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Nikolic: EU membership important, but also ties with Russia

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic underlined on Wednesday that EU membership is an important objective for Serbia, but it is equally vital for the country to maintain excellent relations with Russia.

Udovicic: Stronger support to Paralympians

BELGRADE - Serbian Minister of Youth and Sports Vanja Udovicic and President of Paralympic Committee of Serbia (POKS) Zoran Micovic signed a funding agreement on Wednesday, based on which the Paralympians will be allocated RSD 42 million (EUR 1 = RSD 116) from the state budget this year.

Serbia ranks 54th in world according to Press Freedom Index

PARIS - Serbia ranks 54th among 180 world countries according to the degree of freedom of the media, while Macedonia and Montenegro are the lowest ranked countries in the Balkans according to the Press Freedom Index for 2014, Reporters without Borders organisation released.

Last year, Serbia claimed the 63rd place on the list.

Dikovic, Bozic: Cooperation to bring regional stability

BELGRADE - The Serbian and Slovenian armed forces are oriented towards enhancing cooperation, and contribute to strengthening of regional stability, the chiefs of staff of the two armed forces, Gen. Ljubisa Dikovic and Gen. Dobran Bozic, said in Belgrade on Wednesday.

New round of Belgrade-Pristina talks begins

BRUSSELS - A new round of talks between Belgrade and Pristina, facilitated by European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, commenced in Brussels Wednesday.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for Ashton, said the European foreign policy chief is currently having a joint meeting with Serbian Prime minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Taci.

Aleksandar Zograf's exhibition to open on Wednesday

BELGRADE - An exhibition by cartoonist Aleksandar Zograf, titled Life in a Comic Book, will open late Wednesday at the French Institute in Belgrade.

The exhibition features Zograf's comic strips published in France in three collections: Second-Hand World (2008), Regards from Serbia (2000), E-mails from Pancevo (1999) and works published in albums from the Lapin series.

Rich program to mark 150 years of Vuk Karadzic's death

BELGRADE - The organizing committee for the marking of 150th anniversary of the death of the greatest Serbian philologist Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic (1864-2014) adopted on Tuesday the proposal for the jubilee celebration program.

Air Serbia and Adria Airways sign codeshare agreement

BELGRADE - Air Serbia has signed a codeshare agreement with Adria Airways from Slovenia, which will enter into force on February 17 and give Air Serbia exclusive rights to flights between Belgrade and Ljubljana.

Air Serbia started having daily flights to Ljubljana on December 10, 2013.

Swoboda: Bosnian scenario does not loom over Serbia

BELGRADE - The Bosnian scenario is not looming over Serbia, and the elections will not affect the negotiations with the European Union, said Hannes Swoboda, president of the faction of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (EP).

Radmanovic: No early elections in Republika Srpska

BELGRADE - Member of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Nebojsa Radmanovic said on Wednesday there would be no early elections in Republika Srpska (RS).

Negotiations with EU - chance to revive Serbian agriculture

BELGRADE - The negotiations with the EU in the field of agriculture is a chance to revive Serbian agriculture, and domestic producers will be in position to apply for pre-accession funds in 2015, the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce (PKS) said Tuesday.

About 15 percent of youth do not attend high school

BELGRADE - Five percent of children in Serbia are not attending primary school and 15 percent of them have not been enrolled in high school, and this and many other problems in education are among the priorities of the National Education Council (NPS), participants at the 100th NPS Council Session said in Belgrade Tuesday.

Dodik: RS is politically and economically stable

BANJA LUKA - Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik stated on Tuesday, in the talks with Serbian Ambassador in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Stanimir Vukicevic that RS is politically and economically stable.

Dodik informed Vukicevic about the stands of RS officials on the events in the Federation of BiH.

Mrkic: Important for Western Balkans to be stable

BELGRADE - Ivan Mrkic, Serbia's outgoing minister of foreign affairs, attended a dinner in Brussels organized by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton for foreign ministers of EU member states and candidate countries, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Tuesday.

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