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SERBIA

NEW GERMAN, INDIAN AND AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADORS TO SERBIA MEET MINISTER DACIC

BELGRADE 6 November 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met on Nov. 6 with the new German, Indian and Australian ambassadors to Serbia, Thomas Schieb, Subrata Bhattacharjee and Ruth Caris, respectively, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. Minister Dacic and Germany's new ambassador agreed that the two states had developed a good relationship and improved cooperation, adding that both sides were prepared to continue the efforts. The minister said he was satisfied with Germany's support to the Serbian accession to the European Union, and also discussed the Belgrade-Pristina talks with Schieb.
The Serbian foreign minister and the Indian diplomat said the two states were prepared to work on their relationship, and Dacic underlined the importance of the upcoming seventh anniversary of their diplomatic relations. The minister thanked India for its support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia, hoping that the Indian support in international bodies would remain as strong as ever.
Dacic and Australia's Ruth Caris also expressed readiness to strengthen cooperation and exchange visits, underlining the potential of a stronger Australian investment presence in Serbia. The two also highlighted the capacity of the Serbian expatriate community in Australia.

BRNABIC MEETS WITH PORTUGUESE PRIME MINISTER: TWO STATES TO BOOST RELATIONS, ECONOMIC TIES IN PARTICULAR

BELGRADE 6 November 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and her Portuguese counterpart, Antonio Costa, agreed at a Nov. 6 meeting in Lisbon that the two states had developed a traditionally good relationship, but that there was still room for improvement, especially in the economy. The Serbian government quoted Brnabic as saying that she hoped the two countries would soon sign an agreement to avoid double taxation and improve bilateral trade as well. Serbia's prime minister also said that it was important for her country to continue to develop the economy and entrepreneurship, while Costa shared Portugal's experiences in those areas, with a special emphasis on support to startups. Brnabic thanked her Portuguese peer for his country's support to Serbia's EU accession, underlining that membership of the Union remained a primary strategic goal. She used the opportunity to invite Costa to visit Serbia. The two states' potentials in the IT sector and digitalization were discussed at the meeting, and Brnabic shared with Costa good impressions about the organization of the Web Summit in Lisbon, which she described as a very important event for all the states that wished to be competitive in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Brnabic is representing Serbia in two panels, the cabinet went on to say in a press release, quoting Forbes as describing the Web Summit as the world's best technology conference, attended by 70,000 people, including the founders and CEOs of technology companies, startups, government representatives, and delegates from international organizations and the media.

DJORDJEVIC: SERBIA'S FUTURE IN THE EU IS A REALITY WE BELIEVE IN

BELGRADE 6 November 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy Zoran Djordjevic said on Nov. 6 that the process of joining the EU was Serbia's strategic goal and one of the most important pillars of its foreign policy, while the country's future in the EU was a reality that he believed in and that in accordance with that intense efforts were being led to reform the welfare system. Djordjevic opened the first Regional Conference of the Western Balkans - The Initiative for the Social Dimension of EU Integration, and stressed that cooperation between the countries of the Western Balkans was very important for maintaining stability and peace in the region, which was oriented toward the European road and wanted to become a part of the great European family of equal nations as soon possible. "All the countries of the Western Balkans are facing similar problems which is why we must do more for our citizens together. The accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU is one of the most important pillars of our foreign policy. Serbia's future in the EU is a reality that we believe in and, in accordance with it, we are making intense efforts to conduct reforms of the welfare system," Djordjevic was quoted as saying by the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy. During the regional conference a Joint Resolution on Enhancing Social Policy in the Western Balkans was ceremoniously signed.

DJURIC: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MUST REACT TO PRISTINA'S DECISION, BRUSSELS DIALOGUE BLOCKED

BELGRADE 6 November 2018 (Beta) - Director of the Serbian Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric said on Nov. 6 that Serbia demanded an immediate and decisive reaction on the part of the international community to the Kosovo authorities' decision to raise taxes on imports from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina by 10 percent. "The responsibility for stopping this economic and legal violence lies with the international community," Djuric told a news conference in the Serbian government building. Djuric said that Pristina's decision blocked and prevented the continuation of the dialogue in Brussels until Pristina withdrew "this illegal and harmful" decision which was politically motivated and contrary to all agreements. Djuric said that Serbia would protect the interests of Serbs, adding that the trade war between Belgrade and Pristina "is a direct clash with normalcy."

ECONOMY

SERBIAN-CHINESE INDUSTRIAL PARKS TO BE BUILT IN BELGRADE, SMEDEREVO

BELGRADE 6 November 2018 (Beta) - A Serbian-Chinese industrial park will be built in Belgrade and will house the latest industries, labs, development and scientific centers, faculties and apartments for young engineers on a surface of 320 hectares, Minister of Innovation and Technological Development Nenad Popovic said on Nov. 6. At the Third China - CEE Countries Innovation Conference in Sarajevo he said that the construction of a similar park was planned in Smederevo. "We are building a joint future with our Chinese partners and a vision of the Balkan and European regions. This vision is based on innovation, factories and future technologies, new jobs and added value which our talented engineers will create," Popovic was quoted as saying by his office. The minister said that he expected young talent to seize the technologies of the new era and artificial intelligence and build a better society with them. According to him, Serbia and its partners in the region have the potential to become the center of a unique space for growing innovation within China's One Belt, One Road initiative. A joint resolution on cooperation in the area of innovation and technology between China and Central and Eastern European countries was signed at the conference in Sarajevo.

NORWAY EARMARKS EUR1 MILLION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE, EMPLOYMENT IN SERBIA

BELGRADE 6 November 2018 (Beta) - As of Nov. 6 local self-government units in Serbia will be able to compete for Norwegian aid for at least eight projects aimed at enhancing living conditions and the development of local infrastructure and securing training for at least 250 users from vulnerable groups, which would enable the hiring of over 100 people. Norway has allocated EUR1 million for financing the projects, while 91 local self-government units in Serbia from the third and fourth development categories will be eligible for the aid. Serbian Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Branko Ruzic and Norwegian Ambassador Arne Sannes Bjornstad called on local self-government units to enter infrastructure development projects and projects for expert training in accordance with action plans for employment. The public calls were posted on the project's website: www.norveskazavas.org.rs where local self-government units can find information on all aspects of the competition for awarding grants. Minister Branko Ruzic and Ambassador Bjornstad discussed on Nov. 6 development priorities with Bela Crkva municipal chief Darko Bogosavljevic, because Bela Crkva is one of the 91 local self-government units included in the Norway for You project.

SERBIAN COMPANIES ATTEND CHINESE FAIR IN SHANGHAI

BELGRADE 6 November 2018 (Beta) - The first China International Import EXPO (CIIE) in Shanghai saw six Serbian exhibitors, too, presenting an assortment of products that drew attention from large international distributors, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce reported on Nov. 6. These are Nutrino Power of Valjevo, the Nis-based YUMIS, Belgrade's PACKOM International, Toplicki Vinogradi from Prokuplje, Fruskogorski Vinogradi based in Beocin, and Vino Zupa, Aleksandrovac. The Serbian pavilion advertised the Research and Technology Park Belgrade, the Tourism Organization of Serbia, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Serbian Development Agency. The fair bringing together participants from 170 firms, which was opened on Nov. 5 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, closes on Nov. 10.

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