Shoigu: Montenegro, Serbia in customs union
PODGORICA -- Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu says the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will expand to include Montenegro and Serbia.
The two are the only states in the region which Moscow has free trade agreements with, the minister said in Podgorica on Wednesday.
"This will be an additional incentive for investment because, apart from the existing market, that of the Customs Union will also be opened," Shoigu said during a meeting with Montenegrin Economy Minister Vladimir Kavarić, the Montenegrin government said in a news release, Beta news agency is reporting.
Shoigu and Kavarić discussed problems in the Podgorica Aluminum Combine, in which the Montenegrin government and the company of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska each own one third. It was indicated that "the issue of all issues" is the long-term supply of the company with electricity, on which the fate of the aluminum factory depends.
According to media reports, Shoigu arrived in Podgorica in order to request subsidies for electricity from the Montenegrin government. The state's aid in this form for the factory expires in spring 2012. The debt of the factory is worth more than EUR 50mn, and the state has so far issued EUR 132mn worth of guarantees for helping the aluminum factory.
October 19, 2011 | 15:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (26) | Send comment
SARAJEVO -- Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency member Bakir Izetbegović has criticized Republic of Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik’s recent statements.
October 19, 2011 | 10:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
ATHENS -- A two-day general strike, which will practically paralyze the whole country, will be launched in Greece on Wednesday.
October 17, 2011 | 10:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
SKOPJE, ATHENS -- The Macedonian Ministry of Interior says that three border crossings with Greece will be closed again as of today, due to a strike by Greek customs officers.
October 18, 2011 | 11:27 | Source: Beta, Dan | Comments: (8) | Send comment
PODGORICA -- A fire that broke out late last week at the entrance to the seaside resort town of Budva "included" a plot of land owned by Milo Đukanović.
October 14, 2011 | 10:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Croatian President Ivo Josipović has said that Serbia could only benefit from Croatia's EU accession.
October 20, 2011 | 10:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ATHENS -- A two-day strike in Greece, which has completely paralyzed the country, continued on Thursday and more mass protests are expected in the streets of Athens.
October 16, 2011 | 14:50 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
SKOPJE -- A population and household census was suspended in Macedonia after MPs adopted a bill revoking the 2011 Law on Census.
October 14, 2011 | 11:33 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ATHENS -- All border crossings between Macedonia and Greece are closed since Friday morning due to Greek customs workers’ strike which will last ten days.
October 14, 2011 | 12:57 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
The EU Delegation to Bosnia head says no country in the region could advance in the European integration without ensuring freedom of the media and expression.