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SERBIA

DACIC, SCOTT AGREE THAT ALL ACTORS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS NEED TO INVEST EFFORT TO ACHIEVE STABILITY

BELGRADE, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic and U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott met on May 9 to discuss the situation in the region and agreed that "it is necessary for all actors in the Western Balkans to invest additional effort to achieve full regional stability."A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Ambassador Scott had voiced the hope that Serbia would continue leading a constructive regional policy and once again stressed the U.S.' support to Serbia's European integration, as well the continuation of the Brussels dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. In addition to the region, Scott and Dacic exchanged opinions on bilateral and international questions, the statement added.

NIKOLIC: MILITARY EXERCISE IN NIKINCI SHOWS HOW MUCH SERBIA CARES ABOUT CITIZENS' SAFETY

NIKINCI, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has said that a May 9 military exercise in the Nikinci center had shown how much Serbia cared about the safety and security of its citizens. He told reporters after touring the tactical and technical demonstration of weaponry in Nikinci, near Ruma, that only a few states, except for large exporters of weapons systems, could boast such a military program. "This complex exercise deters anyone who would think of hurting Serbia and its citizens. I am absolutely satisfied with what was displayed at the exercise. Only a serious army can carry out multi-purpose exercises like this. The army has always been ready and is ready today," Nikolic said.

NIKOLIC SENDS VICTORY DAY WISHES TO PUTIN, TRUMP, LUKASHENKO, POROSHENKO, HOLLANDE AND ELIZABETH II

BELGRADE, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – On Victory Day, Serbian President Nikolic sent letters wishing a happy Victory Day to the presidents of Russia, the U.S., France, Belarus, Ukraine, and the British queen. In his note to Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said that the "Soviet Red Army scored the biggest victories and broke Hitler's back." "Without the epic sacrifice and supernatural achievement of Soviet troops, today would look different. The Serbian people, alongside Yugoslav anti-fascists, proportionally to its size, gave the highest contribution possible. We are proud to have been allies to the Russian people, on the side of justice, the joint battle for liberation, against the biggest evil of that day," Nikolic said. In his note to U.S. President Donald Trump, Nikolic said that on this day, 72 years ago, "the Allies triumphantly fought it out for the dawning of a new era, without the scourge of Nazism and fascism." "We owe our freedom, which we enjoy today, to our ancestors. Our duty as descendants is to express our gratitude to all those who risked their lives for today's peace and to honor their courage in fighting for a better civilization. Allow me, as the president of one of the victor countries in WWII, which offered a decisive resistance to occupation, to share with you the solemnity of this moment," Nikolic said. The president's press service said that Nikolic had wished French president Francois Hollande, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and Queen Elizabeth II, although it did not provide the text of these messages.

GOJKOVIC, NKODO DANG SIGN MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION

SOUTH AFRICA, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic signed on May 9 a Memorandum of Understanding with President of the Pan-African Parliament Roger Nkodo Dang in Midrand, South Africa, the first such memorandum the Serbian Parliament has signed with a continental organization. Gojkovic and Dang agreed that the memorandum signed by the two parliaments marked the beginning of a new form of interparliamentary cooperation in the best interest of citizens, adding that they expected the document to be followed by tangible steps in project-based cooperation. The memorandum states that the two parliaments, bearing in mind joint interests and the importance of the development of close, friendly ties between Serbia and members of the Pan-African Parliament, will encourage the establishment and development of cooperation at the highest parliamentary level, between parliamentary working bodies. The document goes on to say that cooperation between international parliamentary organizations will be stepped up in the areas of mutual interest. The Serbian parliament speaker spoke at a plenary session of the Pan-African Parliament on May 8, and had meetings with her counterparts from the member states.

DJORDJEVIC, SLOVENIAN DEFENSE MINISTER DISCUSS EUROPEAN DEFENSE AGENCY'S PROJECTS

BELGRADE, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Minister of Defense Zoran Djordjevic met on May 9 with his Slovenian counterpart, Andreja Katic, to discuss the development of cooperation in the defense sector, and the projects carried out within the European Defense Agency (EDA). The two defense ministers discussed the current political and security situation in the region, with an emphasis on the migrant crisis, as well as engagement in multinational operations and cooperation in the EU accession process within the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Program. Djordjevic and Katic agreed that overall bilateral relations provided a good basis for advanced cooperation in the defense sector, the Serbian Ministry of Defense reported after the meeting. Joint training programs for non-commissioned officers, military exercises, military educational, military technical, military economic cooperation and cooperation between military archives have been planned for this year, the Ministry added in a press release. Minister Djordjevic invited a Slovenian delegation to attend the arms and military equipment expo Partner 2017, scheduled to take place in June, in Belgrade. The Slovenian defense minister, attending a central ceremony to mark Army Day, Victory Day and Europe Day at the Nikinci military grounds, near Ruma, stressed that the exercise had left a very strong impression on her as to the Serbian army's potentials. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic earlier met with Slovenia's defense minister in Nikinci, to discuss bilateral military and technical cooperation, the situation in the region and cooperation in the arms industry. A press release by the cabinet said that Vucic had voiced thanks for the role of Slovenia's KFOR troops in protecting the citizens in Kosovo and Metohija.

MIHAJLOVIC: SERBIAN GOVERNMENT, FIC WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE BUSINESS CONDITIONS

BELGRADE, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbia's deputy prime minister Zorana Mihajlovic met on May 9 with the president of the Foreign Investors Council, Yana Mikhailova, to discuss activities of a joint working group, established to improve business conditions for investors and remove barriers to doing business in Serbia. Minister Mihajlovic was quoted as saying in a press release that the first meeting of the group, headed by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and including seven ministers and representatives of the Council, should take place by the end of the week. "Joint proposals at the meeting should result in the steps to be taken to improve the business environment. We have to define a plan of activities for the coming period, in order to create the best possible conditions for new investors in Serbia. This is also important for the firms already operating in the country," said Minister Mihajlovic, who is also a deputy chair of the working group. Mikhailova praised Mihajlovic's efforts and results in improving the business environment. The FIC president agreed it was very important to define jointly the next moves by the cabinet and foreign investors at the next meeting of the working group.

BENEDICT: SERBIA'S ROAD TO THE EU IS THE ONLY ROAD

BELGRADE, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – Acting head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Oscar Benedict said on May 9 at a reception on Europe Day in Belgrade that Serbia had achieved a huge success end route to the EU and added that this was the only road for Serbia. "This is the right road and only road, as Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic has said many times," Benedict said at a reception at Belgrade City Hall. The reception which marked May 9, Europe Day, was attended by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian ministers Ana Brnabic and Jadranka Joksimovic and Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali. Former ombudsman Sasa Jankovic and representatives of political parties, the diplomatic corps, religious communities, the civil sector and media were also present. Benedict said that Serbia had come a long way on its road to the EU and that in the past 16 years Serbian citizens had seen the lifting of the EU visa regime, a connection emerge between the economies of Serbia and EU member states, and students going to study abroad, and that all of that showed "the increasing integration of Serbia with the EU." "This is a big success and Serbia is moving firmly toward membership in the EU today," Benedict said.

SERBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OPENS OFFICES IN BEIJING, SHANGHAI

BELGRADE, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – The Serbian Chamber of Commerce opened an office in Beijing on May 9, while an office in Shanghai will start on May 10 with the help of Chinese partners who secured the space and entire infrastructure, Chamber President Marko Cadez was quoted as saying by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. He stressed that Serbia would thereby be given stronger support to enter the vast Chinese market, which would contribute to strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries. Cadez said that economic cooperation between Serbia and China was becoming increasingly successful, but that there were large possibilities for the more meaningful development of economic ties, especially by attracting Chinese investments and modern technologies and the heightened export of domestic products to the Chinese market. The Chamber president pointed to the importance of joint ventures by Serbian and Chinese companies on Serbian and Chinese markets, as well as on third markets. During his stay in Beijing, Cadez met with representatives of renowned Chinese companies.The inauguration of the Beijing office was attended by representatives of the Serbian embassy and a large number of well-known Chinese businesspeople, who are already doing business in Serbia or are interested in entering the Serbian market and finding partners among our companies.

FIFTEEN ITALIAN FIRMS TO TAKE PART IN NOVI SAD INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL FAIR

BELGRADE, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – Director of the Italian Foreign Trade Agency in Belgrade Giovanni Mafodda said on May 9 that Italy's 15 agricultural and processing firms would be presenting their products at the 84th International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad. Mafodda said at a press conference that four companies would display their innovations at the fair, demonstrating how they could be used in agriculture."We will hold two seminars in the areas of innovation and the development of dairy and dairy processing industry. We have invited representatives of the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture to attend the seminar on innovations, because we believe that's an area offering vast opportunities for cooperation," Mafodda explained. Mafodda underscored that an initiative had been taken for Serbia to take part in an agricultural machinery expo in Bari. Mafodda also said that agricultural products accounted for nearly 20 percent of Italian-Serbian trade, estimated at USD3 billion.

YOUTH FROM EU PARTICIPATES IN DEBATE ON FUTURE OF EU IN VOJVODINA ASSEMBLY

NOVI SAD, 9 May 2017 (Beta) – Representatives of the Regional Youth Network from 11 European regions participated in a debate in the Vojvodina Assembly on May 9 on the future of the EU, on May 9, Europe Day. One of the conclusions at the gathering was that young people, regardless of which European state they came from, mostly had the same needs, problems and hopes. The needs of today's youth in the EU mostly pertain to possibilities for education, finding work and the active participation of youth in the process of creating public policies and decision-making. Young people debated the EU's perspective, the position of, problems and opportunities for the young during their several-day visit to Novi Sad and Vojvodina, which was organized by the provincial Assembly. The Regional Youth Network is part of the biggest regional association in Europe, the Assembly of European Regions and gathers young politicians and activists from all parts of Europe for the purpose of joint work on these important questions, networking and exchange of experiences among the young. The Autonomous Province of Vojvodina has been an active member of the Assembly of European Regions since 2002.

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