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Serbia Calls EU to Help Release Kosovo Serbs

The Serbian government said it is putting pressure on the international community to allow Kosovo Serbs arrested for alleged war crimes to be released ahead of their court cases.

City election commission releases complete list

City election commission releases complete list

BELGRADE -- The City Electoral Commission (GIK) has released a complete list of slates for early local elections to be held in Belgrade on March 16.

Ballot papers will contain the slates of 23 parties, coalitions and groups of citizens, GIK Chairman Zoran Lukić told Tanjug on Thursday.

Milosevic’s Serbia ‘Planned Expulsion of Croats’

Slobodan Milosevic was behind a joint criminal enterprise to force Croats from Serb-controlled areas of Yugoslavia, Zagreb argued in its genocide case against Belgrade at the International Court of Justice.

Finnish wiring plant opens, new investment announced

SMEDEREVO - A Finland-based manufacturer of wiring systems and electronics for commercial vehicles PKC Group opened a production facility in Smederevo on Thursday.

Serbian Govt Approves USD 1B UAE Loan

The government of Serbia approved unanimously the USD 1B loan from the United Arab Emirates late on Wednesday.

Owing to the loan, Serbia will save USD 40M annually, or approximately USD 400M over the period of ten years, Finance Minister Lazar Krstic pointed out, Serbian Tanjug reports.

New gov't will have much to do, must continue reforms

KOPAONIK - The new Serbian government will have much to do, but its most important task is to seize the historic opportunity presented by the EU accession process and continue the initiated reforms, ambassadors of leading European countries said on Thursday.

Serbia is not close to bankruptcy

BELGRADE - Minister of Finance Lazar Krstic has said that the predictions about Serbia going into bankruptcy should it fail to save EUR 400 million are exaggerated and will not become a reality, but that the budget deficit has to be smaller, which is one of the goals of Serbia's economic recovery.

DS premises in Topola and Pozarevac stoned

BELGRADE - The premises of the Democratic Party (DS) in Topola and Pozarevac, central Serbia, were stoned during the night, DS released and called on competent bodies to immediately identify and punish the perpetrators of crimes.

In the release, DS said that this is the only way for the government to send the message that such a showdown with the opposition is not acceptable.

GIK releases complete list of slates for polls in Belgrade

BELGRADE - The City Electoral Commission (GIK) has released a complete list of slates for local elections in Belgrade on March 16, which will contain the slates of 23 parties, coalitions and groups of citizens, GIK Chairman Zoran Lukic told Tanjug on Thursday.

UAE loan to go towards repaying costly loans, infrastructure

KOPAONIK - The USD 1 billion loan that Serbia is set to obtain from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is very favourable and the money should be used to repay or refinance the most expensive loans and invest in development, the president of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) Council of the Governor Nebojsa Savic said on Thursday.

Construction of Geox plant begins in southern Serbia

VRANJE - The construction of a Geox factory in Bunusevac, near Vranje, southern Serbia, has formally begun by laying the cornerstone, and the plant will provide jobs for 1,250 people in the first stage of its operation.

DS: UAE loan is fraud by Vucic and SNS

BELGRADE - The Democratic Party (DS) said late on Wednesday that a loan to be given to Serbia by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is “yet another fraud by (First Deputy Prime Minister) Aleksandar Vucic and the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) which is taking Serbia a step closer to bankruptcy.”

Serbia Seeks Guarantees About Kosovo Army

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said the planned establishment of a Kosovo army by 2019 was not part of the Brussels agreement on the normalization of relations, which Serbia and Kosovo signed under EU auspices last April.

Serbian government approves UAE loan

BELGRADE - The government of Serbia made a unanimous decision late on Wednesday to approve the USD 1 billion loan from the United Arab Emirates.

Owing to the loan, Serbia will save USD 40 million annually, or approximately USD 400 million over the period of ten years, Finance Minister Lazar Krstic pointed out.

Serbian Fighters Help 'Russian Brothers' in Crimea

“Our aim is to support the Russian people in the name of the Serbian people,” a Serbian volunteer named Milutin Malisic said.

“We are representing Chetnik movement, which is similar to the Russian Cossacks,” he told the Russian agency Itar Tass.

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