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Serbia is ready: Emergency phone line introduced

The Ministry has introduced a phone line that can be reached by all citizens if they have any symptoms of respiratory infections or suspected respiratory infections coming from the Chinese city of Wuhan and other areas affected by the virus.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Swiss skiier Joana Haehlen during the the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup women's downhill race in the Bulgarian town of Bansko on January 24, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/Vassil Donev.

Serbia's Antonina Dubinina mid-competition during the women's short program of the ISU European Figure Skating ​Championships in Graz, Austria, on January 24, 2020. EPA-EFE/Tatyana Zenkovich.

Grenell arrived, bringing a "new Dayton" to Vucic?

The meeting between the President of Serbia and Trump's envoy began at 9.00, Tanjug reports.
Grenell, who arrived in Belgrade from Pristina, said that Pristina must lift the taxes and would ask Belgrade to suspend its campaign of derecognition of Kosovo's independence.

Belgrade-Pristina Flights Won’t Get Kosovo Serbs Airborne

Everyone said it couldn't be done. But for the first time in a generation, there will be direct flights between Serbia and Kosovo. Another win. Thanks to @WHNSC Ambassador Robert O'Brien and Ambassador @RichardGrenell! pic.twitter.com/0qSLryG96B

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2020

Week in Review: Buckle Up For the Ride

High Deals

The announcement this week of the launch of flights between Belgrade and Pristina operated by Lufthansa caused much more attention than a regular announcement regarding the opening of a new airline route. Not surprising given that it took seeming mediation by US diplomats to facilitate the restoration of flights.

"Nothing is over or ruled out when it comes to the resolve of the Kosovo issue"

American Balkans expert and a former advisor and supporter of Joseph Biden, Michael Carpenter, said in an interview with the Serbian Telegraph that Washington would accept any solution agreed by Serbs and Albanians. He also points out that there are no red lines on this issue - everything is up to Belgrade and Pristina.

Grenell brings America's request, Vucic has a condition?

According to "Blic", this will be a requirement especially because of the success of signing a letter of intent to establish direct airline between Belgrade and Pristina.
In order to implement this agreement, President Vucic will set a condition: abolishing taxes on goods from central Serbia, according to "Blic" daily.

Corruption Fight Faltering in Balkans, Central Europe, Transparency Says

Both declined from last year, when Bosnia was ranked in 89th place, with 38 points, and North Macedonia came in 93rd place, with 37 points.

Bosnia shares its 106th place with Albania, which also declined in the rankings. It came in 99th place last year.

Serbian State Security ‘Didn’t Take Volunteer Fighters to Bosnia’

Petar Djukic, a former high-ranking Serb police officer in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the retrial of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Tuesday and Wednesday that military volunteers who came to Bosanski Samac in Bosnia in April 1992 were brought by political parties and not by Serbian State Security, SDB.

Romania takes over BSEC chairmanship-in-office

On January 1, 2020 Romania took over the chairmanship-in-office of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation (BSEC), with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR) taking over the chairmanship-in-office of the BSEC Business Council for six months.

Greek police to visit Serbia for leads to mafia execution

Greek law enforcement officials are planning to visit Serbia in the immediate future to discuss the murder of Montenegrins Igor Dedovic and Stevan Stamatovic, who were gunned down at a taverna in the seaside resort of Vari in Attica last Sunday.

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