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SERBIA

DACIC, JANELIDZE SIGN DEAL ABOLISHING VISAS

BELGRADE, 7 March 2018 (Beta) - The foreign ministers of Serbia and Georgia, Ivica Dacic and Mikheil Janelidze, signed an agreement doing away with visas for the citizens of the two nations on March 7. On March 8, the Serbian government will adopt a unilateral decision to lift visas for Georgian citizens, since the Georgian cabinet has already adopted such a decision, but also so that ratification by the parliament is not delayed, the ministers said. The two ministers agreed to assign one diplomat each to work on advancing bilateral relations, as Serbia and Georgia do not have diplomatic offices in each other's countries. Dacic told a joint news conference that Serbia was appreciative of Georgia's principled stand to respect its territorial integrity and sovereignty, but also of its concrete actions -- voting in international organizations against the admission of Kosovo. Janelidze said Georgia remained dedicated to the principled stand not to recognize Kosovo's unilateral independence, in spite of some nations' different views. Dacic spoke about expanding cooperation with Georgia, especially in the economy, and about modernizing administration and digitization. He added that visits would be exchanged and that there would be "conferences where our representatives will take part, possibly even the prime minister."

PM, NEW UAE AMBASSADOR ON COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 7 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic had talks with the newly appointed ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Serbia, Mubarak Aldhaheri, during which she positively rated overall cooperation between the two states. According to a press release, the ambassador had recognized new opportunities for cooperation in energy, construction and tourism, and voiced the expectation that the number of investors from the UAE that want to do business in Serbia would rise. The two officials agreed that introducing a direct flight had contributed to the two countries, peoples and cultures becoming closer and opened new possibilities of cooperation.

JUSTICE MINISTRY: UK SUPPORTS SERBIA'S EUROPEAN PATH

BELGRADE, 7 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic on March 7 met with British Ambassador to Serbia Denis Keefe, who underlined his country's support to Serbia's European path. The ambassador stressed that this was an important year for Serbia's further progress toward the European Union, especially in light of the recently adopted EU enlargement strategy, the Ministry of Justice said in a press release. Kuburovic and Keefe said the United Kingdom supported Serbia through donor funds too, pointing out the project Improving Justice Efficiency, being conducted by the British Council. The minister of justice stressed that the biggest challenge in Chapter 23 of the EU accession negotiations was the drafting of constitutional amendments for the domain of the judiciary. She said that, once the public debate was concluded, the Ministry of Justice would align the outline of the amendments and send it to the Venice Commission, without whose approval the ministry would not proceed with the adoption procedure. Keefe said discussion was important, as was transparency of the process. The minister and Ambassador Keefe agreed that amending the Constitution was not just a matter for one side, but the entire state and all its citizens. On the topic of curbing corruption as an important part of Chapter 23, Minister Kuburovic pointed out that the new Law on the organization and jurisdiction of state agencies in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and corruption had come into force on March 1. Consequently, she said further, four regional anti-corruption centers were formed and attached to higher courts and prosecutor's offices in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kraljevo and Nis.

DJORDJEVIC WITH U.N. WOMEN DEPUTY CHIEF ON GENDER EQUALITY IN SERBIA

BELGRADE, 7 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs Zoran Djordjevic met in Belgrade, on March 7 with U.N. Women Deputy Chief Sabine Freizer to discuss the work of the newly formed Anti-Discrimination and Gender Equality Advancement Sector in Serbia. According to the Labor Ministry, one of the topics was establishing strategic cooperation in gender equality, which will result in a memorandum of cooperation. Djordjevic said international and regional cooperation was very important in all areas of human rights and stressed the significance of the support extended by international organizations to the capacities of state administration. Freizer said he was pleased with the progress Serbia was making to reach a high level of gender equality, the ministry's press release read further.

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