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Defense minister receives CSTO and NATO officials

Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic on Friday in Belgrade received high ranking officials of CSTO and NATO in separate meetings. Collective Security Treaty Organization Secretary General Yuri Khatchaturov and NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller are both in Belgrade for the inauguration of ...

Vucic meets with Croat counterpart: 'Much burdens our ties'

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met in Belgrade on Friday with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Grabar-Kitarovic arrived here as one of the guests at the ceremony on the occasion of the inauguration of Vucic as head of state.

Croatian president arrives in Belgrade

Cabinet minister and one of deputy PMs Zorana Mihajlovic on Friday welcomed Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport. Grabar-Kitarovic is in Serbia for the inaugural reception of the country's new president, Aleksandar Vucic.

Changes to Law on Ministries to be on agenda on Saturday

Serbian National Assembly President Maja Gojkovic has called an extraordinary session for Saturday, June 24. A bill amending the Law on Ministries as the only item on the agenda, Tanjug reported on Friday.

MiG-29s to be delivered to Serbian Army 'very soon'

Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday in Belgrade that he expects Russian military equipment to be delivered to Serbia very soon. Rogozin arrived here for the inauguration of President Aleksandar Vucic, and was the first to meet with him this morning, when he "proposed cooperation in ...

Brnabic as new moment in Serbia's old balancing act

Ana Brnabic will be in charge of the economy and Ivica Dacic of politics - the situation is new, but the attempt to balance between Russia and the West is old. This is according to US analyst Daniel Serwer, cited by Voice of America.

Nikolic tells Russia's Rogozin he can now 'speak freely'

Former President Tomislav Nikolic has told Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin that Serbia's priority is "friendship with Russia while respecting other nations." Rogozin is in Belgrade today for the inauguration of Nikolic's successor, Aleksandar Vucic, with whom he met on Friday morning.

'Rocks weren't used to prevent screening of documentary'

The MUP has announced that the police secured the Media Center building in Nis where a documentary about the 1999 war was to be shown on Thursday evening. According to the Interior Ministry , several dozen citizens gathered around the building to protest against the film - titled, "Albanian women ...

Presidential inauguration to take place in Belgrade

A reception on the occasion of the assuming of the Serbian presidency by Aleksandar Vucic will start at 18:00 hours CET in the Palace of Serbia in New Belgrade. Presidents of Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro Borut Pahor, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Gjorge Ivanov and Filip Vujanovic, as ...

Minister announces Nikola Tesla Airport deal for fall

Zorana Mihajlovic said on Thursday hat she expected a concession contract for the Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade to be signed this fall, Beta reported. "The plan is for binding offers to arrive by September 4 with details that pertain to the development of the Belgrade airport and planned ...

'Serbia and RS should acknowledge Srebrenica as genocide'

Serge Brammertz says that "one should hope Serbia and the Serb Republic " will officially acknowledge that genocide has been committed in Srebrenica. "These authorities must have the honor and the courage to admit the truth," the chief Hague Prosecutor told Sarajevo-based Oslobodjenje newspaper, ...

'Berlin Process Connectivity Agenda has special importance'

Serbia is working on "various projects on Western Balkans-wide infrastructural networking to become a well-connected, recognizable and competitive region." Acting PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this during the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the Central European Initiative in Minsk, ...

New Moment wins 4th Cannes Lion for 'One Book for Peace'

Regional agency New Moment tonight won its fourth Lion in Cannes this week – Gold in Design for the project “One Book for Peace." After winning two bronze and one silver Lion in the categories Print, PR and Promo & Activation for the project The One Book for Peace, New Moment brings home the ...

Serbian town pioneers 'dumpster guards' idea

Gradska Cistoca, a public utility company in Novi Sad, has decided to introduce unusual measures in order to counter the activities of informal waste recyclers. The city is set to announce a tender, worth RSD 6 million, and form a special patrol that will guard underground dumpsters.

Minors to be banned from Belgrade cafes and bars after 10 pm

Underage patrons could soon be prohibited from entering cafes and bars in Belgrade after 22:00 hours, a daily is reporting. According to Blic, "the city has been working on this idea for a while."

Trump makes his first WB decision - to keep black list

US President Donal Trump has made his first decision concerning the Western Balkans. Namely, Trump signed the continuation for another year of "the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans" - first introduced 16 years ago by George Bush.

Serbia's incoming PM is 'one quarter Croatian'

Croatia's Globus magazine writes that Aleksandar Vucic has made "a strong, but equally intriguing and challenging move" when he nominated Ana Brnabic for PM. The article - published under the headline "Ana Brnabic - the woman who divided Serbia" - notes that if the current minister of state ...

Moscow responds to fears about 'espionage center in Serbia'

Maria Zakharova has called "absurd" the statements made by US officials regarding the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center in Nis, southern Serbia. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, US diplomats have made "absolutely unthinkable, absurd, far-fetched accusations in the worst ...

156 deputies to back Brnabic; PM to be sworn in by June 30

Consultations about the forming and the composition of Serbia's next government are now in the final phase, state broadcaster RTS reported on Thursday. According to the report, a majority of 156 members of the Serbian National Assembly has been secured to vote Ana Brnabic's cabinet in.

Basketball: Serbian men take 3x3 World Cup title

Serbia on Wednesday beat the Netherlands 21-18 to win the country's third FIBA 3x3 World Cup basketball title. The Serbian team competing in the men's category ended the tournament in Nantes, France, with a perfect 7-0, beating Egypt, Russia, Andorra, Puerto Rico, the United States, and France.

Austrian FM wants 'Muslim kindergartens' shut down

Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has told Vienna's Kurier that Muslim kindergartens should be shut down. Asked by the newspaper whether this should be done, Kurz replied: "Of course, we don’t need them. There should be no Islamic kindergartens."

'Western Balkans among EU foreign policy's central topics'

Federica Mogherini said stressed that the West Balkans would be the central topic of her activities in the coming period, right after defense and security. The EU foreign policy chief said the future of the European Union, after Brexit, was not to remain with 27 members, but that there were certain ...

Pope Francis invited to visit Montenegro

Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srjan Darmanovic this week visited the Vatican and met with the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis. On this occasion, Darmanovic invited the pope to visit Montenegro.

Serbian, US companies team up to produce new aircraft

US-based Stavatti Aerospace and Serbia's Yugoimport-SDPR have struck a deal to develop and produce a new single-engine civilian airplane. Tanjug reported this on Wednesday, citing Yugoimport-SDPR, a major defense industry company in Serbia.

Dacic travels to Minsk for CEI meeting

Acting PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic will attend the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the Central European Initiative in Minsk on Thursday. The Serbian government announced this on Wednesday, noting that the CEI was established in 1989 through cooperation of four countries - Italy, ...

Vucic's inauguration: From CSTO to NATO, Rogozin to Yee

Aleksandar Vucic's presidential inauguration will be "unlike all previous ones" - and will, as he announced, bring together guests from around the world. The ceremony will be held on Friday at the Palace of Serbia in New Belgrade. Among the 5,000 expected guests will be regional leaders and envoys ...

Work on new media strategy to begin 'during summer'

Work to produce a new media strategy will begin during the summer, Assistant Minister of Culture and Information Milos Jankovic has announced. Jankovic spoke during a debate dubbed, "Who owns the media in Serbia," Tanjug has reported.

Romania's government collapses after 6 months

Romania's government has collapsed after only six months in office, AFP reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed official. Reuters said, citing a senior official, that Romania's parliament passed the no confidence motion 241-7 and toppled the government of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.

Belgrade to have 'rival' Pride Parades

Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, June 24 in Belgrade, organizers have announced. Pride Weekend, June 23-26, during which Pride walk is held, is organized by Citizens' Association Egal, Loud & Queer, and the Gay Lesbian Info Center.

HLC files war crimes charges against Red Beret member

The Humanitarian Law Center has filed a criminal complaint against a former high-ranking officer of the Special Operations Unit , Radojica Bozovic. The criminal complaint was filed for alleged war crimes he committed in Doboj in the spring and summer of 1992.

Croatian media report 'all about' Serbia's incoming PM

Croatia's Globus magazine writes that Aleksandar Vucic has made "a strong, but equally intriguing and challenging move" when he nominated Ana Brnabic for PM. The article - published under the headline "Ana Brnabic - the woman who divided Serbia" - notes that if the current minister of state ...

Serbia-China relations 'reach highest level'

Acting PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Chinese Ambassador Li Manchang met on Tuesday in Belgrade for "a cordial meeting," the government has announced. Dacic and Li "confirmed readiness to continue and intensify comprehensive bilateral relations between the two countries."

Belgrade mayor could join government as deputy PM - report

Sinisa Mali, who currently serves as mayor of Belgrade, "could once again move into 11 Nemanjina Street ," Blic is reporting. According to the newspaper, he is a candidate to become deputy prime minister in charge of investments.

'Greater Albania' unacceptable to Turkey - Erdogan

Turkey's president says "the ideas of some about the unification of Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo into a Greater Albania" are "bad, and unacceptable to Turkey." According to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is loudly advocating "respecting sovereignty and integrity of countries in the Balkans."

Serbia opens two more chapters in EU accession talks

Two more chapters, on Intellectual Property Law Customs Union have been opened on Tuesday in Serbia's EU membership negotiations. With this, Serbia has opened ten out of 35 chapters, while two have been temporarily closed.

Chinese interested in manufacturing electric cars in Serbia

China's ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang announced on Tuesday that a Chinese company that wishes to open an electric car factory would soon arrive in Serbia. Speaking in an army barracks in the town of Pancevo, where he presented a Chinese donation worth around EUR 900,000 to the Serbian Army, Li ...

Images of Serb victims to be displayed near US embassy

"The Serbian wailing wall" will be displayed near the US embassy in Belgrade, an association of the families of kidnapped and murdered Kosovo Serbs has said. The association announced on Tuesday that they will do this tomorrow, "as a sign of protest over America's protection of the criminal Ramush ...

Serbia's SDPR in EUR 2.7bn strategic deal with Indians

India's Anil Ambani Group company Reliance Defence Ammunition has entered a 10-year strategic partnership with Serbia’s state-owned Yugoimport SDPR. According to Indian media, the deal is worth EUR 2.7 billion and concerns manufacturing of ammunition in India, "and targeting business ...

Croatian president will attend Vucic's inauguration - source

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will attend the inauguration of Serbia's new president, Aleksandar Vucic, a source from her office said on Tuesday. The ceremony will be held on Friday in Belgrade.

Serbia and Tunisia enjoy 'traditionally good relations'

Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Tuesday received Ambassador of Tunisia Mohamed Bougamra for a farewell visit. According to the Serbian government, Dacic "thanked him for the contribution to the improvement of relations between the two countries."

3 SNS MPs were against, but they'll vote in favor - Vucic

Aleksandar Vucic says he asked SNS Assembly members to secure a stable majority themselves to elect Ana Brnabic as prime minister. "We had 131 elected deputies on our list, two left our ranks with Velimir Ilic, so we should have 129. I said that a majority will not be stable if we have 127, 128 or ...

'World Refugee Day 2017: Need for joint selfie'

As Serbia marks World Refugee Day, refugees stranded in the Balkans are taking selfies, Info Park, a unique refugee support project in Belgrade, said Tuesday. But these selfies are not the celebratory ones to mark the beginning of a new life, but a reminder that these individuals still exist.

First Cannes Lion awards for Bosnia for 'One Book for Peace'

In April, the Serbian agency New Moment New Ideas and Y&R Dubai teamed up for the joint project "The One" for the Inter-Religious Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The result is #OneBookForPeace and two bronze Lions in Print & Publishing and PR as well as the Silver Lion in Promo & Activation ...

88% of Belgrade University students against NATO membership

Nearly 88 percent of University of Belgrade students believe Serbia should not join NATO, a new survey has shown. At the same time, 39.7 percent said they would not vote for Serbia's membership in the EU, while 50 percent believe the country will never join the organization, according to the poll ...

Serbian, Montenegrin champions to clash in Champions League

Partizan Belgrade football club were on Monday drawn to play Montenegrin side Buducnost Podgorica in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The first leg is scheduled for July 11 and 12 in Belgrade, with the second to be played a week later in Podgorica, Tanjug reported.

'Brnabic will be elected with 156 votes in favor' - report

Some Assembly members from the ruling SNS have expressed their dissatisfaction by saying that they would vote for Ana Brnabic just because Vucic nominated her. The daily Politika is reporting this on Tuesday, adding that they, in this way, "support him, even if they're not thrilled."

Serbia set to open two more chapters in EU accession talks

Two more chapters, on Intellectual Property Law Customs Union will be opened on Tuesday in Serbia's EU membership negotiations, Beta is reporting. With this, Serbia will have opened ten out of 35 chapters, while two have been temporarily closed.

IMF mission to visit for review under stand-by arrangement

An IMF mission led by James Roaf will visit Serbia from June 22 through July 4 to conduct the seventh review under a stand-by arrangement, Tanjug reported. IMF Resident Representative Sebastian Sosa made the announcement on Monday.

IMF mission set to visit Serbia

An IMF mission led by James Roaf will visit Serbia from June 22 through July 4 to conduct the seventh review under a stand-by arrangement, Tanjug reported. IMF Resident Representative Sebastian Sosa made the announcement on Monday.

Two members of EU training mission killed in Africa

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has confirmed that two members of EU's military training mission have been killed in Mali. "The victim was a Portuguese colleague who was part of the European Union's training mission in Bamako," Federica Mogherini told a news conference, Reuters reported.