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SERBIA-RUSSIA

VUCIC: CONSISTENCY IS SERBIA'S GREAT STRENGTH, WE CAN ALWAYS TALK TO PUTIN

MOSCOW, 9. May 2018 (Beta) - President Aleksandar Vucic on May 9 described as very important that Serbia and Russia had fortified their friendship, and cooperation in all domains, noting that at the meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow all crucial issues had been discussed, with, he said, "a great deal of time devoted to Kosovo." "We have no taboos and I think that Putin understands me and the position of Serbia as I try to understand the position of Russia. We are friends and our relation is one of trust and reliance on each other," Vucic told RTS from Moscow. "We have analyzed all existing U.N. documents and have analyzed the behavior of all the stakeholders on the political scene, primarily in respect of this matter, Vucic said, adding that with Putin he had also discussed economic cooperation and cooperation in the energy and defense sectors and Putin's visit to Serbia in October or November. Vucic also said that Putin had always been there for Serbia, but that he had been trying not to bother or disturb him too much. "Every time we had a problem regarding Kosovo, with the savage intrusion of the Albanians in northern Kosovo and the beating up of Marko Djuric, despite Putin's terrible situation - just after the elections, children died in a fire in a shopping mall, he called within the next 24 hours and we could talk about anything. We can talk to Putin at any time," Vucic. "Whenever we need it, Putin is there for Serbia and I am deeply grateful for that," Vucic said.

PUTIN, VUCIC DISCUSS BILATERAL COOPERATION

MOSCOW, 8. May 2018 (Beta) - The Russian and Serbian presidents, Vladimir Putin and Aleksandar Vucic, in Moscow on May 8 discussed bilateral cooperation, ongoing joint investment projects and current regional issues, the Kremlin said in a statement. This was Putin's first meeting with a president of another country after his fourth inauguration as the president of Russia on May 7. "In the meeting, the presidents discussed the current situation and prospects for Russian-Serbian cooperation and ongoing joint investment projects. Putin and Vucic also exchanged their positions on current regional issues," the release from the Kremlin said. "This year, we are marking 180 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries. Bilateral trade has been on the rise. Last year, it reported 23-percent growth year-on-year. I am very glad that we have the opportunity tonight, in an informal atmosphere prior to the May 9 event, to discuss our relations," Putin said at the beginning of the meeting. He said that the reason for the meeting was the end of the Great Patriotic War - World War II. In the historical memory of our nation are glorious historical moments: Serbia and Russia together engaged in the fight against a common enemy," Putin said. The meeting was attended by the Presidential Aide for International Affairs, Yuri Ushakov.

PUTIN, VUCIC, NETANYAHU LAY FLOWERS AT TOMB OF UNKNOWN SOLDIER IN MOSCOW

MOSCOW, 9. May 2018 (Beta) - The presidents of Russia and Serbia, Vladimir Putin and Aleksandar Vucic, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, on May 9. After the Victory Day Parade, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II, they walked from Red Square to the Alexander Garden. The flower wreaths bore messages in Russian, Serbian and English. After laying the flowers, the leaders paid tribute to the fallen soldiers with a moment of silence, after which the national anthems of the three countries were played. The leaders then took part in the "Immortal Regiment" march.

VUCIC, PUTIN AND NETANYAHU LEAD IMMORTAL REGIMENT

MOSCOW, 9. May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, headed the Immortal Regiment column through central Moscow on May 9. In keeping with earlier announcements, Vucic carried the picture of his grandfather, and Putin of his father. The participants in the march, held under the auspices of the Kremlin, carried pictures of their forefathers who had participated in the Second World War or, as it is called in Russia - the Great War for the Motherland. According to announcements in Russian government media, around one million people were expected to participate in the march. Vucic and the Israeli prime minister, who are the only foreign officials this year, earlier attended the military parade marking Victory Day, and the official reception which President Putin organized in the Kremlin.

SERBIA

VUCIC: STILL A LOT TO DO FOR EU MEMBERSHIP

BELGRADE, 9. May 2018 (Beta) - President Aleksandar Vucic stated on May 9 that Serbia still had a lot to do in order to become a member of the European Union. At a reception in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, on the occasion of Europe Day, May 9, Vucic said that Serbian citizens wanted to live in a society of a European type, which means a democratic and free society, but that a lot still had to be done on accomplishing that goal. "In the period ahead of us, in the rule of law and all other fields, we will have to make significantly greater progress than what has been accomplished in the economy," Vucic stated. He said that Europe was important for Serbia as a peace project, because it secured peace and stability. He added that, like Serbia needed the EU, so the EU needed stability in Serbia. Vucic said he was convinced the EU wanted Serbia as a full member just like Serbia wanted to enter the EU. The Serbian president stated that the idea of Robert Schuman would be accomplished when the entire Western Balkans become part of the EU. The chief of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Sem Fabrizi, said that the door of the EU remained wide open for Serbia, adding that Serbia had carried out numerous reforms on the path of European integration, but that a lot of work still remained to be done. Fabrizi said history reminded us that the EU was created under difficult circumstances, when Europe needed peace and stability. He said some people were nowadays expressing suspicion about the values of multi-culturalism and aimed to solve problems by unilateral decisions, but that the EU still adhered to its own values. He said cooperation was better than conflict and that compromise was a strength, not a weakness. Long live the European Union, long live Serbia and its future in the EU, said the chief of the EU Delegation in Serbia. Within the program marking Europe Day, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic visited an exhibition of works by high-school pupils, created within the "Experience EU" project for creative and innovative works. Within this year's project, 20 works by 48 pupils from 17 places in Serbia were awarded, and the winners and their mentors will visit Budapest, Prague and Vienna during the next seven days. The reception in the Museum of Contemporary Art was attended by Serbian government ministers, members of the diplomatic corps and figures from political and cultural life.

JOKSIMOVIC: SERBIA READY FOR FIVE CHAPTERS, EXPECTING AT LEAST THREE TO BE OPENED

BELGRADE, 9. May 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian minister for European integration, Jadranka Joksimovic, stated on May 9 that Serbia was ready for the opening of five chapters in the EU membership negotiations, and that it expected at least three to be opened before the end of Bulgaria's EU presidency, which expires on June 30. So far, 12 chapters have been opened in the negotiations, two of which have been temporarily closed, while Serbia, as the minister said, is fully prepared for the opening of five chapters: 33 - financial and budgetary provisions, 9 - financial services, 13 - fisheries, 18 - statistics and 17 - economic and monetary policy. According to the government's statement, Joksimovic announced this in Belgrade on May 9, at the meeting with a delegation of the Dutch Parliament. The minister and the guests from Holland stressed the importance of continued reforms in connection with chapters 23 and 24, and the importance of the reform of the judiciary, the suppression of crime and corruption and strengthening of minority rights and media freedom, the statement reads. The members of the Committee for European affairs of the Parliament of The Netherlands said that the reforms in Serbia were yielding positive results, it was also stated. The guests from Holland said that, with its stance towards the migrant crisis, towards security and other issues in the region and in the EU, Serbia had confirmed that it was a credible and active partner of the EU. They stated that Holland, in keeping with a strict but fair approach, would continue to support Serbia's European path, and that good bilateral relations could be improved further. Joksimovic informed the Dutch delegation about the progress of Serbia's preparations for joining the EU, and spoke about inter-governmental cooperation and the reforms that are being carried out in Serbia.

ECONOMY

IMF MISSION PROPOSES IMPROVED PUBLIC INVESTMENT PLANNING, EXECUTION

BELGRADE, 9. May 2018 (Beta) - In a meeting with Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Zorana Mihajlovic in Belgrade on May 9, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by James Roaf, said that the restructuring of state railway company Zeleznice Srbije was going well and proposed an improved process of public investment planning and execution. Roaf said that Mihajlovic's ministry had made a significant contribution to the successful completion of the previous arrangement with the IMF. "You have done an excellent job with Zeleznice Srbije," Roaf said, adding that more efficient planning and the realization of public investments would help in the proper positioning of priorities and the maximum utilization of available funds. The meeting also discussed ways to improve the business environment in Serbia, which will be backed by draft laws, prepared by the Ministry, which will be submitted to parliament for adoption soon, it said in a release from the Ministry. "We will pass a new law on the registration of property in the cadastre, which will provide a one stop shop for citizens. Today, Serbia ranks 10th in the world in terms of the number of issued construction permits and we want to be even better. It is why we will pass amendments to the Law on Spatial Planning so as to be more efficient in spatial planning," Mihajlovic said. The meeting in the government building was also attended by representatives of the World Bank, led by World Bank Country Manager for Serbia Stephen Ndegwa. The IMF Mission arrived in Serbia on May 7 for talks with local authorities on a new non-financial arrangement, supported by a Policy Coordination Instrument (PCI).

EU SETS ASIDE EUR5.2 MIL FOR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IN SERBIA

BELGRADE, 9. May 2018 (Beta) - Local self-governments in Serbia can by June 29 apply for EU-funded infrastructure projects, providing they have a construction permit in place, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), it said in a statement from UNOPS on May 9. The EU has set aside EUR5.2 million for projects that will improve infrastructure in Sumadija (central Serbia) and Western Serbia, and Southern and Eastern Serbia. Eligible to apply are 99 local self-governments engaged in the EU PRO program, financed from the IPA program for 2016 and carried out by UNOPS in partnership with the Serbian government, primarily with the EU Integration Ministry. The valueof a single project ranges from EUR50,000 to EUR150,000, wherein each local government can submit only one project. EU Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic said that "the EU integration process is not an objective in itself, but that it represents a mechanism of Serbia's overall development." "I call on towns and municipalities to exploit all benefits offered by the EU PRO program and submit projects that will contribute to sustainable regional development and the better quality of health, social and public utility services to citizens," Joksimovic said.

NIKOLIC IN BEIJING: ONE BELT ONE ROAD SYMBOL OF DEVELOPMENT, PROGRESS

BEIJING, 9. May 2018 (Beta) - Tomislav Nikolic, chairman of the National Council for Coordinating Cooperation with Russia and China, said in Beijing on May 9 that the One Belt One Road Initiative was a symbol of the development and progress of Serbia and other Central and Eastern European countries taking part in the initiative. "The Central and Eastern European countries have from the very start been engaged in the One Belt One Road Initiative and for us it symbolizes development and progress. It has been substantiated through a number of infrastructure, energy, business and cultural projects. China has been building bridges and highways, modernizing railways and thermal power plants," Nikolic said at the opening of seminar titled "One Belt One Road - Seminar on international financial communication and cooperation." Aside from Nikolic, the seminar in Beijing and Shanghai, organized by the Bank of China, is also being attended by top officials of Montenegro, Bulgaria and Romania. The seminar aims to inform participants in detail about the strategy of the One Belt One Road Initiative and with China's view of the economic situation and trends in the world's economies. At the opening, Nikolic said that the Serbian national council had been set up with the support of Chinese President Xi Jinping, "a great visionary, a great leader of a great China, and a man who is the pillar of cooperation in the world today." "China is a strategic partner in Serbia's steel works company Zelezara in Smederevo, where it has been achieved excellent business results. Based on this positive experience, we can see interest among Chinese companies for investments in the processing industry. We are planning together with China to build major infrastructure parks, which will further link businesspeople from China and other Central and Eastern European countries," he said. Nikolic added that the Serbian and Chinese peoples have also become closer through culture, noting that the number of Chinese tourists in Serbia is reported to have grown both last and this year.

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