Latest News from Serbia

Sretenje - Serbian Statehood Day

BELGRADE - Serbia on February 15 celebrates its Statehood Day, whose foundations were laid 208 years ago when Serbian uprisers, under the leadership of Karadjordje, started the fight for the final liberation from the Ottoman Empire.

Rodic confers with Slovenian Army Chief of General Staff

BELGRADE - Serbia's outgoing Defense Minister Nebojsa Rodic and Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces Major General Dobran Bozic agreed in Belgrade on Thursday that the long-standing successful cooperation between Serbia and Slovenia is a good example of development of friendly relations in the region.

Dacic discusses election in Kosovo with OSCE official

BELGRADE - Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic met on Thursday with OSCE special representative for the Western Balkans Gerard Stoudmann to discuss organizing the voting for the Serbian parliamentary election in Kosovo and the possiblities of OSCE logistic support in this matter.

Mrkic discusses cooperation with OSCE official

BELGRADE - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic discussed on Thursday Serbia's OSCE presidency and regional cooperation with Ambassador Gerard Studman, special representative of the Chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for the Western Balkans, who is on a visit to Belgrade.

Petar Lubarda's painting Battle of Kosovo on display

BELGRADE - The National Library of Serbia put on display on Thurdsay the painting The Battle of Kosovo by Petar Lubarda (1907-1974) to mark the 40th anniversary of the artist's death.

The painting was created in 1953 and is part of the library's extensive collection.

Government will not stop caring for its people in Kosovo

STARA PAZOVA - Serbia's Minister Without Portfolio in Charge of Kosovo Aleksandar Vulin visited on Thursday young players of the football clubs Gracanica and Mokra Gora from Zubin Potok who were at the sport centre of the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) in Stara Pazova.

Vucic:Solidarity tax to remain in place even after elections

LAZAREVAC - Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday that the solidarity tax will remain in place for all those working in the public sector.

I do not want to make any promises and say that the tax will be abolished straight after the (early parliamentary) elections, Vucic told reporters while touring the Kolubara mining basin.

Viminacium presented in London

BELGRADE - An exhibition presenting the Archeological Park Viminacium and the project Itinerarium Romanum Serbiae, or Roman Emperors' Route, has been opened at the Serbian House in London.

Serbia climbs one position in FIFA world ranking table

ZURICH - The Serbian national football team has climbed one position in the latest International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) world ranking table, and is now ranked 29th, with 775 points.

There are no changes at the top - Spain is still number one with 1,506 points, and is followed by Germany (1,318 points) and Argentina (1,255 points).

DS-led electoral list submitted to RIK

BELGRADE - Representatives of the electoral list named With the Democratic Party for a Democratic Serbia have submitted to the Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) a list of candidates for the March 16 early parliamentary elections.

Tabakovic: Dinar, inflation and banking system are stable

BELGRADE - The banking system in Serbia is stable and the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) will do everything to keep the dinar and inflation stable as well, NBS Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic said on Thursday.

Mrkic, Schnarrenberger discuss role of CoE

BELGRADE - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, candidate of the Federal Republic of Germany for the office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, conferred in Belgrade on the organization's role in strengthening the rule of law.

EU's neutral view on Kosovo's status is temporary

SARAJEVO - European Parliament's special rapporteur for Serbia Jelko Kacin said on Wednesday the EU's current neutral position on Kosovo's status was a temporary compromise, but he refused to speculate on what the ultimate solution would be and when it would come about.

Zimonjic/Nestor through to Rotterdam second round

ROTTERDAM - Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Canada's Daniel Nestor were successful in the Rotterdam opener on Wednesday.

In the first round, they outlasted American-Canadian pair James Cerretan/Adil Shamasdin 6-4, 3-6, 10-5.

Zakopalova ousts Ivanovic in Doha

DOHA - Serbia's Ana Ivanovic failed to reach the third round of the WTA singles tournament in Doha, after losing to Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in a second round match on Wednesday.

After winning the first set, Ivanovic lost her grip and the 32nd ranked Czech used the opportunity to clinch her first victory against the Serb.