The president of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic is on an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first time since 2011. Vucic said at the beginning of his addressing that, even if he thinks that someone won’t agree with him, he wish the best for the relationships between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He added that the two countries are really important for each other as economical partners. Dealing with borders, he added that a lot of questions are already solved and the left ones with be solved as soon as possible, so both the countries will have the chance to face some other challenges, such as tourism. Regarding the highway, he said that Serbia will accept Bosnia and Herzegovina’s conditions because connecting Belgrade and Sarajevo is crucial. Priorities, according to him, are peace and stability.
Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia will deepen their cooperation on projects ensuring the security of gas supplies to Southeast Europe. This was agreed by the energy ministers of three Balkan countries: Temenouzhka Petkova of Bulgaria, Giorgos Stathakis of Greece, and Alexander Antic of Serbia. The sides agreed that the diversification of gas supplies will make it possible to have competitive prices and meet the challenges in the region. Petkova underscored the strategic importance of the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector for ensuring natural gas supplies from various sources. “The Bulgarian government firmly supports the project and is negotiating extra funding with the European Commission”, she said. She expressed confidence that Greece and Serbia will play an important role in the development of Europe’s Balkan Gas Hub. First and foremost, if the concept of the Bulgarian government is to be implemented, the infrastructure should be built with Bulgaria’s neighbours and gas supplies from at least three different sources should be available. The creation of a single regional energy market will meet the three countries’ priorities for security of deliveries and affordable prices for consumers, Petkova said.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Thursday afternoon arrived in Sarajevo, where he will meet with members of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is the first visit of a Serbian president to Bosnia-Herzegovina in six years. After his face-to-face meeting with the members of the Presidency – representing Serbs, Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), and Croats – Vucic and the current chair of the Presidency, Dragan Covic, are planned to address reporters. According to the visit’s agenda, Vucic will also meet with the leadership of the East Sarajevo municipality, and tour construction works on the East Sarajevo Hospital site. On the second day of the visit, he will speak with the members of the Collegium of both houses of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Wednesday in Nis, southern Serbia, that the country has good economic indicators. This is true despite the problems in agriculture and hydroelectric power plants due to drought, she said, according to the Serbian government, and announced that the public debt will be reduced to 62 percent of GDP by the end of the year. “We have said that economic growth will probably be less than 3 percent, which was the projection, but unfortunately, due to weather conditions and an extremely difficult winters, due to which power generation suffered, primarily in the thermal sector, but also due to the drought that struck agriculture and power generation in the hydro-sector”, she added. Brnabic pointed out that growth was also recorded in the industry, 6 to 8 percent, and added that we also had a reduction in public debt, much more than planned, so today it stands at 64.5 percent, with the expectation that it is possible to drop to 62 percent of GDP by the end of the year.
PM Ana Brnabic on Tuesday met on the margins of the Bled Strategic Forum with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Brian Hoyt Yee. The Serbian government announced this on its website – adding, while quoting Brnabic – that “one of Serbia’s foreign policy priorities is a continuation of the positive dynamics of relations with the United States of America”. They also “discussed the European path of Serbia and agreed that the European integration of the entire region is a key element of regional stability and development”. Brnabic said that EU membership is a foreign policy priority for Serbia, that our country will remain a reliable and credible EU partner, but that it is very important that all EU institutions have a constructive approach and that they are open and ready to admit new members. They also “spoke about the improvement of economic cooperation and agreed that there is room for its intensification, first and foremost in the fields of energy and mining”
According to David L. Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Brussels insists on normalizing relations with Kosovo before it can enter the European Union (EU). So far, 114 nations have recognized Kosovo’s independence. However, Serbia fights Kosovo’s efforts to gain greater recognition globally. It also supports private parallel structures in northern Kosovo, which undermine Kosovo’s sovereignty and foment disorder among Kosovo Serbs. The Kosovo-Serbia conflict can be resolved through more effective international mediation. Diplomacy works best when Europe and the United States work together.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic says that relations between Serbia and Slovenia are “good and friendly”. Slovenia is one of Serbia’s largest economic partners and provides strong support to Serbia on its European path and its experience in many areas is of exceptional importance useful for Serbia, primarily in the local administration, she said late on Sunday. On the eve of the Strategic Forum in Bled, Brnabic met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration Boris Koprivnikar, with whom she discussed a number of issues related to the promotion of the cooperation of the two countries, especially on how to become more modern, more advanced and more helpful to citizens, the Serbian government announced. Brnabic stressed that “it is very important to mention that Slovenia is a true advocate of the EU enlargement and European integration of Serbia and that it offers great support to our country on this path”. Boris Koprivnikar said he was looking forward to continuing cooperation with Brnabic, and explained that the projects being worked on “are aimed at better functioning of the entire government and the public sector”.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says the story about “the Greater Serbia aggression” on Croatia is a great lie. “None of you left from Serbia to do damage in Benkovac, Zagreb or other places. That is a big lie before which the international community should not close its eyes”, said Dacic.
He said that in the early 1990s more than half a million Serbs lived in Croatia, while now, 20 years later, there are only 180,000. “You have been expelled and driven out of your centuries-old homes, and before that, the international community must not close its eyes”, said Dacic.