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DAILY SURVEY 24.04.2018.
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SERBIA

DACIC, INDIAN AMBASSADOR DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT OF BILATERAL COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 23 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of India to Serbia, met on April 23 to discuss a more dynamic political dialogue and the development of bilateral ties. The two also discussed Dacic's upcoming visit to India, on May 2 and May 3, following an invitation by his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. The visit will coincide with the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Serbia and India, the Ministry stated. The minister and the ambassador agreed that the two states shared traditional friendship and understanding, dating back to the Non-Aligned Movement. Dacic and Swaraj agreed that conditions had been met for deepening economic cooperation in the Indian and Serbian car industries, agriculture, pharmaceutical and IT industries, health care, research, culture, film, tourism and sports, the ministry released.

VUCIC: STEPS TO RESPOND TO CROATIA'S BAN ON VULIN'S VISIT TO BE DISCUSSED ON APRIL 26

BELGRADE, 23 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an April 23 comment on Croatia's move to ban Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin from visiting Croatia, that it was a hasty and nervous decision he didn't quite understand, and that the Serbian government would choose a reciprocal move on April 26. "Serbia has done nothing to provoke this. Serbia can act reciprocally, too. I think it will. Perhaps it won't. Let's wait for the government session," Vucic said, adding that there were mechanisms that allow the display of "elementary respect for one's own state." At a celebration marking Serbian Army Day, Vucic said he didn't understand why Vulin was banned from visiting Croatia, and that he would like it if the move wasn't the result of Vulin's statements about Jasenovac and the crimes that happened there. "I hope that's not the case. I hope that no one in the European Union introduces verbal crime, deciding arbitrarily if they like someone or not, or if they like someone's words or not... Serbia will react with reciprocal measures. What kind of measures? I expect the Serbian government to make the decision on Thursday. We'll continue to build a better relationship," Vucic said. The Serbian president was critical of the trend of forbidding the Serbs to speak about the crimes in Jasenovac, suggesting that, if it continued, Serbia should think about building its own memorial to commemorate the victims in Jasenovac and elsewhere, or build a Holocaust museum and make a list of all the Serbian victims.

BRNABIC: IMPLEMENTATION OF EUROPEAN VALUES IN SERBIA MUST BE FUNDAMENTAL, NOT FORMAL

BELGRADE, 23 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stated on April 23 that Serbia cannot approach the EU, or carry out reforms by itself, that it needs the civil sector and commerce for that and that a fundamental, not formal, implementation of European values was necessary. "Our European path must be in essence, and not just form. I deeply believe there cannot be shortcuts on our European path," Brnabic said at the session of the National Convention on the European Union, in the House of Parliament. She stressed that she did not want Serbia to be among the countries for which the question arises as to whether they should have become EU members. "I do not want that to happen to Serbia. The citizens of Serbia deserve a scenario in which Serbia, despite the very difficult past and a painstaking transition, and despite our European path being burdened by political and status issues instead of fundamental reforms, could truly endorse European values and the living standard," Brnabic said. She said that 2025 is a great opportunity for Serbia, but that if we only formally fulfill the conditions that are placed before Serbia, that will bring the country a step closer to the EU, but not in terms of values and quality. The chief of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Sem Fabrizi, said the report of the European Commission about Serbia's progress that was presented last week was fair, objective and balanced, that it provided guidelines and recommendations and that the EU wanted to encourage Serbia to remain focused on the process of European integration. There are expectations in Europe about what Serbia can do, we must seize the moment. Serbia is recognized as a leader in the Balkans, Fabrizi said. He stated that, in the progress report, the key element was once again the judicial system, where the accent has been placed in the past, and recollected the constitutional amendments that have been sent to the Venice Commission, and that they were very close to closing that part of the activities.

GOJKOVIC IN TALLINN: SERBIA'S COMMITMENT TO EU INTEGRATION IN THE BEST INTEREST OF EU, REGION

BELGRADE, 23 April 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian speaker, Maja Gojkovic, taking part in the Conference of Speakers of European Union Parliaments in Tallinn, said that Serbia's commitment to EU integration was in the best interest of regional stability and prosperity, but also the Union's, which is why it's important to make the prospect of full membership a credible one. In her address to the speakers, Maja Gojkovic said that Serbia was "investing an additional effort in national reforms and harmonization with EU standards," adding that the European Commission's positive report on the progress her country had made was evidence of this, the Serbian speaker's PR office reported. Gojkovic said that Serbia's full commitment to the EU integration processes was based on the belief that "all efforts, difficult and painful measures, were in the best interest of citizens, peace, stability and prosperity of the region, and by extension, those of the European Union." "That's also why it's important that the prospect of full membership is a credible one, with visible goals set by a stable and strong Union, proceeding from the principles and values the great project was founded on." "Historically, the EU grows by overcoming crises, coordinating policies and finding new courses of action, with the enlargement process developing simultaneously. A strong Union or an enlarged Union - for us, that's not the real dilemma, as a good part of the Union's strength lies in enlargement," Gojkovic said, hoping that the upcoming summit in Sofia would affirm the enlargement perspective and provide clear guidelines for the process. The two-day conference in Tallinn is being attended by more than 30 speakers from the EU states and candidate countries. President of the European Parliament Antonio Tayani opened the conference.

FIRST MEETING OF EDUCATION MINISTERS OF SERBIA AND RUSSIA AFTER 25 YEARS

BELGRADE, 23 April 2018 (Beta) - Education Minister Mladen Sarcevic met in Moscow on April 23 with the deputy prime minister and minister of education and science of Russia, Olga Vasilyeva, which was the first meeting of ministers for education of Serbia and Russia after 25 years. According to the statement of the Ministry for Education, they concurred at the meeting that there is a tradition of significant educational and scientific cooperation and pointed out the potentials for expansion. They added that more than 300 students from Serbia were currently studying in Russia, while 39 students from Russia study in Serbia. The ministers discussed the possibilities for more intensive cooperation at high-school level, through centers for mathematics and languages. They said that scientific cooperation between Serbia and Russia takes place primarily through the Unified Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. In Moscow, Sarcevic attended the International Show of Education, where representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Romania and Turkey, also participated. The participants of the gathering considered possibilities for further cooperation, and they also adopted a Declaration on Education.

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