and stadiums which in some cases go unused years after medals have been awarded and enthusiastic spectators have moved on to the next Olympic Games .

Even at the Tokyo Olympics, part of the park is a ghost town that never opened. The 2020 Fan Park was meant to be a place for spectators to go and enjoy a variety of experiences and performances. Today, the Fan Park is closed to the public to comply with Tokyo’s state of emergency.

The photos below show frozen moments at abandoned Olympic venues months and years after they were used.

General view of the former Olympic village of Athens, Greece, July 31, 2014. Ten years earlier, the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from August 13 to 29 with the slogan “Welcome home”. The cost of hosting games has been estimated to be around $ 9 billion with the majority of sports sites built specifically for gaming. (Photo by Milos Bicanski / Getty Images)

General view of the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens, Greece, July 31, 2014 (Photo by Milos Bicanski / Getty Images)

General view of the Olympic Canoe-Kayak Slalom Center at the Helliniko Olympic Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Milos Bicanski / Getty Images)

A photo taken on February 5, 2014 shows Sarajevo’s abandoned bobsleigh track. Built and used as an Olympic site during the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, the track was heavily damaged during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. ELVIS BARUKCIC / AFP via Getty Images

View from the mostly abandoned Olympic Swimming Stadium at Olympic Park on May 20, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the nine months since the Olympic Games, very few events have been organized at the venues of the Olympic Park. (Photo by Buda Mendes / Getty Images)

The abandoned Igman Olympic jumps in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 14, 2015 (Photo by Jakub Porzycki / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A drawing of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin can be seen on the wall of the main amphitheater of the abandoned Hindenburghaus facility where functions and cultural performances were held at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village on May 17 2021, in Elstal, Germany. A German real estate developer called Terraplan is constructing and renovating buildings on much of the former Olympic Village site in what local authorities hope is the first phase of investor commitment to develop the entire site. Built for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the village later served as an infantry school for the Nazi-era Wehrmacht and a military hospital during World War II. After the war, the Soviet army took it over as a military base and as a training center for its own Olympic athletes. A number of the original buildings still stand on the site, including accommodation for the athletes, a bathroom, a gymnasium, other training facilities and a theater. (Photo by Maja Hitij / Getty Images)

A swimming pool is abandoned in the old bathroom at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village on May 17, 2021, in Elstal, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij / Getty Images)

A swimming pool is abandoned in the old bathroom at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village on May 17, 2021, in Elstal, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij / Getty Images)

A gymnasium is abandoned at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village on May 17, 2021, in Elstal, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij / Getty Images)

Deserted houses for athletes in the former Olympic village (1936 Olympic Games in Berlin). (Photo by Martin Sachse / ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Deserted houses for athletes in the former Olympic village (1936 Olympic Games in Berlin). A bathroom at the Jesse Owens House. (Photo by Montag / ullstein bild via Getty Images)

The abandoned Igman Olympic jumps in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 14, 2015 (Photo by Jakub Porzycki / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

General view of the former Olympic Village in Athens, Greece, July 31, 2014 (Photo by Milos Bicanski / Getty Images)

Interior view of the abandoned Hindenburghaus facility where cultural functions and performances were held at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village in Elstal, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij / Getty Images)

The 2020 Fan Park at the Tokyo Olympics was meant to be a place where spectators could go and enjoy a variety of experiences and performances. Today, the Fan Park is closed to the public to comply with Tokyo’s state of emergency.

The 2020 Fan Park at the Tokyo Olympics was meant to be a place where spectators could go and enjoy a variety of experiences and performances. Today, the Fan Park is closed to the public to comply with Tokyo’s state of emergency.

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How a year at home changed the real estate market in the world and in Ukraine Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000

The global real estate market is slowly starting to recover from the pandemic. The Covid-19 has inevitably left its mark in the industry. What challenges does it face and what new opportunities are there?

National governments have taken various measures to stop the spread of the virus, causing real estate activity to decline. However, the market should recover from the shock as the decline is not due to its weakness but to external factors. Overall, the market is expected to grow from approximately US $ 2.687 billion in 2020 to over US $ 2.774 billion in 2021.


Some markets are rebounding faster, others will take a little longer to reach pre-pandemic figures, as vaccination programs differ from country to country. Experts believe that growth will accelerate in the second half of the year due to pent-up demand.

So far, global non-residential property rental activity has remained relatively slow as most people still work remotely. The first quarter of 2021 showed a decrease in leased volumes of 31% compared to the same quarter in 2020, but rental activity in China has already returned to pre-pandemic levels, and the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany are expected to reach that level later this year. Australia has also shown signs of improvement. India still seems to be holding back.

In 2020, multiple market restrictions and supply chain disruptions resulted in delays in the delivery of many construction projects. In most cases, work has now resumed, and in 2021 the number of completed projects is expected to increase by 41% from 2020, the highest level of deliveries since 2008.

Office life again

After working remotely for over a year now, people seem to want to get back to the pre-pandemic working system. According to CBRE, employees can find their work from home productive, but they still want to return to the office, as it gives them the opportunity to create a healthier work-life balance, bond with co-workers personally and have a comfortable working environment.

It is clear that the role of modern office spaces is changing. These are places where employees communicate, work in groups and in networks. In the future, they should organize educational events and career development activities. Employees will be less attached to an office, but it will still play an important role in supporting corporate culture and cooperation.

These new needs are quickly taken into account. Tenants want business centers where people can spend an entire day in comfortable conditions. Customers want a children’s area, lounge area, cafes and restaurants both within a building and within walking distance.

In Ukraine, a typical office is a “product of the twentieth century” with a small hall, limited parking spaces, almost no additional services, which cannot meet the demands of post-COVID work.

Investors are now turning to a hybrid office model, which includes a chain of main offices and a chain of small satellite offices near large apartment complexes. This allows employees to work within walking distance of their homes, and it has everything they need to relax after work. Hours spent in a hybrid office are flexible: Employees can only meet when they feel that current projects require discussion. To meet these needs, hybrid offices offer flexible chat rooms – or co-working – which can be booked by appointment.

A new model

However, not all businesses are big enough to need a chain of offices. This is where coworking spaces come in. In addition to allowing flexible working hours, this format attracts clients with negotiable lease terms, different sizes of rented spaces, and the ability to quickly change work formats.

Coworking spaces are an option not only for small businesses with up to 10 employees, but also for freelancers who want a productive atmosphere and network. Art-zavod Platforma, one of the first co-working spaces, was opened in Kiev especially for this purpose. We wanted to offer start-up creators and young entrepreneurs, especially in IT, a place to find like-minded people, expand their network and find start-up ideas. It was followed by the Korolenkovskaya Business Center and the next Platforma should be completed within the next two years at the latest.

I think it is important that Ukrainian IT talents have a place to communicate, exchange experiences and support each other. We want this space to become a city within a city where great IT products see the world for the very first time, like in Silicon Valley.

If co-working spaces are not an option, start-up founders can try so-called co-living spaces. These are apartments where each resident has a single private room and shares common areas with the other residents. Like coworking spaces, coliving brings together people with similar ideas and values, except in the latter they also share household chores and spend free time together.

I believe residential premises and cohabitation spaces have proven to be a great place to find community. We are now planning to open the first spaces of this type in Kiev, both in an urban and rural format. A sense of community seems to be an important component of a quality lifestyle. Young families and singles choose this option because they want to expand their social network and exchange ideas. They want to immerse themselves in their project and progress quickly.

Residential Park Avenue in Kiev (Photos: Eugene Deshko and Daniel Vaks)

Investment opportunities

Analysts expect global office rents to increase in the first quarter of 2022 and return to pre-crisis levels in 2025. This means 2021 could be a good time to invest in shopping centers. business. It is possible to find developments at reasonable prices, especially since the market was overheated in 2019 and early 2020.

In Kiev, the trend towards a hybrid office model may launch new projects on the left bank of the Dnipro river. Industrial space can be transformed into modern business centers. Low investment costs for purchase and renovation, along with a shorter project duration and lower market density, will allow investors to offer quality office space at two-thirds of the class rental price. B near the city center.

It is important to keep in mind, however, that unlike stable global markets where it is typical to sign a 10-year rental agreement, in Ukraine rental periods of three to five years for small spaces are longer. current.

At the same time, the co-living spaces will switch to medium and long-term leases because they are less risky for the owners.

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A major bridge over the Adriatic Sea connects the coast in Croatia Thu, 29 Jul 2021 07:09:09 +0000

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – A major European Union-funded bridge built by a Chinese company has been connected over the Adriatic Sea, connecting two strips of the Croatian coast that are divided by a small part of Bosnian territory.

The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) won an international tender in 2018 for the construction of a 2.4 kilometer (1.5 mile) bridge. The 420 million euros ($ 500 million) construction is 85% EU funded and is a rare Chinese project in Europe that has gone through a regular tendering process.

Following the installation of the last segment of the span, a midnight opening ceremony on the spectacular bridge featured folk dancers, vocals and a huge fireworks display.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the ceremony that the bridge represents “a fascinating strategic achievement of the Croatian people and their state” which fulfills their long-held dream of connecting the Adriatic coast.

The bridge and its connecting roads are expected to be completed by June of next year. Until then, road travelers wishing to visit some of Croatia’s most attractive tourist destinations, such as the Old Town part of Dubrovnik, will still have to go through two border checkpoints between Bosnia and Croatia in the seaside port. Bosnian from Neum.

Bosnian officials were not happy when construction began, saying the bridge that bypasses Bosnian territory violates the state’s sovereign access to the open seas of the Adriatic.

Plenkovic said the bridge will not divide, but will connect people and nations.

“The bridge not only connects Croatia, but it connects the EU as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he said.

In recent years, China has invested funds in Central and Eastern European countries as part of its Belt and Road strategic project, which includes the modernization of infrastructure and aims to create a network of transport and trade links between the China and Europe.

EU officials fear, however, that Chinese investments will strengthen the economic and political weight of the Asian country in the region, which is still reeling from the bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

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