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SERBIA 



DACIC, INDIA'S AMBASSADOR PLEASED WITH COOPERATION 

BELGRADE, 18 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and the Indian ambassador to Serbia, Narinder Chauhan, said on June 18 that bilateral relations were friendly, and highly developed, and that there's a strong interest in developing them further. One of the conclusions at the meeting was that "conditions have been met to step up political dialogue, and improve bilateral ties in all areas," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release. During Chauhan's farewell visit, the two agreed that successful and dynamic cooperation had been established during her term in Belgrade.

VUCIC MEETS WITH ROMANIA'S SECURITY CHIEF TO DISCUSS REGIONAL STABILITY 

BELGRADE, 18 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met in Belgrade, on June 18, with the head of the Romanian Security Service, Eduard Helvig, to discuss opportunities for the two security sectors to work together to protect peace and stability in the region. The Office of the Serbian President reported that Vucic welcomed cooperation between the Serbian and Romanian security services, including the exchange of information and joint actions to combat terrorism and organized crime, and address various security risks. President Vucic said that the two sectors needed to expand cooperation through the exchange of information about ways to fight cybercrime and other abuses of information technologies.

VUCIC, FAREMO DISCUSS UNOPS'S ASSISTANCE 

BELGRADE, 18 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met in Belgrade, on June 18, with U.N. Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Grete Faremo to discuss support from her office for development projects in Serbia. President Vucic underlined that the organization's expertise in running those projects was extremely relevant to Serbia's overall reform and EU accession, the Office of the President reported. Vucic thanked Faremo for her organization's assistance, particularly in alleviating the consequences of disastrous floods that hit Serbia back in 2014, saying that the projects completed at the time were an extremely valuable anti-flood mechanism in the recent flooding a few days ago. The U.N. official said that the UNOPS planned to offer long-term support and assistance to Serbia, one of the goals being to improve the social and economic position of vulnerable groups. Vucic and Farem noted that over the 15 years of the UNOPS presence in Serbia dynamic cooperation had been established, hoping it would continue in the future, the Office released.

BRNABIC, FAREMO DISCUSS UNOPS PROJECTS IN SERBIA 

BELGRADE, 18 June 2018 (Beta) - At a June 18 meeting in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic discussed with Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Grete Faremo a number of UNOPS projects in Serbia, and opportunities to strengthen the ties with her organization. Faremo said that one of the UNOPS objectives was to create a long-term support system for Serbia, adding that she was satisfied with cooperation with the Serbian government so far. Brnabic thanked her for her organization's support to a series of projects in Serbia, with emphasis on assistance to flood-affected Serbian regions over the past few years. The prime minister said that equally important for Serbia were the projects to integrate Serbia's health-care information system and harmonize the national health care with the European Union's standards, as well as those to improve the social and economic position of vulnerable groups of citizens in Serbia. Brnabic also said that an agreement to allow for the opening of an UNOPS office in Belgrade would facilitate the realization of its projects, and cooperation with the organization.

MIHAJLOVIC DISCUSSES WITH CHINESE AMBASSADOR UPCOMING CEEC-CHINA SUMMIT IN SOFIA 

BELGRADE, 18 June 2018 (Beta) - Deputy Prime Minister and Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Zorana Mihajlovic on June 18 met with Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang to discuss the upcoming summit between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC), to be hosted by Sofia in July, according to a release from the ministry. Mihajlovic said that the summit was very important for Serbia as it was expecting to sign a commercial contract for the final Novi Sad-Sombor section of the Belgrade-Budapest modernization project, and also a contract on funding the construction of the Preljina-Pozega highway stretch, so that works could be launched as soon as possible, the release said. Mihajlovic and Ambassador Li agreed that both sides were happy with the cooperation so far on the performance of joint infrastructure projects, noting that such cooperation contributed to the further enhancement of overall bilateral relations, it said in the release.

GERMAN AMBASSADOR: SERBIA NEARING ENTRY INTO EU IN 2020, REFORMS ARE KEY 

BELGRADE, 18 June 2018 (Beta) - The German ambassador to Serbia, Axel Dittmann, said on June 18 that he expected Serbia to be "really close" to joining the European Union (EU) in 2020 but that reforms were key, particularly in the rule of law sector. "Germany fully supports Serbia, and when you reach the gates, I want us to open them for you," Dittmann said in an interview with the B92 broadcaster. Ambassador Dittmann explained that the problem with Kosovo had to be solved before that, as the EU didn't want to see any conflicts between new members. When asked if Germany insisted that a legally binding agreement be signed by the end of the year, the German diplomat said that it was a matter for Serbia and Kosovo to handle. "We are keeping an eye on what's going on, supporting both sides to reach a solution, but it's the negotiators that dictate the pace. The truth is that a quick solution would be best for all parties concerned," Dittmann said. Answering the question if Germany was planning to take a more active role in the Brussels dialog, the ambassador said that his country was involved already, through the EU mediation, but that they were just letting Brussels do its job. "It's an EU-mediated dialogue, and we are involved, but we are letting Brussels do its job," Dittmann said.

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