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Parties need to show self-control and respect for citizens

BELGRADE – The Protector of the Citizens, the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection and the Anti-Corruption Agency appealed Friday to all participants in the election campaign ahead of Serbia’s early parliamentary elections to respect “the letter and spirit of the rules” and to establish a higher degree of self-control and respect for citizens.

Tanjug closes fiscal 2013 on positive note

BELGRADE - For the fourth year in a row, Tanjug News Agency showed a positive balance in its financial statement, the news agency’s managing board has said in a release.

The good result was achieved despite the fact that the Serbian government as the news agency's owner has reduced subsidies for its services.

Serbia has to preserve its heritage

BELGRADE - The National Library of Serbia has celebrated its 182nd anniversary on Friday, which also marks the National Book Day.

The ceremony was attended by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, who pointed to the institution's fundamental role in the preservation of the national identity, language and culture.

Industrial growth totals 3.8 percent in January

BELGRADE - Industrial production in Serbia was by 3.8 percent higher in January 2014 than in the same month in 2013, but it was lower by 12.6 percent relative to the average in 2013, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (RZS) released.

Serbia's urban plans on internet by end of year

BELGRADE - USAID signed a memorandum on understanding with the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGZ) to set up electronic register of urban plans in Serbia which will be put into operation by the end of the year.

The memorandum was signed by Chief of Party of the USAID Business Enabling Project Joe Lowther and RGZ Director Zoran Krejovic.

Davenport: Leak of confidential information cause of concern

BELGRADE - Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia Michael Davenport stated on Friday that the need for the public to be informed must not be an excuse for information leakage which jeopardises the individual right to privacy or assumption of innocence.

Dacic: Brussels talks to discuss Ivanovic issue

BELGRADE - One of the main topics of talks between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels, which should take place in mid-March, will be releasing from detention of Oliver Ivanovic, leader of the Citizens’ Initiative ‘Freedom, Democracy, Justice’, and other Serbs who have got arrested in Kosovo-Metohija (KiM), Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said Friday.

Ljajic, Gvozdenovic: Potential to improve cooperation

BELGRADE - Serbian Minister of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications Ministar Rasim Ljajic and Montenegrin Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism Branimir Gvozdenovic agreed Friday that there is a great potential in two countries’ businessmen to accessing third markets together.

GI SDP: Suspend dialogue until gov't guarantees are accepted

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Members of the Citizens' Initiative "Freedom, Democracy, Justice" (GI SDP) noted on Friday that there were no grounds for the court's decision to extend detention on remand for their leader Oliver Ivanovic, and added that the court in Pristina thus violated the basic human right of the detainee to be released pending trial.

Zimonjic, Nestor in Dubai final

DUBAI - Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Canada's Daniel Nestor reached the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the doubles competition with a hard-fought win over the all-German pairing of Daniel Brands/Florian Mayer 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8) on Friday.

NATO does not decide on Kosovo army

BRUSSELS - NATO supports the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) in its present format, which does not envisage its use as a combat unit; it was stated at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Serbia in group with Montenegro, USA, South Africa

CANCUN - Serbia's national water polo team will compete at the FINA Water Polo World Cup in Kazakhstan this summer in the Group A with Montenegro, the U.S. and South Africa, the draw in Cancun decided on Friday.

Group B comprises Croatia, Hungary, Australia and Kazakhstan.

FINA World Cup will be held in Almaty from August 19 to 24.

Spanovic, Kolasinac to take part in World Championships

BELGRADE - Serbia's long jumber Ivana Spanovic and shot putter Asmir Kolasinac will take part in the 15th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics, in Sopot, Poland, on March 7-9, Serbian team coach Slobodan Popovic has said.

Home detention ordered for Zarko Veselinovic

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Zarko Veselinovic, one of the four Serb detainees in Kosovo-Metohija, has been put under house arrest, attorney Dejan A. Vasic, a member of his defense team, said on Friday.

Glamocic: Any investment in Serbia is welcome

BECEJ - Serbian Minister of Economy, Forestry and Water Management Dragan Glamocic expressed the belief that a successful fight against corruption and good legislative framework would attract more foreign investments in the next period, and underscored that any investment is welcome in Serbia.