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"79 media houses to be privatized"

"79 media houses to be privatized"

BELGRADE -- Saša Mirković says a total of 79 state owned media firms will be privatized and relevant media legislation should be adopted in the second half of the year.

Mirković serves as assistant Serbian minister of culture responsible for the media.

Swoboda: Completing EU talks by 2020 realistic for Serbia

BELGRADE - Completing the EU membership talks by 2020 is a realistic target for Serbia, Hannes Swoboda, the president of the Social Democrats' group in the European Parliament, has said.

Economic reforms should be the new Serbian government's priority, Swoboda said in an interview published by the Belgrade-based Vecernje novosti daily on Monday.

SEECP adopts Ukraine document, Serbia "has reservations"

SEECP adopts Ukraine document, Serbia "has reservations"

BUCHAREST -- Parliamentary delegations of the Southeast European Cooperation Process member states adopted in Bucharest on Sunday a statement about the situation in Ukraine.

International puppet theatre festival kicks off

KRAGUJEVAC - The 16th Golden Spark international puppet theatre festival has begun in Kragujevac, central Serbia.

The festival, to be held from May 11 to 15, will feature 11 theatres from Serbia and all over the world, the director of the Kragujevac Children's Theatre Zoran Djoric told Tanjug on Sunday.

EU Foreign Ministers to Discuss Broader Sanctions on Russia

The EU's foreign ministers are meeting on Monday in Brussels to discuss the situation in Ukraine and to possibly agree on extending sanctions against Russia.

The EU has declared illegal Sunday's referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk for breaking away from Ukraine.

SEECP adopts document, Serbia has reserves

BELGRADE – Parliamentary delegations of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) member states adopted in Bucharest on Sunday a statement about the situation in Ukraine, and the Serbian delegation did not block it despite having reservations about positions taken regarding Crimea, head of the Serbian delegation Veroljub Arsic said on the same day.

Deadly Yugoslav Snakes Spark Panic in London

It is hard to imagine cold, wet London being a very comfortable home to exotic reptiles.

But, according to the London Independent, at least 30 tree-climbing Aesculupian snakes, which hail from the Balkans and can grow up to two metres in length, have been spotted in recent weeks in the Regent’s Canal area, which adjoins London Zoo.

Kosovo Opposition Accuses PM of Misusing Office

Kosovo's opposition Vetevendosje Movement has filed a complaint at the Election Appeals and Complaints Panel, EACP, accusing Thaci of misusing “public funds” in campaigning for the general elections.

General elections will be held on June 8, while the campaign will last from May 28 to June 6.

Greek Court Allows Golden Dawn to Run in EU Elections

Greece's Constitutional Court has allowed the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party to run in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Despite an ongoing investigation against six of the party's members, including the leader Nikos Michaloliakos, the nationalists were given the green light to run for the EU polls, Kathimerini reports.

Serbian minister of energy visits China

Serbian minister of energy visits China

BELGRADE -- Serbian Minister of Energy and Mining Aleksandar Antić is on May 12 and 13 paying a visit to China, it has been announced.

He will take part in a meeting of national coordinators of the mechanism of cooperation between the People's Republic of China and 16 Central and Easter European Countries (CEEC).

Sarajevo Reopens Iconic War-Damaged City Hall

A concert by the Sarajevo Philharmonic and spectacular projections showing the history of the neo-Moorish building, which was built in 1896 but burned down in 1992, heralded the reopening of the Vijecnica on Friday.

Finance Ministry expects Q1 GDP contraction of less than 1.5 pct

The Greek economy shrank by less than 1.5 percent in the first quarter of this year, Greek Finance Ministry sources have told the media ahead of confirmation by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) later this week.

Deadline for EDCs to Contest DKEVR's Decision Expires

The deadline for Bulgaria's Electricity Distribution Companies (EDCs) to present their standpoint in the dispute with energy watchdog DKEVR expires on Monday.

It has been extended twice so far, after the National Electricity Company (NEK) presented new proofs in the dispute on the debts of the EDCs. 

Russia "respects will of people in Donetsk and Lugansk"

Russia "respects will of people in Donetsk and Lugansk"

MOSCOW -- Moscow "hopes that the referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk will result in a civilized dialogue between representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk."

This was announced by the Kremlin press service on Monday.

Grybauskaite Leads Lithuanian Presidential Vote

Incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite has taken a comfortable lead in Lithuania's presidential elections, but a runoff seems likely for deciding the race.