Member states of the Council of Europe

Lithuania Joins Eurozone

Lithuania joined the eurozone Thursday, becoming its 19th member.

Starting January 1, Lithuanians can swap their old currency, litas (LTL), in exchange for euros (EUR).

The exchange rate is set at 1 EUR = 3.45280 LTL.

Serbia pays first gas debt installment to Russia

Serbia pays first gas debt installment to Russia

BELGRADE -- Serbia has paid the first installment of its gas debt to Russia, thus honoring an agreement reached in November.

Serbia paid USD 100 million, settling one half of the debt owed to Russia for natural gas delivered in the past, the daily Vecernje Novosti said it learned from the government.

Cheaper phone calls with BiH, Macedonia, Montenegro

BELGRADE - Serbian citizens will be able to enjoy cheaper phone calls with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia, as the prices of the services will gradually decrease in the next three years, Director of the Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL) Milan Jankovic said on Thursday.

Speaker visits Moscow, reiterates policy on sanctions

Speaker visits Moscow, reiterates policy on sanctions

MOSCOW -- Russia is "very grateful to Serbia for not succumbing to pressure from Brussels and Washington" when it comes to imposing sanctions against Russia.

This is what Russian State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin told Serbian Assembly President Maja Gojkovic in Moscow on Monday.

Gojkovic: Serbia will never impose sanctions on Russia

MOSCOW - Serbia will never impose sanctions on Russia, even if it joins the EU, Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gjokovic said at a meeting with State Dume members on Monday.

Serbia will never impose sanctions on Russia because sanctions have never done anyone any good and cannot help solve any problems, she stated.

Cyprus Returns Smuggled Jewellery Items to Bulgaria

Cyprus has returned to Bulgaria three ancient pieces of jewellery, part of Bulgaria`s cultural heritage.

According to cyprus-mail.com, the items were smuggled to Cyprus through the post in 2006 and were withheld by customs authorities under legislation for tracing and returning cultural items smuggled to an EU member state.

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