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DAILY SURVEY 16.11.2018.
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SERBIA

VUCIC MEETS WITH KRICHBAUM

BELGRADE, 15 November 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met with the chairman of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union of the German Bundestag, Gunther Krichbaum, on Nov. 15 and discussed bilateral relations, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and Serbia's European path, read a statement released by the Presidency. Vucic said relations between the two countries were very good and that cooperation was significant in all fields. In his words, full EU membership is the strategic determination and Serbia is fully dedicated to carrying out long-term reforms. The Serbian president voiced gratitude for Germany's support to the European integration of Serbia. Vucic informed Krichbaum about Pristina's unilateral moves, regarding the imposition of the 10-percent import fee on all goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. They concurred that Germany was one of the most important economic partners of Serbia and one of the biggest investors in Serbia's economy, and that it was necessary to continue work on strengthening economic relations and trade.

BRNABIC: BULGARIA'S GREAT FRIENDLY GESTURE DURING VOTE AT ENTSO-E

BELGRADE, 15 November 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said in Sofia on Nov. 15 that Bulgaria's support to Serbia during the vote at the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) was "a great service and a great friendly gesture." Brnabic, who participated in the European Startup Summit in Sofia on Nov. 15, told reporters that she had thanked Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for that support, i.e. in the prevention of Serbia's expulsion from the Kosovo electrical grid. "I thanked him for the support which Bulgaria, although having recognized the independence of Kosovo, gave us during the vote at ENTSO-E. That is extremely important for all the Serbs living in Kosovo, for the Serbian electrical grid to remain there and secure their supply," the Serbian prime minister said. She added that she had thanked the prime ministers of Macedonia and Montenegro, Zoran Zaev and Dusko Markovic, who also participated in the European Startup Summit, for abstaining during the vote, because "that meant a lot to Serbia." She said she had a "good" meeting with Borisov on Nov. 15, that they discussed concrete issues, regional cooperation and joint energy projects.

JOKSIMOVIC, ITALIAN AMBASSADOR MEET: SERBIA COMMITTED TO REFORMS

BELGRADE, 15 November 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic met on Nov. 15 with Italian Ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio to discuss bilateral relations, Serbia's European integration, reforms and relations in the region. Joksimovic said that Serbia was clearly devoted to conducting reforms especially in the area of the justice system, the fight against crime and corruption, minority rights and media freedoms, the Serbian cabinet has said in a statement. She voiced the hope that the members of the EU would recognize its progress in these areas and give their support for opening new chapters by the end of December. Joksimovic said that Serbia wanted a sustainable solution for Kosovo, but that Pristina was undermining the dialogue with unilateral measures which was contrary to efforts to preserve and promote stability. Lo Cascio said that Italy would continue to support Serbia's European integration and that its success and results through reforms confirmed its European outlook, the Serbian cabinet said.

DJORDJEVIC WITH SLOVAK AMBASSADOR ON CONTINUING COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 15 November 2018 (Beta) - Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy Zoran Djordjevic met with Slovak Ambassador to Serbia Dagmar Repcekova to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries and further improvement of cooperation in areas under the ministry's jurisdiction. "Serbia and Slovakia are friendly states that are constantly improving cooperation, which is confirmed by the successful application of agreements signed by the corresponding ministries in the area of employing the citizens of one country in the territory of the other and fighting illegal employment," Djordjevic said, adding that he hoped that in the coming period the areas of anti-discrimination policy and protecting gender equality would be regulated by a bilateral agreement. Djordjevic also talked with the ambassador about joint projects and activities in other areas under the ministries' jurisdictions, such as looking after minor migrants or caring for the Roma community's children. Repcekova hailed current and past cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy and added that she was confident that cooperation between the two countries would be additionally improved through upcoming joint activities.

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