"Greece supports Serbia as friendly country"
BELGRADE -- Greece's ambassador to Serbia says Greece, as a friendly country, consistently backs Serbia’s development and wants it to assume its place in the EU family.
“My country's political leadership's wish is for Serbia to take its place in the European family. We believe that this is best for Serbia and for regional stability,“ Christos Panagopoulos told Tanjug.
Speaking about the economy, the Greek ambassador said that it was more than clear that reforms should continue. “An end to reforms would be the equivalent to stopping a plane that is preparing to take off,“ he said.
According to Panagopoulos, Greece is conducting a policy of support to Serbia’s development and improving the lives of its citizens, as reflected in the huge aid that Serbia received after 2000, as well as investments that exceed EUR 2.5bn.
He recalled that in 2001 and 2002 the serious situation in the country dictated that aid was predominantly of a humanitarian character, but that this was followed by development aid.
Greece adopted an important aid program, dubbed the "Hellenic Plan for the Economic Reconstruction of the Balkans", which earmarked EUR 230mn for Serbia, the Greek ambassador stated.
The bulk of this sum, about 80 percent, was intended for much-needed infrastructure, including Corridor 10, which was a priority both for Serbia and Greece, as well as for the entire region, the Greek diplomat added.
“Of the overall costs of construction of Corridor 10, amounting to about EUR 300mn, 100mn will constitute a net donation from my government,“ Panagopoulos pointed out.
He underlined that one of Athens and its Belgrade-based embassy’s goals was the promotion of economic relations, which had a very positive dynamism, since Greece topped the list of countries making direct and indirect investment in Serbia.
“We are present in all strategic branches of the economy, meaning that we came to Serbia to stay,“ the ambassador added.
Greek investment will create more that 27,000 jobs for Serbian citizens, Panagopoulos said, expressing his hope that this trend would shortly be expanded with Serbian investment in Greece.
petak 13.06.2008 | 16:08 | Source: B92, FoNet, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (46) | Send comment
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS, LJUBLJANA -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon realizes that his plans for UNMIK reconfiguration "will not please everyone."
petak 13.06.2008 | 13:52 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica has blasted UN Sec-Gen. Ban Ki-moon’s plans to alter the configuration of the UN mission in Kosovo by bringing EULEX under UN auspices.
petak 13.06.2008 | 12:55 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (4) | Send comment
ATHENS -- President Boris Tadić says the formation of a pro-European, socially responsible government will hasten Serbia’s path to the EU.
petak 13.06.2008 | 11:59 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- France, which will assume the EU presidency on July 1, will do all it can to encourage application of the SAA with Serbia, says Paris’s permanent EU representative.
petak 13.06.2008 | 10:59 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- UK Ambassador Stephen Wordsworth says he is unable to shape events in the wake of accusations that he is interfering in the formation of a new government.
petak 13.06.2008 | 10:10 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Dragoljub Mićunović says he is convinced that the DS will begin formal talks with the SPS on forming a new government next week.
petak 13.06.2008 | 09:28 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The crimes committed by the Slobodan Milošević regime that have either been tried or are still being processed must not be forgotten, says Vuk Drašković.
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 19:20 | Source: B92, FoNet, Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA, LJUBLJANA, MOSCOW -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s letter concerning plans for UNMIK’s reconfiguration has been delivered to Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu, reports DPA.
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 16:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) leader Ivica Dačić says that his party is keen on further talks with the DSS and the SRS.
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 15:58 | Source: FoNet, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- British Ambassador to Belgrade Stephen Wordsworth hopes that Serbia will have a government that will take the country “to Europe in large strides.”
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 15:03 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The identity of Hague fugitive Stojan Župljanin has been confirmed on the basis of DNA tests, says Belgrade District Court spokeswoman Ivana Ramić.
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 14:49 | Source: AP | Comments: (8) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russia called on Thursday for the dismissal of UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker, the AP reports.
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 13:52 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A DSS spokesman says government negotiations have come to a standstill, and talks can only continue if consensus is reached over the legal analysis of the SAA.
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 11:44 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (34) | Send comment
BERLIN -- Former deputy UN envoy in the Kosovo negotiations Albert Rohan does not believe it is possible to revoke Kosovo’s independence.
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 09:41 | Source: B92 | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić, DS, says that the arrest of Stojan Župljanin shows that Serbia is doing everything in her power to complete cooperation with the Hague.
četvrtak 12.06.2008 | 09:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu says that Kosovo has been de facto independent since 1999 with KFOR’s arrival, and that this was confirmed de jure in 2008.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 22:18 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A man arrested today in Pančevo, near Belgrade, believed to be Stojan Župljanin, says his name is Branislav Vukadin.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 16:52 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (30) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Hague fugitive Stojan Župljanin was arrested at 12:30 CET today, War Crimes Prosecution officials have confirmed.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 15:54 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Hague Tribunal and the EU have welcomed the arrest of war crimes fugitive Stojan Župljanin.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 15:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (21) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The Kosovo assembly has approved by a majority vote a composition called "Europe" by Mehdi Mendiqi, a tune with no lyrics, as Kosovo's national anthem.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 15:08 | Source: Beta | Comments: (11) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has proposed the Kosovo Police Service (KPS) be answerable to international police in Serb areas, report Priština media.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 14:01 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- United Serbia (JS) leader Dragan Marković says the coalition grouped round the SPS will form a governing coalition with the Democratic Party (DS) next week.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 10:45 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The EU says it is prepared to do all it can to accelerate Serbia’s path to candidate status, as soon as all the required conditions are met, says Olli Rehn.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 10:36 | Source: Beta | Comments: (49) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen says he will not submit the SAA signed between the EU and Serbia to parliament for ratification.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 09:54 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The mandates of all 250 MPs elected at the May 11 elections have been verified at today's constitutive session of parliament.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 09:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
ROME -- FM Vuk Jeremić says a mutually acceptable solution for Kosovo’s future status is a prerequisite for a democratic, stable, secure and prosperous Balkans.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 09:22 | Source: Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SRS deputy leader Tomislav Nikolić says “it’s looking ever more likely that the government will go the other way”—i.e., that it will be formed by the SPS and the DS.
sreda 11.06.2008 | 09:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BRDO PRI KRANJU -- The EU-U.S. Summit in Brdo Pri Kranju in Slovenia came to an end last night with a final declaration.
utorak 10.06.2008 | 21:17 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Negotiations with the SPS-led coalition have not even started yet, the leader of the Democrats (DS) Boris Tadić said Tuesday in Belgrade.
utorak 10.06.2008 | 18:34 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- EU's special representative for Kosovo Pieter Feith says that EULEX could be deployed in the northern, Serb areas as part of UNMIK.
utorak 10.06.2008 | 16:57 | Source: B92, FoNet | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- G17 Plus and the Sandžak Party of Democratic Action (SDA) have signed a cooperation agreement that will be applicable in future parliamentary elections.
utorak 10.06.2008 | 16:49 | Source: B92 | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The coalition grouped around the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) will not formulate a definite position on forming a governing coalition today, says Ivica Dačić.
utorak 10.06.2008 | 16:23 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BRDO PRI KRANJU -- B92 has seen a draft version of a joint statement that the EU and U.S. will present at the end of today’s summit, part of which concerns the West Balkans.
utorak 10.06.2008 | 16:04 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Representatives of the SRS, SPS and DSS have filed an official request to the Presidency.
utorak 10.06.2008 | 15:12 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- European Parliament Speaker (EP) Hans-Gert Poettering says that the EU wants “Serbia to take a clear pro-EU course and ratify the SAA as soon as possible."
utorak 10.06.2008 | 09:57 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- According to Serbia’s dailies, it is becoming ever clearer that the DS-led coalition will form a coalition with the SPS coalition and the minorities.
utorak 10.06.2008 | 09:32 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
LESKOVAC -- The constitutive session of the Leskovac municipal assembly is over, with the SRS, SPS and DSS-NS taking power.
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 17:37 | Source: B92 | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) spokesman today accused U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter of "putting together Serbia's government".
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 17:01 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
The EU will not suspend the Interim Trade Agreement with Serbia, a part of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA).
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 14:25 | Source: B92 | Comments: (10) | Send comment
LJUBLJANA -- EU is now closer than ever to Serbia and the political damage of the SAA annulment would be overwhelming, writes Jelko Kacin.
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 14:04 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- After a meeting with the speaker today, SPS leader Ivica Dačić said that the first parliament session on Wednesday will not have a majority to elect a new government.
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 13:29 | Source: Beta | Comments: (34) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russia and Cyprus have agreed that talks between Belgrade and Priština over Kosovo should continue.
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 13:27 | Source: B92 | Comments: (58) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Today marks nine years since the Yugoslav Army (VS) and NATO signed the Military-Technical Agreement on withdrawal of the Serbian security forces from Kosovo.
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 12:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy Premier Božidar Đelić, DS, has begun a three-day visit to the European Union Tuesday.
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 10:53 | Source: Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker has decided to extend the Serb municipal presidents' mandates for another six months, a Priština newspaper says.
ponedeljak 9.06.2008 | 10:50 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- According to reports, the DS and SPS-led coalitions have reached "a principal agreement" to conclude cabinet negotiations by Tuesday.
nedelja 8.06.2008 | 17:30 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Social-Democratic Union (SDU) today reacted to DS leader Boris Tadić's speech to his party's main board yesterday.
nedelja 8.06.2008 | 16:48 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The European Union's civil administrator for Kosovo Pieter Feith says the announced formation of a provisional Serb parliament in the province is "regrettable".
nedelja 8.06.2008 | 16:46 | Source: Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serb Radical Party (SRS) Secretary General Aleksandar Vučić says his party will next week stage a huge protest in the capital.
nedelja 8.06.2008 | 16:11 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Bosniak List for European Sandžak, holding two parliamentary seats, says it will support the Democratic Party (DS)-led coalition to form a new government.
nedelja 8.06.2008 | 14:44 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BUJANOVAC -- Head of the OSCE Bujanovac office Martin Brooks says it will be very important to form multi-ethnic authorities in Bujanovac, Preševo and Medveđa.
nedelja 8.06.2008 | 12:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- A spokesman for the UN secretary-general says "options regarding UNMIK's role in Kosovo" are still reviewed.
nedelja 8.06.2008 | 11:09 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Democratic Party (DS) main board that met in Belgrade yesterday has authorized party president Boris Tadić to negotiate a parliamentary majority.
nedelja 8.06.2008 | 10:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
ST. PETERSBURG -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Tanjug on Saturday that the Kosovo deployment of the EU mission, EULEX, "cannot be imposed".
subota 7.06.2008 | 15:15 | Source: B92 | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Democratic Party (DS) leader Boris Tadić has called on the party’s main board to support a coalition with the SPS at all levels.
subota 7.06.2008 | 13:34 | Source: Deutsche Welle | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The SRS will vote in favor of the SAA, provided the agreement is adopted along with a special declaration concerning its interpretation, says Tomislav Nikolić.
subota 7.06.2008 | 12:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SPS Vice-President Slavica Đukić-Dejanović says that her party will talk with other parties if no agreement is reached with the Serb Radical Party (SRS) and DSS-NS.
subota 7.06.2008 | 11:46 | Source: B92 | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Vladimir Đerić, an expert in international law, says that DSS’s legal analysis of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) is contestable in its entirety.
subota 7.06.2008 | 11:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
ATHENS -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy says his country will do everything in its powers during its EU presidency to offer Serbia a European perspective.
subota 7.06.2008 | 10:52 | Source: Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- United Serbia (JS) leader Dragan Marković believes new elections should be called if no new government is formed by Thursday.
subota 7.06.2008 | 09:56 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SRS, SPS and DSS-NS supporters have continued their protest in front of Belgrade City Hall at Mayor Zoran Alimpić’s decision to call the constitutive session for July 14.