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Fabrizi: Serbia has done lot of work

BELGRADE - Serbia has done a lot of work in the economy over the past years, there is a political momentum in the EU accession process, but reforms must be continued for the country to make progress and open new negotiation chapters, head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi said Friday.

Ljajic: No reconciliation in Balkans

BELGRADE - Serbian Deputy PM Rasim Ljajic says he is sceptical about the reconciliation process in the Balkans and that the region lacks readiness to face the past.

"None of the sides will budge an inch and I am very sceptical about the possibility of reconciliation... That narrative hardly takes hold," Ljajic told the N1 on Thursday.

Red Star through to Europa League knockout stage

BELGRADE - Red Star Belgrade beat FC Cologne 1-0 at home in the UEFA Europa League Group H Round 6 late Thursday to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition, which will be their first "European spring" in 25 years.

Vujovic: Budget aimed at stability, permanent GDP growth

BELGRADE - The 2018 budget cannot give the maximum to everyone as the goal is to ensure stability and permanent GDP growth, Serbian Finance Minister Dusan Vujovic told MPs during the debate on the new budget bill.

Vucic: Russia one of Serbia's key partners for future

BELGRADE - It is not always easy for Serbia, but it is the only country among those seeking EU membership that has never voted against Russia at any international meetings and has never imposed sanctions on it, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told Tass ahead of a December 18-20 visit to Moscow.

Fiscal Council: Fiscal consolidation produced good results

BELGRADE - The 2018 budget fulfils one of the major objectives of fiscal consolidation - a low fiscal deficit that is sustainable over the long term, the Fiscal Council said Friday.

The biggest weakness of the budget is that it retains temporary fiscal consolidation measures, a reduction of above-average pensions and an employment ban in the public sector.

Serbian peacekeepers in DR Congo safe - MoD

BELGRADE - All eight Serbian Armed Forces troops serving in the MONUSCO peacekeeping mission in DR Congo are safe and performing their duties normally, the Serbian Ministry of Defence said in the wake of Friday's attack on the UN mission, in which at least 14 peacekeepers were killed and another 53 wounded.

Brnabic meets with NIS CEO

BELGRADE - Serbian PM Ana Brnabic on Friday met with NIS Gazpromneft CEO Kirill Tyurdenev, who informed her the company's financial indicators for 2017 were better than planned and significantly higher than those for last year.