Daily Survey

Belgrade, June 29, 2012



BELGRADE, June 28 (Tanjug) –Vuk Jeremic has almost finished forming the team which will assist him in his work as the president of the United Nations General Assembly, and the daily Blic reports Friday that Zdravko Ponos, assistant to the Serbian foreign minister and former Chief of Serbian Armed Forces General Staff, will be his chief of staff.According to the daily, Jeremic's advisors will also include former foreign ministers of Italy and Spain, Franco Frattini and Miguel Angel Moratinos, former Swiss president and foreign minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, and Dejan Sahovic, Serbia's ambassador to Hungary and former ambassador to the UN.Blic's source claims a high-ranking Russian diplomat will undoubtedly be added to the team."Jeremic is going to Moscow on July 25 and he should reach a final agreement then. Also, he is in talks with Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico and former American ambassador to the UN," said the source.The office of the UNGA president will comprise about 20 people.


BELGRADE, June 28 (Tanjug) –Ivica Dacic, who has been mandated with forming the new government of Serbia, said Thursday that the government would be formed soon, that he expected it to be stable, with fewer ministries than before, and that it would work exclusively in the interest of the citizens.After Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has entrusted him with the mandate to form the government, Dacic said that a principal agreement had been reached between the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) - Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) - United Serbia (JS) coalition, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and the United Regions of Serbia (URS) to the effect that the future government should have fewer ministries and fewer officials.He also noted that there were institutions and organizations, such as the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) or athletes to be taken into account, who do not want the abolition of some departments.He pointed out that a meeting with the SNS would be held as early as tomorrow, and with other parties very soon, so that the parties could be introduced to the main points of the future government, adding that the government still remained open to some other parties.Dacic said that the decision to enter into a coalition with the SNS had been difficult due to good relations with the Democratic Party (DS), adding that it was not a subjective decision, but rather one made on behalf of the citizens of Serbia.Asked why he had not asked from the DS to entrust him with the premiership, Dacic said that it had not been a topic of the meeting between the SPS and the DS."I did not vote for Nikolic in the elections. I voted for Boris Tadic, but the electorate decided otherwise," said Dacic, adding that he wishes to continue the cooperation with the DS and other parties.If one calculated whether they should become the prime minister depending on the gravity of a given situation then they do not deserve this position, said Dacic, illustrating the case of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who became the prime minister in the critical times of World War II.Dacic said he would perform the job responsibly, that he would be agile in defending state interests and would never make unfair decisions.


BELGRADE, June 29 (Tanjug) –Prime minister elect Ivica Dacic and Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader Aleksandar Vucic agreed that the future government should have 15 ministries and announced that its composition, program and goals would be known in the next two weeks.After their meeting, Dacic and Vucic told reporters that they had discussed budget spending and revenue rather than personnel choices, and had agreed that Serbia would continue on its European path, open accession talks with the EU and accept and implement European standards.Vucic said the future government had a serious job ahead, adding that work would start Monday on drafting its plan and program, while talks on its structure would start in the next five days.Despite repeated questions from the press, Vucic did not want to reveal whether he would be in the future government.


BRUSSELS, June 28 (Tanjug) –European Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fuele said Thursday that he hopes that the future Serbian government will retain a pro-European orientation.That government has on the menu quite a lot of challenges and I hope that it will successfully cope with them, Fuele told reporters at the headquarters of the European Commission.Asked how the choice of Socialist leader Ivica Dacic for prime minister will affect the process of European integration of Serbia, Fuele said that Serbia knows what priorities need to be fulfilled.If it does, the Commission will be able to propose the start of negotiations with Serbia, Fuele said at a press conference dedicated to the commencement of negotiations on EU association with Montenegro.


BELGRADE, June 29 (Tanjug) –French Ambassador in Belgrade François-Xavier Deniau said Friday that his expectations from the Serbian government were the same as the voters' - for the parties to make good on what they promised during the campaign."I think it is obvious the people want a better economic situation, reforms, clear progress toward the EU, more democracy and transparency, this is what was promised in the campaign and what everyone can expect from the next government, Deniau told reporters during a break at a conference dubbed "System requirements for suppressing corruption."Deniau did not want to speculate about how successful the next government would be considering its expected makeup, noting it was for the Serbian people to decide who would represent them in the government, which would then be judged based on its actions.


VISEGRAD, June 28 (Tanjug) –President of Republika Srpska (RS) Milorad Dodik stated that he expects maximum cooperation with the Serbian state bodies after the election of the new Serbian government, and continuation of the tradition of closest relations between Belgrade and Banja Luka."I am happy about the support expressed for the RS, just like we support Serbia," Dodik told in Visegrad, RS, where he attended ceremonial marking of the anniversary of works on the Andricgrad cultural-memorial complex, which was founded and conceived by director Emir Kusturica.Dodik said that there is mutual wish to mark 100 years since the beginning of World War I, during which the Serbian people suffered great losses, in Andricgrad in 2014 since, as he put it, that would be an opportunity for the Serbian nation and the states of Serbia and the RS to show that they are ready to face historical challenges.


BELGRADE, June 29 (Tanjug) –The Danube Strategy opens the door to prosperity not only for countries in the Danube region, but for Europe as a whole, it was heard Friday at a conference held at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS).With the strategy, Serbia has gained major opportunities for development in infrastructure, tourism and regional cooperation, said participants.Milica Delevic, head of the EU Integration Office, said the Danube Strategy recognized the importance of all Danube countries, some of which are EU members and some in the process of EU integration.She said it was important to view the region as a whole, and noted Serbia had gained numerous opportunities for development with the strategy.Among them, she listed the restoration of the Zezelj Bridge and the Golubac Fortress, the water supply project in Veliko Gradise and the cleanup of the Backa Canal.Delevic said a second Danube financial summit would be held in September in order to collect funds for projects encompassed by the strategy."In an atmosphere of full cooperation among member countries, harmonization of common interests and affirmation of friendly relations, we have found our place to express the needs of Serbia, its businesses and people," said PKS President Milos Bugarin, opening the conference dubbed "Implementing the Danube Strategy - challenges and perspectives."Recalling its adoption last year, Bugarin said the Danube Strategy called for quality cooperation in the Western Balkans and had increased the number of joint projects.According to Bugarin, there are over 30 ongoing projects financed from EU funds, with another 15 in the preparation stages and a dozen in the idea stage.The projects belong to "the four pillars of the Danube Strategy, which envisages connecting the Danube region, protecting the environment, building prosperity and strengthening the region."Bugarin said delays in many of the programs were preventing Serbia from using the available funds to the fullest.He talked about the PKS-initiated cleanup of the banks of the Danube, Sava and Tisa rivers, and said the Chamber would also join the River Information System project which would ensure safer travel on the Danube through Serbia and enable nautical business to develop."The PKS will continue to be involved in the realization of strategic projects in all areas covered by the four pillars of the Danube Strategy," said Bugarin.Michael Ehrke, director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Office in Belgrade, said that all countries in the Danube region should be under the auspices of the EU.He noted these countries differed greatly in the level of development - from Germany as the most developed to Moldova as the poorest among them.The countries in the Danube region are: Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.



BELGRADE, June 29 (Tanjug) –President Tomislav Nikolic said on Friday that the attacks on Serb civilians in Kosovo, like those during the ceremonies marking St Vitus Day, were unacceptable and an open provocation at a time when tensions in Kosovo should be reduced, ahead of the resumpmtion of dialogue.He condemned the attackes on Serb civilians and stressed that the responsibility for the events lay solely with the authorities in Pristina, and that such violations of human rights were not helping establish stability in the region.Nikolic hopes the international organizations present in Kosovo are going to fulfil their tasks in line with their mandates, also approved by Serbia, in the future and ensure safety in Kosovo and protection of the rights of all citizens, says a statement from Nikolic's cabinet.


PRISTINA, June 28 (Tanjug) –KFOR condemned attacks with Molotov cocktails in Pristina on buses carrying Serbs who were coming back from a service marking the 623rd anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo at Gazimestan held by Serbian Patriarch Irinej.KFOR severely condemns the impermissible act of violence in which five buses carrying Serbian passengers were attacked with Molotov cocktails near Viktori hotel in Pristina downtown, reads a statement delivered to Tanjug.At the same time, KFOR welcomed the determination of the competent institutions to conduct a detailed investigation into this impermissible act.This impermissible act violates integrity and safe and peaceful surrounding for all citizens of Kosovo, there is no space for this act in the development of a modern society. In spite of the incident, the current situation is peaceful and stable, the statement concludes.


FRANKFURT, June 29 (Tanjug) –The Committee on Rules of Procedure and Immunities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) unanimously declined to discuss the abolition of the immunity of former Swiss Senator Dick Marty, the author of the report on organ trafficking in Kosovo in 1999, so he will not be able to testify in the illegal trade in organs case.Marty's testimony in the case dealing with allegations about illegal trade in organs in 2008 Medicus clinic in Pristina was asked for by EULEX prosecutor Jonathan Ratel, according to Vesti, a Frankfurt-based, Serbian language daily.The committee, made up of representatives from 47 member states of the Council of Europe, invoked Article 14 of the PACE General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe, which stipulates the parliamentary immunity as absolute, permanent and unrestricted and that the Parliamentary Assembly cannot abolish it.