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DAILY SURVEY 12.09.2018.
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SERBIA

BOURITA DESCRIBES SERBIAN-MOROCCAN RELATIONS AS HONEYMOON

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita travelled to Belgrade on Sept. 11 to meet with his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic, saying at the meeting that diplomatic and economic ties between the two states were growing stronger, and promising fresh investments in Serbia's agriculture, automotive industry and renewable energy. Bourita's visit is the first a Moroccan foreign minister has made to Belgrade in 14 years. He said after the talk with Dacic that Serbian-Moroccan relations had reached "a honeymoon stage of sorts." The bilateral relationship rests on a firm historical heritage, and should grow in the future. We have a good dynamic, which we should use and nurture our relations to a strategic level, he said. The Moroccan foreign minister said that, apart from economic cooperation, which includes growing investments, the two states should work to strengthen their ties in education, sports and culture. Minister Bourita signed a memorandum of cooperation in sports, saying he felt the distinction of his country being guest of honor at the 2018 Book Fair in Belgrade. Dacic said that a mixed committee for bilateral cooperation would be established, and that a business seminar with Moroccan business representatives would be organized next week.

DACIC: SERBIA, RUSSIA MAINTAIN THE SAME POSITION ON KOSOVO

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sept. 11 that the words of the Russian ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin, that Kosovo should be reintegrated into Serbia's legal and state systems reflected Moscow's well-known support to the territorial integrity of Serbia, and refusal to recognize an independent Kosovo. Minister Dacic said at a press conference following a meeting with his Morrocan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, that there was no difference in the Russian and Serbian views. "We are not going to get angry at someone who believes that Kosovo is part of Serbia, aren't we? That's exactly what we think, too," Dacic said. The Serbian foreign minister added that it was "Russia's first, original position," which the Russians had never changed. It is also why Serbia can rely on a "stable position" that Kosovo cannot join the United Nations, the minister said. Dacic said that the Russian ambassador had made it very clear that Russia would support any solution in Serbia's interest. "We are not giving up our options, but we are searching for a solution, and Russia supports the search. These things aren't incompatible," Dacic said. In an interview with a magazine published by the Russian Foreign Ministry's State Institute of International Relations, Ambassador Chepurin said that Kosovo was Serbian as much as Crimea was a part of Russia. Yes, it's the Serbian land. The cradle of Serbia. It's sacred to the Serbs. Kosovo should be restored to Serbia's legal and state systems based on international law, Chepurin was quoted as saying by Sputnik.

VUCIC EXPECTS FRENCH PRESIDENT TO VISIT SERBIA EARLY IN DECEMBER

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sept. 11 that he expected his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to visit Serbia at the beginning of December. After a meeting with a member of the French Senate's foreign affairs committee, Olivier Cadic, Vucic said it would be a very important visit for Serbia, as the two states are "old friends." "Serbia has increased trade with France by nine percent in the first six months of the year. Last year's trade reached EUR995 million, and this year it will exceed a billion for the first time. A restored monument of gratitude to France will be unveiled at Kalemegdan Park soon. It all shows that we have rebuilt a close relationship that speaks not only of the shared past, but to a shared future, too," Vucic said at a press conference in Belgrade. The president said that he had discussed regional issues, talks with Pristina and France's investments in Serbia with the French senator. "Olivier Cadic is committed to peace in the Balkans. We spoke of how therapeutic it would be for everyone in the Balkans to enjoy long-term peace and stability, leading to a better life and economic prosperity," Vucic said, adding that the French official fully supported Serbia's accession to the European Union.

VUCIC, MENG: SERBIA ONE OF TOP TEN PARTNERS TO INTERPOL

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met on Sept. 11 with Interpol president Meng Hongwei, who said he was pleased with excellent cooperation between his organization and the Serbian interior ministry -- one of the organization's top ten partners for five years, the Serbian presidency reported in a press release. Vucic said he was grateful that Interpol respected the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia, pointing to the need of deepening cooperation between the Serbian police and the international organization, so that the two could fight global challenges together. The Serbian president also said the exchange of information and experiences makes the Serbian interior ministry a stronger actor in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and other security risks, including cybercrime and other abuses of IT technology. President Vucic underlined that, in this way, the Serbian police contributed to the protection of regional and global peace and stability. The Interpol president said the organization was prepared to strengthen ties with Serbia, and to bolster its own security capacity, given the key role it plays in the region, expecting also suggestions as to the development of Interpol. Meng is also a deputy to the Chinese public security minister, so Vucic stressed Serbia's readiness to develop cooperation with the Chinese police, "expressing his pleasure over his upcoming visit to the country, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, which he expected to provide a considerable contribution to the comprehensive strategic partnership and a friendship of steel between the two states."

BRNABIC: SERBIA TO BECOME FULL CERN MEMBER IN A FEW MONTHS

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Sept. 11 that she hoped that Serbia would become a full member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) by the end of the year, or early in 2019. Brnabic, visiting CERN on Sept. 11, said that Serbia had worked toward the membership for years, and that one of the major benefits of full membership was that Serbian students, researchers, and Ph.D. candidates would be able to join CERN projects working in Belgrade, Novi Sad or other parts of Serbia. She said this would not cause a new brain drain, but rather the opposite, as people would want to stay at Serbian universities and institutions already having a change to work with CERN. "This is why Serbia is trying to become a full member," Brnabic said, adding that she was confident it would happen in the coming months.

SARCEVIC SIGNS AGREEMENT ON SERBIAN TEACHER EDUCATION WITH CERN

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mladen Sarcevic signed in Geneva, on Sept. 11, a memorandum of cooperation allowing Serbian teachers access to education with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Minister Sarcevic visited CERN together with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic. The minister said it was important to maintain continuity in the professional development of primary and secondary school teachers, as they would be able to use their knowledge in different projects.

KUBUROVIC, BOCK DISCUSS NOTARY COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic met in Berlin, on Sept. 11, with deputy head of the German Bundesnotarkammer notary chamber Richard Bock and discussed cooperation between the two countries in the area of notaries and enhancing the exchange of experiences between public notaries in Serbia and in Germany. Bock said Serbia had good legislation on public notaries, which corresponds to European standards, and added that the Bundesnotarkammer was ready to assist colleagues in Serbia. Kuburovic said that public notaries had justified the reasons for their existence after four years of work in Serbia, and added that the Serbian model was based on German notaries. Kuburovic is slated to sign a memorandum of cooperation with the German chamber while in Berlin, and also to meet with Justice Minister Katarina Barley.

TRIVAN: SERBIA WILL REACH GOAL OF LOWERING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of the Environment Goran Trivan said on Sept. 11 that Serbia was among the first countries in the region to define plans and goals for reducing climate change, and stressed that it would undoubtedly reach its proclaimed goal of lowering emissions by 9.8 percent relative to 1990 by 2030. "To reach its proclaimed goals, Serbia needs to adopt a piece of legislation on climate change that has been prepared and subjected to public debate, which was exceptionally executed. This will be the most important law which will force all sector policies to adapt to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and shortening the period of solving these historical problems," Trivan said at a meeting marking the start of implementation of a project called Preparing Reports According to the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Experts, representatives of state and public institutions and NGOs participated in a joint meeting of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the UNDP program, which are in charge of the project. UNDP deputy resident representative Steliana Nedera stressed that the last national report according to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change showed that climate change had a strong effect in Serbia, especially in the areas of agriculture, water and forest management, and that Serbia was situated in a region that was particularly vulnerable to climate change. In addition to information and reports that will help establish the current state of affairs in Serbia relative to climate change, this project will prepare measures and instruments for fighting climate change and softening its effects, which shows the importance of the project, Nedera said. The third report, which is being prepared as part of the project, is one of Serbia's obligations stemming from the Framework Convention on Climate Change, signed in 2001.

SCOTT SAYS MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR SERBIA, KOSOVO TO REACH SOLUTION

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - U.S. Ambassador to Belgrade Kyle Scott said on Sept. 11 that the U.S. would support any solution reached between Pristina and Belgrade that was believed to support stability in the region. Scott declined to respond to a yes and no question on whether Senator Ron Johnson's statement that the U.S. had not drawn a red a line where the changing of borders was concerned, meant that the U.S. would support that kind of solution. "I think that the most important thing now is not for me to say yes or no, but for Serbia and Kosovo to reach agreement. After that, we will surely look positively on it if it is an agreement between conflicting parties, but ultimately our opinion will be whether this agreement, whatever it may be, builds stability in the region, in Serbia and in Kosovo, but actually the entire region," Scott said. He said that it was not always wise to set deadlines. "While negotiations are ongoing it is not always a wise step to say 'you must decide by some date and after that there is nothing,' because if a solution to a problem is not reached, what then? I think that we need to solve this problem at some point, why not now?" the U.S. ambassador said after donating blood in a drive on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

ECONOMY

LJAJIC IN CELJE: WE NEED OPEN BORDERS, NOT NEW CUSTOMS BARRIERS

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic said on Sept. 11, at the opening of the 51st MOS Economic Fair in Celje, that it was necessary to open borders to the free flow of goods, rather than introducing customs and non-customs barriers. Ljajic said the logistics costs of long wait times at the border made goods on average by six percent more expensive than the products of the same companies in EU countries. He said that businesspeople needed to be able to sell their goods more easily, making them more competitive, and the economies of Serbia and Slovenia consequently far more successful. "Slovenia is our ninth export market, our tenth foreign trade partner, a country that is among the top ten investors in Serbia, and fourth in the number of investment projects after Germany, Italy and Austria," Ljajic said. Ljajic further stated that Serbia-Slovenia trade had hit over one billion euros for the first time, and that 1,400 Slovenian companies were doing business in Serbia employing 25,000 Serbian workers. He announced that he would create an action plan to improve cooperation between the two countries, forge joint ventures in third-party markets and form Serbian-Slovenian co-owned companies. Serbia is a partner country in the 51st MOS Economic Fair in Celje. Slovenian President Borut Pahor spoke at the opening.

MIHAJLOVIC TALKS COOPERATION IN CONSTRUCTION WITH CUBAN AMBASSADOR

BELGRADE, 11 September 2018 (Beta) - Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of Serbia Zorana Mihajlovic met on Sept. 11 with Cuban Ambassador to Belgrade Gustavo Trista Del Todo on the possibilities for collaboration in the area of construction, the Ministry has said. "Serbia and Cuba have excellent political relations. There is no reason not to develop cooperation in the economic sphere as well," said Mihajlovic, also a deputy prime minister. She stressed that Serbian construction companies had experience and know-how, which was why she had proposed that the ministries of construction of both countries sign an agreement on collaboration, which would create a state framework for realizing infrastructure projects. "If we want to do something good for our countries, we need to create ties and transfer good political relations to the economy," she said. Ambassador Gustavo Trista Del Todo praised Serbia's construction companies and said that there was great interest in Cuba to advance good cooperation from the time of the former Socialist Yugoslavia. In Havana today there are buildings that were built by Serbian companies. We have built trust and it would be of great importance to sign an agreement on cooperation between the two ministries to deepen this cooperation to the benefit of both countries, he said. Mihajlovic handed the Cuban ambassador a gift, a Pirot rug, hand woven by Serbian peasant women as part of an initiative called Let's Employ a Thousand Women in Rural Areas.

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