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Bulgaria's Daylight Saving Time To Start on March 30

The daylight saving time (DST) in Bulgaria will start on March 30. 

At 3 AM on that date the clocks will be moved one hour forward, said Bulgaria's National institute of metrology.

The return to astronomic time will be at 4 AM on October 26 when the clocks will be adjusted one hour backward.

11th Belgrade Dance Festival announced

11th Belgrade Dance Festival announced

BELGRADE -- The 11th Belgrade Dance Festival (BDF), taking place from March 30 to April 14, will feature artists at the forefront of the global dance scene.

This was announced by BDF Director Aja Jung, Tanjug is reporting.

Dacic: Political solution for Ukraine

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Thursday that Serbia sees both Ukraine and Russia as friendly countries, and expressed hope that Ukraine's problems will get a political solution.

We regret the latest developments and I hope that a political solution will be found for these problems, Dacic told reporters.

IMF mission finishes visit to Serbia on Thursday

BELGRADE - An IMF will finish its visit to Serbia on Thursday, the IMF office in Belgrade has told Tanjug.

The visit was meant to review the situation with the state budget and public finance and discuss a new precautionary arrangement.

European Parliament Backs Common Chargers for All Mobile Phones

MEPs have backed the adoption of a common charger for all mobile phones sold in the EU in a bid to reduce waste, costs and hassle for users.

Thursday's vote in the EP concerns an update to EU radio equipment laws and is based on a proposal by the European Commission (IP/12/1109).

EU Extends Protection for Independent Travellers

European Parliament (EP) voted at first reading on Wednesday a draft law ensuring better protection of travellers who do not use the services of tourist agencies or package offers.

Right-wing movement rejects policy of "neutrality"

Right-wing movement rejects policy of "neutrality"

BELGRADE -- The Dveri movement believes that the March 16 elections in Serbia are about making a choice "between the European Union and NATO, and Russia."

Ahead of the end of the campaign tonight at midnight, Dveri also urged voters to turn out at the polling stations and cast their ballots on Sunday.

Vucic, Ljajic: Bosniaks, Serbs should build future together

NOVI PAZAR – Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader Aleksandar Vucic has said in the southwestern Serbian city of Novi Pazar that Serbia does not need inter-ethnic conflicts and tension and that religious affiliation should never be a reason to draw differences between people as people should be evaluated by how honest, hardworking and successful they are.

Irrigation System Employees to Get Paid by End-March, Min Pledges

Bulgaria's Irrigation Systems employees will receive wages due in two weeks, Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov pledged in the town of Kardzhali.

Earlier Thursday hundreds of people were set to begin demonstrations across Bulgaria over the lack of payment at the state entity, which is on the brink of declaring bankruptcy.

Bayern Munich Boss Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Jail on Tax Evasion

Uli Hoeness, President of German and European football champions Bayern Munich, has been sentenced to 3.5 years in jail for tax evasion.

Hoeness was initially charged with concealing EUR 3.5 M worth of taxes, but later admitted to a much larger sum of EUR 15 M. The final equation amounted to EUR 27.2 M that he owes, according to the BBC.

PM opens pellet plant in southern Serbia

MEDVEDJA - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic put into operation on Thursday a pellet plant "Jablanica EKO" in Medvedja, southern Serbia, which will hire 50 workers.

The plant construction was financed by the municipality of Medvedja and the Serbian government with EUR 670,000, the Slovenian government with EUR 290,000, and EUR 100,000 was ensured through the EU Progress program.

Last Chance for Serbian National Carrier

BIRN obtained five draft agreements made by UAE’s Etihad Airways, the Serbian government and Jat Airways, six days before the three parties signed contracts on a strategic partnership on August 1.

In November 2013, Air Serbia refused Transparency Serbia’s request to see the airline's contract with Etihad, stating commercial confidentiality.

Serbia needs umbrella law on services

BRUSSELS - Serbia is about to tackle adjustments of regulations in the service sector with European standards, Serbia's chief negotiator in the accession talks with the EU Tanja Miscevic said during another round of screening in Brussels.