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DAILY SURVEY 11.06.2018.
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SERBIA

VUCIC: I EXPECT DIALOGUE WITH PRISTINA TO CONTINUE BY JUNE'S END

BELGRADE, 8 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on June 8 that he expected talks between Belgrade and Pristina to continue before the end of the month. Vucic said at the Palace of Serbia that he would be engaged elsewhere on June 27 and June 28, when he would not be travelling to Brussels, but that he was available on other dates. "Let them choose the date, I am ready for the talks, but I am asking that the Brussels agreement be respected, by the other side as well," Vucic said, underlining that he wanted some sort of agreement to be reached with Pristina. The Serbian president explained it was his job to take care of Serbia, and protect it against conflicts.

MARINKOVIC, GEORGIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS DISCUSS BILATERAL TIES

BELGRADE, 8 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Deputy Speaker Vladimir Marinkovic said at a June 8 meeting with the Georgian Parliament's foreign affairs committee that the two states had developed a friendly and good relationship, based on mutual respect for their territorial integrity and sovereignty. At the meeting in Belgrade with the Georgian parliamentary delegation led by Sophie Katsarava, Marinkovic said that Serbia was interested in developing bilateral ties with Georgia, adding that he was pleased to see cooperationn between the two parliaments growing. In a press release, the Serbian parliament quoted Katsarava as saying that her legislature was using the experience of the Serbian parliament and its bodies in the EU integration process, and in harmonizing national legislation with European rules. The Serbian and Georgian parliamentarians agreed that there was room for improvement in cooperation in the economy, culture, education, tourism and China's initiative "One Belt, One Road." Marinkovic said that there was room to advance the cooperation of the two parliaments' working bodies in the EU integration process, the area of foreign affairs, economy and culture, and the two parliaments' friendship groups.

FABRIZI: NO REQUEST FOR CHANGING FORM OF BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOG

BELGRADE, 9 June 2018 (Beta) - Sem Fabrizi, head of the European Union Delegation to Serbia, said on June 9 that there was no official request to change the form of the dialog between Belgrade and Pristina on normalizing relations, and stressed that the EU would continue to mediate the talks. Nothing is changing in the dialog, there is no request to change its form and the EU will continue to mediate in the dialog to normalize relations between Belgrade and Pristina, Fabrizi said when asked by a journalist in Belgrade whether any other country would join the dialog. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on June 8 when speaking on the announced inclusion of certain countries in the Belgrade-Pristina dialog that Serbia found the EU's mediation acceptable, but that it was not realistic to expect that agreement would be reached without the U.S. and Russia.

SCOTT: U.S. ROLE IN BELGRADE-PRISTINA TALKS DEPENDS ON OTHER PARTNERS

BELGRADE, 8 June 2018 (Beta) - The involvement of the United States in the Belgrade-Pristina talks will depend on other partners, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott said on June 8, underlining that his country was pleased with the way the EU was running the dialog. "The dialog should be an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina. The EU is running the dialog, we are happy about that, and we think it should stay that way," Scott said to journalists in Belgrade. The ambassador refused to explain what factors exactly the U.S. role in the talks depended on, but did say that the entire international community should play a role in the process. "The entire international community has a role in this, because we want to support peace and stability in the region," the U.S. diplomat said.

ECONOMY

CHINESE CMEC LOOKING TO BUILD LOCAL ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IN SERBIA

BELGRADE, 8 June 2018 (Beta) - Representatives of the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) said in a June 8 conversation with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic that they were interested in taking part in building local energy infrastructure. They remarked that Kragujevac, one of Serbia's biggest cities, had a huge need for the development of new energy sources, in light of hefty investments by foreign investors and the intensive development of industry in the city, the Serbian president's office said in a press release. The meeting, which included Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic, led to an agreement to form a Serbian government team to find the best model to execute energy infrastructure development in this part of Serbia. In cooperation with the Serbian government, CMEC is working on realizing the Kostolac project as one of the first strategic capital energy facilities in Serbia in decades.

LJAJIC, FRENCH AMBASSADOR EXPECT BILATERAL TRADE TO GROW TO OVER BILLION EUROS

BELGRADE, 8 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication Rasim Ljajic and the French ambassador to Serbia, Frederic Mondoloni, said at a June 8 meeting they expected bilateral trade to exceed last year's one billion euros, and more French investors to join France's 100 businesses in Serbia which employ over 11,000 people. Minister Ljajic said at the meeting with the French diplomat that he also expected more French tourists to visit Serbia this year, as the result of an advertising campaign in French media and social networks, promoting Serbia as an attractive tourist destination. The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications quoted Ljajic as saying in a press release that Serbia was fully committed to the idea of setting up a unique economic area in the Western Balkans region, but that "regrettably, things have happened lately that are at contrary to the process, and have nothing to do with economy." Ljajic described a decision to create a customs union between Albania and Kosovo's interim institutions in Pristina as a unilateral political act "contrary to all efforts to create a single economic area in the Western Balkans, which also makes regional economic integrations very difficult."

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