Serbia "shows commitment to fight against corruption"
BELGRADE -- Serbia has achieved significant progress in the fight against corruption and shown commitment and willingness for further determined efforts in this regard.
This is according to officials of the European Union, United Nations, Council of Europe, United States and Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Serbia.
U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby says that the Serbian government has taken serious steps in the anti-graft fight, made progress in adopting an action plan for implementing the national strategy for the fight against corruption, and demonstrated awareness that it requires a large number of participants.
During a public debate on the draft action plan for implementation of the National Strategy for the Fight against Corruption at the Palace of Serbia, Kirby underscored that the fight requires independent judiciary, efficient prosecution, police, adding that the independent media can also assist government institutions in the oversight of other institutions.
According to Kirby, the U.S. backs the Serbian government's efforts to investigate 24 dubious privatizations.
Head of the OSCE Mission in Serbia Peter Burkhard said that Serbia is on the right track of creating a strong repressive system for the fight against corruption.
Serbia has taken significant steps in the fight against corruption and the government has shown willingness and commitment to rooting out that problem, he added.
Burkhard notes that strong institutions are needed, adding that the strategy requires "sustainable implementation", but warns that it seems that the implementation is sometimes problematic.
Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Adriano Martins said that the Serbian government's commitment to combating corruption has been illustrated by concrete actions that it undertook.
He points to the importance of that commitment at the moment when the country is about to open Chapters 23 and 24 in EU entry talks, which will also be addressed during the forthcoming meeting between EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele and the Serbian authorities.
On behalf of the UN, Deputy Resident Representative of the UN Development Program in Serbia Juerg Staudenmann welcomed the Serbian government's efforts aimed at securing a consensus in the priority field of the fight against corruption and its zero tolerance approach in that pursuit.
July 15, 2013 | 16:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule will arrive on a two-day visit to Belgrade Wednesday.
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BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vulin stated on Monday that Priština is due to establish a new network of courts in north Kosovo by September 1 at the latest.
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BELGRADE -- Serbia and Uganda should strengthen their bonds of friendship and work on joint projects, especially in the economic sector, their foreign ministers say.
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BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić says investigations into the 24 disputed privatization saw 115 persons suspected of damaging the budget for about RSD 80bn "processed."
July 15, 2013 | 12:55 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has stated that Serbs will be able to vote and to run for office in the elections in Kosovo with Serbian documents.
July 15, 2013 | 10:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
ZOČIŠTE -- Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Aleksandar Vulin has called for "Serb unity" in the southern province.
July 15, 2013 | 09:12 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SNS and SPS leaders Aleksandar Vučić and Ivica Dačić will meet on Monday to discuss the details of the upcoming government reshuffle.
July 12, 2013 | 16:53 | Source: Beta | Comments: (16) | Send comment
ZVEČAN -- Zvečan Mayor Dragiša Milović says that Serbs in the north of of Kosovo will not take part in the local elections organized by Priština on November 3.
July 12, 2013 | 16:21 | Source: Nezavisne novine | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BANJA LUKA -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that Serbia "missed two opportunities to redefine its international status" - something that it now "cannot afford to do."
July 12, 2013 | 15:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ISTOK -- Aleksandar Vulin has said in Istok that "Serbia would not close any jobs in Kosovo and that it would not allow a reduction in its financial support."
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BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić conferred with Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ulises Rosales del Toro "on the initiative of the Cuban side," Tanjug reported.
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BELGRADE -- The government's "reconstruction model" will be presented to ministers during the next week and this will not be a topic of Friday's session of the government.
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BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that the deadline for submission of electoral lists for local elections in Kosovo expires in August.
July 11, 2013 | 17:02 | Source: Vreme, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić has said the government reshuffle "will be serious and thorough to such an extent that it will set the standard for all future governments."
July 11, 2013 | 16:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian and Montenegrin parliament speakers have said the two countries should continue regional cooperation and inter-parliamentary exchange of experience.
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PRIŠTINA -- The Kosovo assembly in Priština on Thursday adopted an amnesty law with 90 votes in favor, 17 against, and one abstained.
July 11, 2013 | 13:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić presented officer's sabers to the three best-ranked officers of the 56th class of the Command Staff specialization on Thursday.
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BELGRADE -- The Serbian parliament has expressed deep respect for the innocent Bosniak victims and commiseration to their families on the 18th anniversary of Srebrenica.
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BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić has received EU Delegation head Vincent Degert and British Ambassador Michael Davenport in farewell visits.