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DAILY SURVEY 08.08.2017.
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SERBIA

VUCIC, FIDAN ON MIGRANT CRISIS

BELGRADE, 7 August 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met on Aug. 7 with Turkish National Intelligence Organization chief Hakan Fidan in Belgrade, to discuss security challenges the countries faced, including the migrant crisis. They agreed that, "for Turkey and Serbia, which are on the path of the migrant wave, this meeting represents an important step in building bilateral cooperation, with a view to preserving peace and stability, both in the region and across Europe," it was announced after the meeting. Vucic said the migrant crisis, along with the growing terrorist threat, was a security challenge that both countries faced, the president's press service said in a press release. The Serbian president asked Fidan to convey an invitation to his Turkish counterpart, Tayyip Erdogan, to visit Serbia, the press release read.

LJAJIC: IF CROATIA DOESN'T CHANGE STANCE, WE WILL BE FORCED TO TAKE COUNTERMEASURES

BELGRADE, 7 August 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Trade Rasim Ljajic said on Aug. 7 that Serbia and countries of the region did not want to introduce countermeasures against Croatia over its tax increase on fruit and vegetable imports, but would be forced to do so if the issue was not resolved at the next meeting, due to be held by the end of the week. "The meeting of trade ministers of the countries of the region is not directed against anyone, rather it is aimed at protecting our economic interests and enabling the free flow of goods. We do not wish to fall into a spiral of measures and countermeasures," he told a press conference, after a meeting of the region's relevant ministers in Sarajevo. He said that Serbia had on several occasions pointed out that Croatia's measures were economically protectionist, and in a political sense populist, which was why "they cannot be justified or backed by trade or any other logic." "Nor are these measures in the spirit of good neighborly relations, nor a step toward creating a Western Balkan market, which we are all generally striving for," said Ljajic. He went on to say that, after Croatia had introduced a new rulebook on fruit and vegetable imports, Serbia had launched more intense measures, i.e. was forced to control each fruit and vegetable shipment from Croatia. Further countermeasures, he stressed, would damage businesspeople and consumers in both Serbia and Croatia.

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