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Bulg. Stara Planina (stä`rä plä'nēnä`), major mountain range of the Balkan PeninsulaBalkan Peninsula,
southeasternmost peninsula of Europe, c.200,000 sq mi (518,000 sq km), bounded by the Black Sea, Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Ionian Sea, and Adriatic Sea.
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 and Bulgaria, extending c.350 mi (560 km) from E Serbia through central Bulgaria to the Black Sea. It rises to 7,794 ft (2,376 m) at Botev, the highest peak. The Balkans are a continuation of the Carpathian Mts. The forested range is sparsely populated and rich in a variety of minerals.
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More than 40 practitioners from the region participated in the workshop, which focused on how the guidelines could be adapted to national legislation and operations in South-Eastern Europe.
Derived from a workshop of the same name, held in June 2016 in Giessen, Germany, the 11 essays in this volume consider ofrozen conflicts,o fighting between or within states (including tensions between governments or groups during a non-violent phase of a conflict), in multicultural societies in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, namely the former Yugoslavia, Transnistria, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Crimea, and Donbas, including the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, to formulate security measures that would offer peaceful solutions to them.
Sylvia Gansser-Potts, EBRD Managing Director for central and south-eastern Europe, said: "This region is important to us, and that is why we have invested more than EU6.5 billion in it.
Compared to 2012, the youth unemployment rate has decreased by 1.4 percentage points in developed economies and the European Union, and by half a percentage point or less in Central and South-Eastern Europe (non-EU) and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America and the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.
However, the EBRD says lower commodity prices could benefit countries in Central and South-eastern Europe (CESEE) and the South and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED), helping to offset the continuing negative effects of weak external demand from the eurozone.
On the occasion of the future Chairmanship of the Republic of Macedonia of the South-Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN), a joint meeting took place on 10 September between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki and Nikola Todorov, with representatives of the countries participating in this process.
The first major activity for the new joint venture is building and commercial operation of solar panels parks (PV-Parks or Solar Parks) in South and South-Eastern Europe.
Should this prove successful, it could be coupled with the recently signed Turkish-Bulgarian inter-connector, providing leverage for Turkey to become the preferred supplier of non-Russian gas to South-Eastern Europe.
The programme particularly focuses on three large sensitive regions (South-Eastern Europe, North-Eastern Europe and Latin America).
Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania stated at the meeting with his counterparts from South-Eastern Europe in Slovenia.
Romania should report a 1.4 percent economic growth this year and a 2.2 percent growth rate in 2014 given the negative effects of the euro zone crisis on the South-Eastern Europe region and especially on exports, estimates the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).Romania is expected to consolidate its economic growth this year on a "modest recovery" of demand and confidence, said EBRD representatives.

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