2014: Elections, negotiations, economy
BELGRADE -- For Serbia, 2014 begins in a European way - on January 21 in Brussels the first intergovernmental conference between Serbia and the EU will be held.
It will officially mark the start of accession negotiations.
Greece has taken over the six-month presidency of the EU, and that country was pleased to point out that the negotiations with the friendly Serbia would open during their mandate.
Elections will also be a word heard many times in the new year. It could be known soon whether this will be an election year, as the strongest party, the SNS, and its leader, should make their decisions during January.
What is certain is that in March, early local elections will be held in the city of Belgrade.
There will be elections again in Kosovo, since it was agreed to hold parliamentary elections in June. Until then it will be seen how the Brussels agreement is applied in the field and in practice, while Ivica Dačić, Catherine Ashton, and Hashim Thaci will continue to hold their rounds of negotiations in Brussels.
Regarding the economic situation, it will continue to be difficult and challenging in 2014, and the answer to the question of whether to cultivate optimism depends on whom you ask. On the global level, skepticism remains the position of the most important economic experts, while international organizations and financial institutions like the UN and the IMF are forecasting a slight improvement.
In Serbia, all agree that this year will be difficult, but some politicians say that it will still be better than 2013, "because the light is seen at the end of the tunnel." According to the optimistic statements improvement will come "at the end of 2014."
Serbia, Europe and the world will this year mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. One of the central events will be held in June in Sarajevo, as big debates continue about "the responsibility and guilt" for the beginning and the outbreak of that war. How Serbia to manage all this will be one of the great challenges in 2014.
This year was marked by at least two major sporting events - the Winter Olympics in Sochi and the World Cup in Brazil.
B92 will continue to report about these and other events, and we believe our internet, radio and television programs will have an even greater audience.
We wish everyone a happy and successful new year.
January 1, 2014 | 15:50 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić has addressed the January 1 humanitarian event in Belgrade's Svetogorska St., which is this year dedicated to well-being of the elderly.
January 1, 2014 | 15:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Switzerland on Wednesday took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
January 1, 2014 | 13:11 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- This is a list of the ten most significant political and social events in Serbia in the past year, as selected by the Beta news agency.
December 31, 2013 | 17:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić has wished the citizens of Serbia a better, happier and more prosperous 2014, with the hope that "all the plans will be accomplished."
December 31, 2013 | 15:30 | Source: Tanjug, Kurir, Dan | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić on Tuesday wished a happy New Year to all citizens of Serbia, and commented on "most important goals in 2014."
December 31, 2013 | 15:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić a happy New Year and a Merry Christmas, the Kremlin press service has said.
December 31, 2013 | 13:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has sent a telegram of condolence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following the second terrorist attack in Russia.
December 31, 2013 | 11:41 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that his Socialists (SPS) "also find the coming year the best for elections, because they achieved the best results."
December 31, 2013 | 09:22 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (17) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić has said that he would refuse to sign "an inter-state agreement" between Belgrade and Priština, "even if the Serbian parliament approved it."
December 30, 2013 | 15:49 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Russia supports Serbia’s efforts to resolve the Kosovo issue in a peaceful manner and to preserve the sovereignty of Serbia, says Aleksandr Chepurin.
December 30, 2013 | 13:38 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has strongly condemned terrorists attacks carried out in the Russian town of Volgograd.
December 30, 2013 | 12:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Vladimir Cvijan has resigned from all positions he held in the SNS party and demanded to be removed from the list of its members on Monday.
December 30, 2013 | 12:05 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU integration is one of the government's top priorities and Serbia's security has a very important place within the integration, says Nebojša Rodić.
December 30, 2013 | 10:17 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- "PM Ivica Dačić cannot win my support if he stands next to Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci even as a Nobel Prize candidate,"President Tomislav Nikolić has said.
December 30, 2013 | 10:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional three provisions of the Law on the Security Information Agency (BIA).
December 30, 2013 | 09:17 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The state carried out the liquidation of Slavko Ćuruvija, said First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, adding that the perpetrators are still alive.
December 27, 2013 | 15:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The number of asylum seekers from Serbia to the EU increased in November and it could endanger the visa-free regime, warned Prime Minister Ivica Dačić.
December 27, 2013 | 15:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition Democratic Party (DS) leader Dragan Đilas says that as long as he is at the helm, his party "will not enter a coalition with the Progressives (SNS)."
December 27, 2013 | 14:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić has said that "authorized services will react should they establish that President Tomislav Nikolić has been wiretapped."