Main Events in Brief – October 2010
October 1-2: Hungarian Head of State Pál Schmitt payed a visit to Croatia.
October 2-3: At the session of the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania in Nagyvárad (Oradea) the suggestion of founding a new autonomy-minded Hungarian party was voiced.
October 3: General elections were held in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosniak candidate Bakir Izetbegović (SDA – Party of Democratic Action), the Serb candidate Nebojša Radmanović (SNSD – Alliance of Independent Social Democrats) and the Croat candidate Željko Komšić (SPD – Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina) became the three newly elected members of the state presidency. At the parliamentary elections of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina the majority of votes went to the SPD in the areas inhabited by Bosniaks, to the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) in the regions inhabited by Croats and to the SNSD in the Republic of Srpska.
October 4-5: A two-day Regional Ministerial Conference was held in Belgrade with the participation of high officials of the ministries of the interior, justice and of the police forces of the countries of Southeastern Europe and the EU member states. The main focus of the conference was the joint fight against organized
October 7: The European Parliament endorsed the draft bill on granting visa-free travel for Albanian and Bosnian citizens to Europe’s Schengen area. This means that after the bill enters into force (expectedly by the end of the year) only Kosovo will be subject to visa obligation within the region.
October 8: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán payed a visit to Bulgaria.
October 10: In Belgrade 90 policemen and 30 protesters were injured during the clashes between local police forces and radical right-wing homophobic groups (gathering with the intention to block the pride parade).
October 11-13: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her five-day tour across Europe held talks in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Pristina.
October 17: In Kosovo early elections may be scheduled before the end of this year after the junior coalition party (the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) led by the earlier head of state Fatmir Sejdiu) announced its withdrawal from the government.
October 18-19: Head of State Pál Schmitt visited Romania.
October 20: The European Union will continue to support Bosnia-Hercegovina as one country– said Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council on his visit to Sarajevo.
October 22: The enlargement of the European Union in the Western Balkans is one of the main priorities of the Visegrád group countries – this was stated by the ministers of foreign affairs of the V4 states at the ministerial conference organized in Bratislava with the participation of Stefan Füle, European Commission for Enlargement, and the ministers of foreign affairs of the Western Balkan states.
October 23: The Congress of the Democratic Fellowship of Vojvodina Hungarians was summoned to elect its new president. Áron Csonka received the majority of votes, thus becoming the successor of the lately deceased head of the party, Sándor Páll.
October 25: At the EU foreign ministers meeting a decision was reached to support and forward Serbia’s application for EU membership to the European Council.
October 27: The Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış paid an official visit to the Hungarian capital. Following the talks held in Budapest, Foreign Minister János Martonyi stated that Hungary univocally and positively supports Turkey’s accession to the European Union.
October 28: Meeting of the ministers of economy of the Central European Initiative (CEI) in Podgorica (Montenegro) on the development of regional cooperation. (Hungary was represented by State Secretary Zsolt Becsey.)
October 29: NATO's peacekeeping force in Kosovo (KFOR) will be reduced gradually by 50 percent – this was announced by the Headquaters of NATO in Brussels.