Slobodanka Jovanovska is foreign affairs editor at the Macedonian daily newspaper Utrinski Vesnik.
For three years, she was Brussels correspondent covering NATO and the EU, for her own newspaper and for 20 German newspapers in the WAZ Media Group.
During her career, Jovanovska has also worked as Washington and UN correspondent, while following many key world events including the end of apartheid in South Africa, the first elections in the Palestinian territories, many UN, EU and NATO summits, the American presidential elections in 2000 and 2004, parliamentary elections in Britain, the war in Kosovo and many events related to the wars in the former Yugoslavia and, in particular, Macedonia.
For several years she worked as a freelance reporter from Macedonia for the Sofia Bureau of Radio Free Europe, the Balkan Times, Transition online, and many other magazines. She won the prestigious European Jean Monet award for the best written article about the EU and national awards, including Krste Misirkov (the best journalist in print media) and Mito Hadzivasilev Jasmin (for exceptional achievements in journalism in Macedonia).
Jovanovska’s 2011 fellowship investigation focused on how criminals have been able to evade justice across the region courtesy of second and even third passports.
Her article examined how Balkan states, particularly former Yugoslav republics, have only just begun to sign extradition treaties and demonstrated that some types of crimes will still not be covered by these new bilateral agreements.
Jovanovska compared the extradition treaty terms in the region to the European Arrest Warrant regime in place among European Union member states. She travelled to Serbia, Brussels and London to cover concerns about the use of the EAW.
Just one year ago no Balkan country extradited their own nationals, allowing criminals with multiple passports to hide out in neighbouring countries. But as states are now signing extradition treaties, lawbreakers will find they have fewer safe havens.
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