NIKOLIC APPOINTS AMBASSADORS TO COE, ROMANIA AND AUSTRIA
Zoran Popovic was appointed to the duty of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary i.e. head of the Serbian mission to the CoE.
Branko Brankovic was appointed to the post of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary in
President Nikolic also recalled Serbian Ambassador to
Nikolic signed the decrees on July 29 and they came into effect on August 1, one day after being published in the Official Gazette.
VUCIC ANNOUNCES OPENING OF EMBASSY IN
Vucic told reporters on Thursday that the diplomatic office will be headed by one of
The deputy prime minister announced the opening of the
MRKIC: SERBIA'S TEAM FOR EUROPE READY
The talks on
"This (visit) will set up a negotiating framework. This is a process, the mandate will be drafted by the European Commission and then it will be forwarded to us," he said.
Mrkic expects that the topic of Kosovo Metohija will be in Chapter 35 entitled "other issues", and that it will not be formulated as a condition. "This item will include monitoring of the relations between
EU LIST OF TASKS FOR SERBIA LATE SEPTEMBER EARLIEST
BELGRADE, July 16 (Tanjug) –A precise list of tasks in Serbia's further EU integration process will be delivered late in September at the earliest when all EU member states include their requests into the negotiating framework which is being prepared by EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele, reads edition of daily Vecernje Novosti.Then it will be known in how many negotiating chapters the Kosovo issue will be present, reads the daily."Although the idea of the European Commission officials is to concentrate Kosovo-Metohija as much as possible in Chapter 35, which is dubbed "other issues", it is almost certain that some countries will insist on its presence in at least 10 chapters - from the freedom of movement, judiciary, energy, to regional, security and defence policy," the daily said.Fuele, who will arrive in Serbia on Wednesday, will be accompanied by the first technical mission of the EC, which will give first instructions for establishing a negotiating structure to all state secretaries and experts in the working groups of the EU Integration Office on Thursday."In the way,
FIRST OPERATIVE TALKS BETWEEN SERBIA AND EU NEXT WEEK
BELGRADE, July 14 (Tanjug) –Serbian Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Suzana Grubjesic conferred with Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate General for Enlargement Joost Korte on the preparation of first operative talks between Serbia and the EU which will be held next week.Grubjesic presented Serbia's negotiating structure within which screening would be carried out as first step in the negotiations, which entails a comparative analysis of the level of adjustment of Serbia's regulations to the acquis communautaire, the Serbian government released.The European official informed the deputy prime minister about the forthcoming steps in the negotiations on the experiences of Croatia and Montenegro.The attention of the preparations for the first technical talks between Serbia and the European Commission in Belgrade on July 18 will focus on Chapter 23 (which covers the judiciary and fundamental rights) and Chapter 24 (justice, freedom and security).Grubjesic and Korte also discussed the preparations for the visit of EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele who will visit Belgrade on July 17.
DACIC & KRIVOKAPIC: RELATIONS SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO ON THE UPSWING
BELGRADE, July 12 (Tanjug) –The political relations between Serbia and Montenegro are improving and the economic cooperation is not in the least behind, as the volume of trade between the two countries currently exceeds that of their trade with some of the world superpowers, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said after a meeting Montenegrin parliament Speaker Ranko Krivokapic in Belgrade Thursday.At a joint press conference with Krivokapic in the Serbian government, Dacic said that the two countries share a commitment to a common history and therefore need to work to improve the cooperation not only at the political level, but also when it comes to mutual aid on their respective roads to the EU.Dacic said that any issues that may be there need to be resolved through agreements, and Serbia has no reason to deny the citizens of Montenegro their right to live in their own country. No one is closer to the Serbian people than the people of Montenegro, he added.Dacic, who also serves as Serbia's interior minister, said that much has been done in stepping up police cooperation, adding that he and Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic had arranged his visit to Montenegro in September, and agreed about holding summits of the two governments every year.Krivokapic, who was elected new OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president at the beginning of July, congratulated the Serbian prime minister on the opening of accession negotiations between Serbia and EU, stressing that such steps can be made only if courage and vision are there.The Montenegrin parliament speaker said that the meetings between the two governments will in effect be dealing with issues such as the highway construction and reconstruction of railways, which will provide Serbia's economy with access the sea via the Montenegrin Port of Bar.Krivokapic also observed that Serbia has progressed far when it comes to Chapters 23 and 24, relating to the rule of law and judiciary.
MRKIC WITH CUBAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER DEL TORO
HAVANA, July 12 (Tanjug) –Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic conferred with Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ulises Rosales del Toro on the initiative of the Cuban side as the meeting was not planned earlier in the program and Del Toro wanted to personally express the satisfaction of the Cuban leadership over the results of Mrkic's talks in Havana.Del Toro said that the two countries' political relations are very good and commended the agreements on future cooperation in the areas of health, agriculture, civil engineering and tourism.Moreover, Del Toro extended warmest greetings to the Serbian government and again invited Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to visit Cuba.During his visit to Cuba, Mrkic met with Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.The Serbian minister also conferred with Cuban Parliament Speaker Esteban Lazo on strengthening of mutual cooperation with a focus on economy, and they agreed on concrete steps towards the goal.On the occasion, Mrkic thanked the Cuban parliament and Cuba on the support to Serbia's position on Kosovo-Metohija.Mrkic also visited the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, where he conferred with Center's Director Luis Herrera Martinez on the possibilities of cooperation and announced a visit of the Serbian health minister to Cuba in the coming months.Mrkic will wrap up his visit to Cuba on Friday.
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