Belgrade, May 09, 2012
CELEBRATIONS OF EUROPE DAY
BELGRADE, May 09 (Tanjug) - With a series of events starting Wednesday and continuing through May 20, Serbia will celebrate Europe Day, observed in memory of May 9, 1950, the day then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community considered the predecessor of the modern-day European Union.
Under the slogan "Europe Open," more than 25 cultural and sports events will be held in five cities in Serbia Belgrade, Sremska Mitrovica, Nis, Loznica and Novi Sad.
On Wednesday, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert will attend the opening of a school Olympics in Sremska Mitrovica, inspired by the Olympic Games that will take place in London this summer.
A festival of contemporary European film will take place at Dom Omladine in Belgrade from May 13 to 19, in cooperation with the cultural centers and embassies of EU member countries, along with a photography exhibit that will stay open for several weeks.
The traditional conference on economic issues and challenges will be especially relevant this year in light of the crisis faced by the EU.
A series in events in Belgrade will be dedicated to the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, including a computer and internet class for the elderly at the EU Info Center in Dom Omaldine on May 11.
May 9 was established as Europe Day at the 1985 Milan European Council.
DEGERT: SERBIA SHOWED IN THE POLLS IT WANTS EU INTEGRATION
BELGRADE, May 08 (Tanjug) -The EU wants to continue its enlargement to the countries of the Balkans, including Serbia, which is part of the European culture, and whose people showed clearly in the elections that is what they wanted too, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert said on Tuesday.
The EU wishes to send a message to all the countries in the Balkans, including Serbia, that it wants to continue in the same direction, Degert stated in between informal meetings discussing Europe Day, which is on May 9.
Serbia has made very important strides towards the EU in the past two to three years, he stressed, citing the visa liberalization, trade agreement and candidate status as examples.
Degert said the EU wished to go on and that he thought the people of Serbia wanted the same thing too, as shown in the latest elections. Around 92 percent of the parties that advocate EU integration are in the parliament now, while those who oppose it have been mostly marginalized and failed to win parliament seats, he remarked.
Degert stated that Serbia is part of the European culture and has always been that, adding that the European Week event started on Tuesday and would last 12 days, comprising a series of smaller events throughout Serbia.
CZECH GOVT SUPPORTS TRADE DEVELOPMENT IN SERBIA
BELGRADE, May 09 (Tanjug) - The Czech government has approved a project dubbed 'Support to the development of trade in Serbia', designed to foster the economic and social development of the country, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS) announced Tuesday.
The goal of the project is improving the competitiveness of the Serbian economy, export and the overall business climate, and it will be realized between August and October 2012.
The idea is to help local experts to prepare development projects which will be financed from EU funds and other sources of assistance.
The main activities include a threeday study visit by Serbian project managers and ministry representatives to Prague in August, a threeday seminar at the PKS in September and a seminar at the regional chamber of commerce in Leskovac.
Participants will include representatives of the Serbian chamber system, government and nongovernment organizations, colleges, institutes, and small and mediumsized enterprises. The project was proposed by the PKS, the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Leskovac Chamber of Commerce, the PKS said on its website.
COOPERATION WITH CZECHS ON PROJECT WORTH EUR 500 M
BELGRADE, May 09 (Tanjug) - The Serbian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy and the Czech company Alta from Brno will sign statements of cooperation on the construction project on thermal power plant Stavalj worth EUR 500 million, the ministry announced.
Based on the previous talks with the relevant ministry, the Czech company Alta decided to invest EUR 500 million in the building of the mine and thermal power plant Stavalj near Sjenica which will have an installed capacity of 300350 MW.
The renowned Czech company earmarked another EUR 150 million for investments in various energy projects in Serbia, the release reads, adding that Alta is already present in the Serbian market with the mining gear and works in the domain of mining.