Daily Survey

Belgrade, August 14, 2012

SERBIA

KYPREOS: EUROPE EXPECTS MUCH FROM NEW SERBIAN GOVT.

BELGRADE, August 13 (Tanjug) - Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Dimitrios Kypreos has said during the talks with Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Aleksandar Vucic that this is a rather difficult period for Serbia and the Balkans, and that Europe expects much from the new government, the Ministry of Defence announced.
The success of this government will be crucial for the development of the entire region. Europe expects much from the new government, Kypreos said.
Kypreos noted that the OSCE mission would like to further improve the cooperation with the Defence Ministry, and commended the participation of the Serbian Armed Forces in peacekeeping missions, adding that this shows that Serbia has the political will to take part in strengthening the international security, the release reads.
Vucic thanked Kypreos for the support that the OSCE Mission had been offering to Serbia and the Ministry of Defence, and placed special emphasis on the cooperation on the programme aimed at building up capacities for the management of conventional ammunition stockpiles, and in the process of democratization of security forces and defence systems, the release notes.

PARLIAMENT SPEAKERS FOR CLOSER COOPERATION

BELGRADE, August 13 (Tanjug) - Nebojsa Stefanovic and Igor Radojicic, parliament speakers of Serbia and Republika Srpska respectively, have agreed on Monday that there is a strategic interest in bilateral cooperation, given that "all institutions and citizens have a natural inclination towards cooperation", and that it is up to all to strengthen that cooperation.
In 2008, the two parliaments signed the protocol on cooperation, but the need arose for introducing yet another dimension to that cooperation, primarily in the domain of economy, Stefanovic said. Thus, the two economies will strengthen, have a possibility of a joint presentation to other markets, he stressed.
"The Republic of Serbia and its parliament have interest in strengthening cooperation with RS. Our wish is to have more frequent meetings between parliament's senior officials, as well as representatives of parliamentary committees and other bodies," Stefanovic said.
Congratulating him on the election, Radojicic invited Stefanovic to pay a visit to Banjaluka this autumn. He underlined that would be a good opportunity for making cooperation in many domains, economy in particular, more concrete, as businessmen and representative of the executive branch would be also present on that occasion. That would bring the two economies even closer, he said.
Radojicic underlined that Serbia is the most significant trading partner of RS, adding that with Stefanovic, he also discussed the improvement in cooperation in the domain of trade, economy and energy.

GOVT. TO ADOPT NEW APPROACH TO EU INTEGRATION

BELGRADE, August 14 (Tanjug) - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister for EU Integration Suzana Grubjesic voiced confidence on Tuesday during the talks with Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Dimitrios Kypreos that the new government would adopt a new approach to the EU integration based on the sincere partnership with Brussels and responsible implementation of the internal reforms.
"Now, it is up to us to take concrete steps to restore the government's credibility and speed up the EU integration. The process does not boil down to merely meeting the conditions set out by Brussels, but rather to implementing the internal reforms, which will secure a better life for Serbian citizens in all domains," Grubjesic underlined, and the government announced.
Kypreos congratulated Grubjesic on the election, voicing OSCE's readiness to assist Serbia in implementing reforms that are necessary for the country to reach the EU standards, as OSCE and EU are committed to the same values.
Later in the day, Grubjesic will meet UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia William Infante.