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DAILY SURVEY 11.09.2017.
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SERBIA

SERBIA OPENS CONSULAR OFFICES IN VIETNAM

BELGRADE, 9 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sept. 9 that in collaboration with Vietnam's foreign ministry in Ho Chi Minh (previously Saigon), Serbia planned to open consular offices headed by honorary consul Dragan Mladenovic. "I expect that apart from a visa-free regime for the two states, we will also see Serbia open a consulate in Ho Chi Minh by the end of the year," Dacic, who is on a three-day visit to Vietnam, said. Dacic met with the country's highest-ranking officials, including Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who agreed with the Serbian foreign minister that general bilateral relations were developing to their mutual satisfaction. The Vietnamese prime minister reaffirmed his country's strong support for Serbia's territorial integrity and the principle of respecting international law.

SERBIAN OFFICIALS SEND CONDOLENCE LETTERS TO MEXICAN COUNTERPARTS

BELGRADE, 9 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbia's top-ranking officials sent letters of sympathy to their Mexican peers expressing their sincerest regrets for the victims of an earthquake that struck the country's southern Pacific coast.

On Sept. 9 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic sent a telegram of condolences to his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, expressing his sincere sympathy with the families of the victims.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, too, wrote to the Mexican president wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic sent a condolence telegram to his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray Caso, expressing his deep feelings for the victims of the earthquake and saying that he was saddened by the news of dead and missing persons in Mexico.

VUCIC RECEIVES PAPAL NUNCIO

BELGRADE, 9 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic received papal nuncio Archbishop Luciano Suriani on Sept. 9, thanking the Vatican for its principled position not to recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo. Vucic and Suriani agreed that Serbian-Vatican relations were on a good path and characterized by deep respect and genuine trust, the president's media service said in a press release. Suriani conveyed an invitation from Pope Francis for Vucic to visit the Vatican and the pope's sincere desire for conditions to be right for him to visit Serbia, the press release read further.

LABOR MINISTER MEETS WITH EU DELEGATION CHIEF, INDIAN AMBASSADOR

BELGRADE, 8 September 2017 (Beta) - On Sept. 8. Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs Zoran Djordjevic told Sem Fabrizio, head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, that membership in the European Union was Serbia's strategic direction and one of the most important pillars of its foreign policy. Djordjevic voiced the conviction that Fabrizio's authority and personal advocacy would contribute to accelerating accession talks, including the speedy opening of Chapters 2 and 19, on workers' freedom of movement, social policy and employment. The Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs launched an initiative for Serbia to join the EU Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program where it would be side-by-side with EU members.

On Sept. 10, Djordjevic and Indian Ambassador to Belgrade Narinder Chauhan, handed out gifts to persons in the accommodation department of the Social Work Center in Pozega. After touring the home in Pozega, the minister and the ambassador went on to visit homes in Ljubovija and Krupanj as well.

ECONOMY

VUCIC, BRNABIC MEET JAPAN'S STATE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 8 September 2017 (Beta) - During a Sept. 8 visit to Belgrade, Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane held separate meetings with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, with whom he discussed boosting bilateral economic cooperation. President Vucic thanked Japanese companies for their engagement and investment in Serbia, and said that grants and loans from Japan had reached nearly half a billion euros over the past 18 years. The Japanese state official said that Japan believed Serbia to be the key state in the Western Balkans, and underlined that Japan has invested a lot in bilateral relations. The Serbian prime minister said that her cabinet was interested in developing ties with Japan, adding that Serbia was prepared to offer investors better terms than other European states.

In a ceremony hosted by the Serbian government, the acting general manager of the Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) power utility, Milorad Grcic, and executive vice-president of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System, Yasuo Fujitani, signed on Sept. 8 a contract for the construction of a flue-gas desulfurization plant in the Nikola Tesla A power complex (TENT). Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic said that the new plant, worth EUR167 million, would stabilize the electrical energy systems in four TENT A blocks, reducing sulfur dioxide emissions by nine times. The Japanese state minister said that the project was the result of the trust that Serbia and Japan had built.

KNEZEVIC, BRNABIC MEET YIN LONG GROUP

BELGRADE, 8 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of the Economy Goran Knezevic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met on Sept. 8 with a delegation from China's Yin Long Group to discuss investing in the manufacturing of electric buses for public transportion in Serbia. The Chinese delegation focused on Ikarbus, but was also interested in other companies, the Ministry of Economy reported. Minister Knezevic said that over the past few years Serbia had considerably improved its business setting, and that the Yin Long Group could sell its products not only in Serbia, but also in the region and beyond. Prime Minister Brnabic said that Serbia's strategic goal was to join the European Union (EU) meaning the adjustment of the setting for doing business in Serbia with European standards. The Serbian prime minister added that her country already had free access to European markets, as well as a series of free-trade agreements with the Russian Federation and Belarus, and a preferential trade agreement with the U.S., a strategic partnership with the United Arab Emirates, and a growing relationship with India.

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