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DAILY SURVEY 14.09.2018.
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SERBIA

VUCIC: WE WILL CONTINUE TALKS WITH PRISTINA

BELGRADE, 13 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sept. 13 that Belgrade would continue the talks with Pristina, but that there would probably be no agreement. "It is important that, even if we do not reach an agreement, which is probable, someone else will have to reach it, because we cannot maintain such successful economic results without the lasting building of peace," Vucic said. He also said that Serbia should care about its children and not about "how to please those who like easy solutions, which mostly give us headaches." "It is like treating cancer with aspirin," Vucic added.

BRNABIC: GOAL OF 2030 AGENDA TO LEAVE NONE BEHIND

BELGRADE, 13 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Sept. 13 that the most important goals of applying the 2030 development agenda were rooting out poverty, securing quality education and equal opportunities for all, a healthy living environment and "raising" the economy and strengthening institutions. "The main principle of the 2030 Agenda is to leave no one behind - at the end of the column. The crux of the goals are human rights, lowering inequality and promoting an inclusive society," Brnabic said at the opening of a Subregional Conference on Promoting Progress in implementing the 2030 Development Agenda. She said that in 2015 Serbia created an interministerial working group for carrying out the 2030 Agenda, whose job was to adapt global goals to domestic circumstances, confirm priorities and progress toward their attainment. "These goals are devised as a guide for all those striving to improve the lives of people so that we leave something better for future generations in the world. These efforts in one place can appear to be utopian, but that must not stop us from giving our best and finally progressing toward a society in which no one will be forgotten and excluded from overall progress," Brnabic said. The prime minister added that the Serbian cabinet was paying special attention to education, economic development and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the prevention of and adaptation to climate change. "We continue our economic reforms... We would like to teach youth to think critically and analytically which we will need regardless of what jobs they perform in the future," she said, adding that creative ideas and innovation were vital to fast and sustainable development. The U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by over 150 states at the U.N. headquarters in New York in September 2015 and encompasses key elements such as economic growth, social inclusion, environmental protection, institutional development and cooperation. There are 17 sustainable development goals, each with 169 concrete tasks that need to be carried out by 2030.

KUBUROVIC, GERMAN MINISTER OF JUSTICE ON EU INTEGRATION, COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 13 September 2018 (Beta) - On Sept. 13 Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic met with German Minister of Justice Katarina Barley in Berlin to discuss Germany's support so far to Serbia on its European integration road, but also future cooperation between the two countries in the area of justice. Minister Barley stressed that Serbia had achieved significant progress in the area of rule of law and taken important steps on its road to the EU, and that Germany was ready to keep supporting Serbia, especially in cracking down on corruption, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement. The ministers agreed that cooperation between the judicial organs of both countries was inevitable, particularly in the area of fighting corruption and organized crime through the efforts of joint investigative teams. Kuburovic underscored that Serbia was continuously working on strengthening both prevention and repression where corruption and organized crime were concerned and that new laws - on fighting corruption and lobbying, which would be up for review by parliament this fall, were among the measures that created stronger capacities in fighting corruption. She recalled that by adopting these laws Serbia had met its obligation as envisaged by the Action Plan for Chapter 23 of its negotiations with the EU. During the meeting Kuburovic said that Germany was offering substantial aid to the Ministry of Justice through projects and stressed the extraordinary cooperation that the Serbian Ministry of Justice had with the German international cooperation organization GIZ.

DJORDJEVIC: PAY MORE ATTENTION TO ITALIAN INVESTORS

BELGRADE, 13 September 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian minister of labor, employment, veteran and social policy, Zoran Djordjevic, said on Sept. 13 that more attention should be paid to Italian investors, for the purpose of developing the two countries' relations and common interests. During a working breakfast with Italian Ambassador to Belgrade Carlo Lo Cascio and the president of the Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Giorgio Marchegiani, he said that relations between Serbia and Italy were traditionally close and that Serbia had a favorable business climate for the expansion of foreign investments. "Serbia is open for any suggestion about improving the living and working conditions of its citizens. We want all decisions to be in keeping with the needs of employers as well as employees, because that is the only way for our country to operate positively," Djordjevic said. He thanked Ambassador Lo Cascio and the Italian investors who had recognized Serbia's potential and invested "when nobody else wanted to," and cited Banca Intesa as an example of good business, as one of the leading banks in the euro zone and one that had been operating in Serbia for many years. Ambassador Lo Cascio said Serbia was a country with great potential for developing cooperation with Italy. Italy is nowadays one of the leading trade partners and the leading foreign investor in Serbia, thanks to intensive bilateral cooperation, which has gradually expanded onto other fields. Our strategic partnership envisages that we support and monitor Serbia on its European path, Lo Cascio said.

MINISTER RUZIC SIGNS CONTRACTS ON ALLOCATING BUDGET FUNDS TO NATIONAL MINORITIES

BELGRADE, 13 September 2018 (Beta) - Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Branko Ruzic signed in Belgrade on Sept. 13 contracts with associations, foundations and institutions for disbursing funds from the Budget Fund for National Minorities, which envisages RSD21.8 million in funding for 77 projects. The Budget Fund for National Minorities had been inactive for 15 years but as of last year the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government began distributing money from the fund. "The funds that were secured in the budget for last year were small - RSD1.8 million but we have now succeeded in securing RSD21.8 million, which is twelve times more than last year," Ruzic said. The area the Ministry has been focusing on for the past two years - information in the languages of national minorities, was the basis for the contest, which was proposed by representatives of the Council of National Minorities as well, who also initiated it before the cabinet. At a news conference the minister said that this "is a year of national minorities" after a set of minority bills adopted by parliament and "all the praise that Serbia has received from relevant international institutions and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Lamberto Zannier. "Launching this fund is a contribution that the Serbian government is making to the field of national minorities and I will try to increase the budget fund next year if the financial situation allows it," Ruzic said.

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