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Government sets up Office for IT, adopts Sentinel conclusion

The Serbian government has passed a decree on the establishment of the Office for Information Technology and Electronic Governance. The Office will answer to the prime minister, a statement said on Thursday.

Trump announces ban on transgender people in US army

President Donald Trump says the U.S. military will no longer let transgender people serve in any capacity, Voice of America has reported. Trump in this way reversed a policy former President Barack Obama’s administration announced a year ago.

'Thanks to China, we're becoming regional investment center'

Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic spoke on Wednesday in Belgrade with Chinese Ambassador Li Manchang. They discussed "future activities of the center for cooperation in the field of traffic and infrastructure," the Serbian government announced.

Serbia's financial system 'stable despite external risks'

Serbia's financial system remained stable last year in spite of external risks, National Bank of Serbia Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic said on Thursday. The country's financial system succeeded in remaining highly capitalized, highly solvent and stable in 2016 despite the risk that resulted from ...

European Human Rights Court decision doesn't apply to Serbia

European Court of Human Rights' decision that EU states can return migrants to those EU countries which they originally entered does not apply to Serbia. Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said this on Thursday, observing that this was the case because Serbia is not an EU member.

'Zaev ready to make concessions for NATO and EU membership'

Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev is ready to make concessions "if Athens is ready to drop its opposition to Macedonia’s membership of the EU and NATO." This has been reported by the US website Politico, in an article dedicated to Zaev, and headlined, "Change of guard atop ‘disastrous’ Balkan state."

Albanian National Council head 'sentenced to 40 days'

President of the National Council of Albanians Jonuz Musliu says a Belgrade court has sentenced him to 40 days in prison, and that the ruling is final. However, Musliu, who also serves as president of the municipal assembly of Bujanovac, said he "does not know" what the ruling refers to.

'US must not allow Kremlin to poison its ties with Serbia'

US Congressman Ted Poe says his country must not allow the Kremlin to spoil its relations with Serbia. The co-chair of the Congressional Serbian American Caucus spoke at the US House of Representatives and, according to Voice of America, said that Serbia is "on the path to successful Euro-Atlantic ...

'Kosovo recognition would be high price' - German politician

If a demand to recognized of Kosovo were to be "delivered" as a condition for Serbia's accession to the EU, that would "be a high price to pay." Tanjug is reporting this quoting philosopher and senior official of Alternative for Germany, Marc Jongen, whose party, according to estimates, will not ...

Four dead in botched overtake attempt in central Serbia

Two people died instantly in a crash that happened late on Wednesday on the Cacak-Kraljevo road, while two more succumbed to their injuries later in hospital. Three more women, and a seven-year-old child, who is in a stable condition, have been injured, RTS is reporting from Cacak.

'Serbia can't do much about Kosovo now, and should wait'

At this point, Serbia could only accept Kosovo's independence, which would allow it to join NATO and the UN. That's why it should perhaps wait, analysts have told Sputnik.

'US strongly supports Western Balkans'

President Vucic's recent meeting with US VP Pence is "a good platform for continued cooperation and improvement of overall bilateral relations." Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and US Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott made this conclusion during their meeting in ...

Serbia to introduce obligatory secondary school education

All signatories to UN's Sustainable Development Agenda, including Serbia, will have to introduce compulsory secondary education by 2030. The head of a working group to implement the agenda, cabinet minister Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, says that Serbia may also decide in favor of primary school ...

New US anti-Russia sanctions 'appear at odds with intl. law'

New US sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea "appear at odds with international law due to their extra-territorial reach." This is according to the French Foreign Ministry, cited by Reuters on Wednesday.

Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina 'to invite Vucic to visit'

The Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina will invite Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to an official visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Tanjug is reporting this, citing the agency Fena, which said the announcement was made by the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina after a meeting held on Tuesday.

Japanese businesspeople 'increasingly interested in Serbia'

Relations between Serbia and Japan are "at a high level, especially in the framework of economic cooperation." That is what Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Japanese Ambassador to Serbia Juichi Takahara said during their meeting in Belgrade on Wednesday, the Serbian government announced.

Macedonia will be next to join NATO, says former commander

Former NATO commander, General James Stavridis, says he thinks Macedonia will the next country to join the western military alliance. "I hope Greece will be able to resolve the name dispute with Macedonia, which will open the door for Macedonia to become a part of NATO. I think Macedonia will join ...

'Kosovo will never join UNESCO thanks to our friends'

First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says Kosovo will never become a member of UNESCO thanks to Serbia's friends. Dacic spoke on Tuesday in Belgrade as he opened the 18th Congress of the International Federation for Latin America and the Caribbean Studies , held at John Naisbitt ...

Vucic pushes for Serbia-Italy-Albania 'trilateral meeting'

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who was on a one-day working visit to Rome on Tuesday, met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. According to Tanjug, Mattarella "noted Serbia was a leader in terms of regional stability."

President won't say if partition of Kosovo is 'one option'

According to Aleksandar Vucic, an agreement can be reached on Kosovo "only if both sides are dissatisfied, or at least a little satisfied." Revisiting on Tuesday his idea about launching an "internal dialogue" about Kosovo, the Serbian president said it would be extremely important - "because ...

Serbs must not allow loss of Kosovo - patriarch

"An internal dialogue" on Kosovo and Metohija must neither "alienate nor gift it," says Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej. He made the statement after President Aleksandar Vucic spoke in favor of such a dialogue, in an op-ed published by a Belgrade-based daily.

Croatian WW2 death camp Jasenovac was 'worse than Auschwitz'

The canonization of Croatian Catholic Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac would be itself a crime, says Israeli Holocaust expert, Professor Gideon Greif. According to him, the people who intend to canonize Stepinac are "criminals who are mocking the victims of Jasenovac" - a camp where, according to the ...

Bulgarian FM meets with Serbian counterpart, PM

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met on Tuesday with visiting Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva, the government announced. On the occassion, Brnabic "expressed her gratitude for the consistent support of Bulgaria to Serbia on its path to the EU," and "pointed out that in the last ...

100s more arrested, weapons seized in ongoing police raids

Serbian Interior Ministry's Operation Ares has continued, resulting in the arrest of 251 more suspects, Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on Tuesday. At the same time, criminal complaints under regular procedure have been filed against 367 other persons, Stefanovic stressed.

'Vucic could be thinking of sharing Nobel Prize with Thaci'

Opposition SRS leader Vojislav Seselj says President Aleksandar Vucic's idea to launch "internal dialogue on Kosovo" is "pure stupidity." "I'm done with the dialogue on Kosovo. What's there to have a dialogue about anymore," Seselj told Beta.

'Good idea - but Djindjic, Kostunica, Tadic already had it'

SDP GI leader Oliver Ivanovic think President Aleksandar Vucic's idea to "restore the dialogue on Kosovo" is "good." This Serb politician from northern Kosovo told Beta on Tuesday that this was "the most important issue for all Serbs, no matter where they live."

Dacic comments on Vucic's 'internal Kosovo dialogue' idea

The cause of the Kosovo problem should be solved, and a viable solution found, says Serbian Foreign Minister and First Deputy PM Ivica Dacic. Speaking on Tuesday in Belgrade, Dacic also "pointed out that he does not believe that consensus can be reached on this issue," Beta is reporting.

British Parliament launches inquiry into 'UK and Balkans'

The International Relations Committee of the British Parliament has launched its inquiry into the UK and the Balkans. Beta is reporting this on Tuesday, citing a statement published on the parliament's website, that noted the inquiry would have "a particular focus on the UK's approach to the region ...

Top Italian officials receive visiting Serbian president

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is on an official visit to Italy this Tuesday, where he met with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Vucic was welcomed with top state honors, and then proceeded to discuss "bilateral relations, the situation in the region, and Italy's support to Serbia's EU ...

President promises average wages of 'almost EUR 500'

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has announced "significant salaries and pensions hikes" by the end of the year. "Salaries will be increased on a permanent basis, pensions will be increased. So this year there will be a significant increase in salaries and a more significant increase in pensions ...

Serbian students win host of medals at knowledge Olympiads

Young Serbian physics and mathematics students have achieved great success at international knowledge Olympiads held in Indonesia and Brazil. The students, sponsored by the oil company NIS, won five medals - one gold and four silvers - at the 48th International Physics Olympiad in Indonesia.

Court decides against detaining former Macedonian PM

The Skopje Court of Appeals has decided against detaining former Macedonian Prime Minister and VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski and four of his associates. This came ahead of the trial where they will stand accused of involvement in election theft, the court announced on its website, Tanjug is ...

Ukraine prepared to 'judge' Serbian filmmaker Kusturica

Ukraine is prepared to put Emir Kusturica on trial for his "calls to separatism," Vecernje Novosti is reporting, citing a source from the Ukrainian embassy. For the same reason, the renowned Serbian filmmaker is facing a five-year ban on entering the territory of that country.

Serbia and Israel ink defense deal; Israel firm on Kosovo

Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin says he received confirmation from Israeli officials that their country would not recognize Kosovo. Vulin, who is visiting Israel, added that he also received assurances the country would not vote in favor of Pristina's bid to join UNESCO.

Fiat management and workers reach deal

The government announced late on Monday that negotiations between Fiat Serbia trade unions and the company' management have been successfully completed. These talks, mediated by the government and the prime minister, were launched after the July 18 decision to end a strike, launched on June 24.

Novak Djokovic '99 percent certain to miss US Open'

Serbia's top-ranked male tennis player and world number four Novak Djokovic is almost certain to miss the US Open due to an elbow injury. This is according to Zdenko Milinkovic, a physician with the Serbia national team, who spoke for Belgrade's Sportski Zurnal sports daily.

Local businessman in south killed with shot to forehead

A police spokesman in the southern Serbian town of Vranje on Monday confirmed that a local businessman, who was found dead, has been murdered. The victim, 47-year-old Predrag Peric from Surdulica, was found in front of his auto shop in in the village of Zitoradja, half way between the towns of ...

Govt., Rio Tinto in MoU on 'world-class lithium-borate site'

The Serbian government and the Rio Tinto company on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on developing "world-class lithium-borate deposits." The Serbian government announced this, noting that Prime Minister Ana Brnabic attended the signing, and that the MoU concerned the Jadar projects in ...

Reports: Fiat management and strikers agree on wage increase

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Serbia management and a strike committee have reached a deal that includes a nine-percent wage increase, Tanjug is reporting. The strike committee accepted in principle a wage increase offer, the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia confirmed to the agency ...

EU 'ready to retaliate' against US over new Russia sanctions

Brussels is preparing to retaliate against the US if it goes ahead with new sanctions on Russia "that hit European companies," the Financial Times is reporting. According to the British newspaper, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker "has called for an urgent review of how Brussels ...

Pristina 'has not applied for UNESCO membership this year'

Kosovo has not applied for membership in UNESCO this year, says New Kosovo Alliance leader Behgjet Pacolli. Pacolli, who is also "one of the richest Albanians in Europe, and in the world," asked Kosovo's outgoing foreign minister, Enver Hoxhaj, "why he was misleading the public" when he said that ...

'49% of Serbians would support EU membership in referendum'

If a referendum were to be held "tomorrow" asking whether they support Serbia's EU membership, every other citizen - 49 percent - would vote "yes." On the other hand, 66 percent think that reforms need to be implemented outside of the issue of EU membership.

Serbia's credit rating 'ripe for upgrade' - Euromoney

Serbia’s risk score has improved by more than two points year-on-year in Euromoney’s country risk survey to almost 44 points out of a maximum 100 as of Q2 2017. Tanjug reported that the British financial magazine said this was the "highest tally since 2010."

At least 7 hurt as bus and truck collide in Belgrade

At least seven persons have been injured when a truck and a bus collided on the corner of Ruska Street and Vojvode Misica Boulevard in Belgrade. State broadcaster RTS reported this on Monday morning, stating that the accident happened at around 10:30 hours CET.

Macron points finger at Balkans for good reason

A campaign is currently under way in Serbia to collect illegal weapons, carried out by the Interior Ministry . According to assessments, there are between 200,000 and 900,000 such weapons in Serbia.

Vucic for 'internal dialogue, realistic approach to Kosovo'

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says that he has invited citizens of Serbia to "an internal dialogue on Kosovo and Metohija." The reason is "not to leave this burden to the descendants."

'I'd be surprised if Kosovo was EU's condition for Serbia'

U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott says he would be surprised if recognizing Kosovo was made a condition for Serbia to join the EU. Beta reported this quoting a statement cited by the Politika newspaper, made during Scott's interview published on July 22.

Mediterranean earthquake kills 2, injures 170 people

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the vicinity of tourist resorts in Greece and Turkey has resulted in the deaths of two people and injury of at least 170. Authorities in the two countries said that the earthquake's epicenter was in the Aegean Sea, and that it happened early on Friday.

'Contents of secret Fiat contract would shock Serbians'

Serbia's ruling SNS party on Friday called on the government to "once again examine any legal possibilities that would allow it to publish the Fiat contract." The contact in question is secret, and concerns the establishment of the company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Serbia - whose workers recently ...

Alibaba's Jack Ma invited to visit Serbia

Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali has presented the city's development potentials and projects to the governor of China's Zhejiang province, Yuan Jiajun. The city administration said in a statement that Mali "pointed out that in this sense, excellent cooperation with investors and companies from China ...