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DAILY SURVEY 29.09.2017.
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SERBIA

BRNABIC IN MILAN AT NEW LEADERS FOR EUROPE MEETING ON MIGRANT CRISIS

MILAN, 28 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said in Milan on Sept. 28 that the current migrant crisis had shown the need for cooperation and joint action of all players on the international scene, primarily in Europe. Speaking at the meeting of New Leaders for Europe within the World Economic Forum, she added that "Europe should prepare for global leadership" and find a way to use migrations for economic growth and development. The New Leaders for Europe community, of which Brnabic has been a member since its forming in November 2016, consists of young politicians and decision makers from several European countries, the Serbian government has said in a statement. The participants of the meeting discussed the current challenges facing Europe in five key fields: democracy and management, energy sustainability, migration and borders, security and defense and a people-oriented economy. Brnabic, who will preside over the working group for migration policies and borders during the meeting of the World Economic Forum, presented the platform of the group. Presiding over this group represents a recognition for Serbia because of its approach to migrants and for all citizens of Serbia who have demonstrated great hospitality to migrants, the statement reads. Brnabic said more than a million people from jeopardized countries had passed through Serbia and that Serbia had never closed its borders.

MEMORANDUM ON COOPERATION IN ENERGY SIGNED IN BUCHAREST

BELGRADE, 28 Septembar 2017 (Beta) - Representatives of the EU and countries of Central and South East Europe signed a memorandum in Bucharest on Sept. 28, on joint access to development in the fields of the electricity market, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. On behalf of Serbia, the memorandum was signed by the minister of mining and energy, Aleksandar Antic, who attended the meeting of energy ministers of Central and South East Europe in Bucharest. The meeting considered the electric energy connection projects for countries of Central and South East Europe, development of the electricity market and renewable energy sources. Antic told reporters that it was estimated that significant progress had been made in the realization of the gas interconnection project between Serbia and Bulgaria and support given to initial activities regarding the gas interconnection between Serbia and Romania. "The Serbia-Bulgaria gas interconnection is crucial for diversifying and ensuring security of supply for both countries, but also other states in the region, primarily Bosnia and Herzegovina," Antic said. He added that the gas interconnection with Romania would provide a new source of supply and energy security, because Romania was a significant gas producer, which would become a net exporter, soon after the completion of explorations in the Black Sea. Antic said the memorandum that was signed on Sept. 28 extended the jurisdiction of the high-level group for gas interconnections in Central and South East Europe (CESEC) onto the field of electricity. As he said, the fact that the memorandum was signed by the European Commission, nine EU members and seven members of the Energy Community, guaranteed that work would be done on energy security, not just of countries of the Western Balkans, but also of those which had certain problems with electricity supply during the year.

PUPOVAC: ELEMENTS OF WAR RHETORIC IN CROATIAN BILL ON DEFENDERS

ZAGREB, 28 Septembar 2017 (Beta) - Serbian national minority representative in the Croatian Parliament Milorad Pupovac criticized on Sept. 28 parts of a bill on defenders saying that the law was introducing "elements of war rhetoric." "This is bad for inter-ethnic relations in Croatia, it is bad for interstate relations and it is time to start building peace, while the people whose rights need to be secured and paid tribute to, do this so that we do not create the conditions for fresh conflict and deepening old" conflicts, Pupovac told reporters in Parliament. He referred to verbal constructs used in the new bill, stating that the defenders had defended Croatia from aggression by "Serbia, Montenegro, JNA (the Yugoslav People's Army) and paramilitary units from Bosnia and Herzegovina with the help of a large number of members of the Serbian national minority in Croatia." Earlier on, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic strongly condemned the aforementioned rhetoric. Pupovac said that the caucus of the Independent Democratic Serb Party, which is part of the ruling majority headed by the Croatian Democratic Union, would present its final opinion on the bill when it became known how much the bill would cost the country in the short-term and long-term and what the relationship between the defenders, members of their families and other citizens of Croatia would be.

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