DACIC, FINNISH MINISTER: SERBIA'S EU ACCESSION TO STABILIZE THE REGION
BELGRADE, 11 April 2017 (Beta) – The Serbian and Finnish foreign ministers, Ivica Dacic and Timo Soini, spoke on the phone on April 11 to discuss Serbia's accession to the European Union and bilateral relations. The two ministers agreed that the Serbian EU integration would not only contribute to the development of the country, but also to the stability of the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. Minister Soini congratulated on Aleksandar Vucic's victory in the April 2 presidential elections, which, as he put it, was a confirmation of the Serbian government's success, recognized by the Serbian people, the Ministry quoted the Finnish diplomat as saying in a press release. The Serbian foreign minister said that bilateral relations were developing continuously, stressing several considerable Finnish investments in Serbia. The Finnish foreign minister reiterated his country's support to the Serbian EU integration, a very challenging process for Serbia, the Ministry said.
DACIC MEETS WITH GERMAN, CZECH AMBASSADORS
BELGRADE, 11 April 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met on April 11 with the German ambassador to Serbia, Axel Dittmann, and his Czech counterpart, Ivan Hlavsov, who delivered to him an invitation to attend a conference of South East European foreign ministers in Berlin. Dacic thanked the two diplomats for the invitation, saying that he expected the conference to offer a constructive exchange of opinions between the SEE and EU peers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted Dacic as saying in a press release. Berlin's is the ninth ministerial conference, scheduled to take place on May 31, 2017. The conference is organized by the Aspen Institute, the Ministry reported. Dacic and the ambassadors exchanged opinions about the status of Serbia's EU accession, the situation in the region and other important international issues.
VUCIC, CERAR DISCUSS IMPACT OF AGROKOR ON SERBIAN, SLOVENIAN MARKETS
BELGRADE, 11 April 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on April 11 talked with his Slovenian counterpart, Miro Cerar, about Croatian Agrokor's impact on the two countries' markets, and the two prime ministers agreed to work to protect the rights of the employees. Vucic and Cerar talked about the operation of Agrokor's daughter companies operating in Serbia and Slovenia, the government reported. The two prime ministers agreed in a telephone conversation that it was necessary to exchange experiences and information regularly. The cabinet said in a press release that Vucic and Cerar had agreed on a "coordinated effort to protect the rights of employees and future operations, primarily Mercator's."