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DAILY SURVEY 05.05.2017.
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SERBIA

NIKOLIC: SERBIA WILL BACK AFRICAN UNION'S CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF WTO

BELGRADE, 4 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on May 4 that Serbia would back Ethiopian politician Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' candidacy for director-general of the World Health Organization (WTO). Ghebreyesus, a candidate of the African Union for director-general of the WTO and a special aide to the prime minister of Ethiopia, asked Nikolic in the name of Africa for Serbia's support in the election of the WTO's topmost official, adding that Serbia was a country that had always cultivated friendship with African states and had actively and selflessly offered its help during their battle for freedom and the independence of the African people, the Serbian Presidency said in a statement. Nikolic said that it was logical for specific international organizations like the WTO, to be led by competent people from areas where the help of these organizations was most needed and who best knew the ways for dispensing this aid in the most efficient way, which was why Serbia supported Ghebreyesus' candidacy. Serbia is one of the rare countries in the world that never saw Africa as a continent that needs to be exploited, but as an assembly of states and nations that are friends and with whom one can work with to the benefit of all sides, Nikolic said, and added that Serbia was grateful that the majority of African countries, including Ethiopia, had not recognized Kosovo.

VUCIC CONGRATULATES BULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER-ELECT BOYKO BORISOV

BELGRADE, 4 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic congratulated Bulgarian Prime Minister-elect Boyko Borisov and stated that Serbia would remain Bulgaria's genuine partner, the Serbian cabinet has said. "I wish you plenty of success in performing the duties of prime minister, which demand much work, devotion and patience in facing the challenges that lie on the road to the progress and well-being of your country and your citizens," the statement said. The note adds that Serbia remains Bulgaria's genuine partner and that it will continue to cultivate the values of neighborly relations and cooperation "for the well-being of not just our countries, but the entire region as well." On May 4, the Bulgarian Parliament elected a new coalition government, headed by the Boyko Borisov-led GERB party.

SERBIAN DEFENSE MINISTER MEETS WITH U.S. AMBASSADOR

BELGRADE, 4 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic and the U.S. ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott, concurred in Belgrade on May 4 that stability in the region was the precondition for the further improvement of the economic situation and the citizens' standard of living. Djordjevic and Scott concurred that the tension in some parts of the region had to be calmed down, read a statement released after the meeting. They stated that cooperation between Serbia and the U.S. had produced "excellent results that are mutually beneficial" and that it should continue. Djordjevic pointed out the importance of cooperation and the U.S. donations for the improvement of capabilities, equipping and modernization of the Serbian Armed Forces. He cited as examples the improvement of capacities of the training center for participation in multinational operations and the delivery of Hummer all-terrain vehicles.

JOKSIMOVIC, DJURIC TELL EU AMBASSADORS THAT SERBIA EXPECTS MORE ACTIVE, CLEARER EU

BELGRADE, 4 May 2017 (Beta) – Minister in charge of European integration Jadranka Joksimovic has said that ambassadors from EU member states were told at a meeting in Belgrade on May 4 that Serbia expected a clearer and more active role of the EU in stabilizing the situation in the region. Joksimovic told a news conference that statements and verbal condemnation were not enough, rather that the explicit help of the Union and a plan for overcoming the present situation were needed. "Everyone in some phase of the process of joining the EU has obligations regarding regional stability and cooperation with neighbors, and we pointed this out to our partners in the EU," Joksimovic said, adding that that was not just Serbia's problem, but a much wider one and possibly strategic. Joksimovic said that partnership with the EU and candidate status, in addition to obligations, came with the right to "communicate with member states in an equal manner and to voice concern about things that have to do with the region." The minister added that after several weeks of intense rhetoric from different sides, which had the effect of undermining stability in the region and which was largely directed against Serbia's interests, it "is the right moment" to speak openly with Serbia's European partners. "We told the embassies that we consider this rhetoric by those aspiring to become candidates and join the EU absolutely unacceptable to Serbia, and that it ought to be unacceptable to the EU," Joksimovic said, adding that the rhetoric in question was anti-civilizational, did not belong in the 21st century and was not rooted in European values, especially the kind of rhetoric that pertained to territorial aspirations. Joksimovic said that the ambassadors "showed an understanding for the need to have the EU be more visible and active." Head of the Serbian Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric said that the EU had influence in the region and that it had a security presence, and that, in addition to verbal condemnation, it needed to take concrete steps to prevent a further escalation of the situation. Djuric said that at the meeting with the EU's ambassadors, Serbia's devotion to dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was reiterated along with Serbia's devotion to solving problems through talks. He said that the hand offered by Vucic was "a hand of cooperation," but that it was not a hand that would suddenly allow the region to collapse into the "hell of clashes, war and conflict." "Serbia supports cooperation and building better relations, but not by staying quiet and pushing its head underneath the carpet, while the most horrifying things are happening," Djuric said. Serbian officials, he said, acquainted the EU's ambassadors with the series of steps that had been taken over the past several months by representatives of Albanian political parties and Kosovo institutions, such as adopting a decree on appropriating Serbia's entire property in Kosovo or a resolution on the cessation of dialogue with Belgrade until the Ramush Haradinaj case was solved. "It is unacceptable for threats to give positive political results to those who threaten. Those who threaten are bullies and need to be politically punished, and not rewarded by appeasing their requests," Djuric said.

JOKSIMOVIC DISCUSSES EU ACCESSION, REFORMS WITH U.N. COORDINATOR

BELGRADE, 4 May 2017 (Beta) – The Serbian minister in charge of European integration, Jadranka Joksimovic, met on May 4 with the U.N. resident coordinator in Serbia, Karla Robin Hershey, and discussed the models of U.N. assistance in the fields important for the EU accession and reforms. Joksimovic said cooperation with the world organization's agencies was efficient, good, intensive and very important for the state, the Serbian government stated. Hershey said the system of U.N. agencies was at Serbia's disposal for aid and support in the implementation of national strategies and, particularly, the accomplishing of sustainable U.N. development goals until 2030, and the continued European integration of the state, the statement reads. Joksimovic said the future support of U.N. agencies in the fields of regional and local development was also very important, and support to vulnerable social groups. She added that membership in the European Union was the strategic orientation of Serbia, which intended to prepare well for the EU through internal reforms, in which the help from U.N. agencies was precious.

GUARD DAY CEREMONY

BELGRADE, 4 May 2017 (Beta) – An army celebration on Guard Day, along with the presentation of medals to units and army institutions, will be held at the Dedinje barracks in Belgrade on May 5, the Serbian Ministry of Defense has said. The festivity will be attended by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Minister of Defense Zoran Djordjevic and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Ljubisa Dikovic. A parade of guard units and Serbian army units will be staged, along with the awarding of medals to units and Serbian army institutions. The current army guard was created on Nov. 30, 2006, after the transformation of the guard brigade. Its purpose is to secure vital facilities in the defense system and for top level military honors before foreign, domestic and military officials. The army's guard units perform jobs in the domain of military police along with logistical security jobs for the Ministry of Defense and Army Headquarters. The first Serbian guard unit was created by decree of Prince Milos Obrenovic in Pozarevac on May 6, 1830 and was legalized by decree of the prince on May 12, 1838.

EUR66 MILLION WORLD BANK LOAN TO SERBIA FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

BELGRADE, 4 May 2017 (Beta) – The World Bank announced on May 4 that it had granted a EUR66 million loan to Serbia, for urgent needs and reconstruction in emergency situations. "The Development Policy Loan with a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO) is the first such loan of the World Bank in Europe, and it was launched on the basis of experience from other parts of the world," the statement reads. Serbia will use the new World Bank loan to finance the repairing of damage from the elements, natural disasters and climate change. The money from the loan that is returned before the closing of the project can be reused, and the funds can be drawn for the next three years, with the possibility of extending that period four times. "Serbia is faced with more frequent and serious natural emergencies, such as the devastating floods of 2014. When disaster strikes, the poor are the most affected, as a rule," said the World Bank country director for the Western Balkans, Ellen Goldstein. A World Bank study has shown that Serbia is susceptible to various natural emergencies, like floods, landslides, droughts and earthquakes, and especially future climate change and precipitation, and that harsh weather induced by climate change will be more frequent and intense.

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