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DAILY SURVEY 09.05.2017.
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BELGRADE, 8 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic gave a talk on May 8, to students of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Department of International Telations of the U.S. Clemson University, visiting the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry announced. Minister Dacic presented Serbia's foreign policy priorities to the students, visiting Serbia as part of a traditional student program within which they were touring the Western Balkans. Dacic underlined Serbia's firm commitment to preserving its sovereignty and territorial integrity through dynamic diplomatic activities, to continuing the EU integration process until full membership, and the stabilization of the situation in the region. The Serbian foreign minister warned that a revival of certain historical projects to draw new national borders in the Balkans could constitute a challenge of enormous magnitude, and that such ideas should be where they belonged - in the past. Instead, the region should turn to cooperation and development, to the benefit of all the citizens of the region, Dacic said. Dacic also said that Serbia was a credible partner that had the capacity to realistically view international relations, and pragmatically resolve the problems with its partner states, which came to the forefront during the migrant crisis.


BELGRADE, 8 May 2017 (Beta) – UNMIK head Zahir Tanin on May 8 visited Belgrade, where he met with President Tomislav Nikolic, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and the chief of the government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Marko Djuric. In a meeting with Tanin, Nikolic said that Serbia was committed to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, but noticed that the situation in the Balkans "has become more tense."Nikolic said that Serbia's efforts to prevent Kosovo from becoming a state would be successful as long as UNMIK performed its mandate as it had so far, according to a release from the president's office. "Serbia is committed to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, however, what is disturbing are the obvious intentions of certain Albanian politicians to create a Greater Albania. If the Albanians think that they should not make any compromise, and at the same time provoke and threaten, they are greatly mistaken. We are ready to give to ethnic Albanians in Kosovo as much as the Community of Serb Municipalities will receive and we cannot go beyond that," Nikolic said. Tanin thanked Nikolic for Serbia's strong support to UNMIK and also conveyed the gratitude of U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Nikolic's contribution to the preservation of peace in the region, the release said. At the meeting, Dacic and Tanin discussed the political and security situation in Kosovo and Metohija, the prospects of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and UNMIK's activities. The two officials underlined the importance of UNMIK's unabating engagement in the domains that are crucial for the survival, normal and dignified life of the Serbs and other non-Albanian communities in Kosovo and Metohija, it said in a statement from the Foreign Ministry. Office for Kosovo and Metohija chief Marko Djuric said that Belgrade desired the consistent implementation of the agreements reached in Brussels, adding that the government was disturbed because of the statements by Albanian political representatives. Djuric also said that the Community of Serb Municipalities had to be formed without delay. Tanin was paying a regular visit to Belgrade ahead of a session of the U.N. Security Council on UNMIK's work in Kosovo and Metohija.


BELGRADE, 8 May 2017 (Beta) – President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on May 8 congratulated Emmanuel Macron on winning the presidential vote in France. "Allow me, on behalf of Serbia's citizens and in my own name, to extend sincere congratulations on your election as president of France and wish you the best in performing this responsible task," Nikolic said in a letter. "I would like to stress that in Serbia, you have a partner that wishes to contribute to the further development and improvement of our historic and friendly ties," Nikolic said. In his letter, Vucic said he was assured that Macron's mandate would signify "deepening cooperation between the Serbian and French peoples." "I congratulate you on your victory in the presidential election, hoping that you will carry out this demanding office with commitment and responsibility, to the benefit of France and its citizens, and also to the benefit of of the EU family, which Serbia is aspiring to join," Vucic said in his letter.


BELGRADE, 8 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent a letter of condolences to Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Li Keqiang, following a tragedy in a mine in Hunan province. "We were saddened by news of the death of miners in the central Chinese province of Hunan, killed while working diligently," Vucic was quoted as saying in the telegram from the Serbian cabinet. Vucic conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims as well. "There are no words to console those whom the difficult mining profession has left without their loved ones, but on behalf of the Serbian government and in my own name, I would like to to express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, to you and the State Council of the People's Republic of China."


BELGRADE, 8 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the Japanese Ambassador to Serbia, Juichi Takahara, said on May 8 that bilateral relations were progressing, especially economic ties, the Serbian government reported. The cabinet said in a press release that the ambassador had informed the Serbian PM that the construction of the Yazaki car cable plant in Sabac would be completed by the end of the month, and that the factory could start operating in June. Ambassador Takahara said that the Japanese Jetro foreign trade and investment agency would send a delegation to Serbia soon. Vucic and Takahara also discussed cooperation in sports, as Japan would be hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, as well as cooperation in other areas that can boost the ties between Serbia and Japan, including a new exhibition on Nikola Tesla, scheduled to take place in 2019, in Japan.


SOUTH AFRICA, 8 May 2017 (Beta) – The Serbian speaker, Maja Gojkovic, said in her May 8 speech at the opening of a regular plenary session of the Pan African Parliament, in Midrand, South Africa, that Serbia was strongly committed to working on comprehensively promoting friendly relations and cooperation with the African Union and member states, the Serbian Parliament quoted the speaker as saying. Gojkovic is visiting the Pan African Parliament at the invitation of the president of the organization, Roger Nkondo Dang. Gojkovic underlined in her speech that the values and principles the cooperation had been based upon were as valid as ever, and that Serbia, in the EU accession process and an observer in the African Union, fully supported the vision and goals of the organization, based on the U.N. Charter. The Serbian speaker thanked most of the members of the Union for having refused to recognize the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo, urging them to maintain the view, thus contributing to peace and stability in South Eastern Europe and the Serbian government's efforts to resolve the issue in direct talks. Gojkovic appealed for support in preventing the attempts by the self-proclaimed Kosovo state to join organizations like UNESCO, because potential membership might pave the way to the destruction of priceless cultural heritage, owned not only by the Serbian people, but the world, too, the Parliament stated in a press release. The speaker underlined her country's interest in developing economic cooperation with African partners, recalling that the guidelines for the development of economic ties were defined by the Memorandum of Understanding on Economic Cooperation, signed by the Serbian government and the Commission of the African Union.


BELGRADE, 8 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Minister of the Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic on May 8 MET with the South Korean ambassador to Serbia, Yoo Dae Jong, to discuss cooperation in e-government and cyber security. The minister and the ambassador agreed there was room for the development of cooperation in the IT sector, having in mind South Korea's advanced technology, the Interior Ministry announced. Minister Stefanovic underlined that in the coming period the focus would be on the development of technical and technological equipment for his Ministry, underlining that the experience of a technologically developed state was essential in the process. The interior minister commended cooperation with the Korean Agency for International Cooperation, recalling that the Ministry staff took part in the Agency's training programs.


BELGRADE, 8 May 2017 (Beta) –  The European Union (EU) Delegation to Serbia is celebrating Europe Day at a series of events, including an open door day in several EU embassies in Belgrade, the EU Delegation announced on its website. The EU Delegation will not only celebrate May 9, but will organize a string of events in the Month of Europe. A European film festival opened in Novi Sad on May 8, and will be organized in four more Serbian cities in collaboration with EU embassies. Some 60 high-school students will travel on May 9 to visit Slovenia, Austria and Hungary in the frame of a competition organized by the EU Delegation as part of the Europa Diary project. On Europe Day, awards will be given to participants in a Facebook contest and debate on the role of young people in Serbia's European future. This week, with the support of the EU Info Center, several EU embassies will open their doors - the Belgian embassy will do so on May 10, Finland's, the day after, and Slovakia's, on May 13.


BELGRADE, 8 May 2017 (Beta) –  An international business course, titled "LEADER Project Serbia 2017," which aims to encourage young people to start their own business, started in Belgrade on May 8 and will run until May 19. This is the second year of the program in Serbia, organized by the Canadian-Serbian business associations CANSEE, in cooperation with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Ivey Business School of the Western University in Ontario. At the opening of the seminar at the Chamber of Commerce, CANSEE Executive Director Mirjana Doncic-Beaton said that 40 people attending the course, which is being organized free of charge, would be informed about entrepreneurial policies in the world, with assistance from five instructors at the Ivey Business School. "This seminar will enable young people to acquire skills in the fields of accounting, marketing, human resources and finances through study cases. We aim for more competitiveness among young entrepreneurs as it is the basis of a developed society," Doncic-Beaton said. Serbian Chamber of Commerce Vice President Miroslav Miletic said that during the seminar, young people would garner knowledge from the biggest experts in economy, which would help them to start their own business. "The goal is to bring our entrepreneurs closer and familiarise them with those in Canada, and possibly find investment opportunities. It is known that some 50 Canadian companies are operating in Serbia, but there is potential for increasing that number," Miletic said. Canadian Ambassador to Serbia Philip Pinnington advised young people to fully exploit the opportunities of the course as it would teach the best ways for business presentation.


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