Belgrade, June 26, 2012
BSEC SUMMIT OPENS IN ISTANBUL, NIKOLIC PRESIDES
ISTANBUL, June 26 (Tanjug) –Istanbul will host the 20th Anniversary Summit of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) on Tuesday, which will be presided by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Turkish President Abdullah Gul.The summit will be dedicated to 20th anniversary of the BSEC, over which Serbia has presided from January 1 to July 1, when Turkey is to take over.BSEC member states are Serbia's important trading partners. According to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS) data, Serbia's trade with these countries amounted to USD 7.9 billion in 2011.The BSEC comprises 12 member states- Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Armenia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine, whereas certain countries and organizations have the observer status (Austria, Belarus, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Israel, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Tunisia and the U.S).The former State Union of Serbia and Montenegro became a BSEC member state in April 2004. After Montenegro declared independence, Serbia remained a member of the organization.
NIKOLIC CONFERS WITH GUL IN ISTANBUL
ISTANBUL, June 26 (Tanjug) –President Tomislav Nikolic met his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul on the sidelines of the 20th Anniversary Summit of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Istanbul on Tuesday.Serbian and Turkish foreign ministers, Vuk Jeremic and Ahmet Davutoglu respectively, also attended the meeting.Today's BSEC summit is being co-chaired by Nikolic and Gul as representatives of the country which is currently presiding over the regional initiative and the one that is to take over.The summit is dedicated to 20th anniversary of the BSEC. Serbia's six-month presidency ends on July 1, when Turkey is to take over.
SERBIA & CHINA ON FOSTERING HEALTHCARE RELATIONS
BELGRADE, June 25 (Tanjug) –Health Minister Stankovic met with China's Vice Minister of Health Wang Guo-Qiang on Monday.The two ministers pointed out that Serbia and China will continue to improve mutual cooperation in the field of healthcare.Stankovic told the press that the talks encompassed three topics - bilateral cooperation, problems in both countries' healthcare systems and implementation of a Memorandum of cooperation signed last year.Stankovic thanked China for donations comprising 10 X-ray machines Serbia received in the past two months, and said that the talks also included the issue of treating children with rare diseases in China and exchange of experts in traditional medicine.The minister announced that a committee will be formed to deal with healthcare cooperation between Serbia and China, in which both countries will have two representatives to coordinate the cooperation.Wang Guo-Qiang said that he and Stankovic discussed implementation of the agreement between Serbia and China and cooperation in the field of traditional medicine.We will together form a mechanism for healthcare cooperation that will help improve the health of both Serbia and China's citizens, he pointed out.The delegation of the Chinese Ministry of Health will stay in Serbia for three days.
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MONTENEGRO GIVEN NEGOTIATIONS, START DATE JUNE 29
LUXEMBOURG, June 26 (Tanjug) –EU foreign ministers agreed Tuesday that Montenegro can start EU accession negotiations on June 29, it was said Tuesday at the ministerial meeting held in Luxembourg.The Council adopted the assessment of the European Commission that Montenegro has reached the necessary degree of compliance with the criteria for EU membership, says the Council's conclusions, in which Montenegro is urged to intensify its efforts in fighting organized crime and corruption.Montenegro will officially start EU membership negotiations on June 29, by opening a chapter related to the rule of law and basic human rights.EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele welcomed the decision with a message on his tweeter account.
EU CONCERNED OVER BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
LUXEMBOURG, June 25 (Tanjug) –EU foreign ministers expressed concerns on Monday over the political situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and called on the authorities there to implement constitutional reforms.Foreign ministers of the 27 EU member states said in Luxembourg they wished to see Bosnia-Herzegovina as a future member of the EU, but before the integration process could continue, it was necessary to change the Bosnia-Herzegovina Constitution in relation to the Sejdic-Finci case.A Jew and a Roma from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jakob Finci and Dervo Sejdic, sued the country to the human rights court in Strasbourg because it is impossible for minorities to run for high-level government positions in Bosnia-Herzegovina.Even though the court in Strasbourg decided in their favour 2 years ago, the Bosnia-Herzegovina Constitution has not been changed yet, and they still cannot run in elections.The ratification of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Bosnia-Herzegovina and the EU was stopped after the court had decided, while reviewing the said case, that the Bosnian Constitution discriminated against citizens based on nationality.The ministers concluded at the meeting no Monday that the Bosnian leaders, who are unable to start the procedure to change the Constitution because of internal disagreements, should implement earlier agreements and unblock the decision process.The council of ministers also decided to increase assistance to courts and prosecutors once the international police withdraws from Bosnia-Herzegovina, so it could improve their ability to establish the rule of law.The ministers also condemned the attempts to minimalize or deny the genocide that had occurred in Srebrenica and the nationalistic rhetoric of political leaders.