Portugal favors unfreezing of trade deal
Source: B92, Tanjug
BELGRADE -- Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado on Tuesday in Belgrade met with his Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremić.
Jeremić, Amado meet in Belgrade on Tuesday (Tanjug)
Amado stated that his country urges for the unfreezing of a trade agreement between Serbia and the European Union, evaluating that Brussels should take into account "Belgrade's constructive role" in regards to the issue of EULEX.
Serbia and the EU signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) – of which the Interim Trade Agreement is a part – in late April, but the deal was immediately suspended. Brussels is demanding Belgrade's full cooperation with the Hague Tribunal in order for it to be implemented.
"We are committed to speeding up Serbia's integration into the EU and we appreciate very much the work and efforts of the Serbian government and we would like to mobilize our colleagues in Europe to speed up Serbia's integration," Amado said.
"Some of the recently made decisions should be discussed and the process of Serbia's accession in the EU should be accelerated," he continued.
The Portuguese minister also said that acceleration of European integrations of Serbia and the Western Balkans is "the main strategic goal".
“Peace and stability in the region have no alternative without Serbia's full integration in the EU. It is a complicated process and it is one of the biggest challenges that we are currently being faced with in Europe. That is why cooperation with the Serbian government is very important, and Europe will respond to the expectations of the Serbian people regarding a stronger cooperation with the EU,” said Amado.
According to Jeremić, Portugal is "one of the biggest supporters" of Serbia on its way to the EU.
He also said that the meeting today discussed economic, military and cultural cooperation between the two countries, underscoring that he plans to visit Portugal during the first quarter of 2009.
Kosovo, and the deployment of EULEX were also on the agenda as Jeremić met with Amado.
According to a Tanjug report, the Serbian minister said they both agreed that the status neutrality of EULEX in Kosovo "would be of crucial importance for the stability of the region".
Amado underlined that his country viewed the status neutral EULEX Mission as the foundation for peace and stability in the region, Tanjug says.
The cooperation between Serbia and the UN regarding EULEX is of key importance, and Serbia has played a very positive role in this respect, Amado assessed.
utorak 25.11.2008 | 20:23 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
NEW YORK, BELGRADE -- A UN Security Council session set to debate UNMIK's reconfiguration and the deployment EULEX will be held tomorrow in New York, it has been confirmed.
utorak 25.11.2008 | 20:06 | Source: FoNet, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović said Tuesday she has adjourned the current parliament session because MPs debated "some issues which were not on the agenda".
utorak 25.11.2008 | 16:31 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (13) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo Albanian officials have once again on Tuesday rejected the so-called six point plan for UNMIK's reconfiguration.
utorak 25.11.2008 | 15:27 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SRS officials called for the dismissal of Nikola Tesla Airport CEO Bojan Krišto and say that they will block the work of the parliament until action is taken.
utorak 25.11.2008 | 13:58 | Source: Danas | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Daily Danas writes that the Socialists are insisting on the appointment of ex-Yugoslav President Zoran Lilić as head of the JP Putevi Srbije (Roads of Serbia).
utorak 25.11.2008 | 10:33 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Croatia’s ambassador to Serbia says “daily political issues” between the two countries should be surmounted, and that they are not of a long-term nature.
utorak 25.11.2008 | 09:48 | Source: B92 | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- European Parliament officials say that gaining candidate status is not an automatic “green light” for European Union membership.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 23:43 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Kosovo report has been distributed to the Security Council members, B92 has learned in New York.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 23:25 | Source: B92 | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, PRIŠTINA -- According to B92’s sources, the UN Security Council session that should decide on EULEX's deployment on in all of Kosovo has not been scheduled yet.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 19:33 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
MOSCOW, BELGRADE -- First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dačić says that the energy agreement between Russia and Serbia would be "coordinated by December 20".
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 18:53 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The parliament’s administrative council has fined 14 MPs who were warned about violating rules of procedure.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 13:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (27) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Egypt is blocking the participation of a Kosovo delegation in an Islamic Conference (OIC) event, media reports say.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 13:09 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
VISOKI DEČANI, PRIŠTINA -- Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović says Serbs in the province will not accept a proposal tabled by the Kosovo Albanian institutions.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 12:45 | Source: Politika | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Late PM Zoran Đinđić was given advice and instructions from Scotland Yard to protect himself, former London Metropolitan Police chief John Slater says.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 12:29 | Source: B92 | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SEIO Director Milica Delević does not expect the bilateral relations between Serbia and Croatia to be disrupted.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 10:10 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (22) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- State Secretary with the Kosovo Ministry, Oliver Ivanović, said that the UN plan for deploying EULEX in Kosovo protects Serbia’s sovereignty over the province.
ponedeljak 24.11.2008 | 09:28 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Olli Rehn says the countersuits filed by western Balkan countries to the international judiciary should not be an obstacle for their association with the EU.
nedelja 23.11.2008 | 17:24 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Liberal-Democrats (LDP) will not support a cabinet no-confidence motion in parliament, leader Čedomir Jovanović has revealed.
nedelja 23.11.2008 | 15:52 | Source: B92, RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The UN Security Council session on the reconfiguration of the international civilian presence in Kosovo will be held on Wednesday, RTS reported.
nedelja 23.11.2008 | 14:08 | Source: Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- A minister in the Kosovo government says accepting the six-point reconfiguration plan would mean "violating the constitution".
nedelja 23.11.2008 | 12:05 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović, SPS, believes that parliament will not vote the current government out of office.
nedelja 23.11.2008 | 10:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
MERDARE -- Deputy PM and IM Ivica Dačić says an agreement could be signed between Serbia and Montenegro on dual citizenship by the end of this year.
subota 22.11.2008 | 18:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition Serb Progressive Party (SNS) leader Tomislav Nikolić said on Saturday that he "could not imagine joining a coalition with the Democrats (DS)".
subota 22.11.2008 | 17:03 | Source: Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- DSS spokesman Andreja Mladenović said on Saturday in Belgrade that the government is "being drawn into recognizing an independent Kosovo".
subota 22.11.2008 | 15:17 | Source: B92 | Comments: (38) | Send comment
LOS ANGELES -- U.S. Vanity Fair magazine brings a ten-page article on Ramush Haradinaj in its December issue.
subota 22.11.2008 | 14:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
MERDARE -- The state will react strongly at any attempt of Albanian separatists from Kosovo to threaten the security of the Ground Safety Zone, Ivica Dačić says.
subota 22.11.2008 | 13:43 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (10) | Send comment
JAGODINA -- Agim Ceku says Kosovo will soon form its own armed forces "that will be concentrated on internal security".
subota 22.11.2008 | 13:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- An Albanian language daily today suggests one possible way out of the current impasse over the UN six-point plan.
subota 22.11.2008 | 11:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian and Montenegrin delegations reached a consensus on the definition of dual citizenship, reports said Friday.
subota 22.11.2008 | 11:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić met on Friday in Belgrade with Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.
subota 22.11.2008 | 10:26 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment
NEW YORK, BRUSSELS -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to submit his UNMIK reconfiguration report at the start of next week, Javier Solana says.
petak 21.11.2008 | 16:30 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Hungary’s Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany says that Hungary supports Serbia’s EU path and wants to help accelerate her EU integration process.
petak 21.11.2008 | 16:09 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (22) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The EULEX deployment is continuing in Kosovo and will be "ready" by early December, say mission officials.
petak 21.11.2008 | 14:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić says Serbia's EU integration has been increasingly hampered over the past 6 months by the difficulties within the EU and Serbia itself.
petak 21.11.2008 | 13:32 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Senior DS official Oliver Dulić says that early elections would be a bad solution for the country and that no one in the party is considering such an option.
petak 21.11.2008 | 09:54 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The government has decided to begin the procedure for filing a counter-suit against Croatia before the ICJ for genocide committed against ethnic Serbs.
petak 21.11.2008 | 09:41 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE, WASHINGTON -- Serbian ambassador to the U.S. Ivan Vujačić says his return to Washington constitutes an attempt to improve relations after the American recognition of Kosovo.
četvrtak 20.11.2008 | 15:16 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serb Progressive Party (SNS) says that it will support the vote of no confidence in the government scheduled for November 28.
četvrtak 20.11.2008 | 14:56 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- State Secretary at the Italian Foreign Ministry Alfredo Mantica says that Belgrade has conducted big reforms and that Italy supports Serbia’s EU path.
četvrtak 20.11.2008 | 13:43 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The UN Security Council will convene to discuss Kosovo on Monday or Tuesday, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić has told B92.
četvrtak 20.11.2008 | 13:18 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s counter-suit against Croatia cannot salvage national pride, but could help return some self-esteem, says foreign policy expert Ljubodrag Stojadinović.
četvrtak 20.11.2008 | 12:32 | Source: FoNet, Dnevnik | Comments: (30) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Daily Dnevnik says that recent statements by Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić could be "undermining Serbia’s EU aspirations".
četvrtak 20.11.2008 | 10:17 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has stated that steps need to be taken by the government to ensure faster adoption of laws vital to Serbia’s EU integration.
četvrtak 20.11.2008 | 09:10 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Serbian Army (VS) Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Zdravko Ponoš was on a visit to NATO in Brussels on Wednesday.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 22:32 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President of the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy Carl Gerschman says U.S. President-elect Barack Obama will maintain the U.S. Kosovo policy.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 22:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Minister for Kosovo-Metohija Goran Bogdanović met on Wednesday with Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Alfredo Mantica.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 20:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić says Belgrade had done all in its power to reach an agreement with the UN on the reconfiguration of the civilian mission in Kosovo.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 20:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (25) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Greek Ambassador to Belgrade Christos Panagopoulos told Tanjug on Wednesday that his country's position on Kosovo remains unchanged.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 17:10 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (21) | Send comment
BELGRADE, PRIŠTINA -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić has told B92 that a UN Security Council session on Kosovo will probably take place on Monday or Tuesday.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 16:52 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BUJANOVAC -- French Ambassador Jean Francois Terral, EC Delegation to Serbia Chief Josep Lloveras and Czech Ambassador to Belgrade Hana Hubackova have visited Bujanovac.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 16:46 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (21) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Around 5,000 Albanians have protested today in Priština against the six-point plan for UNMIK reconfiguration.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 14:29 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Romanian embassy in Belgrade on Wednesday issued a statement confirming this country's commitment to the EU mission in Kosovo.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 14:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
LONDON, ZURICH -- Western media see the current situation in Kosovo as unclear and potentially explosive with Priština’s rejection of the UN plan for EULEX deployment.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 11:14 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
GRAČANICA -- Councilors of the Serb assembly for the municipality of Priština have overhauled the directors and board members of the municipality's public companies.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 10:16 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
POŽAREVAC -- The municipal boards of the DS, G17 Plus and the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) have decided to form a new coalition in Požarevac, B92 understands.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 09:57 | Source: B92 | Comments: (36) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Residents of the suburb of Brdo in northern Kosovska Mitrovica will protest today in an attempt to stop a Kosovo Albanian from rebuilding his home there.
sreda 19.11.2008 | 09:21 | Source: B92 | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia will launch a counter-suit against Croatia for crimes perpetrated during Operation Storm in 1995, says Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.