"Passports for 80,000 ethnic Hungarians"
BELGRADE -- Hungary expects to issue 80,000 passports this year to Serbian citizens of Hungarian ethnicity.
Hungarian Ambassador in Belgrade Oszkar Nikowitz says that a new law enables ethnic Hungarians living in other countries to apply for citizenship.
Nikowitz told the Euractiv Serbia website that his figures were based on polls that showed one in three ethnic Hungarians were interested in making such a move.
The ambassador however noted that Budapest was not expecting "mass immigration, not even by those who will be given our citizenship".
Nikowitz also stated that practical advantages were not the main reason why Hungary decided to offer ethnic Hungarians citizenship, and said the law that enables it "primarily had a moral dimension for Hungarians who lost Hungarian citizenship due to historical circumstances".
"There are of course practical advantages too, such as that Hungarian passports are valid in the EU. Besides, as soon as they cross the Hungarian border, they are treated just like other, local Hungarian citizens, except, of course, when it comes to permanent residency, paying taxes, social insurance, and the like," explained the ambassador.
Nikowitz aslo noted that the issue of giving ethnic Hungarians with newly obtained Hungarian passports the right to vote was still being debated, and that no decision was made.
The diplomat further believes that the law will not have a negative influence on Hungary's relations with Serbia.
"Dual citizenships do not clash with laws and regulations, or principles of Serbia, and since we consulted with Belgrade while we prepared this law, we don't expect any adverse consequences to our relations," he concluded.
ponedeljak 3.01.2011 | 16:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (52) | Send comment
BERN -- Kosovo Albanian PM Hashim Thaci has angered politicians in Switzerland when he compared the Marty report to the Nazi German propaganda of Joseph Goebbels.
ponedeljak 3.01.2011 | 16:01 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (14) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Outgoing Kosovo Albanian Interior Minister Bajram Redzepi says that northern Kosovo will not be on the agenda of the Belgrade-Priština talks.
ponedeljak 3.01.2011 | 15:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Boris Tadić says 2011 "must be a year of realization of development goals on which the welfare of citizens and the state will depend in the next decade".
ponedeljak 3.01.2011 | 13:12 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac Belgrade's Blic daily that no incidents are expected in Kosovo when the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština starts.
ponedeljak 3.01.2011 | 10:50 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian economy will stabilize when the state-owned Telekom Srbija telecommunications company has been sold, some analysts believe.
ponedeljak 3.01.2011 | 09:30 | Source: Blic | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić says "personnel changes" are possible in the Serbian government led by Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković.
nedelja 2.01.2011 | 18:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (29) | Send comment
DEČANI -- A Serbian Orthodox Church dignitary says the reduction in the number of KFOR soldiers in Kosovo is "worrying and represents a very dangerous process".
nedelja 2.01.2011 | 16:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Electronic monitoring of offenders will save EUR 8.76mn each year, State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice Slobodan Homen told Tanjug on Sunday.
nedelja 2.01.2011 | 16:17 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (0) | Send comment
Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković says Serbia will pay before the deadline the satellite lease money it owes to an Israeli company.
nedelja 2.01.2011 | 12:40 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Trade Minister Slobodan Milosavljević says the inflation in Serbia will be lower in 2011, compared to last year.
nedelja 2.01.2011 | 11:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The country's defense system is not being jeopardized in any way by the abolishment of obligatory military service, says Dragan Šutanovac.
subota 1.01.2011 | 16:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Trade Minister Slobodan Milosavljević says the Law on Consumer Protection and Law on Trade came into force as of January 1.
subota 1.01.2011 | 13:06 | Source: Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BUDAPEST -- Hungary has taken over at the helm of EU's rotating six-month presidency and outlined its priorities.
subota 1.01.2011 | 12:18 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbians have welcomed in the New Year with parties organized in city squares, but also in restaurants and clubs.
petak 31.12.2010 | 16:22 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić has returned the amendments to the Law on Value Added Tax (VAT) to the Serbian parliament to be re-evaluated.
petak 31.12.2010 | 15:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) Deputy leader Aleksandar Vučić expressed expectation on Friday that 2011 will be an election year.
petak 31.12.2010 | 14:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton says that Belgrade-Priština dialogue is essential for peace and stability.
petak 31.12.2010 | 13:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency Bakir Izetbegović stated Friday that his country will not support any political adventures in Sandžak.
petak 31.12.2010 | 12:47 | Source: B92 | Comments: (31) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo Albanian PM Hashim Thaci told B92 that Council of Europe Rapporteur Dick Marty’s report linking him to human organ trade was not true.
petak 31.12.2010 | 10:48 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) has collected 150,000 signatures and will soon ask the Serbian parliament to call a referendum on constitutional changes.
petak 31.12.2010 | 09:30 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU accession will be foreign policy priority next year, which will be better than this one, Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković told B92.
četvrtak 30.12.2010 | 15:05 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Justice Minister Snežana Malović has denied that the arrest warrant for Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci was withdrawn.
četvrtak 30.12.2010 | 14:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Interior Minister Ivica Dačić has stated that there will be no government reshuffling without the concurrence of all coalition members.
četvrtak 30.12.2010 | 13:50 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Boris Tadić has approved the draft state budget for 2011 and accompanying laws that were adopted by the Serbian parliament on Wednesday.
četvrtak 30.12.2010 | 12:56 | Source: B92 | Comments: (65) | Send comment
Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci has compared Council of Europe Rapporteur Dick Marty’s report on human organ trade to “Nazi propaganda”.
četvrtak 30.12.2010 | 12:52 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Boris Tadić wished the Serbian citizens a happy New Year, adding that this had been another difficult year.
četvrtak 30.12.2010 | 11:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Serbia's Ambassador to U.S. Vladimir Petrović has stated that the U.S. supports Serbia's EU integration process.
četvrtak 30.12.2010 | 10:15 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (24) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- New Kosovo Alliance (AKR) leader Behgjet Pacolli said he would request the office of Kosovo president in return for entering the new government.
sreda 29.12.2010 | 17:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Christian-Democratic Party of Serbia (DHSS) leader and MP Vladan Batić has died after a long illness, the Serbian parliament has announced.
sreda 29.12.2010 | 16:55 | Source: B92 | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Mlađan Dinkić has denied that he promised Serbians they would each get EUR 1,000 in free shares so that Boris Tadić could be reelected the country's president.
sreda 29.12.2010 | 14:27 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputies of the Serbian parliament today in Belgrade adopted the draft state budget for 2011, prepared by the government.
sreda 29.12.2010 | 13:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (32) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Outgoing Kosovo Albanian PM Hashim Thaci has stated that 2010 was a "historic year for the establishment of Kosovo's statehood".
sreda 29.12.2010 | 12:55 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia will pay less than EUR 30mn, instead of almost EUR 40mn, to Israeli ImageSat company for the lease of one of its satellites, B92 has learned.
sreda 29.12.2010 | 10:11 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (81) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Independent Liberal Party (SLS) leader Slobodan Petrović says his party is willing to form a ruling coalition with Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo.
sreda 29.12.2010 | 10:08 | Source: Tanjug, Deutsche Welle | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Outgoing Bulgarian Ambassador to Belgrade Georgi Dimitrov stated that he has worked for the intelligence service, but that he was not a spy.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 17:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- A commander with the NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo has said the force would scale down from 8,000 to 5,000 in March.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 16:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
KRALJEVO -- Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković visited on Tuesday the central Serbian town of Kraljevo, that was hit with a 5.4 earthquake in early November.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 15:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) has asked for Human and Minority Rights Minister Svetozar Čiplić to be sacked over the situation in the Raška District.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 15:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (39) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- An official of the Kosovo Albanian government in Priština says the Kosovo human organ trafficking report has had a negative impact.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 14:37 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (18) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The Council of Europe investigator's report on the Kosovo organ trafficking case used data provided by the Serbian BIA, says a newspaper.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 14:36 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Director of the Military Security Agency (VBA) Svetko Kovač stated on Tuesday that the agency is collecting information regarding the Kosovo organ trafficking.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 12:03 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ČAČAK -- There were several explosions during the night at the arms-manufacturing section of the Sloboda factory in Čačak, but the fire at the grounds has been put out.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 11:36 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A statement made by Mlađan Dinkić taking "some credit" for Boris Tadić's presidential victory in 2008 raises several questions, say analysts.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 10:37 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbia parliament is attempting to beat the clock and adopt next year's state budget within the legal deadline.
utorak 28.12.2010 | 09:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (45) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor Bruno Vekarić says the Kosovo Albanian PM was threatening witnesses and calling for their lynching.