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SERBIA

DACIC RECEIVES BRAZILIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - On June 14 Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic received Brazilian Foreign Ministry official Fernando Simas Magalhaes, who headed Brazil's delegation at consultations involving the two foreign ministries. A statement from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that in a cordial talk with Simas Magalhaes, the Undersecretary General for Multilateral Political Affairs, Europe and North America, the two officials voiced their satisfaction with friendly diplomatic relations between the two countries which will be celebrating their 80th anniversary this year. The importance that Serbia ascribes to relations with Brazil, which are very good and characterized by a high degree of mutual understanding, along with the desire to upgrade existing cooperation in areas of mutual interest, especially in the economic sphere and the area of enhancing contractual regulations, was stressed. A shared interest in establishing the continuity of political dialogue between the two foreign ministries and an exchange of visits at the level of foreign ministers was confirmed. The Serbian side voiced its gratitude for Brazil's principled support on the issue of preserving Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

BRNABIC: EU SHOULD PRESSURE PRISTINA INTO APPLYING BRUSSELS AGREEMENT

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on June 14 that Kosovo's failure to do anything toward implementing the Brussels Agreement was a massive obstacle to negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, just like the large number of attacks on the Serbs in Kosovo over the past few months. Brnabic stated after the meeting with the ambassadors of all EU member countries that she saw no pressure on Pristina to change its attitude toward the Serbs, or implement the Brussels Agreement and form the Community of Serb Municipalities. She said the European Union was not just the mediator, but also the guarantor of the Brussels Agreement, and that Serbia had the right to expect Brussels to exert pressure on Pristina. "I regret that we have been waiting for five years now for the forming of the Community of Serb Municipalities... that the pressure has only been exerted on Serbia, when the backbone of the agreement was the forming of the Community of Serb Municipalities," said Brnabic. She urged, besides the EU and the U.S., all other countries which have recognized Kosovo's independence to put pressure on Pristina, for it to implement the Brussels Agreement.

BRNABIC, FABRIZI: RULE OF LAW KEY ON ROAD TO THE EU

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - On June 14 Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that Serbia had achieved major progress in the area of rule of law, adding that chapters 23 and 24 pertaining to that area were among the most difficult on the road to European integration. At a meeting with Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi and the ambassadors of the EU's member states, Brnabic said that she had wanted an open discussion on what Serbia had achieved so far. "My opinion and idea are that a lot has been done. These are complex reforms that go at their own pace. Serbia and the cabinet did not want to rush things and enact certain laws at the cost of quality," she said. Speaking about the process of constitutional reforms, Brnabic said that Serbia had wanted a comprehensive public debate lasting over nine months which would continue after the Venice Commission gave its opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms, so as to have the most quality and most inclusive process that would lead to constitutional change. On April 13 the Serbian government sent the Venice Commission a proposal for constitutional amendments, she said, adding that she expected the first comments next week. Brnabic said that the next meeting of this kind would be held in October, adding that the format of the talks was useful to both Serbia and the EU. She said that the subject of the meeting were judicial reforms, a media strategy and the basic rights of national minorities. EU Delegation Head Sem Fabrizi said after the meeting that the rule of law was key to Serbia and the process of European integration. Fabrizi said the meeting with the prime minister and all of the EU's ambassadors was constructive and very fruitful and that it had focused on the rule of law, i.e. chapters 23 and 24. He lauded the readiness of the government and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to discuss these issues.

KUBUROVIC MEETS WITH ITALIAN PROSECUTOR TO DISCUSS ORGANIZED CRIME

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic met on June 14 with Italian anti-mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor Federico De Raho to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the area of fighting organized crime, terrorism and corruption. A statement from the Ministry of Justice quoted Nela Kuburovic as saying during the meeting that cooperation between the two offices was at an exceptional level and recalled that in 2017 the Serbian Ministry of Justice signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Italian financial police based on which prosecutors and police officials from Serbia received training in Italy to enhance their knowledge in the area of fighting organized crime and corruption. She recalled that a new law on organization and the jurisdictions of state bodies in curbing organized crime, terrorism and corruption had taken effect, which she said had additionally strengthened the capacities of the Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime and enabled the establishing of four regional centers for fighting corruption in Serbia, the Ministry of Justice said. Kuburovic said that the law gave prosecutors the ability to form strike teams and additionally advance coordination and the exchange of information between the relevant state bodies, adding that a new law on the agency for fighting corruption and lobbying would soon enter procedure. The Italian prosecutor said that the fast and direct exchange of information was of key importance for an effective battle against transnational crime, which he said threatened the economy and stability of every state. The meeting in Belgrade was attended by Serbian Prosecutor for Organized Crime Mladen Nenadic, Italian Ambassador to Serbia Carlo Lo Cascio and the chief of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Andrea Orizio.

ECONOMY

GERMANY'S KROMBERG&SCHUBERT OPENS FACTORY IN KRUSEVAC

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - The German Kromberg&Schubert company opened in Krusevac on June 14 a factory for producing car wiring systems, worth EUR29 million, which will employ 2,500 people when it reaches full capacity, by 2022. The Serbian cabinet gave EUR9.5 million in subsidies to the German company for opening the factory, while the City of Krusevac gave 6.2 hectares of land and supplied the infrastructure connections. Currently around 600 workers are employed in the 23,000 square meter facility and the plan is to employ an additional 200 by the end of the year. The inauguration of the factory was attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Kromberg&Schubert owner Hans-Otto Kromberg, German Ambassador Axel Dittmann and Krusevac Mayor Jasmina Palurovic. "Our thanks go to Germany as Serbia's number one foreign trade partner for investing in this market, and we will continue to support these investments and improve the business environment," Vucic said. Kromberg&Schubert is a family company manufacturing car components, and a global supplier of wiring, cables and injection technology. Kromberg&Schubert Group President Zeljko Matijevic said that the factory in Krusevac was the 28th that the business system had in the world where it employed 48,000. He said that Krusevac had been chosen for investment due to its good location and infrastructure. German Ambassador Axel Dittmann stressed that German companies were pleased with the conditions for doing business in Serbia, which was evident in the fact that Henkel had recently opened a new factory in Krusevac.

SERBIA

 

 

DACIC RECEIVES BRAZILIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - On June 14 Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic received Brazilian Foreign Ministry official Fernando Simas Magalhaes, who headed Brazil's delegation at consultations involving the two foreign ministries. A statement from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that in a cordial talk with Simas Magalhaes, the Undersecretary General for Multilateral Political Affairs, Europe and North America, the two officials voiced their satisfaction with friendly diplomatic relations between the two countries which will be celebrating their 80th anniversary this year. The importance that Serbia ascribes to relations with Brazil, which are very good and characterized by a high degree of mutual understanding, along with the desire to upgrade existing cooperation in areas of mutual interest, especially in the economic sphere and the area of enhancing contractual regulations, was stressed. A shared interest in establishing the continuity of political dialogue between the two foreign ministries and an exchange of visits at the level of foreign ministers was confirmed. The Serbian side voiced its gratitude for Brazil's principled support on the issue of preserving Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

 

BRNABIC: EU SHOULD PRESSURE PRISTINA INTO APPLYING BRUSSELS AGREEMENT

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on June 14 that Kosovo's failure to do anything toward implementing the Brussels Agreement was a massive obstacle to negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, just like the large number of attacks on the Serbs in Kosovo over the past few months. Brnabic stated after the meeting with the ambassadors of all EU member countries that she saw no pressure on Pristina to change its attitude toward the Serbs, or implement the Brussels Agreement and form the Community of Serb Municipalities. She said the European Union was not just the mediator, but also the guarantor of the Brussels Agreement, and that Serbia had the right to expect Brussels to exert pressure on Pristina. "I regret that we have been waiting for five years now for the forming of the Community of Serb Municipalities... that the pressure has only been exerted on Serbia, when the backbone of the agreement was the forming of the Community of Serb Municipalities," said Brnabic. She urged, besides the EU and the U.S., all other countries which have recognized Kosovo's independence to put pressure on Pristina, for it to implement the Brussels Agreement.

 

BRNABIC, FABRIZI: RULE OF LAW KEY ON ROAD TO THE EU

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - On June 14 Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that Serbia had achieved major progress in the area of rule of law, adding that chapters 23 and 24 pertaining to that area were among the most difficult on the road to European integration. At a meeting with Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi and the ambassadors of the EU's member states, Brnabic said that she had wanted an open discussion on what Serbia had achieved so far. "My opinion and idea are that a lot has been done. These are complex reforms that go at their own pace. Serbia and the cabinet did not want to rush things and enact certain laws at the cost of quality," she said. Speaking about the process of constitutional reforms, Brnabic said that Serbia had wanted a comprehensive public debate lasting over nine months which would continue after the Venice Commission gave its opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms, so as to have the most quality and most inclusive process that would lead to constitutional change. On April 13 the Serbian government sent the Venice Commission a proposal for constitutional amendments, she said, adding that she expected the first comments next week. Brnabic said that the next meeting of this kind would be held in October, adding that the format of the talks was useful to both Serbia and the EU. She said that the subject of the meeting were judicial reforms, a media strategy and the basic rights of national minorities. EU Delegation Head Sem Fabrizi said after the meeting that the rule of law was key to Serbia and the process of European integration. Fabrizi said the meeting with the prime minister and all of the EU's ambassadors was constructive and very fruitful and that it had focused on the rule of law, i.e. chapters 23 and 24. He lauded the readiness of the government and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to discuss these issues.

 

KUBUROVIC MEETS WITH ITALIAN PROSECUTOR TO DISCUSS ORGANIZED CRIME

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic met on June 14 with Italian anti-mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor Federico De Raho to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the area of fighting organized crime, terrorism and corruption. A statement from the Ministry of Justice quoted Nela Kuburovic as saying during the meeting that cooperation between the two offices was at an exceptional level and recalled that in 2017 the Serbian Ministry of Justice signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Italian financial police based on which prosecutors and police officials from Serbia received training in Italy to enhance their knowledge in the area of fighting organized crime and corruption. She recalled that a new law on organization and the jurisdictions of state bodies in curbing organized crime, terrorism and corruption had taken effect, which she said had additionally strengthened the capacities of the Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime and enabled the establishing of four regional centers for fighting corruption in Serbia, the Ministry of Justice said. Kuburovic said that the law gave prosecutors the ability to form strike teams and additionally advance coordination and the exchange of information between the relevant state bodies, adding that a new law on the agency for fighting corruption and lobbying would soon enter procedure. The Italian prosecutor said that the fast and direct exchange of information was of key importance for an effective battle against transnational crime, which he said threatened the economy and stability of every state. The meeting in Belgrade was attended by Serbian Prosecutor for Organized Crime Mladen Nenadic, Italian Ambassador to Serbia Carlo Lo Cascio and the chief of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Andrea Orizio.

 

 

ECONOMY

 

 

GERMANY'S KROMBERG&SCHUBERT OPENS FACTORY IN KRUSEVAC

BELGRADE, 14 June 2018 (Beta) - The German Kromberg&Schubert company opened in Krusevac on June 14 a factory for producing car wiring systems, worth EUR29 million, which will employ 2,500 people when it reaches full capacity, by 2022. The Serbian cabinet gave EUR9.5 million in subsidies to the German company for opening the factory, while the City of Krusevac gave 6.2 hectares of land and supplied the infrastructure connections. Currently around 600 workers are employed in the 23,000 square meter facility and the plan is to employ an additional 200 by the end of the year. The inauguration of the factory was attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Kromberg&Schubert owner Hans-Otto Kromberg, German Ambassador Axel Dittmann and Krusevac Mayor Jasmina Palurovic. "Our thanks go to Germany as Serbia's number one foreign trade partner for investing in this market, and we will continue to support these investments and improve the business environment," Vucic said. Kromberg&Schubert is a family company manufacturing car components, and a global supplier of wiring, cables and injection technology. Kromberg&Schubert Group President Zeljko Matijevic said that the factory in Krusevac was the 28th that the business system had in the world where it employed 48,000. He said that Krusevac had been chosen for investment due to its good location and infrastructure. German Ambassador Axel Dittmann stressed that German companies were pleased with the conditions for doing business in Serbia, which was evident in the fact that Henkel had recently opened a new factory in Krusevac.

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